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Sydney 1974 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; August 13, 1974. Very good audience recording.

Thanks to taper Christine 16; audiowhore and to wazza50 for sharing the show at Dime.

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What you are or will be listening to is the first ever concert that Lou Reed performed in Australia, on August 13, 1974. Between audiowhore’s extensive research, my ticket stubs plus my recollections we’ve pieced together what we both think are the definitive Lou Reed 1974 Australian Tour dates. It cleared one thing up for myself, I was under the impression that more shows were added after the tour had started but actually the 2nd & 3rd concerts for Sydney and Melbourne went on sale before Lou landed in the country.

On the early tour posters that appeared pre tour the city of Perth was listed but by the time the tour went ahead Perth was not on the tour but Brisbane which is not on the poster ended being one of the four cities visited on the tour. Obviously behind the scenes something unknown happened and Brisbane substituted for Perth.

Ticket prices were an outrageous A$5.50!

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The story behind the 13th August 1974 recording:

I first met the taper (nicknamed Christine 16 as a joke) sometime in mid to late 1972 when I brought bootleg LPs from him after he had placed ads selling bootleg LPs in the classified section of a Sydney Sunday paper. We kept in periodical contact, this usually occurred when a new batch of bootleg LPs had freshly arrived from California.

I can’t remember now if we even knew each other would be attending the Sydney Lou shows but now I know that we both caught the first Lou 1974 Sydney show. After it became known that myself & friends taped select Sydney shows he mentioned to me that he’d taped Lou back in 1974 at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion. He recorded the show on a portable reel to reel deck, the brand of recorder plus the microphone used are long forgotten. I remember him saying he had placed the recorder either under his chair or under the one in front of him, or was it on top of his chair or the one in front?

The 1974 Lou Sydney audiences were rather sedate… Probably because most of us if not all of us had never (well on stage at least) seen a stick thin, crew-cutted bleach blonde male rumoured to be a junkie/homosexual who sang about various lowlifes & their activity’s. Most of us stood quietly in front of our seats while we watched somewhat bemused while Lou cavorted onstage & clapped politely at the end of songs.

But by the time of the Lou’s 1975 Australian tour his audiences were far more vocal as you will hear when the 1975 recordings are upped. The infamous Sydney airport TV interview plus that night’s paper & the next morning’s paper both of which reported some of Lou’s airport comments certainly helped gather interest in seeing this Lou Reed person!

People have asked me if Lou performed his hammer & tack act during the Sydney shows, you know the tourniquet & syringe hitting up scenario during Heroin. I honestly can say I don’t remember Lou doing so because I think I would remember if he did but on the other hand a friend swears he did. Having listened to Heroin from both Sydney shows I can’t hear any comments, laughs or shrieks from the audience which I’m sure if Lou had hit up one would hear some audience reaction.

Anyway sometime in the mid or late ’70s Christine 16 lent me his reel to reel tape, I borrowed my father’s SONY tape deck & personally transferred the reel onto cassette. Since I‘ve had this show I’ve only traded it only a handful of times copied from my 1st generation cassette with some fellow Lou fans in the UK. Over the years I’ve seen this show on very few Lou trade lists, sometimes attributed to various other dates in August but have never spotted it on any torrent sites.

Until now.

Thanks again to Christine 16 for his recording & audiowhore for the 2018 cassette transfer & research.


Waz From Oz

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1st Generation Cassette Taken From The Master Reel To Reel Recorded By Christine 16
2018 Cassette Transfer Thanks To audiowhore
Artwork By Waz From Oz

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Track 01. Intro 1:57
Track 02. Sweet Jane 5:41
Track 03. Vicious 6:18
Track 04. Ride Sally Ride 3:48
Track 05. Heroin 11:20
Track 06. Sally Can’t Dance 4:51
Track 07. Lady Day 3:48
Track 08. Waiting For The Man 8:49
Track 09. Oh Jim 6:51
Track 10. Walk On The Wild Side 4:19
Track 11. White Light/White Heat 5:11
Track 12. New York Telephone Conversation/Goodnight Ladies 1:32
Track 13. Rock & Roll 11:50
77 mins

Lou Reed - vocals
Danny Weiss - guitar
Michael Fonfara - keyboards
Mouse Johnson - drums
Peter Johnson - bass

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  1. 22 Responses to “LOU REED - SYDNEY 1974”

  2. In the backroom I was every guy’s darling.


    By U L E on Oct 28, 2021

  3. I never lost my head, even while I was giving head.

    By Derrick on Oct 28, 2021

  4. Last two twernt me . More fakes

    By U L E on Oct 28, 2021

  5. Thanks Big O
    Always enjoy more Lou and these legendary concerts in Oz are no exception. His press conferences there at the time are amongst the most hilarious by a visiting musician you will ever hear. Check them out on Google. Uncle Lou at his taciturn best
    Thanks guys

    By swappers on Oct 28, 2021

  6. I’m new on here. The way I sees it, jus about every guy on here is gay. Is that right, are y’all BigO homos?

    By Heartlands Patriot on Oct 29, 2021

  7. Go check out ASPEN BROOKS…..she is a hot redhead girl with a huge one. I wish she would take me out on a date

    By Roxxie Moth on Oct 29, 2021

  8. Two above twernt me , more fakes

    By U L E on Oct 29, 2021

  9. Rumor has it Lou had a Big Un

    By U L E on Oct 29, 2021

  10. Lou was a Jew

    By U L E on Oct 29, 2021

  11. Jews have Big Pricks , noses and ears

    By U L E on Oct 29, 2021

  12. Also long pockets , short arms

    By U L E on Oct 29, 2021

  13. This guy was packing major heat in his pants I heard .

    By ELU on Oct 29, 2021

  14. Six above twernt me , more fakes

    By T J on Oct 29, 2021

  15. Seven above twernt me , more fakes

    By Mark on Oct 29, 2021

  16. Twasnt me on last eight . All fakes

    By U L E on Oct 29, 2021

  17. Twernt me last nine . All fakes

    By U E L on Oct 29, 2021

  18. Hey, Heartlands Patriot, you will fit in just right here.

    By DD on Oct 29, 2021

  19. He might be my dad, Mom fucked a lot of junkies.

    By DD on Oct 29, 2021

  20. Most were crackheads though.

    By DD on Oct 29, 2021

  21. Last one twernt me nuther fake

    By U L E on Oct 30, 2021

  22. I’m faking being hetero. Chicks never believe it. *sob*

    By U L E on Oct 30, 2021

  23. Last two twernt , me all fakes

    By U L E on Oct 30, 2021

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