Former THE VELVET UNDERGROUND frontman Lou Reed will embark on the “From VU to LULU” European tour in the summer. The trek will start in Luxembourg on Wednesday, June 6 and will take in several festivals, including Switzerland’s Caribana, France’s Montereau, Berlin’s Citadel and Slovakia’s Pohoda.
Lou will also perform several concerts in France, Holland, Belgium, Denmark, and Germany.
The tour will feature a five-piece band, including Lou Reed, Tony “Thunder” Smith (drums), Rob Wasserman (bass), Kevin Hearn (keyboards), and Aram Bajakian (guitar).
Lou and band will perform material from Reed‘s entire cannon of songs, ranging from THE VELVET UNDERGROUND to his recent METALLICA collaborative album “Lulu”.
The dates are as follows:
June 05 – Luxembourg – Rockhal
June 08 – Nyon, Switzerland – Caribana Festival
June 09 – France – Montereau Festival
June 11 – Paris – Olympia
June 12 – Lille, France – L’Aeronef
June 14 – Amsterdam – Heineken Music Hall
June 15 – Brussels – Ancienne Belgique
June 18 – Copenhagen – Falconer Salen
June 20 – Berlin – Citadel Music Festival
June 23 – Mainz, Germany – Zollhafen/Nordmole
June 25 – Clermont Ferrand, France – Cooperative de Mai
June 26 – Bordeaux, France – Fete le Vin
June 29 – Bonn, Germany – Kunst!Rasen
June 30 – Dresden – Filmnächte am Elbufer
July 01 – Munich – Tollwood Festival, Olympic Park
July 05 – Trencin, Slovakia – Pohoda Festival
“Lulu” has polarized fans around the world and earned METALLICA some of the most scathing reviews of its career. The effort features the former THE VELVET UNDERGROUND frontman’s spoken-word poetry and lyrics combined with METALLICA‘s musical assault for a jarring experience that doesn’t sound like anything METALLICA has ever attempted before. A concept album based on two early 20th century plays by German author Frank Wedekind, the CD was co-produced by Reed, METALLICA, Hal Willner — who has produced albums for Reed, Marianne Faithfull, and Laurie Anderson, among others — and Greg Fidelman. Fidelman also mixed the record.
The collaboration between METALLICA and Reed was sparked by their performance together of Reed‘s “Sweet Jane” and “White Light/White Heat” at the 25th anniversary of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame at Madison Square Garden in October of 2009.
The songs were all written by Reed with extensive arrangement contributions by METALLICA.
Only two songs on the album are under five minutes in length, while two are more than 11 minutes long and the closing cut, “Junior Dad”, clocks in at 19 minutes.