Reed worked with many greats of the ceative world – David Bowie, Andy Warhol, Mick Ronson, photographer Bob Rock, and Metallica, (with whom he recorded his final album, 2011’s Lulu), amongst others, and was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Velvet Underground, in 1996.
About The Velvet Underground, Brian Eno has said, “The Velvet Underground didn’t sell that many albums, but everyone who bought one went on to form a band”, cementing their reputation as one of Rock and Roll’s most influential bands!
Reed was famously quoted as saying, “One chord is fine. Two chords are pushing it. Three chords and you’re into jazz”, which is a philosophy that I just have to love! My guitar player, Gene Geary, who also passed away two years ago, and who I wrote about in this column several times, including when he died and again, on the one year anniversary of his death, would also have loved that quote. Interestingly, I had no intention of bringing Gene into this week’s column, but that quote is so something we would have celebrated, that I HAD to mention him, and inadvertently was reminded that the two year anniversary of Gene’s death has also just passed. I miss him as a musician and friend. There’s no one left to rock out with at a million miles an hour anymore! But, I digress.
Reed’s body of work included 49 albums (slightly more than half of them recorded live), and forays into the worlds of literature, photography, and theater! He was knighted in France and performed for Pope John Paul II in 1986!
The cause of death was not known at press time, but he did undergo a liver transplant last May. Lou Reed is survived by his wife, performance artist Laurie Anderson, who he married in 2008, after a whirlwind 13 year courtship! Reactions poured in from all the creative worlds that Lou Reed ventured into, but the one that I like is from The Who, who wished Lou “a walk on the peaceful side”. I can live with that! Lou Reed, 1942-2013. RIP!
In other news, Move Me Brightly: Celebrating Jerry Garcia’s 70th Birthday, hits stores this week. The movie, directed by Justin Kreutzmann, son of Dead drummer, Bill Kreutzmann, features documentary footage of a 5 hour concert that Bob Weir held last August (Jerry was a Leo) at his TRI Studios in California, in honor of what would have been Garcia’s 70th birthday. The show featured members of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Phish, The Hold Steady, and Vampire Weekend. There are also interviews with people who knew Garcia well, including his brother, who famously cut off Jerry’s finger in a childhood accident! Complete track list for the DVD is below.
"Cumberland Blues"/"Going Down the Road Feelin' Bad"/"Mission in the Rain"/"Shakedown Street"/"He's Gone"/"Eyes of the World"/"Terrapin Station"/"Days Between"/"Franklin's Tower"/"U.S. Blues"/Bonus Tracks - "Friend of the Devil"/"Bird Song">"New Speedway Boogie"
In other Dead news, Delaware brewery, Dogfish Head is set to release American Beauty pale ale this fall. Sounds yummy!
Regular readers of this column will be familiar with Catharina Christiana, of C3 Photography, who often works with me at shows. Cat, as she is known, wrote a guest review for us, of a show she attended this week. So, without further ado, here it is.
Papa Roach with Pop Evil at Starland Ballroom
It was as if I was making a deal with the devil as I was listening to Pop Evil dominating the stage at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey last Wednesday. Pop Evil put on a performance that’d make you forget you were there for the headliner, Papa Roach. No qualms of disagreement came from the crowd when lead singer Leigh Kakaty disses Justin Bieber and mentions how we all need to stick together as a community, all the rock/metal heads of America because this is the real music that will thrive and live on. And as if slighting a pop icon wasn’t enough, he stood on the hands of the audience that supported and lifted him as he was screaming and singing his lungs out for such hit songs of theirs as “Deal with the Devil”, “Trenches” and “Sick Sense” from their new album, “Onyx”. Pop Evil got the crowd revved up and ready for one of my all time favorite bands, the legendary Papa Roach. Vocalist Jacoby Shaddix came out already grooving and bopping his head ready to take the stage with a mind-blowing performance like always. He belched great hits like “Leader of the Broken Hearts”, “Where Did the Angels Go?”, and “Still Swingin” off their latest album “The Connection”. With guitarist Jerry Horton wailing on guitar and Jacoby singing, spitting, and spraying the audience with I lost count of how many water bottles, they gave a performance that left your ears ringing and body still shaking to the beats and tunes until the next day. Papa Roach and Pop Evil are bands definitely worth checking out and if you haven’t already heard of their music, now is your time to! Seeing them in concert is always worth the trip, money, and bruises you might face in the mosh pit of people.
Thanks for sending us that review Cat!
Now for something completely different, my live music picks for this week!
Wednesday, October 30 – If you’re in the Hudson Valley, the only place to be tonight is BSP Lounge in Kingston, for the final night of THE DUKE MCVINNIE BAND’s October residency. This will be your last chance to catch one of the most unusual and unique bands around, at the best place in town, so, see you there? Course if you’re in the city, you’ve got either rap and cultural icons, CYPRESS HILL, at Best Buy Theater, or YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND with THE FOUNDING FATHERS opening, at Brooklyn Bowl, but my own personal favorite would be BRYAN AND THE HAGGARDS, a jazz group led by a sax player, who do nothing but Merle Haggard songs, who’re playing at The Stone on Avenue C! Not that I’ve heard these guys, or even heard OF them. I just love the concept! They’ve got three CD’s out, so I am going to check them out when I get a chance.
Thursday, October 31 – Happy Halloween! THE LINDSEY WEBSTER BAND will be performing a tribute to Led Zeppelin at The Bearsville Theater, with guitarists MYLES MANCUSO, VITO PETROCITTO, and MATT FINCK duping Jimmy Page’s gazillion tracked guitar tracks! Further downstate, THE JACK GRACE BAND and HUGH POOL are at Towne Crier in Beacon, and even further downstate, PHIL LESH AND FRIENDS return to The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester for the first of four nights.
Friday, November 1 – The great, I mean seriously great, STEVE WYNN AND THE MIRACLE 3, are at Bowery Electric tonight, and this is definitely this week’s Pick of the Week! These guys gave a performance worthy of Jimi at Monterey, when I saw them at Livestock a few years ago. If you are anywhere near Manhattan tonight, and you don’t go to this show, you are an idiot! Up in our beautiful and glorious Hudson Valley, THE SLIDE BROTHERS are at The Falcon in Marlboro, and ABRAHAM AND THE GROOVE, a new rock, soul, and funk band featuring Abraham, who CAN sing and front a band, and tonight, drummer Tony Parker’s brother will be joining the band for a double drumming experience that should establish the groove quite nicely, thank you!
Saturday, November 2 – Double drumming acts two nights in a row at The Bearsville Theater? Whoda thunk it? But, yes, it’s true! DEAD ON LIVE return to Woodstock for an acoustic set with their two drummers, and they were very good the last time they were here! In the city, STEVE EARLE is at Town Hall.
Sunday, November 3 – The legendary MERLE HAGGARD rides into UPAC in Kingston, and the somewhat legendary ARLEN ROTH is at The Falcon.
Monday, November 4 – THE HAG (Merle Haggard) moves over to Tarrytown Music Hall. Wonder if he knows about Bryan and The Haggards?
Tuesday, November 5 – PHIL LESH AND FRIENDS move into the city for the first night of five at Best Buy Theater.
That’s it! Remain calm and carry on!