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Arts and Entertainment

Henry Rollins and KCRW Pay Tribute to Lou Reed

Lou Reed attends the John Varvatos Presents Transformer By Lou Reed And Mick Rock on October 3, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for John Varvatos)
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With the passing of Lou Reed on Sunday, Henry Rollins knew he had to change his normally pre-recorded Sunday night radio show on KCRW.

On his show's blog on, Rollins wrote:

I went into the office and started putting ideas together to make a show that would be a great salute to this icon and true Rock Star. I cranked up Satellite of Love from Transformer and wept. The ending of that song, when Bowie comes in, it’s as good as it gets.

The show was filled with Lou Reed covers and some alternate takes that litter the box sets. Rollins filled out the show with personal stories and emails from Lou and did something he rarely does: he did the show live.

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It was a wonderfully curated show, and it brought me back to April 8, 1994. I listened to KROQ that night as music fans around the world mourned Kurt Cobain's death. It was a night that I thought united the fans, and so too I felt the same way last night listening to this show.

KCRW DJs Eric J and Anne Litt also posted written tributes on KCRW Music Blog.

Here is the playlist from the show:

Hour 1
01. The Velvet Underground - I Heard Her Call My Name / White Light/White Heat
02. Roky Erickson - Heroin / Roky Erickson / Gremlins Have Pictures
03. John Cale - Waiting For The Man / Live At Rockpalast
04. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - All Tomorrow’s Parties / Kicking Against The Pricks
05. Lou Reed - Satellite Of Love / Transformer
06. Lou Reed - Real Good Time Together / Street Hassle
07. Eater - Sweet Jane / The Album
08. Joy Division - Sister Ray / Still
09. Lou Reed - Men of Good Fortune / Berlin
10. Lou Reed - Shooting Star / Street Hassle

Hour 2
01. David Bowie - White Light/White Heat / Bowie At The Beeb
02. Lou Reed - White Prism / Ecstasy
03. Velvet Underground - What Goes On / Velvet Underground Boxset
04. Velvet Underground - I’ll Be Your Mirror (mono alt end) Velvet Underground Boxset
04. Velvet Underground - Venus In Furs / Norman Dolph Acetate
06. Iggy Pop - No Fun / Waiting For My Man / Nuggets
05. Big Star - Femme Fatale / Third
07. Lou Reed - September Song / September Songs: The Music Of Kurt Weill
08. Velvet Underground - I’m Set Free (alt mix) / Velvet Underground Boxset