Veteran rock star Lou Reed paid tribute to artist Andy Warhol as he was honoured for his musical achievements with a plaque on Hollywood's ROCKWALK.

The WALK ON THE WILD SIDE singer, who was commended for his influence on generations of musicians as frontman of THE Velvet Underground, specifically thanked his late friend and mentor at the ceremony in Los Angeles yesterday (24JUN03).

Lou, 61, says, "I get personal satisfaction out of making things that don't exist. I follow a passion, and that's the one rule I live by.

"Everything I do is from the outside and if it hadn't been for Andy, who knows whether I would have had a chance to do anything. So I think I owe everything to Mr Warhol."

25/06/2003 21:05