The Velvet Underground

Live performances and rehearsals

The unanimous opinion was that we were 10 times better
live than we were on records
(Sterling Morrison, Apr. 1981)

1967

Dates in grey are uncertain


Poster

Ad - The Village Voice - January 12, 1967

January 2-14, 1967
The Steve Paul's Scene, New York City, New York

301 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036
Google Maps

The Steve Paul & Andy Warhol Underground Amateur Hour

Poster: reproduced in Peel Slowly And See booklet (p. 78); in Andy Warhol - 365 Takes (take #43); in The Velvet Underground - An Illustrated History Of A Walk On The Wild Side (p. 73); in The Velvet Underground - New York Art (p. 135); in The Velvet Underground & Nico | 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition 6CD (p. 73).

Ads:

  • in The Village Voice, January 5, 1967 (printed twice p. 14 & 15). Reproduced in The Inevitable World of The Velvet Underground (p. 93).
    Google News Archive
  • in The Village Voice, January 12, 1967 (p. 28). Reproduced in All Yesterdays' Parties - The Velvet Underground In Print 1966-1971 (advance reading copy only); in The Inevitable World of The Velvet Underground (p. 93).
    Google News Archive

Photos: shot on January 7 by Fred McDarrah, available in:

  • Q #82, July 1993 (p. 55).
  • Life - The Observer Magazine, 3 January 1993 (p. 12).
  • MOJO #63, February 1999 (p. 61).

Film (?): in January 5, 1967 issue of Hitweek (Netherlands): "The psychedelic Velvet Underground & Nico will perform during the Canadian World Exhibition in Montreal. Afterward they will go to Europe, but not before Andy Warhol has made a film of their live performance in the New York "Scene Club". Reproduced in The Inevitable World of The Velvet Underground (p. 97).

Review: by Richard Goldstein, as part of pop eye in The Village Voice, January 19, 1967 (p. 12 & 30). Reproduced in The Inevitable World of The Velvet Underground (p. 94).
Google News Archive

The Velvet Underground gig at Steve Paul's The Scene is also briefly mentioned in May 1967 issue of Hullabaloo magazine as such: "The only real waste was the VELVET UNDERGROUND. I can really see no talent in them at all". Reproduced in The Inevitable World of The Velvet Underground (p. 138).


February 2-4, 1967
The New Mod-Dom, New York City, New York

23 St Mark's Pl, New York, NY 10003
Google Maps

Andy Warhol Presents Nico Singing To The Sounds Of The Velvet Underground

Ad: in The Village Voice, February 2, 1967 (p. 33). Reproduced in The Inevitable World of The Velvet Underground (p. 99).
Google News Archive

Ad - The Village Voice - February 2, 1967


February 4, 1967
Phi Epsilon Pi Fraternity, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts

documented by a December 2, 1966 contract with the American Federation Of Musicians.


February 7-11, 1967
The New Mod-Dom, New York City, New York

23 St Mark's Pl, New York, NY 10003
Google Maps

Andy Warhol Presents Nico Singing To The Sounds Of The Velvet Underground

Ad: in The Village Voice, February 9, 1967 (p. 21). Reproduced in The Inevitable World of The Velvet Underground (p. 101).
Google News Archive

Ad - The Village Voice - February 9, 1967


February 14-18, 1967
The New Mod-Dom, New York City, New York

23 St Mark's Pl, New York, NY 10003
Google Maps

Andy Warhol Presents Nico Singing To The Sounds Of The Velvet Underground

Ad: in The Village Voice, February 16, 1967 (p. 29) - same ad as in February 9 issue.
Google News Archive


February 17, 1967
Baxter Hall, Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts

documented by a group's contract with the American Federation Of Musicians.

Press articles:

  • Jazz, Rock, And Soul Ignite Winter Carnival 'Happening' by Mike Himowitz, in The Williams Record, VOL. LXXXI, NO. 1, February 3, 1967 (p. 1)
    archive.org
  • Muddy Waters Sits In For Butterfield Group in The Williams Record, VOL. LXXXI, NO. 3, February 10, 1967 (p. 1)
    archive.org
  • Eph Consciousness Expands: '67 Winter Carnival Begins in The Williams Record, VOL. LXXXI, NO. 5, February 17, 1967 (p. 1)
    archive.org

Review: Students Enjoy Wide Range Of Entertainment | Weekend Termed Successful by Kevan Hartshorn in the The Williams Record student newspaper, VOL. LXXXI, NO. 6, February 22, 1967. Reproduced in The Inevitable World of The Velvet Underground (p. 104).
archive.org


handbill

Ad | The New York Times | Feb. 19, 1967

February 18, 1967
Filmmakers' Cinematheque, New York City, New York

125 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036
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NY Relief Fun Glitter Acidheadspeed Ball & Parade

Handbill: 8.5 x 11" program sheet for a mixed media show, writing in butterfly shape. The Velvet Underground (and Angus MacLise) are clearly listed but it's not clear whether the Velvet Underground actually played, or were just on the soundtrack of the films being shown. This psychedelic butterfly themed handbill also lists numerous other participants, including Andy Warhol, Harry Smith, Bobby Neuwirth, DA Pennebaker, Amy Taub and many, many more. Additional live music was provided by the Gato Barbieri Quintet and Larry Coryell's Free Spirits. Reproduced in Pop Goes Art - Andy Warhol & Velvet Underground (p. 9, b&w); in The Velvet Underground - An Illustrated History Of A Walk On The Wild Side (p. 72, b&w); in The Velvet Underground - New York Art (p. 134).

Ads: all (except the New York Times one) reproduced in The Inevitable World of The Velvet Underground (p. 100, 101, 109 & 110).

  • in The Village Voice, February 9, 1967 (p. 28), same as handbill, no text below however.
    Google News Archive
  • in The Village Voice, February 16, 1967 (p. 26), same as handbill.
    Google News Archive
  • in The New York Times, February 19, 1967 (p. D9).
  • in The Village Voice, February 23, 1967 (p. 26), same as handbill.
    Google News Archive
  • in The East Village Other, March 1-15, 1967, same as handbill.

Single sheet Press Release: announcing a series of mixed media events presented at the Filmmakers' Cinematheque, NYC, Feb. 25th-March 2nd, 1967. 28x21.5cm. Prints two separate texts, the first beginning: "The Underground will present a festival of movies, slides, film loops, jazz, rock, et al. The artists, led by Barbara Rubin, plan to topple the current concept of theatre and movie house by placing the musicians in the middle of five screens". Musicians mentioned are The Free Spirits and Gato Barbieri, "plus films by leading underground movie-makers, among them Andy Warhol, Jack Smith, Ed Emshwiller, Jonas Mekas, and Miss Rubin". The second part begins: "..at the Cinematheque..we are having New York's first United Acidheadspeed Relief Fun Ball & Glitter Parade. In the Dental Destruction of the Chairs a Mass Mental Concentration Against Furniture Instigated by their Presence by Angus MacLise & The Velvet Underground with the Contributions of their movies, slides, loops, projectors, & Madness of Harry Smith Andy Warhol..Jonas Mekas..Jack Smith..Piero Heliczer..Gerard Malanga..Shirley Clarke..Pennebaker..Stan Vanderbeek..", ending "& just about anyone else you can think of for 12 days in the mass love contest 'Smother Me'". Reproduced in The Inevitable World of The Velvet Underground (p. 103).


March 24-26, 1967
The Gymnasium, New York City, New York

424 E 71st St, New York, NY 10021
Google Maps

Ads:

  • in The Village Voice, March 23, 1967 (p. 29):
    "a new happening discotheque joins the ranks of Harlow's * The Dom * Cheetah * Maxwell's Plum * Friday's | OPENING FRIDAY MARCH 24th | THE GYMNASIUM | Andy Warhol presents THE VELVET UNDERGROUND".
    Reproduced in The Inevitable World of The Velvet Underground (p. 115).
    Google News Archive
  • in The New York Times, March 24, 1967 (p. 24).

Ad - The Village Voice - March 23, 1967

Ad | The New York Yimes | March 24, 1967


Poster

poster

March 31-April 1, 1967
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island

Exploding Plastic Inevitable

Sterling Morrison: "... once when we played the Rhode Island School of Design, where they were very eager for us, we were stiffed - we had no sound. So we did all our songs without the vocals. That upset me a whole. Those people were really fans."
[in Lou Reed & The Velvet Underground by Diana Clapton (p. 28)]

Posters: metallic ink on coloured acetate, 20 x 16" (50.8 x 40.6 cm). "2 shows nightly 7pm 9pm". Reproduced in Andy Warhol - 365 Takes (take #43); in Warhol Live catalogue (p. 152, cat. 70). Alternate green version also exists, reproduced in c/o The Velvet Underground catalogue (p. 3); in The Velvet Underground - An Illustrated History Of A Walk On The Wild Side (p. 74); in The Velvet Underground - New York Art (p. 188). Also in blue and red color, reproduced in The Velvet Underground - New York Art (p. 188 & 189).

Ticket: 3 7/8 x 2 1/2 inch.

Ticket

Audio: "There is a tape of the Velvets playing at the RI School of Design in 1967. I have heard it, though that was approximately 30 years ago. The owner of the tape used to tape concerts that were held in the Providence are. It was on a 7" tape reel. I remember the tape well, it was from the White Light/White Heat period and was very clear with a great Sister Ray" [by bobbldr in The Velvet Forum, 2008]. Current status: uncirculated.

Photos:

  • Bill Carner: in Up-tight - The Velvet Underground Story (p. 68, 70-71); in Pop Goes Art - Andy Warhol & Velvet Underground (p. 15); in The Velvet Underground - An Illustrated History Of A Walk On The Wild Side (p. 74, 75).
  • Ron Spencer: in Up-tight - The Velvet Underground Story (p. 67, 69, 72); in White Light/White Heat - The Velvet Underground Day-By-Day (p. 138, 140-141).

Press article: BP Interviews Warhol in Blockprint (Rhode Island School of Design, Providence), Vol. 6, No. 21, April 10, 1967. Interview during Warhol's visit with the Velvets; issue includes photospread of the EPI and the Velvets. Reproduced in The Inevitable World of The Velvet Underground (p. 124-128).

TV: EPI at RISD on WJAR-TV, Rhode Island and Bristol County, Massachusetts, April 1, 1967.

John Cale: "We needed someone like Andy. He was a genius for getting publicity. Once we were in Providence to play at the Rhode Island School of Design and they sent a TV newsman to talk to us. Andy did the interview lying on the ground with his head propped up on one arm. There were some studded balls with lights shining on them and when the interviewer asked him why he was on the ground, Andy said, "So I can see the stars better." The interview ended with the TV guy lying flat on his back saying, "Yeah, I see what you mean"."
[in Shards of Velvet Afloat in London by Robert Greenfield in Rolling Stone magazine, February 18, 1971]


Ad | The New York Times | March 31,1967

March 31 & April 2, 1967
The Gymnasium, New York City, New York

424 E 71st St, New York, NY 10021
Google Maps

March 31 & April 1 dates overlap with the engagement at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Ads:

  • in The Village Voice, March 30, 1967 (p. 39).
    Reproduced in The Inevitable World of The Velvet Underground (p. 116).
    Google News Archive
  • in The New York Times, March 31, 1967 (p. 32).

Ad | The Village Voice | March 30, 1967


Ad | The New York Times | April 7, 1967

April 7-9, 1967
The Gymnasium, New York City, New York

424 E 71st St, New York, NY 10021
Google Maps

Ads:

  • in The Village Voice, April 6, 1967 (p. 37):
    "NEW YORK's NEWEST HAPPENING DISCOTHEQUE - EVERY FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY FROM 9PM ON - THE GYMNASIUM - Andy Warhol presents The Complete Spectrum of Sound with the Velvet Underground, the Dick Hyman Trio & Tony Scott, 'one of the world's greatest Clarinetists'". Reproduced in Dispatches From The Dream Factory booklet (p. 14), in The Inevitable World of The Velvet Underground (p. 119).
    Google News Archive
  • in The New York Times, April 7, 1967 (p. 28).

Ad | Village Voice | April 6, 1967


Ad

Flyer

April 9, 1967
Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan

1100 Baits Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Google Maps

A Night Of Andy Warhol

This date is documented by a letter from Paul Morrissey to Rick Aiere, reproduced in c/o The Velvet Underground catalogue (p. 16); in The Velvet Underground - New York Art (p. 190).

Ads: 5 different ads in Michigan Daily issues of April 1967 - two shows at 6:30 and 9:30. All reproduced in The Inevitable World of The Velvet Underground (p. 120 & 123).

Flyer: 11 x 8½ inc. Reproduced in The Velvet Underground - New York Art (p. 191).

Press articles:

  • Warhol's Drugtime Phase Brings Exploding Plastic Inevitable
    by Andrew Lugg in Michigan Daily, April 8, 1967 (preview).
  • Warhol Experiments: Invitation to Critical Analysis
    in Michigan Daily, April 11, 1967 (2 reviews by Andrew Lugg and Larry Kasdan, and a photo titled "Gerard Malanga does a flag dance with the Velvet Underground")
    reproduced in The Inevitable World of The Velvet Underground (p. 136).
  • Andy Warhol at the Plastic Quadrangle
    by David Freedman in The Paper (East Lansing MI), April 18, 1967
    reproduced in The Inevitable World of The Velvet Underground (p. 130).

Photos: 2 black and white photos in University of Michigan yearbook.

[Special thanks to Frank Uhle]


handbill

handbill (alt.)

April 11, 1967
Cheetah, New York City, New York

Broadway & W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019
Google Maps

An Imperial Happening

For this event at the Cheetah nightclub in midtown Manhattan, Andy Warhol and the Velvet Underground & Nico were booked with Tiny Tim for a benefit for radio station WBAI. Titled "An Imperial Happening", the event allegedly celebrated "the coronation of his Serene Highness, Prince Robert, first American Emperor of the Eastern Byzantine Roman Empire".

Handbills: one on white stock which lists the performers and one on pink stock which does not. 8.5 x 11".

Photos: by Billy Name. One available in Songs For Drella special edition CD, miscredited to Cafe Bizarre, November 1965.

Live at Cheetah, Billy Name


April 11, 1967
Architecture School, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

The Exploding Plastic Inevitable

Mentioned in Uptight - The Velvet Underground Story (p. 69) : "April 11th they returned to the scene of their first real triumph, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where they played for the Architecture School. At a party after the show a young man called Jim Osterberg a/k/a Iggy Pop, caught his first glimpse of The Velvets, Andy and Nico who was playing with them again."

It's 99.99% certain that this was an error in Uptight - The Velvet Underground Story. The show at the Architecture School was in '66 (March 12) - the writer probably got both the dates and locations confused. Frank Uhle looked at the microfilm of each day's University of Michigan college newspaper and they advertised the March 12 '66 and April 9 '67 shows heavily, and there would have been for sure an ad for an April 11 show if there was one.


Invitation

April 13, 1967
The Gymnasium, New York City, New York

424 E 71st St, New York, NY 10021
Google Maps

Invitation: reproduced in The Velvet Underground - New York Art (p. 193); in White Light/White Heat | 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition (p. 18-19).


Ad - New York Guide...

Ad | The Village Voice | April 20, 1967

Ad | The New York Times | April 20, 1967

Ad | The New York Times | April 27, 1967

Pressclip | The Village Voice | May 11, 1967

April 14-16, 21-23 & 28-30, 1967
The Gymnasium, New York City, New York

424 E 71st St, New York, NY 10021
Google Maps

The Exploding Plastic Inevitable

Ads:

  • in The Village Voice, April 13 (p. 41) & April 20, 1967 (p. 21) issues.
    Reproduced in All Yesterdays' Parties - The Velvet Underground In Print 1966-1971 book (advance copy only); in The Inevitable World of The Velvet Underground (p. 129 & 131).
    Google News Archive 1 & 2
  • in The New York Times, April 20, 1967 (p. 40).
  • in The New York Times, April 27, 1967 (p. 40).
  • in New York Guide To The Swinging Side Of Single New York, vol. 1, issue 18 (p. 3). For April 30 date, "A NEW HAPPENING DISCOTHEQUE JOINS THE SWINGING SIDE OF SINGLE NEW YORK".
    Reproduced in c/o The Velvet Underground catalogue (p. 66); in The Velvet Underground - An Illustrated History Of A Walk On The Wild Side (p. 76); in The Velvet Underground - New York Art (p. 193); in The Inevitable World of The Velvet Underground (p. 134); in White Light/White Heat | 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition (p. 21).
  • in The Village Voice, April 27, 1967 (p. 19). Reproduced in The Inevitable World of The Velvet Underground (p. 133).
    Google News Archive

Ad - The Village Voice, April 27, 1967

Photos:

  • uncredited photographer in Esquire, December 1967 (see below): 2 photos - one with part of the audience, the other one with dancers and Lou Reed & Sterling Morrison on stage in the background.
  • by Billy Name: in Warhol Live catalogue (p. 155, cat. 433); in The Velvet Underground - An Illustrated History Of A Walk On The Wild Side (p. 6-7).

Press articles:

  • Scenes
    by Howard Smith, in The Village Voice, May 11, 1967 (p. 11)
    reproduced in The Inevitable World of The Velvet Underground (p. 137).
    Google News Archive
  • The Party's Over
    by Gay Talese, in Esquire, Volume LXVIII No. 6 Whole No. 409, December 1967 (p. 168-172)
    reproduced in The Inevitable World of The Velvet Underground (p. 210-211).

The Gymnasium soundboard tape(s):

First track to surface from the Gymnasium tape(s) was Guess I'm Falling In Love (supposedly listed as Fever In My Pocket on the original tape box), broadcasted on WPIX FM by John Cale on June 3, 1979. After playing this version he clearly states that it is from a tape he stumbled across. He definitely says "Gymnasium, April 1967". Cale also said in some interviews he owns the tape of the entire Gymnasium show, including Walk It As You Talk It with a really good guitar sound.

  1. Guess I'm Falling In Love [version 1] (4:09)

Sources: And So On LP, Everything You've Ever Heard... 3LP, Collector's Dream CD, The Psychopath's Rolling Stones CD, A True Rock 'n Roller CD, Ultra Rare Trax Vol.3 CD, Caught Between The Twisted Stars 4CD.

Two others tracks surfaced in the 90s - Booker T. orginally appeared on the John Cale Paris S'Eveille CDEP in 1991 and was reissued (unfortunately with 8 seconds amputed at the beginning) on the Peel Slowly And See box set, along with an alternate version of Guess I'm Falling In Love. This version sounds clearly different as compared with the WPIX version and has some lyrics differences (the box set version begins with "I got fever..." while the 'old' version begins with "I got MY fever...").

  1. Guess I'm Falling In Love [version 2] (4:10)
  2. Booker T. (6:38)

Sources: Paris S'Eveille CDEP (2), Peel Slowly And See 5CD (1, 2), A True Rock 'n Roller CD (2), Psychedelic Sounds From The Gymnasium CD (1, 2), White Light/White Heat | 45th Anniversary Deluxe Edition 2CD (1, 2), White Light/White Heat | 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition 3CD (1, 2).

More material from the Gymnasium recordings is issued in February 2008 on the bootleg LP Live At The Gymnasium. According to a source claiming to have a DAT copy of the original tape, it has an additional instrumental version of The Gift after Sister Ray - this will be confirmed when the complete tape will be officially released as part of the 45th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of White Light/White Heat in December 2013 (see below). According to Psychedelic Sounds From The Gymnasium liner notes, the reel-to-reel tape was recorded on the final night - Sunday April 30th.

  1. I'm Not A Young Man Anymore (7:17)
  2. Guess I'm Falling In Love [same as version 2] (4:18)
  3. I'm Waiting For The Man (5:24)
  4. Run Run Run (6:55)
  5. Sister Ray (18:55)

Source: Live At The Gymnasium LP (1-5), Dispatches From The Dream Factory 3CD Disc 2 (1, 3-5), Psychedelic Sounds From The Gymnasium CD & LP (1-5).

The complete tape is finally officially released in December 2013, as part of the 45th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of White Light/White Heat.

  1. Booker T. (6:46)
  2. I'm Not A Young Man Anymore (6:17)
  3. Guess I'm Falling In Love [same as version 2] (4:10)
  4. I'm Waiting For The Man (5:28)
  5. Run Run Run (6:58)
  6. Sister Ray (19:03)
  7. The Gift (10:25)

Sources: White Light/White Heat | 45th Anniversary Deluxe Edition 2CD (1, 2), White Light/White Heat | 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition 3CD (1, 2).


April 1967
Marwick Theater (?), Ann Arbor, Michigan

Tape: listed in What Goes On fanzine The Best of 1 & 2, 30 mins (incomplete), C+.


May 1967
Steve Paul's Scene, New York City, New York

301 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036
Google Maps

Exploding Plastic Inevitable (last one)

Cutrone: The last time we played as The E.P.I. (without Nico, who had returned to Ibiza) was in May 1967 at the Steve Paul's Scene (...)
[in Uptight - The Velvet Underground Story (p. 78)]


Flyer

2nd Flyer

May 26-27, 1967
The Boston Tea Party, Boston, Massachusetts

53 Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02116
Google Maps | Wikipedia

Last show with Nico.

Flyers: two different. Some copies of the first flyer have even Nico's name crossed out. The second flyer - 11 x 8.5" - seems to have been printed after she was out. Artist is D. Arthur Hahn for the first flyer and unknown for the other. Both flyers are repoduced in c/o The Velvet Underground catalogue (p. 60 & 79); in The Velvet Underground - An Illustrated History Of A Walk On The Wild Side (p. 76); in The Velvet Underground - New York Art (p. 194-7); in White Light/White Heat | 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition (p. 22-23).

Audio: a BTP May '67 tape is listed in What Goes On fanzine Best of 1&2, 50 mins, B. It could come from these shows. Status: uncirculated.

Photo: by Billy Name. One available in The Velvet Underground - An Illustrated History Of A Walk On The Wild Side (p. 112-113).

Setlists: there is a sheet of paper from May 26-27, 1967 on which the band wrote a setlist for two shows. This sheet was part of the Andy Warhol Museum exhibition 'All Tomorrow's Parties: Remembering The Velvet Underground'. See also Peel Slowly And See box booklet (p. 56-57).

        Show 1:
        Run Run -- 10
        Venus -- 5
        White Heat -- 5
        Venus -- 10
        I heard etc. -- 5
        Walk & talk
        Searchin -- 15

        Show 2:
        Run Run -- 10
        Venus -- 5
        Waiting for the Man -- 5
        Black Angel -- 5
        Here She Comes Now (crossed out) -- 5
        Heroin -- 10
        Searchin' -- 20
        ______________
        |Walk & talk |
        |-------------
        | |XXX|      |  I Heard Heard
        |-------------
        | White Heat |
        --------------

Andrew Russ says in his review of the exhibition: "The numbers are approximate times. Venus twice in set 1 may be a mistake (or I wrote it down wrong). Searchin' is of course Sister Ray. I Heard Heard is probably I Heard Her Call My Name. The real surprise is Walk & Talk - did that song exist in 1967? Also somewhat funny is the placard next to the paper, which in that dry art museum formalism notes that this is work is executed in 'graphite on paper'."


June 3, 1967
Philip Johnson Glass House, New Canaan, Connecticut

798 Ponus Ridge, New Canaan, CT 06840
Google Maps

Benefit for Merce Cunningham

Announcements:

  • Glass House Will Be Scene Of Avant-Garde Benefit Party
    in The Bridgeport Post, May 10, 1967
    reproduced in The Inevitable World of The Velvet Underground (p. 137).
  • Avant-Garde Evening Planned Here
    in Suburban News - New Canaan in The Norwalk Hour, May 12, 1967 (p. 30)
    reproduced in The Inevitable World of The Velvet Underground (p. 146).
    Google News Archive
  • Light Across The River
    by Grace Glueck in The New York Times, May 26, 1967
    reproduced in The Inevitable World of The Velvet Underground (p. 147).
  • Collage
    in The New York Times, May 28, 1967 (p. 84).
  • Cunningham Dancers Will Gain on Saturday
    in The New York Times, May 30, 1967.

Reviews:

  • ... And Tons of Ostrich Feathers | Collage
    by Grace Glueck, in The New York Times, June 11, 1967
    reproduced in The Inevitable World of The Velvet Underground (p. 150).
  • Party scored for Cunningham, Cage, and Velvet Underground
    in Vogue, August 1, 1967 (p. 40-41).

Photos: Stephen Shore, in Up-tight - The Velvet Underground Story (p. 82); in Feed-Back - The velvet Underground: legend, truth (p. 35).

Film: there is an obscure little film, 498 3rd Ave by Klaus Wildenhahn, which documents the John Cage/Merce Cunningham dance piece performed during this benefit. The soundtrack includes live versions of Venus In Furs and Waiting For The Man (both cut and overdubbed by Merce Cunningham talking about his dance troup) which were apparently performed by the band off camera during the filming.

Audio: film soundtrack, 3 mins, B.

  1. Waiting For The Man [cut] (1:20)
  2. Venus In Furs [cut] (1:00).

There's also another benefit for Merce Cunningham at the Brooklyn Academy of Music of New York [see: May 15, 1968] mentionned in Fusion magazine, March 6, 1970, near the end of the Robert Greenfield article:

"The chronology resumes.
The Velvets as society's darlings. Two benefits for Merce Cunningham, one at the Brooklyn Academy Of Music, one run by Mrs William Paley, known as "Babe" to her friends. A party for the fun couple Stavros Niarchos and Ann Ford..."

A Velvet Underground appearance at the BAM is also mentioned in the same issue at the end of the interview with Sterling Morrison.


Flyer

June 9-10, 1967
The Boston Tea Party, Boston, Massachusetts

53 Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02116
Google Maps | Wikipedia

With: Beacon Street Union.

Poster: lithograph on paper, 11 x 8½" (27.9 x 21.6 cm). Artist is D. Arthur Hahn. Reproduced in c/o The Velvet Underground catalogue (p. 61); in Warhol Live catalogue (p.152, cat. 71); in The Velvet Underground - An Illustrated History Of A Walk On The Wild Side (p. 76); in The Velvet Underground - New York Art (p. 199).

Ad: in The Avatar, Vol.1, No. 1, June 9-22, 1967. Reproduced in The Inevitable World of The Velvet Underground (p. 149).

ad, Avatar, issue #1


Ad | The Plain Dealer | June 16, 1967

June 27-July 2, 1967
La Cave, Cleveland, Ohio

10615 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106
Google Maps | Encyclopedia of Cleveland History

It is generally believed that The Munx opened at least one of these shows. The Munx included Robert Bensick, later a member of Sheffield Rush, Fins (aka Peter Laughner & The Finns), and Berlin West.

Ads:

  • in The Plain Dealer, June 16, 1967 (p. 16).
  • in The Plain Dealer, June 23, 1967 (p. 18).

Press article: the Velvet Underground shows are mentioned in Things are swinging at Swingos' Keg and Quarter... in The Plain Dealer, June 30, 1967 (p. 14).

"The Velvet Underground & Nico are La Cave Cafe's current performers who specialize in weird way-out psychedelic music."


Poster

Poster

Handbill

July 3-6, 1967
The A-Go-Go, West Yarmouth, Massachusetts

Higgins Crowell Rd, West Yarmouth, MA 02673
Google Maps

A Happening Starring Andy Warhol's Velvet Underground

With: The Ones.

Posters:

  • One reproduced in Peel Slowly And See booklet (p. 77).
  • Another one, 11 x 8½ inch, printed on light stock. Artist: Bob Grande.

Handbill: artwork copied from Wes Wilson's Fillmore handbill.


Poster

July 19-22 & 26-29, 1967
The Trauma, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2121 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Google Maps

With: The Muffins, Beacon Street Union, The Wildflowers.

Poster
: by Karen Fritz. Reproduced in Pop Goes Art exhibition box; in Peel Slowly And See booklet (p. 78); in c/o The Velvet Underground catalogue (p. 68); in The Velvet Underground - An Illustrated History Of A Walk On The Wild Side (p. 79).

Ads: in Philadelphia Enquirer, July 20 & 27, 1967. Reproduced in The Inevitable World of The Velvet Underground (p. 154).

Photo: by Billy Name, available in Warhol Live catalogue (p. 22, fig. 4, cat. 434); in The Velvet Underground - An Illustrated History Of A Walk On The Wild Side (p. 79, 91); in The Velvet Underground - New York Art (p. 203); in The Velvet Underground & Nico | 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition 6CD (p. 78).


Flyer

Poster

Handbill

August 11-12, 1967
The Boston Tea Party, Boston, Massachusetts

53 Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02116
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Be part of what's Happening

Flyer: "Be part of what's Happening. Andy Warhol Underground Filmmaker comes to the Boston Tea Party this weekend to capture the people on films they explode to the sights and sounds of The Velvet Underground. You are the star. You are what's Happening. Be part of Boston's first authentic underground movie". Art: F. Murphy. Reproduced in c/o The Velvet Underground catalogue (p. 53); in The Velvet Underground - New York Art (p. 202).

Poster: 17½ x 14 inch. The poster is silk-screened blue & red on yellowish cardboard. © LIGHTSHIP PROD 67, Dolphin Design. Reproduced in White Light/White Heat | 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition (p. 14).

Handbill: same design as the poster but it is red monochrome and there is no date of the venue mentioned.

Film: The Velvet Underground In Boston by Andy Warhol, color, sound, 16 mm, 34 minutes. Andy Warhol Museum film preserved through the Avant-Garde Masters Grants (2008). Andy Warhol filmed this weekend in Boston. According to The Andy Warhol Museum, there are some film canisters labled Boston Tea Party but the film has not been seen.

Audio: The Velvet Underground In Boston film soundtrack, 34 minutes.

  1. I'm Waiting For The Man
  2. Guess I'm Falling In Love
  3. Run Run Run
  4. Heroin
  5. Walk & Talk (?)
  6. I Heard Her Call My Name
  7. Venus In Furs
  8. Sister Ray

Ad: in The Avatar, Vol. 1 No. 5, August 14-17, 1967. Reproduced in Velvet Underground - An Illustrated Story of a Walk on the Wild Side (p. 112); in The Inevitable World of The Velvet Underground (p. 159).

Ad - unknown source


August 24, 1967
The Boston Tea Party, Boston, Massachusetts

Tape: listed in What Goes On fanzine Best of 1&2 issue, 60 mins, B-.

Steve Nelson: "I think the 8/24/67 Tea Party date on the tape listed in WGO 1+2 is not correct. The tape referred to must have been mislabeled from the 8/11-12 gig. At that time the Tea Party was only open on Friday and Saturday nights, and the 24th was a Thursday. I remember the weekend of 8/25-26 vividly -- it was my very first weekend as manager of The Tea Party!"


Ad | Sunday Herald Traveler | Sep. 15, 1967

September 22-24, 1967
Savoy Theatre, Boston, Massachusetts

163 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02135
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Boston's biggest entertainment buy of the season / 4 performances / 3 days only!

Ad: in Sunday Herald Traveller, September 17, 1967. Reproduced in What Goes On fanzine No. 3, in The Inevitable World of The Velvet Underground (p. 174).

Press articles:

  • Movie uses Underground
    by Jack Donohue, in The Tech, September 15, 1967 (p. 9-10)
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    eproduced in The Inevitable World of The Velvet Underground (p. 173).
    http://www-tech.mit.edu/archives/VOL_087/TECH_V087_S0296_P009.pdf
    http://www-tech.mit.edu/archives/VOL_087/TECH_V087_S0297_P010.pdf
  • Boom, Boom, Boom Bores
    by George MacKinnon, in Boston Globe, September 20, 1967
    reproduced in The Inevitable World of The Velvet Underground (p. 174).
  • VU: a non linear road to conversion
    by David DeTurk, in Boston After Dark, September 20, 1967 (p. 3)
    reproduced in The Inevitable World of The Velvet Underground (p. 175).
  • Velvet Underground Do A Psychedelic Sound
    in The Students Times, September 21, 1967
    reproduced in The Inevitable World of The Velvet Underground (p. 176).

Between April 27 & October 29, 1967
1967 International and Universal Exposition, Montréal, Quebec, Canada

The performance is announced in January 5, 1967 issue of Hitweek (Netherlands): "The psychedelic Velvet Underground & Nico will perform during the Canadian World Exhibition in Montreal. Afterward they will go to Europe, but not before Andy Warhol has made a film of their live performance in the New York "Scene Club". Reproduced in The Inevitable World of The Velvet Underground (p. 97).

Lou Reed's appearance at Montréal World Fair is mentioned in International Who's Who Popular Music 2002.
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November 5-12, 1967
Aardvark, Chicago, Illinois

Actually not a Velvet Underground gig but Ron Nameth's Exploding Plastic Inevitable movie screening.

Ad: in The Chicago Seed, November 3-24, 1967, reproduced in The Inevitable World of The Velvet Underground (p. 186).

Ad | The Chicago Seed | November 3, 1967


November 13, 1967
Lincoln Center, New York City, New York

Channel 13 fifth birthday special

mentioned in Notes From The Underground by Susan Pile in Barnard Bulletin, November 29, 1967 (p. 5): "The public appearances of the Velvets are limited (they recently appeared at Lincoln Center for ten minutes)". Reproduced in The Inevitable World of The Velvet Underground (p. 191).
Digital Archives of the Barnard Bulletin

Review: Eye | Channel 13 Special in Women's Wear Daily, November 14, 1967. Reproduced in The Inevitable World of The Velvet Underground (p. 186).

Program: The Velvet Underground performs the 'intervals' at a fundraising benefit for the WNET Channel 13.

November 24, 1967
Omaha, Nebraska

Ad: in Omaha World Herald, November 24, 1967.

Ad | Omaha World Herald | November 24, 1967


December 20, 1967
The Cinematheque Coffeehouse, San Francisco, California

Actually not a Velvet Underground gig but Ron Nameth's Exploding Plastic Inevitable movie screening, as stated in the Los Angeles Times article. There were possibly several screenings between December 1967 and January 1968.

Ads: for Andy Warhol's "EPI" with The Velvet Underground.

  • in The San Francisco Oracle, issue 11, December 1967, 3 x 5½ inch.
  • in Synapse (University of California, San Francisco student newspaper), Volume XII, Number 3, January 19, 1968.

Ad | Synapse

Press article: 2 Experimental Films at Cinematheque 16 by Kevin Thomas in Los Angeles Times, December 29, 1967: "Peter Rowe and John Hofsess' "The Palace of Pleasure" and Ronald Nameth's "Andy Warhol's Exploding Plastic Inevitable With the Velvet Underground," the current program at the Cinematheque...".


 

Late 1967
The Mad Hatter, New York, New York

21 7th Avenue South, New York, NY 10011
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The Nude Restaurant was shot by Andy Warhol at the Mad Hatter restaurant in October 1967.

Two ads (from unknown source, dated November and December 1967) mention The Velvet Underground among some other people. No evidence of actual Velvet Underground show however. Both ads reproduced in The Inevitable World of The Velvet Underground (p. 215 & 216).


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Special thanks: Gordon Lyon & Aral Sezen. Thanks: Steven Beck for the Boston Tea Party flyer scans, Ondrej Klepsa for the Gymnasium ad, Steve Nelson for his Boston Tea Party recollections, Frank Uhle for Ann Arbor material, Chris Van Tuyll for Boston Tea Party August handbill, Mark Sturdy, Marc Skobac, Nick Blakey, Alfredo Garcia, Tom Z.

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last modified: August 10, 2014

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