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Lou Reed Cancels Coachella, West Coast Dates

Singer cites 'unavoidable complications' in nixing five shows

Lou Reed performs in London, England.
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March 26, 2013 10:25 AM ET

Lou Reed has canceled five gigs scheduled for April, including a pair of Coachella performances. The former Velvet Underground frontman has also nixed shows in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Monterrey, California, according to The Scenestar.

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Reed had been scheduled to perform April 12th and 19th at Coachella, along with shows an April 14th gig the Warfield in San Francisco's The Warfield, April 16th at the Golden State Theatre in Monterrey and April 17th at the Orpheum in Los Angeles.

No reason has been given for the canceled dates, but the Goldenvoice page for the Orpheum Theatre show cites "unavoidable complications." Details on refunds have not been given, and there's no word on if the dates will be rescheduled.

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