Simon, Smith, Harry And More Honor Lou Reed At Apollo

The Apollo Theater in Harlem hosted The Power of the Heart: A Celebration of Lou Reed on Monday night, which saw performances from many of Reed's musical friends including Paul Simon, Patti Smith, Marc Ribot and John Zorn.

[Photo from Lollapalooza 2009 by Dave Vann]

Clive Davis, Wallace Shawn, Richard Belzer, Salman Rushdie, Jim Jarmusch and Dr. John were among those in attendance at the private event organized by Reed's wife, Laurie Anderson, and producer Hal Wilner according to the Hollywood Reporter. Performances included Smith and Lenny Kaye tackling "Perfect Day," an improv sax solo from John Zorn, Simon playing The Velvet Underground classic "Pale Blue Eyes" and Antony teaming with Ribot for "Candy Says." Reed's former Velvet Underground band mate Moe Tucker read a letter from John Cale, while Anderson spoke and played a violin instrumental she wrote for Lou. The evening came to a close with Kaye and Ribot leading a performance of "Sister Ray" that featured vocals from Smith.

Watch fan-shot footage of Paul Simon's "Pale Blue Eyes":

Moe Tucker reads John Cale's letter for Lou:

Set List:

1) Emily Haines sings "All Tomorrow's Parties"

2) Lenny Kaye and Patti Smith perform "Perfect Day"

3) Paul Simon sings "Pale Blue Eyes"

4) John Zorn alto sax improv

5) Thai Chi Master Ren does the 21 Form

6) Hal Willner speaks

7) Antony and Marc Ribot perform "Candy Says"

8) A testimonial by Susan Feldman

9) Moe Tucker reads John Cale's letter

10) The Persuasions sing "Turning Time Around"

11) Surgeon Charlie Miller speaks

12) Bob Ezrin and Hal Willner read a Kaddish prayer accompanied by Phillip Glass on piano

13) Debbie Harry sings "White Light, White Heat"

14) Jenni Muldaur sings "Jesus"

15) Julian Schnabel reads "Rock Minuet"

16) Tai Chi friend Scott Richman speaks

17) Tai Chi family does the 21 Form

18) Master Ren does 13 Step Form with saber.

19) Laurie Anderson speaks and plays "Float," a violin instrumental composed for Lou

20) Lenny Kaye and Mark Ribot lead into "Sister Ray," Patti Smith sings and everybody boogies

[via Hollywood Reporter and Days Of The Crazy Wild]
[Published on: 12/18/13]

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