THE MONTREAL BLITZ

July 25, 2010 – 4:05 am

It was all too much for the rock ‘n’ roll crowd when the trio made them “walk on the wild side”.

LAURIE ANDERSON, LOU REED and JOHN ZORN
Montreal 2010 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier Place des Arts, Montreal, Canada, July 2, 2010. Excellent audience stereo recording.

The notoriety of this recent show in Montreal was the “expletive deleted” outburst by John Zorn at the end of the second improvisation when he told the crowd “if you don’t think this is music, then get the **** outta here”. While the expletive cannot be heard, the crowd’s cascade of boos can. About a third of the audience then walked out of the hall.

Some of the complaints were that for close to $100 a ticket, they expected a show not noise. That the “noise” was too loud and uncomfortable. Despite the steep ticket price, the show had attracted 1,000 paying fans.


A 68-year-old Reed tweedling the knobs.

We downloaded this audience recording to hear what all the fuss was about. It was recorded close to the stage [?] by Patook and sounds excellent. It is what it is - an avant garde/free jazz explosion of noise, drones, electronic wailing and buzzing. Nothing that you wouldn’t expect from a free jazz concert.

To quote from Lou Reed, who earlier in the day told the press the show would be a “fearless night of non-rock”, “100 per cent improvised”. Indeed, it was.

The excellent artwork by schnitstelle includes comments by fans who attended the concert. It gives a good idea of the confusion and the expectations.

Perhaps this is just a reflection of what most of us are conditioned to accept as entertainment. It’s also about our limits to tolerate something different. At least, we hope the music will set you thinking.
- Professor Red

This is a Patook recording/production #61.

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Track 02. improvisation (19.4MB)
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61 min

Lineup:
Laurie Anderson - electric violin, synth
Lou Reed - guitar, effects
John Zorn - sax

Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Music was reissued in 2000.

On May 10, 2010, a remastered 180-gram double gatefold vinyl, audio DVD and Blu-ray of Metal Machine Music was released in the UK. Click on the link to order the album.

  1. 17 Responses to “THE MONTREAL BLITZ”

  2. hey bigo, thanks!!! i get all the zorn boots you post, except for tapai cause it’s missing tracks. it’s cool cause i have complete masada and electric masada shows on cd-r’s in my garage.

    $100 is too much for a ticket. one can see electric masada for probably less than $30. saft would put me on the list cause we’re friends. i wish they would play here in b’ham, al. it’d be a rad show. the stone shows are usually just $10 or sometimes if zorn plays it’s $20 cause he paid his dues and usually he’ll play with other big names.

    i will fix the tags the way you have them.

    best,
    ed

    By Ed Saad on Jul 25, 2010

  3. So far, I’ve liked what I heard. Anxious to give it several passes to really know. Perhaps best to have no expectations and keep a real open mind about it. I don’t blame people for walking, either. I’d be bummed to put out that much $$$ and be denied any known songs. Vote with your feet, I say.

    Anyway, I’m up and down with Lou and Laurie, and have only one Zorn album - which I love to death - the soundtrack “In The Mirror of Maya Deren”. Any other Zorn recommendations along those lines?

    By lowendbill on Jul 25, 2010

  4. Lou Reed always wears nice wigs!

    By dandor on Jul 25, 2010

  5. I love John Zorn’s albums, “Naked City” and “Torture Garden.” I saw Laurie Anderson in concert in 1994 or 1995 and again in 2000. She was brilliant! Got to meet her backstage at the first show. Lou Reed never fails to deliver the goods. Thanks for this show!

    By Phil Brickey on Jul 25, 2010

  6. I may be in the minority, but these artists charged in line with what classic rock acts (Aerosmith, Eagles, etc.). If they wanted to expand the audience horizons, they should have taken some risk and lowered the ticket price. I can understand the disappointment when they expected to hear at least some familiar tunes to serve as an anchor for the avant-garde long form pieces. We can’t ask Lou to walk on the wild side forever, but a little walk along “Dirty Blvd” wouldn’t have hurt.

    By trivialtony on Jul 26, 2010

  7. I thought it sounded pretty good too. But I’ve been in these kind of events & what can be cool on a home stereo can be excruciating to sit thru live…

    By ds on Jul 28, 2010

  8. God,whats wrong with you lot?what did you expect?I think this is fantastic that after all this time in the business there are still artists prepared to go out on a limb from accepted modes of music making_-I saw Lou several years ago in Leicester and he didnt play all the hits thank god,he probably accepts that his audience have the intelligence to not expect the expected.I love his current music,Metal Machine Music is a masterpiece of experimental music,and more strength to his arm.If you go to see him expecting Transformer revisited then you deserve all you get!

    By M.Mitchell on Jul 28, 2010

  9. “Lou Reed twiddling the knobs” was all I needed to read.

    It may be Free jazz, but it’s lousy free jazz.

    By Sluggo714 on Jul 28, 2010

  10. I’m with Mr. Mitchell on this.
    The pissed off didn’t do their homework
    after plunking down $100. Maybe 100 bucks shouldn’t be too much to have a new experience that will actually add something to their shriveling minds if only they were open?

    By Seriously B. Have on Jul 29, 2010

  11. …I meant to say: …”before” plunking down $100…
    …and the comment from the woman who “wasn’t going into this blind”: she was expecting “…’soft-jazz’ versions of ‘Sweet Jane’ and ‘Satellite of Love’…? Who told her this?

    By Seriously B. Have on Jul 30, 2010

  12. its mind boggling to me that people actually think that this crap is music. and then to seriously defend it and compare metal machine music to music and claim its a masterpiece? holy crap! lou himself has all but admitted that the album was a joke and intended as a smack in the face of the label he gave it to cuz he didnt want to work with them anymore. he didnt feel like he should have been obligated to produce quality product for them and handed them that slab of garbage for contractual obligations. course they had to accept it and release it to recoup their losses i suppose. it was a total waste as most people found out. masterpiece? gimme a break–its pure worthless junk. no one listens to it twice. dont act high n mighty as if u get some deep meaning out of it. theres nothing there. just as theres nothing here in this piece of garbage performance. if people actually sat thru this performance after shelling out serious money and didnt complain and attempt to get their money back then theyre bigger idiots than previously believed. there is actually a contract implied when u buy a ticket to an event. had i bought a ticket to this event i assure u i would have petitioned to get a refund. had i not succeeded immediately id have taken it to court. ive done it and ive succeeded. twice. this shit is not music. it might be entertainment for the brain dead just as rap is but that doesnt make it music. comedy comes out on cd too but that doesnt make it music. i love lou to death. i even like some of laurie’s stuff. not a huge fan of jazz but i do like fusion. sorry guys this shit is..well.. shit.

    By darth on Aug 3, 2010

  13. You really need to listen to MMM on headphones,that way you really get to appreciate the difference tones at their best-there is a point at which noise becomes music.I didnt realise that purchase of a concert ticket allowed you to stipulate the artistic content you percieve,maybe I can get a refund for concerts I have attended where I witnessed a regurgitation of greatest hits just like the record.

    By m.mitchell on Aug 8, 2010

  14. I saw Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson at a different benefit, paid well over $100, and walked out about halfway through. I don’t need to hear Sweet Jane again, but the performance felt like a big “F-U” to the audience. This isn’t a brilliant new direction for either artist…it’s unlistenable.

    Sometimes the audience is right and is a better judge than the performers.

    By bingo on Aug 19, 2010

  15. Yes you are right and I am totally wrong.Happy now?

    By m.mitchell on Aug 19, 2010

  16. I’m interested to hear what this sounds like. I’m a huge Lou & Laurie fan. Thanks

    By Matt on Aug 25, 2010

  17. Just stumbled across this. Thank you, thank you.
    Wonderful.

    I like MMM (this is nothing like it, of course) and particularly enjoy Zeitkratzer’s interpretation of that recording.

    By jn on Apr 23, 2013

  18. As soon as Lou Reed made that statement people should have known they would be listening to 3 artists who had crawled up their own ass.

    By Troy on May 5, 2016

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