The legendary Lou Reed, who passed away this weekend, influenced countless bands through his solo work and his time with The Velvet Underground, and many of those acts -- including Arcade Fire, Peal Jam, Neil Young, Arctic Monkeys and others -- paid tribute to the man with impromptu live covers on Sunday and Monday night.

Arcade Fire's NPR "First Listen" session was planned as a promotional gig to support their just-released album "Reflektor," but was transformed into a Reed tribute on Monday night. The Montreal band paid tribute to Reed  
with a medley of two well-known songs found on Reed's David Bowie-produced 1972 set "Transformer."

Listen to the full performance at NPR, and hear AF play "Perfect Day" and "Satellite of Love" around the 17:20 mark, along with their own track "Supersymmetry."

On the same night, Arctic Monkeys also paid homage to Reed with a faithful take on his salacious hit "Walk on the Wild Side" (also found on "Transformer") at a gig in Liverpool. 

Watch the Monkeys go "Wild" here:

Meanwhile, Pearl Jam treated the Baltimore crowd to a spirited version of the early Reed staple "I'm Waiting for the Man," from The Velvet Underground's 1967 debut album. 

Watch it here:

Finally, at Neil Young's annual Bridge School Benefit, Young joined My Morning Jacket, Elvis Costello, Jenny Lewis, and others for a laid-back, 9-minute take on to the beautiful "Oh! Sweet Nuthin'," from the 1970 V.U. album "Loaded," Reed's last outing with the Velvets.

Watch that here:

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Dave Lewis has been a Los Angeles-based entertainment writer and editor for nearly ten years. Originally hailing from Minneapolis, he moved to L.A. in 1996 to attend USC, before working for various periodicals and web sites including a lengthy stint at Variety.com. He joined the HitFix staff in 2011.