After reviving his 1973 concept album "Berlin" for complete performances in New York in December, Reed will reprise the concept this summer during a European tour. For these shows, the artist will be
In 1973, Lou Reed took most rock fans off guard with the follow-up to his commercial breakthrough, the 1972 David Bowie-produced "Transformer" (which spawned the hit single, "Walk on the Wild Side"). Instead of continuing in the same glam rock path many expected, the resulting album, "Berlin," was a conceptual work about a victim of domestic abuse who later turns to drugs and prostitution, before committing suicide.
The ultra-dark "Berlin" was certainly not in line with such chart-toppers as the Carpenters and John Denver, and as a result, the album was considered a failure at the time of its initial release. But subsequently, "Berlin" has come to be considered one of Reed's most challenging and strongest solo albums from front-to-back.
After reviving "Berlin" for complete performances in New York in December, Reed will reprise the concept this summer during a European tour. For these shows, the artist will be backed with a 30-piece ensemble that will include his band, as well as a string and horn section, plus a children's choir.
The outing kicks off on June 18 in Brussels, and will include subsequent performances in Holland, France, Germany, Britain and Italy. Tickets go on sale Friday (March 16).
"I only do this every 30 years," Reed tells Billboard.com. "One time, one time only. You can tell your kids you saw Lou Reed's 'Berlin'."
Here are Lou Reed's tour dates:
June 18: Brussels (Forest Nationale)
June 20: Amsterdam (Heineken Music Hall)
June 23: Paris (Palais de Congress)
June 26: Berlin (Tempodrom)
June 30, July 1: London (Hammersmith Apollo)
July 3: Lyon, France (Grand Theatre Romain de Fourviere)
July 6: Rome (Il Parco della Musica)
July 8: Arezzo, Italy (Piazza Grande)