Lou Reed Cancels Coachella Appearance, West Coast Tour

Lou Reed has canceled his upcoming appearances at Coachella next month, as well as three other California shows he had scheduled in between the two weekends of the music festival.

A spokesman for promoter Goldenvoice said all the shows had been canceled, “due to unavoidable complications.” No other reason was given for the cancellations.

Reed was set to perform the Friday nights of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts festival, on April 12 and 19. Other Friday night performers include Blur, the Stone Roses, Modest Mouse, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Grinderman. In between those dates, Reed planned to do three more California dates: San Francisco (the Warfield on April 14), Monterey (Golden State Theatre on April 16) and Los Angeles (the Orpheum Theatre on April 17).

No replacement has been announced for the Coachella appearance, and organizers have not yet released any word that they will be looking for an act to step in for Reed.

Reed hasn’t released any original solo music since 2007’s Hudson River Wind Meditations, and that album was a strong departure from his normal rock output. Before that, his last album was 2003’s The Raven, which is based on the short stories of Edgar Allan Poe.

However, in 2011 he released the album Lulu, which is the result of his collaboration with Metallica. Though Reed is awesome and Metallica is Metallica, almost everyone and their mother agrees that the album is truly horrible. They are all correct.

In other Coachella news, the festival released news that wristbands for the festival are currently in the mail to those that ordered them. Both weekends of the festival reportedly sold out in less than a day. In addition to the Friday night acts mentioned above, the festival also will feature Phoenix, the Postal Service, the xx, Sigur Ros, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Vampire Weekend, Wu-Tang Clan and New Order.