R.I.P. Lou Reed (1942-2013): remembering his legendary show at the El Mocambo in 1979
Rock fans were saddened yesterday to learn of the death of rock master and Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed at the age of 71. Amid the flood of obituaries and memorials were thoughts from a few Canadian musicians: Metric’s Emily Haines tweeted that she is “beyond sadness,” while Mike Timmins of the Cowboy Junkies, who found fame in part thanks to a cover of the Velvet Underground’s “Sweet Jane,” wrote a full-on personal essay about what “Uncle Lou” meant to him. Here, we present Reed himself hosting a radio broadcast on WPIX, in which he plays and discusses his powerhouse Toronto show at the El Mo in 1979.