Laurie Anderson to curate Lou Reed tribute concert

The event will take place in New York in July

Laurie Anderson will curate a tribute concert to Lou Reed, her late husband.

The event, named ‘The Bells’ after one of Reed’s songs, will take place at New York’s Lincoln Center on July 30.

While its line-up is yet to be revealed, the organisers have announced that Anderson and Hal Willner, Reed’s longtime producer, are overseeing the celebration, which will feature live music, screenings of films related to the musician, lyric readings by artists and actors, an all-day broadcast of his music, and more.


Attendees will also be able to participate in a tai chi class led by Reed’s teacher Master Ren Guangyi. Anderson is also showcasing a sound installation, ‘Lou Reed: Drones’, a three-hour-long composition made using Reed’s guitars and amps.

The event will culminate in a guest-packed concert featuring artists selected by Anderson and Willner.

Lou Reed died in October 2013 after sufering from liver disease. The Lincoln Center hosted a public memorial for the Velvet Underground musician shortly after his death.

In an open letter to the residents of Springs, East Hampton, the New York town where Reed passed away, Anderson said that he died “looking at the trees and doing the famous 21 form of tai chi with just his musician hands moving through the air”.