UPDATE: Lou Reed Passes Away
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 10.27.2013
Musical stars react to the passing...
UPDATE:Billboard has collected a series of reactions to Lou Reed's passing on Twitter from several music celebrities:
Justin Timberlake: #RIPLouReed
Flea: I love Lou reed so much. Always
The Who: R.I.P. Lou Reed. Walk on the peaceful side.
Weezer: 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.
Jim James: RIP Lou Reed. you made the world a better place. we are forever grateful.
Russell Simmons: RIP Lou Reed. New York lost one of our greatest gifts today...
Amanda Palmer: lou reed was one if my favorite songwriters, and neil's hands down favorite. so sad. here's satellite of love... http://youtu.be/ZUon-yHJbEo
Questlove: Awww damn....Lou Reed died?
Butch Walker: Lou Reed is dead, twerking is a thing, and I don't feel so good myself. #RIPLouReed
Darren Criss: Very sad to hear the news of Lou Reed's passing. Another rocknroll legend has left us mere mortals behind. Thanks for the inspiration, Lou.
Paul Stanley: RIP Lou Reed. A musician, artist and trailblazer who played by his own rules.
Nikki Sixx: RIP Lou Reed.Thank you for your beautiful/dark lyrics/music and stance on life.You inspired me from my teenage years right up till today.
John Cale (Of Velvet Underground)'s Facebook Page: The world has lost a fine songwriter and poet… I've lost my 'school-yard buddy'
ORIGINAL: Rock legend Lou Reed has passed away. Variety reports that the singer-songwriter who was the frontman for Velvet Underground as well as a solo artist who was incredibly influential in several subgenres of rock music, passed away on Sunday morning at the age of seventy-one. While the cause of death is not yet known, Reed did receive a liver transplant in May and was hospitalized for severe dehydration in July. Reed is survived by his wife.
Reed is best known for some of hits like "Walk on the Wild Side" and "Satellite of Love," but his influence was much deeper than his relatively few chart (but iconic) hits. Reed had a deep impression on lyrical work within rock music and was known for his experimental edge, from the bizarre noise rock LP Metal Machine Music to his 2011 collaboration with Metallica in Lulu. Velvet Underground's debut LP The Velvet Underground & Nico is considered one of the great LPs in rock music and while it sold poorly, it delivered a cultural impact that far exceeded its commercial range.
On behalf of 411, our condolences to the family, friends and fans of Mr. Reed.