Remembering the dramatic moment Lou Reed punched David Bowie in the face
We’re dipping into the Far Out vault to bring you one of our all-time favourite rock and roll relationships, Lou Reed and David Bowie and sharing the moment the two came to blows. Don’t worry, they made up in the end.
While the two may have been best of friends for decades, David Bowie and Lou Reed certainly went through some seriously tricky moments in their relationship, most notably when The Velvet Underground man attempted to pummel the Thin White Duke to a pulp over dinner.
The incident, which was initially chronicled by Bowie: The Ultimate Music Guide, saw the dynamic duo come to blows after a show at the Hammersmith Odeon in 1979. After the performance, Bowie, Reed and some of the band members left the stage and made their way to the Chelsea Rendezvous restaurant for some food and a catch up.
At one point, Reed asked Bowie if he’d be interested in producing his ninth solo studio album The Bells, to which Bowie kindly agreed. However, in a sobering and somewhat cutting moment, Bowie said he would only work with Reed on the album if he got sober and cleaned up his act. It was an ultimatum the New Yorker didn’t take kindly too.
Reed, already half cut, lurched across the table and grabbed Bowie by the scruff the neck and began punching him in the face.
Reed was eventually dragged off Bowie and escorted out the building, both rock stars screaming insults at one another to stunned ...
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