Lou Reed has announced plans to tour his seminal “Berlin” album throughout Europe, including UK dates, throughout June and July.
The singer recorded the album in 1973, and it has gone on to become one of his most celebrated works. Following on from his commercial high of “Transformer” (recorded with Bowie and Ronson), “Berlin” initially caused shock and consternation amongst his fan base. However, it has since gone on to earn a cult following in its own right.
Essentially a concept album about a love affair between two heroin addicts, “Berlin” continually skirts the edge of what is acceptable on a rock record. Famously, producer Bob Ezrin went to extreme methods to obtain the cries of children on the track named “The Kids”. One story has it that he told his own children that their mother had died, before locking them in a cupboard.
In order to recreate the record, the singer intends to use a 30-piece ensemble. Lou Reed will tour “Berlin” at the following UK venues:
June 23rd – Cork, Marquee
June 24th – Belfast, Waterfront
June 25th – Edinburgh, Playhouse
June 26th – Nottingham, Royal Centre
June 28th – Paris, Salle Pleyel
June 30th – London, Royal Albert Hall