By Robyn Collins
A Lou Reed tribute concert has been planned for this Saturday, July 30 at Lincoln Center in New York City. The event will be free and will last all day.
The tribute is called The Bells: A Daylong Celebration of Lou Reed. The theme comes from a title track from Reed’s 1979 LP, and was chosen by his widow Laurie Anderson and his long term producing partner Hal Wilner.
Performers include members of Sonic Youth who will take the stage with David Johansen, Lenny Kaye, Jon Spencer and others. Actors William Dafoe, Steve Buscemi and more will read Reed’s lyrics. ANOHNI and Mark Kozelek will also perform a collection of Reed’s songs.
“It’s going to be an amazing day, Anderson told The Guardian. “It’s a gigantic puzzle, with all the new things we’re going to add to the mix. People just hear about it and say, ‘Hey, I’m going to be in town, can I play?’ We’ll never say no to that.”
Wilner said the program was organized just six days before the event, “There was a blank page, six days before [the show]. It’s an exciting thing because you get these moments that you probably wouldn’t get if something was rehearsed to death.”
Lou Reed died on October 27, 2013 from liver disease at the age of 71.