Lou Reed Tribute: Laurie Anderson and Anohni Honor the Coney Island Baby

By Philip Trapp on Jul 31, 2016 02:45 AM EDT

Composer and artist Laurie Anderson paid musical tribute to her late husband Lou Reed (the Velvet Underground, the Primitives) on Saturday with a special concert event dubbed The Bells: A Daylong Celebration of Lou Reed.

Anderson welcomed featured guests such as newly solo artist of Hopelessness acclaim, former Antony and the Johnsons singer Anohni.

The performance at New York's Lincoln Center also hosted a Lou Reed lyric recital featuring The Wedding Singer and Barton Fink actor Steve Buscemi with the leading man of Martin Scorsese's epic 1988 biblical drama, The Last Temptation of Christ's Willem Dafoe.

As we previously reported on Classicalite, Lou Reed's death in 2013 was reported worldwide, with musical memorials to the musician following soon thereafter. The artist's avant-garde Metal Machine Music and work with Velvet Underground are frequently cited as classic rock milestones.

INDIO, CA - APRIL 19: Musician Antony Hegarty from the band Antony and the Johnsons performs during day three of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2009 held at the Empire Polo Club on April 19, 2009 in Indio, California. (Photo : Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

BrookylnVegan posted the lineup of the tribute to the "Godfather of Punk":

"The first is Rock & Roll which happens at 11:30 a.m. at Damrosch Park Bandshell and features ... Don Fleming, Sal Maida, Kenny Margolis, Lee Ranaldo, Steve Shelley, Matt Sweeney, and Karen Waltuch along with special guests Joan As Police Woman, David Johansen, Lenny Kaye, Jesse Malin, Kembra Pfahler, Felice Rosser, Harper Simon, Jon Spencer, Tammy Faye Starlite, Bush Tetras, JG Thirlwell..."

The tribute also featured a show called Lou Reed's Love Songs with entertainers Anderson and Anohni alongside artists such as Sun Kil Moon's Benji boy Mark Kozelek, Metric frontwoman Emily Haines, singer-songwriter Victoria Williams and even Sufjan Stevens collaborator Doveman.

Anderson reprised her performance of Lou Reed's DRONES from this summer's Big Ears Festival.

Below, listen to Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music:

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TagsLaurie Anderson, Lou Reed, The Velvet Underground, Anohni, Steve Buscemi, Lee Ranaldo, Sun Kil Moon, Mark Kozelek, Sufjan Stevens, Metal Machine Music, Big Ears Festival

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