Believe what you will with this one, but the Sun is reporting that chart topper Susan Boyle flew to Los Angeles to tape a performance of Lou Reed’s 1972 ballad “Perfect Day” (a song, mind you, often thought to refer to the onetime Velvet Underground singer’s heroin use) for America’s Got Talent yesterday. Alas, the UK paper says the multi-platinum diva was given a last-minute smackdown when Reed denied her covering his song, and said he “didn’t like” Boyle.
The Sun claims a heartbroken SuBo left the set rather than use the remaining two hours before the taping to rehearse another song.
Of course, there are so many suspect points about this item, least of all is the notion that Boyle’s handlers—let alone AGT producers—would have her zip across the ocean if the go-ahead from Reed had not yet been offered for covering “Perfect Day.”
At any rate, we’re guessing the track won’t be appearing on her next album of covers. Meanwhile, other artists who’ve been worthy of taking a shot at the song in the past are Patti Smith, Duran Duran, Antony Hegarty, Amanda Lear and Kirsty MacColl.
Reed also performed “Perfect Day” with Luciano Pavarotti at the 2001 Pavarotti & Friends concert. So marvel below at what Susan Boyle suposedly missed out on.