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Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Keith Richards Performs “I am Ready For The Man”: A New Tribute to Lou Reed

“To me, Lou stood out. The actual deal! Some­factor impor­tant to Amer­i­can music and to ALL MUSIC! I miss him and his canine.” — Kei­th Richards

On what would have been Lou Reed’s 82nd start­day (March 2), Kei­th Richards launched a cov­er of “I’m Wait­ing for the Man,” a monitor orig­i­nal­ly writ­ten by Reed in 1966, then document­ed by the Vel­vet Below­floor the subsequent yr. Pre­vi­ous­ly cov­ered by David Bowie, OMD, and French singer Vanes­sa Par­adis, the music is sensible in Kei­th Richards’ fingers. As one YouTu­ber put it, “See­ing Kei­th per­kind this Vel­vet Below­floor clas­sic is watch­ing him take a vic­to­ry lap over his addic­tion. He’s been away from that life for many years and now he’s telling the sto­ry about some­one else, regardless that he lived it for a very long time. This can be a tri­umph for him.”

Richards’ cov­er will seem on the forth­com­ing album The Pow­er of the Coronary heart: A Trib­ute to Lou Reed, the place songs transfer from Reed’s “floor­break­ing years with the Vel­vets into his majes­tic solo profession.” Con­trib­u­tors embody Joan Jett and the Black­hearts, Rufus Wain­wright, Lucin­da Williams, Rick­ie Lee Jones, Bob­by Rush, and Rosanne Money. The album shall be launched on Report Retailer Day (April twentieth). Get extra deets right here.

Under, as a bonus, watch Reed and Bowie per­kind “I’m Wait­ing for the Man” togeth­er, appar­ent­ly at Reed’s fiftieth start­day bash in 1997.

Relat­ed Con­tent

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Chuck Berry Takes Kei­th Richards to College, Reveals Him How one can Rock (1987)

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