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The tributes keep pouring in for Lou Reed, who died Sunday from liver disease at the age of 71. Pete Townshend: "I’d been thinking about him after meeting Jean Michel Jarre last Saturday. He is a friend of Lou and Laurie Anderson. My heart goes out to Laurie whom I met briefly when Lou played with me at my girlfriend Rachel Fuller’s ATTIC JAM at Joe’s Pub in New York City. Lou seemed to have fun that night, and it was wonderful and easy for me to perform with this clear-sighted musician who I had expected to be so difficult." John Cale, Reed's bandmate in the Velvet Underground: "The news I feared the most, pales in comparison to the lump in my throat and the hollow in my stomach. Two kids have a chance meeting and 47 years later we fight and love the same way — losing either one is incomprehensible. No replacement value, no digital or virtual fill ... broken now, for all time. Unlike so many with similar stories -- we have the best of our fury laid out on vinyl, for the world to catch a glimpse. The laughs we shared just a few weeks ago, will forever remind me of all that was good between us." Joe Elliott of Def Leppard: "Lou Reed has been in my DNA since the Transformer album back in 1972. Def Leppard has borrowed lyrics and his image in the past and I'm proud to admit that. He was a maverick who went his own way with little regard to current trends. You have to admire an artist like that. Rest in peace Mr. Awkward." David Bowie, who produced Reed's Transformer album: "He was a master." Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine: "My intro to Lou Reed/Velvet Underground was Jane's Addiction cover of 'Rock n Roll'. He was a singular, unique talent." British author Salman Rushdie: "My friend Lou Reed came to the end of his song. So very sad. But hey, Lou, you'll always take a walk on the wild side. Always a perfect day." Whoopi Goldberg: "Lou was one of a kind and this colored girl still says dededede..." Patti Smith: "I made it my business to study him. His process completely spoke to me, the process of merging poetry with these surf rhythms, this pulsing loop... So many of us have benefited from the work he has done. We all owe him a debt. Most of us that owe a debt are not very happy to own up to it. Sometimes you like to imagine that you did everything on your own. But I think with Lou that everyone will stand in line to say thank you, in their own way." Tommy Shaw of Styx tells us that on Sunday night during their show in Lewiston, Idaho they, "Winged a smokey acoustic version of 'Walk on the Wild Side' with the crowd softly singing the do-do-do parts at the end, rising up gospel style then back down low for one last refrain and do-do-do's. It was magical! I live for moments like that, that just happen. Go Lou!"
And Pearl Jam did "Waiting for the Man" in Reed's honor Sunday night at their show in Baltimore.