Meltdown 2012 – Lou Reed: 'I respect so many of the other Meltdown acts'

Lou Reed previews his Meltdown set and looks forward to seeing other stars on the bill

What do you have planned?

I'll be performing From VU to Lulu, a two-hour concert I originally toured throughout Europe this past June. We'll perform songs that span my career from the Velvet Underground (Heroin, Waiting for the Man, Sweet Jane) to solo album tracks (Street Hassle, Walk on the Wild Side, Senselessly Cruel), as well as songs from my latest album Lulu. I'm really excited about my current live band which features Aram Bajakian (guitar), Tony "Thunder" Smith (drums), Rob Wasserman (bass), Sarth Calhoun (keyboards, continuum), and Ulrich Krieger (sax).

Will you see any of the other acts?

As many as possible, as I know and respect so many of them. Laurie Anderson. Joan as Police Woman (who just toured with me), Hal Willner's Freedom Rides, Diamanda Galas, Cocorosie, Elizabeth Fraser, Kim Cattrall – so many gifts.

Which new artists would you recommend?

Azealia Banks.

Who would you have on the bill if you were to curate Meltdown?

I might have the same [as Antony]. Add Ornette [Coleman], James Carter and Macy Gray because I love them.


Interview by Gemma Kappala-Ramsamy

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