Lou Reed & Metallica | Taratata TV: Paris, France

Metallica and Lou Reed Perform ‘Lulu’ Songs on French TV

By Amy Sciarretto

Metallica‘s Lars Ulrich and Robert Trujilio appeared with Lou Reed on the French show, ‘Taratata,’ which aired on Nov. 25. The episode was taped on Nov. 9, and in addition to the trio sitting down to field questions about and discuss their collaborative ‘Lulu’ album, the band and Reed performed two songs from the record.

While ‘Lulu’ has sunk like a 50-ton boulder on the U.S. charts, the band and Reed remained on the promotional trail in Europe. It’s endearing to see that they are still supporting it and not letting it go despite the fact that it was a commercial failure and earned ‘Tallica their worst reviews in forever. The jarring nature of the material makes it go down hard, and that’s evident during the performances of ‘White Light/White Heat’ and ‘The View.’ There’s no telling if and when these songs will be performed live stateside, so take a gander to satisfy your curiosity and see what it’s like.

During the chat portion of their appearance, Reed talked about Lulu as an amoral woman who is “young, beautiful and wants to have a good time and that’s it. It’s not that she’s mean; she just doesn’t care.” He does the majority of the talking about the album’s concept, since it was his idea in the first place. Ulrich piped up about how Reed mentioned the prospect of recording together and then called to follow up on the suggestion. He revealed that Reed asked, “Want to take a left turn with me?” That they did.

Trujilio speaks French, so Ulrich wanted to talk and then have his partner-in-rhythm translate. The drummer said that the band will soon be making another Metallica album, which the crowd immediately understood. They erupted into cheers and needed no translator. The language barrier was transcended by Metallica there.

Source: http://loudwire.com/

Hal Willner’s Neil Young Project | 2010 Vancouver Winter Cultural Olympiad Festival

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Lou Reed, Elvis Costello, Iron & Wine, Ron Sexsmith, Mark Kozelek, Vashti Bunyan and Broken Social Scene members Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning, among others

Canadian music icon Neil Young did not show up on the second night of a tribute concert in his honour, but the sold out crowds at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre didn’t seem to mind.  The three and a half hour set-list that contained more obscure than well-known renditions of Young’s prolific song-writing legacy left the audience happily humming, “Only love can break your heart.”

It was a night to remember, one that successfully bridged the gap between the ages – whether you were a die-hard Neil Young fan; or from the generation that tolerated his undeniable significance to North American pop culture, there was something here for you.

Featuring a starry line-up of Canadian and American musicians from celebrated musicians such as Lou Reed, Ron Sexsmith, Elvis Costello; spoken word artist Eric Mingus, son of jazz legend Charles Mingus; to the vanguard of young Canadian rockers including members of Broken Social Scene, Metric’s Emily Haines and New Brunswick-based singer Julie Doiron, accompanied by instruments that filled the entire stage; the show moved seamlessly song after song, with no noticeable lags. 

There were many highlights, some predictable like stylish showman Elvis Costello jamming his trademark guitar to Love in Mind" (from Young's 1973 live record, "Time Fades Away") and later, rousing the crowd, in a sparkling gold jacket – Costello’s nod to Olympic Gold - and leopard print fedora, with renditions of "Cowgirl in the Sand" and "Cinnamon Girl."

Yet it was the unexpected moments that were memorable, like Metric’s Emily Haines and James Shaw doing “A Man Needs a Maid,” with the piano and chimes. Others: when great jazz guitarist James Blood Ulmner belted out “Scenery” in his vibrant deep tones - you knew something great was unfolding on stage; and Eric Mingus’s announcement, “these are the roots of music” followed by an urgent, spoken-word reinterpretation of “For the Turnstiles,” sound poetry that morphed from sharp beats to a showering cascade of noise. 

The crew from Broken Social Scene did not disappoint, with Brendan Canning, Sam Goldberg and Bill Priddle staying true to Neil Young’s high-pitched crooning, while music director Joan as Policewoman’s energy lit up the stage.

Produced by Hal Willner best known for his work on Saturday Night Live, the evening, for such a highly choreographed event, had a spontaneous quality, with musicians reading out their songs and lyrics.  Apparently, Willner only confirmed what they were going perform during the days before the shows – yet this wasn’t a deterrent, you could feel the artistic jamming happening on stage and it was good.

Fans were thrilled, “It was amazing,” said Vancouver resident, Fiona Campbell, “I’m going to go home and listen to some more Neil Young before falling asleep.” 

She smiled and slipped out onto the still busy Vancouver night streets

Source: http://www.vancouverobserver.com/blogs/mus...