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Musicians, Artists, Friends React to Lou Reed’s Death

images (3)Lou Reed’s death this weekend has affected many people—from Velvet Underground fans to Reed’s bandmates to countless musicians and artists from all over. After the news spread of Reed’s unfortunate passing, Twitter and Facebook exploded with countless sentiments of grief as people mourned the great rocker’s death. Here are some of the responses that have been posted:


“The world has lost a fine songwriter and poet…I’ve lost my ‘schoolyard buddy.’”

-John Cale via Facebook


“The news I feared the most pales in comparison to the lump in my throat and the hollow in my stomach. Two kids have a chance meeting, and 47 years later, we fight and love the same way—losing either one is incomprehensible. No replacement value, no digital or virtual fill…broken now, for all time. Unlike so many with similar stories, we have the best of our fury laid out on vinyl for the world to catch a glimpse. The laughs we shared just a few weeks ago will forever remind me of all that was good between us.”

-John Cale via a statement


“He was a master.”

-David Bowie vis his website


“R.I.P. Lou Reed”

-Patrick Carney via Twitter @patrickcarney


“R.I.P. Lou Reed … A legend”

-Pixies via Twitter @pixies


“Lucky to have shared the stage with you. A moment, a song and a man that I will never forget.”

-Sharon Jones via Twitter @sharonjones


“I will remember Lou Reed fondly, particularly the time I rode past him in full cycling gear on the West Side Highway. He looked good.”

-Alex Kapranos (of Franz Ferdinand) via Twitter @alkapranos


“Lou Reed, R.I.P. I did the Jools Holland show with him last year, and we yucked it up. I didn’t know he was ill.”

-Nile Rodgers via Twitter @nilerodgers


“Lou Reed has died. That’s terrible news. A huge part of my younger years revolved around him and his music.”

-Gary Numan via Twitter @numanofficial


“R.I.P. Lou Reed. You made the world a better place. We are forever grateful.”

-Jim James via Twitter @jimjames


“I love Lou Reed so much. Always.”

-Flea via Twitter @flea333


“R.I.P. Lou Reed. Walk on the peaceful side.”

-The Who via Twitter @TheWho


“R.I.P. Lou Reed—VU was a big influence when Weezer was being formed, and Ric Ocasek told us cool stories of his friendship with him.”

-Weezer via Twitter @Weezer


“Devastating news”

Iggy Pop via Twitter @IggyPop


“So sorry to hear of Lou Reed’s passing. This is a huge shock!”

-Kim Gordon via Twitter @KimletGordon


“I met Lou Reed and told him he gave me tinnitus at a concert in 1989 that never went away, and it was worth it. Dirty Blvd. Love to Lou.”

-Judd Apatow via Twitter @JuddApatow


“My friend Lou Reed came to the end of his song. So very sad. But hey, Lou, you’ll always take a walk on the wild side. Always a perfect day.”

-Salman Rushdie via Twitter @SalmanRushdie

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