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REED PLAYS ’BERLIN’ LIVE

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At long last, music fans will get to hear Lou Reed’s seminal 1973 album, "Berlin," performed live and in its entirety by the rock legend himself.

Along with singers Sharon Jones and Antony, and musicians Rupert Christie, Steve Hunter, Fernando Saunders, Tony Smith, Rob Wasserman, the Brooklyn-born singer, songwriter and musician is scheduled to perform the cult favorite at St. Ann’s Warehouse in DUMBO from Dec. 14 through Dec. 17.

Directed and designed by artist and filmmaker Julian Schnabel, who hails from Ocean Parkway, this "theatrical­ized" concert version of "Berlin" features five new songs, completing Reed’s devastating exploration of loneliness, depression and the dark side of man as seen through the eyes of a drug-addicted couple struggling with their demons in the German capital.

The show will also be performed live in Australia next month as part of the Sydney Festival.

Kicking off a career that has spanned more than 40 years, Reed fronted The Velvet Underground, an influential rock band which was briefly managed by artist Andy Warhol, and which set itself apart from its contemporaries by daring to sing about a gritty world of sex and drugs during the 1960s and 1970s. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, some of the band’s most famous songs are "Heroin," "Sweet Jane," "Rock and Roll," "White Light/White Heat" and "Sister Ray."

Since launching his solo career in 1971, the now 63-year-old Reed has continuously reinvented himself, morphing between campy glam-rock, punk- and rock-star personas and recording albums like "Transformer," "Metal Machine Music," "Sally Can’t Dance," "Coney Island Baby," "The Blue Mask," "New Sensations," "Magic and Loss," "Ecstasy" and most recently, "The Raven." He is best-known to mainstream listeners for his underground anthem, "Walk on the Wild Side." Reed’s solo work and collaborations with the Velvet Underground have also been cited as the inspiration for generations of bands.

Lou Reed’s "Berlin" will be performed at St. Ann’s Warehouse (38 Water Street between Main and Dock streets in DUMBO) from Dec. 14 through Dec. 17 at 8 pm. Tickets to the world premiere performances are $65 and can be purchased through the St. Ann’s Warehouse box office: by phone at (718) 254-8779 or in person, Tuesday through Saturday, from 1 pm to 7 pm. Tickets are also available online at www.ticketweb.com.

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