I was absolutely gutted when my friend Oli sent the text to say Lou had passed away. We’d both seen him last year at an incredibly intimate gig at The Assembly in Leamington Spa (only a few hundred people in a 1920′s art-deco dance hall).
It was a tremendous gig – beyond all my expectations. He played a sprinkling of hits amongst some songs from his last album with Metallica, Lu Lu (which I loved). He seemed to need a bit of help getting onto the stage – but once there, he owned it. I was delighted when he berated out some guy in the audience for filming on his phone – a taste of crotchety Lou’s treatment of ill-informed journalists. ‘Though I’m glad the video exists (below). RIP Lou – truly New York’s finest.