Throughout history, there have been vast amounts of influential artists, when it comes to music. There have been very few though, that have reached the level of influence as Lou Reed.
Reed passed away yesterday morning, and the world lost a true Rock icon. As the fan of music that I am, I was grateful to be spending that day at the annual Bridge School Benefit Concert, in Mountain View. With a lineup that consisted of Jenny Lewis, Heart, fun., Elvis Costello and Diana Krall, My Morning Jacket, Tom Waits, Queens of the Stone Age, and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, I expected at least a moment of silence for the legendary Velvet Underground co-founder. What we got was even more powerful.
To close their set, My Morning Jacket called out many artist from the day (including Lewis, Costello, Krall, and Young), to pay homage to the man that influenced so many of their careers. With an absolutely incredible acoustic rendition of “Oh! Sweet Nuthin," MMJ put a silence over the crowd that you don’t often hear at concerts.
The hit, from The Velvet Underground's 1970 hit album Loaded, was without question the highlight of the weekend. While this ended up being the only tribute to Reed, it was exactly what the day needed. A great musician honored with the respect he truly deserved.
Bridge School is one of the best concerts you can attend, in my opinion. Not just for the always stellar lineups, but for the purpose of the show in general. For those reasons, this is a show that I will always look forward to attending.
Thank you Neil and Pegie Young, for all of the work you do for Bridge School, and for this special show you give us each and every year. I look forward to supporting whatever you bring us in 2014.