Fans of the late Lou Reed who will be at SXSW you have a treat. Richard Barone and Alejandro Escovedo have an event planned to feature a multi-artist concert event to highlight the Velvet Underground and solo legend that passed away on October 27, 2013.
“We all owe a big debt to Lou Reed,” says Richard Barone.
Barone specifically asked if he could pay tribute to his close friend when he was invited to play at this year’s SXSW. A house band including Lenny Kaye and Tony Shanahan, joined by Blondie drummer Clem Burke plus guitars galore from Ivan Julian and Steve Wynn. Violinist Susan Voelz along with Barone and Alejandro will lead the string section.
Spandau Ballet, Suzanne Vega, Louise Goffin, Cheetah Chrome, the Black Lips, and Sharon Needles are just some of the artists scheduled to perform. The event will be held at the historic Paramount Theatre on March 14th. Each artist was specifically chosen for the event which will also include rare still images and film footage.
Barone told the Austin Chronicle,
“He was also very demanding in live show situations and that intensity scared people. But he was a nice guy. He was tough on the press, but he used them to create the image that he wanted, which was a tough New Yorker.”
Back in 2008, those in Austin experienced just how demanding Lou Reed could be. Delivering the SXSW’s keynote that year managing director Roland Swenson recalled in the SXSW Scrapbook, that he was the only keynote to ever bring his own microphones and demand a soundcheck, and this was just to speak.