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  posted on 1/11/2017 at 10:22 PM
I am watching a classic Lou Reed concert from '84 on the Concert Vault.

It reminded me of a show I saw from around the same time with the same backing band Fernando Saunders on Bass, Fred Maher on drums and Robert Quine fantastic on guitar along with Lou.

There was one song at the show I saw at the Pacific Amphitheater in LA where in the lyrics Lou references "a letter, and this is what it said" and that was the lead into an amazing Robert Quine guitar solo that represented musically what was in this letter. It was one of the coolest, memorable guitar solos I have seen, but to this day I can't remember what the song was.

First off, Lou was a great talent, and this band was one of the best combos I have seen - they were perfect. That said Robert Quine was a very unique talent who I believe ended up taking his own life several years back.

So my question for the music pros left out there, does anyone know what that song might be?

Thanks!

Here's a sample vid from the band with a great solo from Quine around 1:15.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xsr5vaNZhVQ

Here is the whole show:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yOoXjYppyMM&rdm=2dqaqc13&client=mv-go ogle




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  posted on 1/12/2017 at 02:38 AM
I don't know the answer to this question however I will be watching this space closely hoping that somebody else does (?) Sounds like an interesting song.
Is this concert that you saw the same that is available commercially on DVD as "A night with Lou Reed "?

 

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  posted on 1/12/2017 at 07:19 AM
'A Night With Lou Reed' was filmed in 1983 at the Bottom Line. The other show that was linked is from the Capitol Theatre and is from 1984.

I saw those Bottom Line shows with Quine on guitar along with a show they did at Studio 54 later when they toured and it is my favorite Lou tour and I saw almost all of them from 1978 up until his death. Quine encouraged Lou to play guitar and he had a gift in playing those screeching short leads to mesh with Lou rhythm guitar. Lou was also playing some lead lines at the time as well.

The set list was different as well as Quine was a major Velvet fan (he recorded live shows which were released) and was able to convince Lou to play songs he had not played in years like 'New Age'.

 

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  posted on 1/12/2017 at 10:22 AM
I had exactly one opportunity to see Lou Reed and he broke his leg during soundcheck, show cancelled. Now I don't remember what year that was.

Enjoying this show !

 

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  posted on 1/12/2017 at 05:34 PM
Huge Lou fan. Saw him many times. Have books, lyrics, etc and my band plays songs by him. Not sure what song talks about "a letter"? if I had to guess, though, judging from that tour, I would wonder if it was Some Kinda Love?

 

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  posted on 1/12/2017 at 09:56 PM
Hey amyjared - maybe. Found this version of Some Kinda Love / Sister Ray, and Lou does mention, "Sister Ray said" leading into a crazy jam so that might be it (while very memorable, it was a long time ago and we were having fun at the show!).

For those less familiar with Lou at this time, check out this clip and enjoy the jam!!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WAipAnb-J-I

 

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  posted on 1/12/2017 at 11:40 PM
Love me some Robert Quine. He really rips it up on Matthew Sweet's "Girlfriend" album.
 

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  posted on 1/29/2017 at 06:55 PM
I think you did it! Listening to the Live in Italy version of Some Kinda Love/Sister Ray and heading into a great guitar jam Lou leads with, "Sister Ray said" and then Quine takes it and goes off! That question was lingering with me for over 30 years, so THANKS!!

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Huge Lou fan. Saw him many times. Have books, lyrics, etc and my band plays songs by him. Not sure what song talks about "a letter"? if I had to guess, though, judging from that tour, I would wonder if it was Some Kinda Love?

 

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