Are David Bowie and Lou Reed kissing in this photo???
According to Bowie it was not a kiss, in 1993 he said,
“This was at the Cafe Royal in London after the final Ziggy gig at Hammersmith. Lou Reed and Mick Jagger, who’s behind us, came down. I’m not actually kissing him. If you study it, I’m talking into his ear and he’s talking into mine. I’m quite a way over. But it was near enough to a kiss for the press and they all printed it. We were supposed to have been kissing at that time anyway so there was the evidence. No, I think Lou Reed is the last person in the world I’d want to kiss.”
Here’s another one from that night with Mick Jagger in a loving mood as well…
Their friendship has had bumps in the road, they notoriously had a huge fight in London in 1979 when Reed attacked Bowie twice for reasons unknown. They remained friends though the years and here is a more recent photo of the two taken in 2006…
UPDATE: Lou Reed passed away on October 27, 2013, Bowie posted this photo on his website with the simple message,
“He was a Master”