In case you were wondering what, exactly, you were missing when you heard about all those industry parties featuring big-name musical guests, Lou Reed is here to let you know that the answer is “Not much, except for that drained-soul feeling.” From a report on a Web 2.0 party with a Blackberry-wielding crowd:
Lou looked miserable. He ended a song, looked out and, in that distinctive Lou Reed voice, said to the crowd: “Maybe you can talk louder.”
He continued: “I can turn the sound up and hurt you.”
Some people cheered.
Lou gave the order to the sound guy: “Turn it up.”
He strummed a blaring chord, then spoke some more, turning up the irony.
“This is the moment I’ve waited for my whole life. When I was on St. Marks Place I thought, someday there’ll be a cyberspace and I’ll be playing for AOL.” (There was a big AOL banner behind the band.)
Hey, it could have been worse, Lou. You could have been opening for the Bank of America guy.
UPDATE: Valleywag has video of Reed’s performance, as well as estimates of his take-home.