By Jean Baptiste Modino: The Final Photo of Lou Reed, 2013.

Western Mass will rock its best in homage to their prolific hero, Lou Reed. Mr. Reed's poetic music of hope in the most unusual places will be honored in song by some of the Pioneer Valley's most experienced musicians at the Iron Horse Music Hall this week. BBR posted a review of Reed at the Calvin Theatre several years ago and it remains an unparalleled experience. Visit the Iron Horse Music Hall website for tickets. Mr. Reed left us after a courageous battle with liver cancer, all proceeds from this show go to the Cancer Connection in Northampton, MA.

 Editor's Note: The IHEG team just announced that Violet Clark will not be performing, but Daniel Hales and the Frost Heaves, and

Skeggy Kendall have been added to the bill.

Ride Into the Sun: A Local Tribute to Lou Reed Thursday, January 9th 7PM at the Iron Horse Featuring Fancy Trash, The Fawns, Goldwater The Second, The Lonesome Brothers, Lo Fine, Mark Mulcahy, Rocky Roberts & Friends, Rusty Belle, School for the Dead, Violet Clark, and Winterpills
Click HERE for tickets
With songs from the Velvet Underground up through his illustrious solo career, a menagerie of Valley musicians pay tribute to the recently departed Lou Reed
From the 1960s until just a few months ago, Lou Reed's music and many personas brought us magic and, inevitably, loss with his passing on October 27th, 2013. Some of the Valley's many talented and seasoned musical artists pay tribute to the man and his music, both with the Velvet Underground and as a solo artist.

Tickets are $10 at Northampton Box Office:
76 Main Street, Northampton.
413 586 8686 and online at

Lou Reed’s website has shared the final photograph (displayed above) which was taken of the late musician. It’s accompanied by a statement from Reed’s manager, Tom Sarig:

“Just a couple of weeks ago Lou did a photo session intended to become a print ad for his friend Henri Seydoux’s French audio headphones company Parrot. The renowned photographer Jean Baptiste Mondino took the shots, and this was the very last shot he took. Always a tower of strength.”



Read Our Other Articles on Lou Reed:

October 27, 2013. We Grieve The Magic and Loss of Lou Reed.

Lou Reed, April 20th, 2008


Proceeds of the Iron Horse Tribute to Lou Reed will go directly to the area's local cancer support network,