LONDON :US rock legend Lou Reed is recovering from a life-saving liver transplant, his wife, performance artist Laurie Anderson revealed in an interview published Saturday. The 71-year-old singer, who was the driving force behind The Velvet Underground, was close to death before the operation in Cleveland, Ohio last month, Anderson told Britain’s Times newspaper. “It’s as serious as it gets. He was dying,” said Anderson. She described the operation as “a big surgery which went very well”.