VIDEO: Arctic Monkeys Cover “Walk on the Wild Side” in Tribute to Lou Reed

Posted on October 30, 2013 | by Amber von Nagel

On Monday, the Arctic Monkeys performed Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side” at Liverpool’s Echo Arena in tribute to the artist, who died on Sunday. It was a somber and heartfelt performance—a perfect tribute to the late Velvet Underground frontman.

Reed, legendary rock artist famous for his work in Velvet Underground, died of liver disease on Sunday, October 27. He underwent a liver transplant in April of this year, from which his wife, Laurie Anderson, said at the time he may not fully recover.

Produced by David Bowie, “Walk on the Wild Side” is from Reed’s 1972 album,Transformer. It tells the story of artists who moved to New York and worked with Andy Warhol, many of whom were transgender. The song received widespread radio play despite its subject matter being taboo at the time, and it continues to be one of Reed’s most well-known and well-loved compositions.

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