Lou Reed cancels US tour dates including Coachella Festival

Five appearances from the former Velvet Underground man have been pulled 'due to unavoidable complications'

Lou Reed has cancelled a number of US tour dates, including his performances at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival next month.

The former Velvet Underground man was due to play a handful of West Coast shows around his festival performances, but now all shows have been pulled.

As well as his appearances at Coachella Weekend One (April 12) and Weekend Two (April 19), Reed has cancelled appearances at San Francisco’s Warfield (April 14), the Monterey Golden State Theatre (April 16) and Los Angeles’ Orpheum (April 17).


Promoters Goldenvoice have said that the LA show has been cancelled “due to unavoidable complications.”

Earlier this month, Lou Reed surprised fans in New York when he made an appearance at a playback of his seminal album ‘Transformer’.

Fans of Reed had gathered in a New York bar for a playback of the LP on March 4 and were shocked to see a familiar figure in the room.

The vinyl listening session was the first of its kind in New York, with organisers High50.com having enjoyed success with the idea in London.

High50.com founder and creative director Robert Campbell said Reed appeared to listen to the album, before later discussing with fans the album’s best moments and wider cultural significance.

“Lou Reed is a hero of mine and of many of our readers, so for him to unexpectedly attend our first US event was a rare treat,” he said.