In a packed week for entertainment news, celebrities came out in force for Halloween, tributes poured in for Lou Reed and James Blake landed the Mercury Music Prize.
The Loss Of Lou Reed: Legendary Velvet Underground rocker Lou Reed died on Sunday 27th October after succumbing to liver disease, having battled with poor health for months. The world reacted with sorrow to the loss of the 'Perfect Day' singer who saw sales of his solo albums and Velvet Underground records rocket in the wake of his death, aged 71.
Halloween Hijinks: The latest trend in the world of celebrities is to one-up each other in wearing the wittiest or most outrageous Halloween outfit this year. The last few days have been awash with viral images, gifs and videos of the rich and famous pulling out all the stops to make an impact. So far, we've seen Matt Lauer as Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson, Miley Cyrus as Lil Kim, Ellen DeGeneres as Nicki Minaj, Paris Hilton as Miley Cyrus, Sandra Bullock's bearded fisherman, Heidi Klum's elderly lady and Fergie and Josh Duhamel's double hit of Elvira and Riffraff.
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Lou Reed remains the name on the lips of every music lover since his death on Sunday 27th October. The singer who was 71 has been hailed as a major influence on numerous genres of rock music.
The outpouring of grief for the late Lou Reed has continued since his death was announced on Sunday 27th October.
Lou Reed died on Sunday aged 71.
The songwriter and guitarist died at his home at Amagansett on Long Island on Sunday. The cause of his death has not been released but many media outlets, including Rolling Stone, are referencing the liver transplant he underwent in May of this year. The New York Times spoke to the doctor who had performed Reed's liver surgery, Dr Charles Miller of a hospital in Ohio, he stated the cause of death was liver disease. However this has not been confirmed by New York officials. He was 71-years-old.
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Tributes have been pouring in for the late, great Lou Reed.
Morrissey is leading the tributes to the late great Lou Reed, who died this week from unknown causes. The legendary Velvet Underground man had been in ill health for a while though his death sent shockwaves through the rock community on Sunday (October 27, 2013).
A number of artists have come forward with touching tributes, including David Bowie, his long-time collaborator John Cale and Morrissey.
Quoting his own song 'Life is a Pigsty' in a post titled "Oh Lou/why did you leave us this way?" on the True To You fan-site, Morrissey said, "No words to express the sadness at the death of Lou Reed. He had been there all of my life. He will always be pressed to my heart. Thank God for those, like Lou, who move within their own laws, otherwise imagine how dull the world would be. I knew the Lou of recent years and he was always full of good heart. His music will outlive time itself. We are all timebound, but today, with the loss of liberating Lou, life is a pigsty.
Continue reading: "Oh Lou, Why Did You Leave Us?" Morrissey On The Late, Great Lou Reed
New York legend, Lou Reed, dies aged 71 and leaves behind one of the greatest legacies in rock n roll.
Lou Reed died on Sunday (Oct 27th) of an ailment following a liver transplant earlier this year in May (2013).
The unfortunate death occurred in Long Island, USA.
Reed is widely considered as a massively influential singer/song-writer and musician in rock music for the past 5 decades, but oddly enough only managed one top 20 hit in all his career.
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Lou Reed, dead at 71.
Lou Reed - one of the most influential rock singer-songwriters of all time - has died aged 71. The legendary Brooklyn born musician had suffered serious health problems earlier this year, though the cause of death remains unknown.
Reed's agent confirmed the news to The Guardian though details remain scant and his representatives could not immediately be reached.
Reed emerged as one of his generation's most significant rock figures as the frontman and primary songwriter for The Velvet Underground, often considered the most influential rock group in history. Though they failed to achieve initial commercial success, Brian Eno famously claimed everyone who bought one of the 30,000 copies sold in the band's early years went on to start a band. The group's 1967 debut album, The Velvet Underground & Nico - with its instantly recognizable Andy Warhol designed cover - is one of the greatest rock and roll albums of all time.
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Main star Amanda Seyfried receives a warm greeting from fans and paparazzi as she arrives at a screening for her new movie 'Lovelace' at the Museum of Modern Art in New York where she signs several autographs and poses for photos with fans. She is seen rubbing her eyebrow and apparently smudging her make-up before an assistant rushes over to fix her face.
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The Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed has posted a review online assessing the highs and lows of rapper Kanye West's new record, 'Yeezus.'
Habitually crusty crab, Lou Reed, has cast his musician's ear over Kanye West's new Yeezus album and (drum roll) he enjoyed it! Yes indeed Reed, the bane of interviewers worldwide, has actually said some rather nice things about a fellow artist's new work over on The Talkhouse website.
Reed: Chilling With His Peacock-Pooch.
Well, he did it in a very Lou Reed-y way, describing West's new beats as "the same old sh*t" but was hyperbolic in his praise: "But the guy really, really, really is talented. He's really trying to raise the bar. No one's near doing what he's doing, it's not even on the same planet." He suggests that West deliberately added provocative features to the album to induce critics' scorn and "challenge" his fans question their loyalty: "why he starts the album off with that typical synth buzzsaw sound is beyond me, but what a sound it is, all gussied up and processed. I can't figure out why he would do that. It's like farting. It's another dare - I dare you to like this. Very perverse."
Continue reading: Something That Lou Reed Likes: Kanye West's 'Yeezus' Album
The singer posted an update on his condition on his official Facebook page this weekend.
Singer/songwriter/rock God Lou Reed is currently in Ohio's Cleveland Clinic recovering from an apparently life-saving liver transplant he underwent several weeks ago. According to an interview with his wife, Laurie Anderson, published in The Times, his condition was critical before going into hospital and he is unlikely to ever fully recover from the procedure, with Anderson saying, "It's as serious as it gets. He was dying."
"I don't think he'll ever totally recover from this, but he'll certainly be back to doing (things) in a few months," Anderson went on to say, however she was keen to indicate that the singer is already on the road to recover and already "working and doing t'ai chi."
Reed posted an update on his condition on his official Facebook page on Saturday (1 June), thanking the wonders of modern science and his oriental health regime for his success in the operating room and his subsequnt road to recovery. 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."
Continue reading: Lou Reed Still Recovering From Life-Saving Liver Transplant In Hospital [Update]
How do you top having a dead man headline your festival? Well, in all honestly, you’re not going to. Coachella’s talent bookers must have been scratching their heads in bewilderment when it came to topping last year’s Tupac hologram and they’ve done the best they can, given the lack of deceased artists willing and able to play Coachella 2013.
The two Friday nights (the festival takes place both on April 12 – 14 and April 19 – 21) are looking like a highlight for fans of the Britpop revival, with Blur and Stone Roses lending a very British end to the evening. A newly invigorated Yeah Yeah Yeahs (well, Karen O’s dyed her hair blonde, does that count?) also play the Friday, as well as Modest Mouse, Lou Reed and Jurassic 5. Saturday has the French band Phoenix headlining, in support of their recently-announced new album. They’ll be preceded by British electronic gloom-pop band The XX, as well as Postal Service and New Order. The line-up for the Sunday nights is a slightly heavier one, with Red Hot Chili Peppers headlining, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds making yet another return (Cave will be raking it in that weekend, as his other band Grinderman also play the Fridays), Social Distortion and Wu Tang Clan.
Coachella always has an impressive array of legendary / stalwart alternative acts as well as the hottest new bands you’ve only just heard of. What they haven’t got, is anything that’s going to grab the headlines, or the public’s attention in the same way that Tupac’s hologram did.
Continue reading: What, No Holograms? Stone Roses, Blur, Phoenix, Red Hot Chili Peppers Headline Coachella 2013
Rather than a clever name for a new band or album (which would work quite well, I think), this is in fact a tribute album. In celebration of his 75th Birthday, someone has put out this in memory of the great man himself. Step forward a diverse group of musicians with little in common apart from popularity, in order to show how far Buddy Holly's particular brand of rock and roll has permeated modern day music.
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Review of Lou Reeds album Berlin.
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Date of birth
2nd March, 1942
Date of death
27th October, 2013