Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Velvet Underground "Reunite" for NY Libraries

Alternative rock legends The Velvet Underground reunited in the 1990s for a brief European tour, but left their American fans out in the cold. At this point, with the death of guitarist Sterling Morrison a few years ago, any future reunion shows are out of the question. But that isn't stopping former members Lou Reed, Maureen Tucker, and Doug Yule from getting together to talk about the old days. The three, along with Rolling Stone writer David Fricke, will be appearing as part of the "Live at the NYPL" event series which raises money for the New York Public Library.

The event will take place Tuesday, December 8 at 7pm in New York. For further information, please go to this website.

From my vantage point, I'd be interested to see Lou Reed and Doug Yule together. Yule replaced John Cale in 1968 on bass, and recorded on the final two Velvet Underground records with Reed. However, when Reed abruptly quit the band in 1970, Yule carried on for another three years fronting his own version of VU. Maureen Tucker was sometimes a part of that version of the band, but by 73, there were no original members left in VU, and the Yule fronted album, Squeeze, is rarely even listed in the band's discography. Yule was not a part of the 1992 reunion, and he was not present when the band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Should be interesting...


  1. LOVE the VU! Liked the reunion CD from 1993, I think it was, and I have the Peel Slowly and See set. Some of the best ever.

    Lots of beer was consumed by a few of us in Eugene in the early 80s, with Sister Ray as the soundtrack for "stage diving" off of couches, etc. WONDERFUL times.

  2. Love em too, but never had any couch dives in my listening experiences. I may have to try that!


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