2 March 2021
David Bowie once called Lou Reed the King Of New York. He was that and much
more. A wayward, narcissistic genius in sound and vision. From the experimental
days of The Velvet Underground and mentor Andy Warhol, to his long solo career – spanning five decades – with ups and downs, with several masterly albums, and
multiple collaborations (with The Killers, Anthony Hegarty, Metallica, Gorillaz …).
I saw him live (only) five times. Every show was a special experience. Today he would
have celebrated his 79th birthday. Lewis Allan Reed was born in Brooklyn, New York
on 2 March 1942. He passed away in 2013 due to a liver disease after a transplant.
To celebrate the late legend’s birthday Turn Up The Volume picked three remarkable moments, not the obvious ones (Walk On The Wilde Side, Perfect Day, Satellite Of Love,
I’m Waiting For The Man, Sweet Jane, Heroin etc.) but impressive live performances of
3 standout songs I cherish as much as his classics. Here we go…
– WAVES OF FEAR – – paranoid lyrics – Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ, 25 Sept 1984…
– STREET HASSLE – Live in Spain 22 May 2003…
– NEW SENSATIONS – Live at Farm Aid, Champaign, Illinois 22 Sept 1985…