Contact Us

Velvet Underground Frontman Lou Reed Dead at 71

Lou Reed
Erik S. Lesser, Getty Images

The music world has lost one of the greats as Velvet Underground singer/guitarist and solo artist Lou Reed has passed away at the age of 71.

Reed reportedly died Sunday morning (Oct. 27) but the official cause of death has not been revealed. However, according to Rolling Stone, the singer had undergone a liver transplant back in May.

As a member of the Velvet Underground, Reed pioneered a groundbreaking sound yielding such influential albums as ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico,’ ‘White Light/White Heat’ and ‘Loaded.’ Songs like ‘All Tomorrow’s Parties,’ ‘Heroin,’ ‘Sweet Jane’ and ‘Sunday Morning’ helped lead them to induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

As a solo artist, Lou Reed delivered such classics as ‘Walk on the Wild Side,’ ‘Satellite of Love’ and ‘Perfect Day.’ In recent years, Reed enjoyed a resurgence, appearing with Metallica at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concert in New York, then extending that collaboration to include a full album with Metallica known as ‘Lulu.’ Reed also appeared on the Gorillaz song ‘Some Kind of Nature’ from their ‘Plastic Beach’ album and turned up at shows during the band’s touring in support of the disc.

Reed is survived by his wife, experimental artist Laurie Anderson. Noisecreep sends out our condolences to Reed’s friends and family.

Next: Top 10 Lou Reed Songs

Recommended for You

Around the Web


Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Noisecreep quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!