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Bono: "Lou Reed made music out of noise"

Bono: "Lou Reed made music out of noise"

Bono has paid tribute to the late Lou Reed, who passed away last month.

Writing in Rolling Stone, Bono explained how he first worked with Reed on the Amnesty International Conspiracy of Hope tour in 1986 and said that he was a fan of his deadpan humour. "His deadpan humor was easily misunderstood as rudeness, and Lou delighted in that misunderstanding," wrote Bono.

He went on to say that Reed took heavy inspiration from New York and he "made music out of noise. The noise of the city." He added that the singer was "thoughtful" and "meditative". Bono wrote:

"It's too easy to think of Lou Reed as a wild creature who put songs about heroin in the pop charts, like some decadent lounge lizard from the Andy Warhol Factory. This couldn't have been further from the truth. He was thoughtful, meditative and extremely disciplined. Before the hepatitis that he caught as a drug user returned, Lou was in top physical condition. Tai chi was what he credited for his lithe physicality and clear complexion."

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Morrissey meanwhile is paying tribute to Reed by releasing a cover of his song "Satellite Of Love". The live version will be available from December 2. Recorded live at The Chelsea Ballroom at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas on November 25, 2011, this digital single will be available from December 2.

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