Bono: 'Lou Reed made music out of noise'

The U2 frontman has paid tribute to the late Velvet Underground star

Bono: 'Lou Reed made music out of noise'

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U2 frontman Bono has paid tribute to the late Lou Reed, who passed away last month.

Writing in Rolling Stone, Bono explained how he first worked with the Velvet Underground frontman on the Amnesty International Conspiracy of Hope tour in 1986 and said that he was a fan of his deadpan humour. "His deadpan humor was easily misunderstood as rudeness, and Lou delighted in that misunderstanding," he writes.

The frontman goes on to say that Reed took heavy inspiration from New York and he "made music out of noise. The noise of the city". He added that the singer was "thoughtful" and "meditative". Bono wrote:

It's too easy to think of Lou Reed as a wild creature who put songs about heroin in the pop charts, like some decadent lounge lizard from the Andy Warhol Factory. This couldn't have been further from the truth. He was thoughtful, meditative and extremely disciplined. Before the hepatitis that he caught as a drug user returned, Lou was in top physical condition. Tai chi was what he credited for his lithe physicality and clear complexion.


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Morrissey, meanwhile, is paying tribute to Reed by releasing a cover of his song 'Satellite Of Love'. The live version will be available from December 2. The song was recorded at The Chelsea Ballroom at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas on November 25, 2011. Upon Lou Reed's death, Morrissey said he was a major influence on his life and music. He wrote: "He has 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." The original version of 'Satellite Of Love' appeared on Reed's 1972 album 'Transformer'.

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