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2014

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Dick Wagner, Guitarist for Alice Cooper and Lou Reed, Dead at 71

July 30, 2014

Dick Wagner, who played guitar with Alice Cooper, Lou Reed and on records by Kiss and Aerosmith at various points in his career, died on July 30th after being hospitalized in Scottsdale, Arizona for respiratory failure. Two...

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Lou Reed Gear Up for Auction

June 17, 2014

Gearheads rejoice: A number of items used by Lou Reed and his band over the years are going up for auction on eBay. The current listings include two Kurzweil keyboards, a vintage distortion rack mount with foot switch, and a Pendulum Stereo...

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The Glory of Lou: Joseph Arthur, Steve Wynn Pay Tribute to Reed

June 2, 2014

The one thing Lou Reed did not do, over 50 years of recording, was make a truly solo album: alone with new songs, acoustic in a studio. The closest he came was the quiet and delicacy of 1969's The Velvet Underground, his third album with that group, and...

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Nils Lofgren on Bruce, Lou Reed Collabs

April 3, 2014

In the time-flies department, this June marks the 30th anniversary of Nils Lofgren's debut as a member of the E Street Band. "I was a deer in the headlights," Lofgren recalls of the first arena show with the band, in St. Paul. "That first night was crazy....

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Rare Velvet Underground Record Up for Auction

May 20, 2014

UPDATE: The acetate was placed on eBay and will be available for bidding until July 28th at 11 p.m. EST. A rare early Velvet Underground record recorded in 1966 and sold at auction in 2006 for $25,200 will be going back up for auction this...

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Joseph Arthur 'Walks on the Wild Side' on Lou Reed Tribute Album

February 27, 2014

This past winter, singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur found himself holed up in his home studio, missing the tour he'd just finished and dreading the final tribute concert at the Apollo for his friend Lou Reed, who'd died in October. "I went almost without...

2013

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Morrissey Salutes Nobel Prize Winners

December 12, 2013

Last night, Morrissey capped off an impressive lineup at this year's Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway, where he performed a three song set that included "People Are the Same Everywhere," "Irish Blood, English Heart" and a slightly tweaked...

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Morrissey Reveals 'Satellite of Love' Details

November 26, 2013

Earlier this month, Morrissey announced he would release a cover of Lou Reed's "Satellite of Love" that he recorded live in Las Vegas in 2011. Now he has revealed that the song will also come on both picture-disc seven-inch and heavyweight 12-inch formats...

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Lou Reed Memorial Set for Thursday in New York

November 13, 2013

Lou Reed is credited with having once said, "I don't like nostalgia unless it's mine," so it's fitting that a memorial for the influential singer and songwriter, planned for Thursday in New York, will be simple. Reed died last month at 71. His Facebook...

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Lou Reed's Last Words: His Final Interview

November 8, 2013

On September 21st, Lou Reed sat down for his final interview and explained his personal relationship with sound: "Sound is more than just noise. Ordered sound is music," he said. "My life is music." Read Laurie Anderson's exclusive, stirring farewell...

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Velvet Drummer Honors 'Loyal' Lou Reed

December 16, 2013

Former Velvet Underground drummer Maureen Tucker reminisced about Lou Reed in a tribute published yesterday in the British Sunday newspaper The Observer, recalling her onetime bandmate as a "great songwriter" and a "good and loyal friend." Reed was...

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Hear an Early Velvet Underground Track

December 5, 2013

"No one listened to it," Lou Reed said not long before he died about the Velvet Underground's singular second album, White Light/White Heat, the raw, corrosive sound of the streets that was recorded, so preposterously, at the tail end of the Summer of...

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Eclectic Lou Reed Tribute Concert Planned for New York

November 22, 2013

Tribute concerts honoring Lou Reed have been frequent since the rock legend's death on October 27th – and another substantial one will take place this Sunday, November 24th at the Bowery Electric in New York . According to Brooklyn Vegan, the event...

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Lou Reed Honored at Lincoln Center

November 14, 2013

New York City always loomed large in the works of the late Lou Reed. So it was only appropriate that New Yorkers paid their respects to the legend, who died on October 27th, at a public memorial held on Thursday afternoon near Lincoln Center's...

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Morrissey to Release Cover of Lou Reed's 'Satellite of Love'

November 11, 2013

Morrissey has had a lot on his mind these days, with his autobiography Morrissey due out in December in the U.S. and the death last month of Lou Reed. Now he's melding those two. In conjunction with the audio book of Morrissey, he's releasing...

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The Velvets Play One Final Gig

November 7, 2013

Lou Reed and John Cale swore they'd never work together again after the Velvet Underground's 1993 reunion tour imploded following a brief European run. But they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame just months after guitarist Sterling Morrison...

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Lou Reed: 20 Hidden Treasures

November 7, 2013

Lou Reed's whole career is full of great songs that bristle with life, even when he was exploring the dark places in the heart. He sang about twisted characters finding transcendent moments of love and human connection, even in the seediest circumstances....

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