Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye, Antony Hegarty, Debbie Harry, Paul Simon and Moe Tucker Pay Tribute to Lou Reed
Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye, Antony Hegarty, Debbie Harry, Paul Simon and many more honored the late Lou Reed a memorial concert on Monday night. Organized by Reed’s wife Laurie Anderson, The Power of the Heart: A Celebration of Lou Reed memorial featured more than 12 of Reed’s closest friends singing the songs of The Velvet Underground, solo material and the reading of written tributes.
Emily Haines, member of the Canadian rock group Metric, kicked things off performing “All Tomorrow’s Parties,” while Lenny Kaye and Patti Smith paired together for “Perfect Day.” Guitar virtuoso Paul Simon played a predictably heartbreaking version of “Pale Blue Eyes.” John Zorn commemorate Reed’s more instrumental side with an alto saxophone improve, until Tai Chi Master Ren presented the 21 Form.
Antony Hegarty then appeared on stage after a speech from Hal Wilner to perform “Candy Says” with guitarist Marc Ribot.
The night’s emotional crescendo thoughcame following Moe Tucker reading a letter from Reed’s bandmate John Cale, when Bob Ezrin and Hal Willner read a Kaddish prayer accompanied by Phillip Glass.
After a performance of “White Light, White Heat,” by Blondie’s Debbie Harry, the night wrapped up following talks from Julian Schnabel, Tai Chi friend Scott Richman, the Tai Chi Family and Master Ren.
Reed’s wife Anderson began the show eulogizing her late husband, but also concluded it that way, Lenny Kaye, Patti Smith, Marc Ribot and company performing, “Sister Ray” and explaining, ““Almost every day we said ‘you are the love of my life,’ or some version of that in one of our many private, and somewhat bizarre languages. We knew exactly what we had, and we were beyond grateful.”
Here’s a look at the evening’s setlist
Emily Haines—All Tomorrow’s Parties
Lenny Kaye and Patti Smith—Perfect Day
Paul Simon—Pale Blue Eyes
John Zorn- Alto saxophone improv
Thai Chi Master Ren— 21 Form
Hal Willner speaks
Antony Hegarty and Marc Ribot—Candy Says
Moe Tucker— John Cale’s letter
The Persuasions—Turning Time Around
Surgeon Charlie Miller speaks
Bob Ezrin and Hal Willner read a Kaddish prayer accompanied by Phillip Glass on piano
Debbie Harry—White Light, White Heat
Julian Schnabel reads “Rock Minuet”
Tai Chi friend Scott Richman speaks
Thai Chi family does the 21 Form
Master Ren does 13 Step Form with saber.
Laurie Anderson speaks and plays “Float,”
Lenny Kaye and Mark Ribot lead into “Sister Ray,” Patti Smith sings and everybody boogies