Watch Lou Reed and Pete Townshend deliver a beautiful stripped-back rendition of ‘Pale Blue Eyes’
We’re dipping into the Far Out Magazine vault to bring you a special moment between two powerhouses of rock and roll. It sees The Who’s Pete Townshend join the late, great, Velvet Underground maestro, Lou Reed, perform together.
Not just any track, either. The duo takes on the Velvet Underground’s perfect alt-pop gem, ‘Pale Blue Eyes’, performing a beautifully stripped-back rendition of the song.
As a musician, the first time you play a song with someone can be a nerve-wracking thing to do, especially if you’re both about to play a song you wrote. But, we’d assume those tensions ease a little when the performer asking you to join them on stage is part of legendary rockers, The Who.
That was the prospect Lou Reed faced when being asked by guitar legend Pete Townshend to perform a stripped-back cover of The Velvet Underground’s ‘Pale Blue Eyes’ in 2007.
The guitarist was using his downtime from The Who’s Endless Wire to get back in touch with music. He had spent so much time churning out the greatest hits for The Who’s fans that there was a need to reconnect once again. He did so by, alongside his girlfriend Rachel Fuller, holding a series of intimate shows.
The shows were conducted while Townshend was on downtime from the tour and so offered up a variety of different performances. There are memorable moments from his time with a young Adele, performing with Jack White, as well as the Flaming Lips.
Perhaps the most memorable moment from the sessions came from him and Lou Reed taking on the Velvet Underground classic. It was part of a three-song set at the famous Joe’s Pub venue in New York and below you can find the perfect rendition of ‘Pale Blue Eyes’ from back in 2007.