A Lou Reed Tribute will take place tomorrow, Saturday July 30th at New York City’s Lincoln Center for free in honor of the artists contributions to family, friends, and fans.
The tribute concert is given an official name of, “The Bell’s” in honor of the popular title-track from Lou Reed’s album in 1979. Three important people in Lou Reed’s life have put together this tribute to the artist, his widowed wife, longtime producer Hal Wilner, and artist Laurie Anderson. The three friends have rushed to organize this event in 6 days, but now we have a schedule of the days performers. Hal Wilner spoke with the Guardian about the preparation, “There was a blank page, six days before. It’s an exciting thing because you get these moments that you probably wouldn’t get if something was rehearsed to death”.
Performers including, ANOHNI, Anderson, Mark Kozelek, John Zorn, Garland Jeffreys, Bill Laswell will cover Reed’s love songs. There will be a band doing a rock set of Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo and Steve Shelley, and New York Dolls‘ David Johansen, Lenny Kaye, Jon Spencer via Pitchfork. Other’s featured at the tribute event will be Julian Schnabel, Willem Dafoe, Steve Buscemi, and Elizabeth Ashley who will all read lyrics from Reed’s work. Laurie Anderson also spoke on the event to the Guardian, “It’s going to be an amazing day,”. “It’s a gigantic puzzle, with all the new things we’re going to add to the mix. People just hear about it and say, ‘Hey, I’m going to be in town, can I play?’ We’ll never say no to that.”
Lou Reed passed away at the age of 72 on October 27, 2013 at his home in Southhampton, New York from liver disease. The news of Reed’s passing struck the music world and found many bands like Pearl Jam and The Killers dedicating songs and shows to him. On November 14, 2013, a large memorial was held near the Lincoln Center for three hours. The gathering found attendees listening and singing along to Reed’s music chosen by family and friends. In December of that same year, BBC Four had a tribute broadcast for Lou Reed. A year later Lou Reed was inducted into he Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio by speaker Patti Smith.