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Slash, Tom Morello, others post comments on Lou Reed's death


Rock musicians continued to pay their respects on Monday (October 28th) to Lou Reed, the singer, songwriter and former Velvet Underground frontman who died on Sunday (October 27th) at the age of 71 from complications due to liver disease. Although Reed got a liver transplant last spring, the affliction could not be beaten despite continued treatment and Reed returned to Long Island to spend his final days at home.

Guitar icon Slash tweeted, "Haven't really accepted the reality of the loss of Lou Reed," while Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale wrote that Reed was "one of the first poets to speak to me." Device's David Draiman, punk band Rise Against and Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello also noted or remarked on Reed's passing.

Reactions to the death of the rock pioneer have swiftly poured in from around the globe as other musicians, actors, celebrities and artists expressed their thoughts.

At press time, one rock act had notably yet to issue a comment: Metallica. The band collaborated with Reed in 2011 on the album Lulu, which was a commercial failure and widely panned by fans and critics.

Nevertheless, the disc was the last recorded work released by Reed, and the members of Metallica may have been the last musicians to work with him in the studio.

Metallica frontman James Hetfield told us at the time that he did not know the German plays on which the Lulu storyline was based and simply let Reed take charge: "He put together his modern poet version of it, and when he played us the soundtrack to that play, his lyrics were unbelievable. There was basically a soundscape behind it, and he wanted us to add music to it and that's what we did."

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