The death of Lou Reed on Sunday at the age of 71 touched off a widespread outpouring of grief among the rocker’s friends, colleagues and many fans. Reed’s massive influence on several generations of musicians and artists, from his days with the Velvet Underground to his most experimental solo material, is made strikingly clear by the public responses, which Rolling Stone has compiled.
So sorry to hear of Lou Reed s passing this is a huge shock!
— Kim Gordon (@KimletGordon) October 27, 2013
Lou Reed, R.I.P. I did the Jools Holland show with him last year and we yucked it up. I didn’t know he was ill…. http://t.co/enOpYpnGlg
— Nile Rodgers (@nilerodgers) October 27, 2013
R.I.P. Lou Reed.
— Patrick Carney (@patrickcarney) October 27, 2013
R.I.P. LOU REED….A LEGEND http://t.co/HwJ4cSW1aL
— PIXIES (@PIXIES) October 27, 2013
Lou Reed has died. That’s terrible news. A huge part of my younger years revolved around him and his music. GN
— Gary Numan Official (@numanofficial) October 27, 2013
— Sharon Jones (@sharonjones) October 27, 2013
I met Lou Reed and told him he gave me tinnitus at a concert in 1989 that never went away and it was worth it. Dirty Blvd. Love to Lou.
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) October 27, 2013
I will remember Lou Reed fondly, particularly the time I rode past him in full cycling gear on the West Side Highway. He looked good.
— alex kapranos (@alkapranos) October 27, 2013
RIP Lou Reed. you made the world a better place. we are forever grateful.
— jim james (@jimjames) October 27, 2013
As a sober alcoholic & person under a psychiatrist’s care, I always felt Lou Reed sang best about mental illness & for that I’m grateful.
— rob delaney (@robdelaney) October 27, 2013
I love Lou reed so much. Always
— Flea (@flea333) October 27, 2013
R.I.P. Lou Reed. Walk on the peaceful side.
— The Who (@TheWho) October 27, 2013
R.I.P Lou Reed – VU was a big influence when weezer was being formed, and Ric Ocasek told us cool stories of his friendship with him.
— weezer (@Weezer) October 27, 2013
— Questlove Jenkins (@questlove) October 27, 2013
My friend Lou Reed came to the end of his song. So very sad.But hey, Lou, you’ll always take a walk on the wild side. Always a perfect day.
— Salman Rushdie (@SalmanRushdie) October 27, 2013