Lou Reed Dead: Rockers React
Upon hearing the news of Reed’s death this afternoon — a cause has yet to be revealed, although the singer underwent a liver transplant back in May — fans and friends ranging from the Who and Paul Stanley of Kiss to Motley Crue members Tommy Lee and Nikki Sixx all praised his trailblazing music and uncompromising spirit.
Many of those same artists have also paid tribute to Reed’s talent in the past by performing his songs — check out this 12 Great Lou Reed Covers feature.
Updated 10/28: Who guitarist Pete Townsend has written a post about Reed on the band’s official website, alongside loving tributes to other important people in his life who have recently passed. It reads:
Yesterday I heard about the passing of Lou Reed. I’d been thinking about him after meeting Jean Michel Jarre last Saturday. He is a friend of Lou and Laurie Anderson. My heart goes out to Laurie whom I met briefly when Lou played with me at Rachel Fuller’s ATTIC JAM at Joe’s Pub in NYC. Lou seemed to have fun that night, and it was wonderful and easy for me to perform with this clear-sighted musician who I had expected to be so difficult.
RIP Lou Reed.Thank you for your beautiful/dark lyrics/music and stance on life.You inspired me from my teenage years right up till today.
— Nikki Sixx (@NikkiSixx) October 27, 2013
RIP TO A GREAT FRIEND A FELLOW MUSICIAN. FROM MAXES TO THE MASSES YOU MADE THE WORLD SING. I LOVE YOU LOU! #LouReed
— Steven Tyler (@IamStevenT) October 27, 2013
"I'm an artist and I can be as egotistical as I want to be" RIP Lou Reed
— Guns N' Roses (@gunsnroses) October 27, 2013
RIP Lou Reed. A musician, artist and trailblazer who played by his own rules.
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) October 27, 2013
— Alice Cooper (@RealAliceCooper) October 28, 2013
Haven't really accepted the reality of the loss of Lou Reed. Still trying to process it. Denial I guess.
— Slash (@Slash) October 28, 2013
R.I.P. Lou Reed & thank you & the Velvets. U were my inspiration in the '70's, 4 without you there would have been no punk rock!
— Billy Idol (@BillyIdol) October 27, 2013
I love Lou reed so much. Always
— Flea (@flea333) October 27, 2013
Fuck! One of my all time heroes and friends has passed. RIP Lou!
— Dave Navarro (@DaveNavarro) October 27, 2013
— T O M M Y L E E (@MrTommyLand) October 27, 2013
R.I.P. Lou Reed. Walk on the peaceful side.
— The Who (@TheWho) October 27, 2013
RIP Lou Reed very sad news
— Peter Frampton (@peterframpton) October 27, 2013
R.I.P. Lou Reed.
— Patrick Carney (@patrickcarney) October 27, 2013
Rest In Peace to Lou Reed. You will be missed!
— Official Motörhead (@myMotorhead) October 27, 2013
The soul of NYC has broken on thru. Much respect, Lou, john densmore
— John Densmore (@JohnDensmore) October 27, 2013
We lost one of the greats today. Lou Reed Our thoughts are with his family and friends today. http://t.co/lu3tbwP56f
— FOGHAT (@FOGHAT) October 28, 2013