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Published: 2013/10/28

Pearl Jam, Gov’t Mule, Black Crowes and More Pay Tribute to Lou Reed

With the passing of Lou Reed yesterday, musicians all over the country paid tribute to the fallen rock icon last night during their live show. As previously reported, Phish opened their show in Hartford, CT with The Velvet Underground’s “Rock and Roll,” after which guitarist Trey Anastasio asked for a moment of silence in honor of Reed.

The tributes didn’t stop there, as Pearl Jam also paid tribute to Lou Reed, adding a “Walk on the Wild Side” interpolation to their original “Daughter.” The song usually features a snippet of Dead Moon’s “It’s Okay,” but the band switched it up last night. During the encore of their show, Eddie Vedder dedicated “Man of the Hour” to Reed and also performed a cover of Velvet Underground’s “I’m Waiting for the Man.”

Gov’t Mule filled their encore at Eugene, OR’s McDonald Theatre with Lou Reed material, as the band played “Walk on the Wild Side” for the first time. The band also switched instruments for a first-time rendition of “Sweet Jane” which included Matt Abts on lead vocals, Danny Louis on bass and Jorgen Carlsson on drums. The show closed with “I’m Waiting For The Man” and a “Walk on the Wild Side” reprise.

More tributes poured in as the night progressed, as The Black Crowes included “Oh! Sweet Nuthin’” in their encore. A frequent tune in The Crowes’ repertoire, last night’s version had a defined purpose. Railroad Earth, at their Hangtown Halloween Ball, performed “Coney Island Baby” for the first time as well. “Coney Island Baby” is the title track from Reed’s 1975 solo record.

Alex Bleeker and the Freaks played Brooklyn’s Death By Audio while opening for Jacco Gardner and included snippets of “Rock and Roll” and “Sister Ray” in his originals “Our Song” and “Don’t Look Back.”

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