Selected by Dan
Courtesy of Udo
Four years since his last visit, the rock
elder statesman who gave the world "Sweet Jane" and invited us to "Walk on
the Wild Side" returns to Japan to promote his new album Ecstasy.
His first studio album since 1996' Set the Twilight Reeling, Ecstasy arrived in
April to mixed reviews. The album was hailed by some as a return to favored themes (sex,
drugs and New York) and panned by others as a lackluster effort. Although Ecstasy's
is a lyrical tour through a nightmare underworld just beneath the surface of everyday
reality, Reed told Sonicnet that the lyrics aren't necessarily negative. "I
like giving the listener a tour of stuff that they might not see. You know, it's like, not
many people have had sex on the street. Is that bad? Is that good? Is it neither good nor
bad? It just is? Does it tempt you?"
In the nearly 30 years since Reed quit the Velvet Underground to launch his solo career,
the 58-year old has given us classics such as "Walk on the Wild Side" and
"Dirty Boulevard." But more than that, he has provided a dose of unvarnished
reality at a time when rock has often tended to veer off into the self-gratifying
fantasies of heavy metal and the pap of idol bands like Boyzone more recently.
Reed has been supporting Ecstasy on tour with a bare-bones band that includes
Mike Rathke on guitar, Fernando Saunders on bass and Tony Smith on drums. A recent London
show at Albert Hall was hailed by The Times of London as "a set of
thunderously epic dimensions."
Lou Reed plays
Akasaka Blitz on October 25 and Shibuya Kokkaido on October 26.