“Grammy winner Lou Reed was an exceptionally gifted singer, songwriter, and musician who has had a profound impact on rock music and our culture. Both his work with the Velvet Underground and his solo efforts are legendary, introducing avant-garde rock to the mainstream,” Portnow's statement began.
“His uniquely stripped down style of guitar playing and poetic lyrics have had a massive influence across many rock genres, including punk and alternative. We have lost a true visionary and creative leader, and his groundbreaking work will forever hold its rightful place in music history. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family, fans and those he inspired.”
Several celebrities took to Twitter to convey their feelings. Steven Tyler of Aerosmith wrote, “RIP to a great friend, a fellow musician. From Max's to the masses, you made the world sing. I love you, Lou!” From Simon LeBon of Duran Duran, “#Lou Reed gone from this world today. Don't for god's sake say RIP 'coz we all know he's a'waling & we all know which side he's walking on.”
The Who's Twitter account said, “R.I.P. Lou Reed. Walk on the peaceful side.” Gary Numan wrote, “Lou Reed has died. That's terrible news. A huge part of my younger years revolved around him and his music. GN.”
And from Nikki Sixx: "RIP Lou Reed.Thank you for your beautiful/dark lyrics/music and stance on life.You inspired me from my teenage years right up till today."