Lou Reed, legendary frontman of psychedelic shoegazers The Velvet Underground, will be on tour with his band this July in the U.K. They just announced a new show at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall on Friday July 1st. Right after, they will mosey on over to The Hop Farm Music Festival Saturday, July 2nd and the London HMV Hammersmith Apollo, Monday July 4th. They'll also be in France and Italy shortly after.
Tony Diodore has just been confirmed as Reed’s new guitarist, who will join the current line-up of Rob Wasserman (bass), Tony Smith (drums), Kevin Hearn (keyboards), Ulrich Krieger (sax), Sarth Calhoun (processing, fingerboard continuum) and Lou Reed (vocals, guitar).
After singing, playing guitar and writing songs The Velvet Underground, Reed went on to a varied solo career, producing both hits like "Walk on the Wild Side" and an obstruction of mainstream success with Metal Machine Music, a double LP of recorded feedback loops that some call an exploration of sound and some call noise.
From an album of ambient meditation music called Hudson River Wind Meditations to a duet with Brandon Flowers of the Killers, then on to contributing to Gorillaz' Plastic Beach and embarking on a tour with the band from Metal Machine Music, with a documentary about his 100-year old immigrant cousin in between (called Red Shirley), Lou Reed did not stop the magic that was sparked in The Velvet Underground. He is quite surely a complex, multi-faceted and dynamic musician and artist, and what his live shows now will bring can only be imagined or experienced.
For tickets, go ahead and click on either www.ticketmaster.co.uk or www.wolvescivic.co.uk.
For a full list of tour dates, go here or to find out more about Lou Reed's goings-on in general, visit his soundscape of a website.