On Oct. 30, 2013, Rolling Stone reported that record sales for Lou Reed have skyrocketed since news of his death left music fans in mourning. While many celebrities have come forward with stories about Reed and offered tribute, the news hit Moby especially hard. Responding on several social media networks, Moby shared photos and videos of times the two performed together live. News of Reed’s death left the singer shaken and in tears, as he tweeted on Oct. 27, 2013. Moby had been in Connecticut over the weekend and returned home to L.A. where he shared several messages including one from his flight back to L.A.
Moby tweeted the news of Reed’s death brought him to tears.“Watching this and crying on the airplane.” He also shared several photos with Lou Reed on his Instagram account, as well as the video of one of their performances together. In 2008, Moby joined Lou Reed for the finale performance of “Walk on the Wild Side” at the then Levi’s Fader Fort concert of “Lou Reed and Friends.” You may watch the video from that performance here.
A longtime fan of Reed’s, Moby has often spoken of Lou Reed and “The Velvet Underground” as one of his musical influences. Both were native New Yorkers and had rallied around political causes such as MoveOn.org’s “Call for Change” in Oct. 2006, and the Speak Up! anti-war benefit in 2008. You may see a photo of Moby, Lou Reed and David Byrne here.
Never one to shy away from his left, liberal views, last year, Moby tweeted, “Listening to ‘Velvet Underground’ as an antidote to Mitt Romney”; and in an interview with The Quietus referred to Lou Reed and “The Velvet Underground” as part of his idealization of growing up in New York. Moby stated, “When I was growing up, I fetishised New York City. It was the land of Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground, it was where Leonard Cohen wrote ‘Chelsea Hotel’, it was CBGBs and all the punk rock clubs. Artists and musicians lived there, and it was cheap and dangerous.”
There is no question that Moby, like many other artists, musicians, and fans deeply mourns the loss of Reed. Click here to read Lou Reed’s biography including his time spent with Andy Warhol at “The Factory.”
Maybe Moby stated what so many felt in this simple yet emotional tweet, “Goodbye, Lou. I loved you so much. I thought you’d always be here.”
Reed is survived by his wife, Laurie Anderson.
Charisse Van Horn blogs about Moby at Moby, Music and Mariachis. You may follow her on Twitter @charissemarie