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It's been a long day already.
we have been eager to record Lou Reed at the 9:30 club.
we had a 48 track truck ready, we were going to record it, give him the sound files ... he would mix it then approve it for us to webcast.
last night an email came and Lou had changed his mind. He just didn't feel up to it, cold coming on or just not feeling right.
Then today Lou suggested we do an "old school" style recording. Live to 2 track.
the list of gear was very specific. we came pretty close.
Neal Tevault (our engineer) and I walked into the 930 club, Lou is on stage laughing, in a good mood.
he talked about the mic he wanted us to use, (a Royer stereo mic) we and the 9:30 club called all around town for it with no luck.
He came off stage we shook hands and said he'd buy the mic if we could find it and he'd add it to his collection.
still no luck.
our mics seemed to make his engineer happy.
we are recording the soundcheck and hope for approval.
if all goes right at the end of the night Lou will approve our recording and we can make it available.
we shall see.
I am currently at the Lou Reed soundcheck. He's playing Ecstasy and it sounds real fine, and I'm in heaven.
We got approval to record the show. At the end of the night we will give the recordings to Lou and he will decide if we can put the show online for you.
We are taking pictures and will post them when teh show goes up.
I'll be here updating this blog all night.
The thousand people that have tickets are entering slowly.
Lou Reeds ambient cd Hudson River Meditations is playing in the background
Lou slowly takes the stage
How ya doing and the crowd went wild...
from Ecstasy 2000
good guitar battle going on...lots of energy
2. SWEET JANE
VELVET UNDERGROUND "LOADED" LP 1970
he sounds so good
didn't play the Heavenly wine and roses verse...and he dropped some words, but it was good
3. I'M SET FREE
VELVET UNDERGROUND 1969
Lou's guitar sounds great...also the acoustic guitar and tambourine are the right touch here.
Great meandering guitar and bowed bass at the top of the song
what a great band...i'll get all the names and post it
5. I'M STICKING WITH YOU
from the Velvet Underground collection called VU 1985 (thanks for the correction GB)
you may know this from Juno
6. POWER OF THE HEART
I think this is a new tune...i don't know it.
moody, nice acoustic guitar and a quiet tune...at least right now.
7. I WANNA KNOW
from the Raven 2003
words adopted from Edgar Allen Poe
potent and done with so much conviction.
8. HALLOWEEN PARADE
from the New York album....nice rant at the top of the song about how in NYC there was a Halloween Parade and how so many friends disappeared from the parade from AIDS....Then went on to rant about how we spend money mowing down other people in other countries.....how did we get from this to that he said
not a fave of mine...but a chugga chugga rocker...
10. GUARDIAN ANGEL
The Raven 2003
sweet with lyrics by Poe
11 MAGIC AND LOSS
from Magic and Loss
one of my favorite Lou records from the past 15 years
"there's a bit of magic in everything and then some loss to even it out"
I feel the end of the set
ROB Wasserman, bass
Michael Rathke, guitar
Sarth Calhoun, electronics
Kevin Hearn, keyboards accordion, mandolin
Tony "Thunder" Smith, drums
took a while for the band to retake the stage...could be that long walk to the mens room upstairs :)
12. PERFECT DAY
One of the best songs from his best known record.
You're gonna reap just what you sow...
I've played this chord progression hundreds of times...it is so good.
and what a great show
we hope to have this show on our site....
as the sound of the Hudson River Meditations plays in the background
we give the sound files to Lou for approval.
stay tuned...and good night.
Thursday April 24
still waiting for our man.
Friday April 25
Lou doesn't care for the recording, as much as a recording done of Asbury Park show.
I told them we would listen and decide.
We are grateful for Lou Reed offering us the Asbury Park show.
We will post it online May 6th or 7th.