Legendary Velvet Underground frontman and noise-music forefather Lou Reed will be touring throughout the UK, creating soundscapes influenced and inspired by his seminal 1975 album Metal Machine Music. This Spring, Reed debuts his new outfit, dubbed Metal Machine Trio: MM3, consists of Reed performing on processed and unprocessed guitars, Ulrich Krieger on tenor sax and live-electronics, and Sarth Calhoun on continuum and live processing.
While often sonically displeasing, Metal Machine Music‘s wall of sound and revolutionary recording techniques helped give rise to the industrial side of rock music. According to Reed, the upcoming concerts wont duplicate the original album, which consists entirely of guitar feedback played at different speeds, but will instead opt for entirely new unique music, noise, and soundscapes. Each date will also guarantee a completely new experience, as the trio will keep the performances completely improvisational and free of any vocals.
The tour will consist of only nine shows, beginning April 17th in Cambridge, prior to heading through Europe and concluding April 30th in Palma, Spain. While Reed has not hinted at any US dates, the European tour will coincide with the release of a newly re-mastered edition of the original 1975 Metal Machine Music album in 5.1 surround sound on 180-gram double gatefold vinyl, Audio DVD & Blu-ray. The re-release will blow your mind, and possibly your speakers.
Metal Machine Trio 2010 Tour Dates:
04/17 – Cambridge, UK @ The Junction
04/18 – Oxford, UK @ 02 Academy
04/19 – London, UK @ Royal Festival Hall
04/21 – Paris, FR @ La Cigale
04/22 – Brussels, BE @ Domino Festival – Ancienne Belgique
04/24 – Copenhagen, DK @ DR Koncerthuset
04/26 - Oslo, NO @ Sentrum Scene
04/27 – Bergen, NO @ Ole Bull Scene
04/30 – Mallorca, SP @ Festival Alternatilla – Teatre Principal de Palma