Lou Reed: Live At Montreux 2000

** Former Velvets front man offers up a set of obscure tunes

Director: Thierry Amsaliem

Lou Reed spent 2000 touring in support of his album, Ecstas not one of the high points of his career. His set list consisted of new tunes with just Perfect Day and Dirty Blvd from his better-known songs.

With his eyes fixed on a monitor at his feet, Reed seems as unfamiliar with the material as the audience. Not particularly flamboyant in the best of times, this makes for a static and passion-free concert.

Reed’s band, including guitarist Mike Rathke, bass player Fernando Saunders and drummer Tony Smith are a joy to watch and listen to as they add some much-needed fire to Reed’s unmemorable material.