Lou Reed on liver transplant: ‘I am a triumph of modern medicine’

Former Velvet Underground man says he is looking 'forward to being on stage performing'

Lou Reed has said he is “feeling better and stronger than ever” following last month’s life-saving liver transplant.

Yesterday (June 1), musician and artist Laurie Anderson, the wife of the former Velvet Underground, revealed that her husband had been recovering since his operation but suggested that he might not “ever totally recover” from the surgery.

However, Reed has since posted a message to fans on Facebook, where he described himself as a “triumph of modern medicine” and announced that he is looking forward to returning to the stage.

He wrote: “I am a triumph of modern medicine, physics and chemistry. I am bigger and stronger than stronger than ever. My Chen Taiji and health regimen has served me well all of these years, thanks to Master Ren Guang-yi. I look forward to being on stage performing, and writing more songs to connect with your hearts and spirits and the universe well into the future.”

In March of this year, Reed cancelled a number of live dates “due to unavoidable complications”. He had been scheduled to play at Coachella Weekend One as well as a number of gigs in the US, but was forced to pull all the shows. In the same month, meanwhile, he surprised fans in New York when he made an appearance at a playback of his seminal album ‘Transformer’.

The singer collaborated with Metallica on their joint album ‘Lulu’ in October 2011, although the LP received negative reviews and Reed later claimed that fans of the heavy metal band had threatened to shoot him because they were so disappointed with the LP.