We’re trying to find a reason why Lou Reed shouldn’t be on our Fly53 Legend list and failing miserably. American singer, songwriter and photographer, principle songwriter of one of the most influential bands of all time ‘The Velvet Underground’ and a solo career that’s spanned several decades to date. All in a days work.
Known for his brutally honest lyrics writing about personal experiences that had so rarely been the subjects of mainstream rock and roll before, including his own sexuality and his passion for class A drugs, Lou Reed is an iconic and Pioneering master of his trade.
Having worked with the likes of David Bowie, Mark Ronson, Willem Dafoe, Amanda, Plummer and Antony Hegarty but to name a few, toured the world selling out some of the largest and most iconic stages and appeared as a guest on more shows than we care to remember. This career ain’t no joke. Join us, Bow down and respect the legend that is Lou Reed. We salute you.
Gorillaz Filling Bono’s Little Shoes…
The Secret was out a long time ago, Gorillaz are fronted by the human (some may disagree) known as Damon Albarn. Many thought that when they finally revealed themselves, it would signal the end…this couldnt be further from reality.
The band are set to be joined by a whole host of special guests for their Glasto set after stepping in last minute to fill the spot left by headliners U2.
Damon and Co are set to headline the Pyramid Stage tomorrow (June 25th) and speculation is rife over who will join them. The Gorillaz lineup includes former members of The Clash, while recent album ‘Plastic Beach’ boasted a series of dope collabs and was simply awesome.
Albarn recently claimed Lou Reed may well be appearing while speaking to Radio 4:
“Lou Reed’s arriving and, fingers crossed, coming straight to rehearsal. And then we watch the game,this morning I woke up and the first thing I felt a wave of anxiety about – is an audience that size going to respond to our songs? I don’t know.”
Lou Reed has never performed with the group before, despite adding his unmistakable vocals to ‘Some Kind Of Nature’. Rapper Snoop Dogg is also on the bill at Glastonbury after being allowed to re-enter the UK.
“We’ve got about 50 or 60 people at one point on stage,” said the songwriter.
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“Lou Reed has just released his second book of photography titled Lou Reed’s New York. Published by Steidl, this project depicts New York through the lens of a man who has called the city home for decades and in turn has drawn much of his inspiration and energy from it. Reed, most notably known for his role in the innovative late 60’s avant-rock group, The Velvet Underground, has been photographing the city since the 70’s and has pieced together a collection of 50 recent landscape and portrait images.
“Two years and many cameras and lenses later, these images are the result of a small attempt to share the beauty that has bedazzled the consciousness of this viewer standing on the edge of the river with a box in hand trying to catch the lightning bolt of time. This is organic photography, a recording of the city’s celestial light show—the blazing changes from dawn to dusk across the Hudson—an everyday recording of the majestic flowing sky and waters produced by a deity of such endless talent and originality that a photographer can only snap, focus, and pray that this or that camera, lens, digital back, and all the technical advances coming by the minute can somehow capture a fragment of the quickly shifting magnitude being presented for the inspiration of anyone looking.”—Lou Reed”