Hundreds of fans gather at Lincoln Center in New York to listen to recordings selected by Reed's family and friends at the three-hour public memorial.
Hundreds of fans paid tribute to rock legend Lou Reed who passed away on October 27 in a public memorial service on Thursday afternoon, November 14. The event took place near Lincoln Center's Paul Milstein Pool and Terrace.
Reed's Facebook page announced the memorial on Tuesday. According to the post, the memorial called "New York: Lou Reed at Lincoln Center" would serve as "a gathering open to the public - no speeches, no live performances, just Lou's voice, guitar music & songs - playing the recordings selected by his family and friends."
Rolling Stone reported that the three-hour memorial started with blaring sound of guitar and drum of "The Blue Mask" which is the title track of Reed's 1982's album. The Velvet Underground's "Rock & Roll" followed next. The event was brought to climax with "Sister Ray" off the Velvet Underground's album "White Light/White Heat". It was followed by "Think It Over" and some other pieces. The memorial ended with Lou's 1975 LP "Metal Machine Music".
At some point during the event, Reed's widow Laurie Anderson joined friends and fans. People clapped and cheered when a song was finished. Some fans opted to stand while others sat, chatting and hugging others. The memorial ended at 4 P.M.