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Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Trio @ Gramercy Theater – pics

photos by Lori Baily

Lou Reed's Metal Machine Trio

“It was good to have this Lou Reed back: not an American Master nor a Legend of Rock, but a barking, brooding, beneficial irritant. On Thursday night at the Blender Theater at Gramercy, onstage between Sarth Calhoun and Ulrich Krieger, two much younger musicians, he was making noise — improvised, loud, heavily processed, and some of it ugly enough to make people leave.

Not many, though. There were extra-musical reasons to stay put. An emotional reason: he’s Lou Reed, poet of New York City, et cetera. And a big intellectual reason: Mr. Reed calls this group Metal Machine Trio, which refers to a notorious double-LP he made in 1975. “Metal Machine Music” is a kind of personality test. Many average listeners, even average Lou Reed fans, heard it as long-winded, discordant feedback.” [NY Times]

The above review, and the one posted previously, refer to the Thursday show. The pictures in this post are from the Friday one (4/24) where the trio were also joined by John Zorn. More of them below…

Lou Reed's Metal Machine Trio

Lou Reed's Metal Machine Trio

Lou Reed's Metal Machine Trio

Lou Reed's Metal Machine Trio

Lou Reed's Metal Machine Trio

Lou Reed's Metal Machine Trio

Lou Reed's Metal Machine Trio

Lou Reed's Metal Machine Trio

Lou Reed's Metal Machine Trio

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