LOU REED SAYS GOODNIGHT, VIENNA

The former Velvet Underground singer the latest star to cancel gigs in protest at the country's far-right coalition Government...

Lou Reedhas joined BUSH in protesting against the inclusion of the far-right Freedom Party in the new Austrian coalition government.

During a recent gig in Vienna, Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale sang a Jewish hymn to protest against the party and now Reed has dropped plans to play Vienna on his upcoming European tour.

The ex-Velvet Underground singer told an Austrian radio statio that people were free to elect parties like the Freedom Party: “but that doesn’t mean other people have to go near them.”

Meanwhile, Reed has just announced two UK dates to promote his new album ‘Ecstasy’, out on April 3 through WEA.

Reed will play Edinburgh Playhouse (May 17) and London Royal Albert Hall (18).

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