David Bowie, The Strokes, Morrissey lead musicians' tributes to Lou Reed
The legendary artist died yesterday (October 27) aged 71
News of the passing of the legendary Velvet Underground singer and later solo artist emerged yesterday evening. Although the cause of death is currently unknown, he had undergone a liver transplant in May the year (2013).
Lou Reed: A Life In Pictures
"R.I.P. LOU REED," a post on David Bowie's Facebook page begins. "It is with great sadness that we report the death of Lou Reed who died today aged 71. (March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013)" David Bowie said of his old friend: "He was a master."
Members of The Strokes were also mourning the loss of the singer yesterday. Frontman Julian Casablancas tweeted: "Lou Reed is the reason I do everything I do." The band's guitarist Albert Hammond Jr meanwhile tweeted: "Still in shock! When I was 18yrs old you forever changed my life and I will never forget that! See you later ?@LouReed."
Morrissey wrote a heartfelt blog on the True To You website under the title 'Oh Lou / why did you leave us this way?'. "No words to express the sadness at the death of Lou Reed," it begins. "He had been there all of my life. He will always be pressed to my heart. Thank God for those, like Lou, who move within their own laws, otherwise imagine how dull the world would be. I knew the Lou of recent years and he was always full of good heart. His music will outlive time itself. We are all timebound, but today, with the loss of liberating Lou, life is a pigsty."
Members of Sonic Youth also paid tribute, with Kim Gordon writing: "So sorry to hear of Lou Reed's passing this is a huge shock!" The band's Lee Ranaldo wrote: "RIP Lou Reed. Irreplaceable."
Chic frontman Nile Rodgers recalled the last time he had seen Lou Reed, writing on facebook: "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."
Read NME's obituary of Lou Reed, 1942 - 2013
Read NME's tribute to Lou Reed
Listen to a playlist of Lou Reed's finest musical moments
The following is a list of tributes from the music world:
R.I.P. Lou Reed. Walk on the peaceful side.— The Who (@TheWho) October 27, 2013
Lou Reed.— Ryan Adams (@TheRyanAdams) October 27, 2013
Goodbye Lou Reed. You gave me my strength and helped me in my weakness.— Carl Barat (@carlbaratmusic) October 27, 2013
R.I.P. LOU REED....A LEGEND http://t.co/HwJ4cSW1aL— PIXIES (@PIXIES) October 27, 2013
RIP Lou Reed.— nathan followill (@doctorfollowill) October 27, 2013
RIP Lou Reed.— Gerard Way (@gerardway) October 27, 2013
RIP Lou Reed. Irreplaceable.— Lee Ranaldo (@leeranaldo) October 27, 2013
Sunday Mourning--we're going to miss you, Lou.— Sub Pop Records (@subpop) 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 - 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
R.I.P. Lou Reed.— Patrick Carney (@patrickcarney) October 27, 2013
Sad to hear about Lou Reed passing. Such a star. RIP Lou, and thanks for giving us Perfect Day for Trainspotting. http://t.co/CX8LRKqr8H— Irvine Welsh (@WelshIrvine) October 27, 2013