Lou Reed Puts An End To Susan Boyle’s “Perfect Day” On ‘America’s Got Talent’

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.

  • Scott

    What a mess. Absolute proof that you can’t cross genres successfully. Poor Luciano. Who was doing his eyebrows with crayon?

    • Robbie Daw

      HA! Didn’t even notice, but now that you mention…yowza!

  • http://none mila

    human beings have individual differences. you can not deny we need a susan boyle to spell the difference for those who prefer other type of rendition.

    i would have not known this song had susan didn’t sing it.

    I appreciated every word that Mr. Lou had written for the song “Perfect Day”.
    It could represent and touch so many lives not only meant for addiction but for those who are in struggle to have fun and perfect day in their lives.

    Thank you Mr. Lou. Thank you Ms. Susan Boyle.

  • Rhondelle

    It was, as has been revealed, record company spin – to create hype and sympathy in advance of the new CD release. Lou Reed has said publicly he never refused the use of the song as claimed by the pr spin doctors at Syco.