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)

1969

Dates in gray are uncertain
poster

January 9-11, 1969
The Boston Tea Party, Boston, Massachusetts

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

With: Holy Modal Rounders.

Poster: 22 x 17", artist: David Laing. Reproduced on inside cover of Feed-Back - La Leyenda De Los Velvet Underground book (B&W); in The Velvet Underground - New York Art (color, p. 238); in White Light/White Heat | 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition (p. 46).

January 10

Tape: audience, mono, B+, 90 minutes, recorded by "The Professor". Sources: Afterhours tape #3 (1-12), Live at the Boston Tea Party LP (1-11 with 6-11 too fast), Live at the Boston Tea Party CD (1-4, 6-11 (with 6-11 too fast), A Tribute to Andy and Nico CD (3, 4, 6, 8-11), Searchin' For My Mainline 3LP and 3CD (7, 12), A Walk With The Velvet Underground Volume 2 3-CD (12), Boston Tea Party 1969 4CD (1-12).

  1. Heroin (8:25)
  2. Move Right In (4:46)
  3. I'm Set Free (4:37)
  4. Run Run Run (7:49)
  5. Waiting For The Man (8:56)
  6. What Goes On (4:29)
  7. I Can't Stand It (6:18)
  8. Candy Says (4:46)
  9. Beginning To See The Light (5:49)
  10. White Light/White Heat (5:42)
  11. Pale Blue Eyes (6:27)
  12. Sister Ray (21:23)

January 11

Tape: listed in What Goes On - The Best of 1&2 fanzine, 75 minutes, B-. EXISTENCE UNCONFIRMED.


Poster

January 22, 1969
The Boston Tea Party, Boston, Massachusetts

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

The Boston Tea Party Birthday Party

Free admission show.

Poster: poster on cardboard, 17 x 11", artist is Bob Driscoll.


Flyer

January 24-25, 1969
Kinetic Playground, Chicago, Illinois

4812 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640
Google Maps | Wikipedia

With: Spirit.

Flyer: 4¼ x 7½ inch, with the Velvet Underground listed towards the bottom. Artist is Mark Twain Behrens. The Kinetic Playground January month mailer has however a different act (Buddy Rich and His Orchestra / Buddy Miles Express / Rotary Connection) on this weekend.


 

January 31-February 2, 1969
La Cave, Cleveland, Ohio

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

Announcement: in The Plain Dealer, January 31, 1969: "The Velvet Underground at La Cave, 10615 Euclid, tonight through Sunday." Reproduced in The Inevitable World Of The Velvet Underground (p. 308). Also in the "... the club beat goes on" section of the same issue: "Velvet Underground goes into its fame heavy rock beat on the same nights at La Cave Cafe..."

Tape: audience, 49 minutes (incomplete). It is usually listed as "January 28, 1969". Sources: The Murder Mystery LP (1, 4), Sweet Sister Ray's Murder Mystery CD (4), Ostrich/Hilltop CD (4). Also: Afterhours #32 cassette (2).

  1. Waiting For The Man (9:45)
  2. What Goes On (5:08)
  3. Pale Blue Eyes [cut] (6:20)
  4. Sister Ray/Murder Mystery/Sister Ray (27:34)

AOR3.160

Ad | The Pittsburgh Press | February 5, 1969

Last Fiday night at the Stanley (photo: Diane Hypes)

February 7, 1969
Stanley Theater, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

719 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Google Maps | Wikipedia

With: The Grateful Dead, The Fugs.

Poster: Art of Rock Series AOR 3.160. Artist: Gene King. Reproduced in The Velvet Underground - An Illustrated History Of A Walk On The Wild Side (p. 127).

Ad: in The Pittsburgh Press, February 5, 1969 (p. 16). Reproduced in The Inevitable World Of The Velvet Underground (p. 308).
Google News Archive

Review: this is from February 13, 1969 issue of a local underground newspaper called The Pittsburgh Point. The article is by F. D. Williams and is titled "The journey of the Magi". It refers to the February 7, 1969 appearance of the Velvet Underground with The Grateful Dead and The Fugs at the Stanley Theatre and includes a picture of the theatre marquee as well as a picture of the VU with a light show behind them.

"The Velvet Underground was more velvet than underground - snooth, soft, and sensuous. The juxtaposition of "What Goes on in Your Mind" to a "Merry Melodies" cartoon (starring Bugs, would yo believe, Bunny) rearranged our brainwaves in nostalgic patterns.

The Velvet and the audience vibrated in perfect harmony, soothed by music loud enough to reach the inner core of being without shattering the transcendence of community."

There is a second article about the show titled "Flash in the great Rock wasteland" by Joe Anderson within the same issue.

"Of course the making of the concert was the tight performance of three Rock groups - the Velvet Underground, The Fugs and the Grateful Dead. Such a collection of freaks could hardly lead anywhere but up.

The Velvet Underground (preceded by Paul Krassner, who got a lot of snickers but really wasn't necessary) opened up the festivities with "Heroin", one of their religious songs. The power of the Velvet Underground has its source in the train-like rhythms of Maureen Tucker, their curly red-haired drummer. Hunched over her drums, flailing the skins like some madwoman, she was quite an impressive sight. Tucker is not a very good drummer by any means, but her primitive, nerve-throb style and her seemingly endless fount of energy make her ideal for the Underground.

I was so fascinated by Tucker's movements as she tortured her drums that I only got around to noticing Lou Reed towards the middle of the lenghthy "Sister Ray." The whole time Maureen Tucker was smashing away at the skins, Reed just floated aloof through everything. He only seemed to come around to what was happening when he got into "Sister Ray" with all its sexual narcotic imagery ("She's just suckin' on my ding dong / I'm searchin' for my mainline"). If its necessary to pick the best group of the evening, then my choice is the Velvet Underground."

Special thanks to Michael S. Prosser

Both articles are reproduced in The Inevitable World Of The Velvet Underground (p. 309).


 

March 3, 1969
The Boston Tea Party, Boston, Massachusetts

Tape: listed in What Goes On - The Best Of 1 & 2 fanzine, 80 mins, B.


flyer

March 13-15, 1969
The Boston Tea Party, Boston, Massachusetts

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

With: Wilkinson's Tricycle.

Mentioned by the interviewer at the end of the March 3, 1969 WBCN Boston tape.

Flyer: 11 x 8½", artist is Bob Driscoll. Reproduced on inside cover of Feed-Back - La Leyenda De Los Velvet Underground; in The Velvet Underground - An Illustrated History Of A Walk On The Wild Side (p. 129); ; in The Velvet Underground - New York Art (p. 239); in White Light/White Heat | 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition (p. 46).

Poster: 22 x 17", same artwork.

March 13

Tape: audience, B+, 87 minutes, recorded by "The Professor". The band must have played 2 sets that night - that's why there's the intro mid-way, just before I Can't Stand It. Sources: A Tribute To Andy And Nico CD (4, 7, 9, 11), Ultra Rare Trax Vol. 3 CD (10-12), Searchin' For My Mainline 3LP and 3CD (2), Boston Tea Party 1969 4CD (1-12), The Boston Tea Party, March 13th 1969 2CD (1-12).

  1. Heroin (6:24)
  2. Candy Says (5:08)
  3. Ferryboat Bill (4:40)
  4. Waiting For The Man (6:53)
  5. I'm Set Free (4:45)
  6. What Goes On (7:52)

  7. I Can't Stand It (7:39)
  8. Beginning To See The Light (6:27)
  9. That's The Story Of My Life (2:34)
  10. White Light/White Heat (7:25)
  11. Jesus (4:39)
  12. Sister Ray/Murder Mystery (21:53)

March 15

Tape: Lou's amp, B+, 85 minutes. Also known as "the guitar amp tape". An alternate audience recording supposedly exists but hasn't surfaced yet. Sources: The Legendaly Guitar Amp Tape 2CD (1-11), A Drug Hit Sally Inside LP (4, 6, 7, 9-11), A Symphony Of Sound 2-LP (1, 3, 4, 6-8, 10), Legend LP (6), Sweet Sister Ray 2-LP and 2-CD (11), Live At The Boston Tea Party CD (11), The Wild Side Of The Street CD (11), Caught Between The Twisted Stars 4-CD (11), Boston Tea Party 1969 4CD (1-11).

  1. I Can't Stand It (5:49)
  2. Candy Says (4:25)
  3. Waiting For The Man (7:02)
  4. Ferryboat Bill (4:34)
  5. I'm Set Free (4:49)
  6. What Goes On (7:37)
  7. White Light/White Heat (7:33)
  8. Beginning To See The Light (5:28)
  9. Jesus (3:28)
  10. Heroin (8:22)
  11. Sister Ray (26:02)

Poster

March 21-22, 1969
The Woodrose Ballroom, Deerfield, Massachusetts

241 Greenfield Rd, South Deerfield, MA 01373
Google Maps

Poster: reproduced in What Goes On - Number 1 fanzine (p. 9); in The Velvet Underground - An Illustrated History Of A Walk On The Wild Side (p. 128); ; in The Velvet Underground - New York Art (p. 240).

Steve Nelson: "We opened The Woodrose Ballroom in Deerfield on March 14-15, 1969 with The J.Geils Band, while The Velvets were at The Tea Party, one of the very few gigs they played there that I missed. The Velvets were in Maryland and La Cave March 27-30. So I'm certain it must have been the weekend in-between, March 21-22, when they first played the Woodrose."

Review: Beginning To See The Dark by Mike Kostek in What Goes On - Number 1 fanzine (p. 9), reprinted in Up-tight - The Velvet Underground Story (p. 110).


 

March 27, 1969
University Of Maryland (?), Catonsville, Maryland

Tape: listed in What Goes On - The Best Of 1 & 2 fanzine, 65 mins (incomplete), C.

Actual date may be September 20, 1969 - see below.


Poster

Mailer

March 28-30, 1969
La Cave, Cleveland, Ohio

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

Poster: White Light/White Heat LP backcover picture with John Cale (!). Reproduced in Peel Slowly And See booklet (p. 49); in The Velvet Underground - An Illustrated History Of A Walk On The Wild Side (p. 128); in White Light/White Heat | 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition (p. 26).

Playbill: club calendar, artist unknown.

Ads:

  • in The Plain Dealer, March 28, 1969, with a rare picture from White Light/White Heat promo photo session, with John Cale. The shows are also announced in the same issue as "... Disk-recording Velvet Undergrounders are current visitors at La Cave Cafe". Both photo and announcement reproduced in The Inevitable World Of The Velvet Underground catalogue (p. 310).
  • in After Dark, March 26, 1969 (p. 4).
Ad | The Plain Dealer | March 28, 1969 Ad | After Dark | March 26, 1969 (p. 4)

Card

April 11-13, 1969
Grande Ballroom, Detroit, Michigan

8952 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48204
Google Maps | Wikipedia

With: Nice, Earth Opera.

Announcement: in The Windsor Star, April 12, 1969 in Pop by John Laycock: "THE CALENDAR: (...) the Grande Ballroom has the Velvet Underground, Nice and Earth Opera tonight and Sunday."
Google Newspaper Archive

Ad: in Tales From The Ozone #1 comic, January 1969 (back cover). Reproduced in The Inevitable World of The Velvet Underground (p. 307).

Card: Grande Ballroom card #75. 7 x 4¼ inch, "Russ Gibb Presents In Detroit", art by Gary Grimshaw. This is a two sided postcard with on the other side: Jethro Tull Jethro Tull, Sky and Caste on April 7-8, 1969, as well as Savoy Brown, 3rd Power and Commander Cody on April 9-10, 1969.

Poster: 13 x 19 inch. "Digitally recreated poster by the original Grande Ballroom poster artist Carl Lundgren". No evidence that the poster was originally created in 1969.

Poster


Mailer

April 25-27, 1969
Kinetic Playground, Chicago, Illinois

4812 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640
Google Maps | Wikipedia

With: The Grateful Dead, SRC.

Mailer: 8½ x 5½, printed on heavyweight poster paper. This is a mailer for the month. Artist is M. Behrens.

Tape?: The Grateful Dead show was taped, why not the VU set? According to Ron Ramsey, who attended the show on April 25, The Velvet Underground played a very long set and as a result the Dead only got to play one set on this date. According to Ramsey the Dead did the same thing to the Velvet Underground the next night.


 

May 11, 1969
Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri

Washington University - Saint Louis, 1 Brookings Drive, Saint Louis, MO 63130-4862
Google Maps

With: Taj Mahal, White Lightning.

Poster: 18 x 34¾ inch, silkscreened on black paper, with rice paper backing. 3 different printings. Reproduced in The Velvet Underground - New York Art (p. 245).

Tape: by Robert Quine.

  1. Sister Ray/Foggy Notion (28:43)

Source: The Quine Tapes - Disc 3

Robert Quine: "Somebody was setting up a concert at Washington University in St. Louis, where I was going to law school, and I turned him onto The Velvet Underground, so he had them come out there. It was Taj Mahal and The Velvet Underground. I had actually bought a cassette recorder the day before. The sound was sort of muddy. It was literally a basketball gym, and it was pretty echoey. So I taped that."
[in Eric Veillette's interview with Robert Quine]

Flyer/Poster


poster

May 16-17, 1969
The Woodrose Ballroom, Deerfield, Massachusetts

241 Greenfield Rd, South Deerfield, MA 01373
Google Maps

With: Country Funk.

Poster: small 11 x 7" poster, original color is light pink. Reproduced in Up-Tight - The Velvet Undergroud Story (B&W, p. 104); ; in The Velvet Underground - New York Art (color, p. 240). The photo was shot by Roswell Angier on the porch of Steve Nelson's house - available in Feed-Back - La Leyenda De Los Velvet Underground (p. 71).

Tape: listed in What Goes On - The Best Of 1&2, 70 mins, B-. Another Woodrose Ballroom '69 tape is also listed: 75 mins, C. EXISTENCE UNCONFIRMED.


 

May 29-31, 1969
The Boston Tea Party, Boston, Massachusetts

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

With: The Allman Brothers.

Poster: approx 11 x 14 inch calendar lay out for May and first week of June. Artist: Engstrom. Reproduced in Peel Slowly And See booklet (p. 80); in The Velvet Underground - An Illustrated History Of A Walk On The Wild Side (p. 130).

Calendar

Ad: full-page newsprint advertisement (11 x 17 1/2 inch) for May 29-31, 1969.

ad


Poster

June 13-14, 1969
The Woodrose Ballroom, Deerfield, Massachusetts

241 Greenfield Rd, South Deerfield, MA 01373
Google Maps

With: Vale.

Poster: drawing of man in chair holding a Velvet Underground poster. Reproduced in What Goes On fanzine issue #1 (p. 10) and What Goes On - The Best of 1 & 2 (p. 9)


Poster

Poster (alternate)

Ad | The Globe and Mail | June 7, 1969

June 21, 1969
Varsity Stadium, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Bloor St W & Devonshire Pl, Toronto, ON
Google Maps | Wikipedia

Toronto Pop Festival 69

Posters: 3 different versions. 2 with same photo. One reproduced in The Velvet Underground - An Illustrated History Of A Walk On The Wild Side (p. 131), 2 reproduced (along with sticker, ticket, festival booklet) in The Inevitable World Of The Velvet Underground (p. 336-337).. The "come" poster is 22 7/8 x 16 13/16 inch, artist: Pat Knox, Perold and Or Lynch.

Ads:

  • in The Globe and Mail, June 7, 1969 (p. 26)
  • in The Globe and Mail, June 13, 1969 (p. 13)
  • in The Globe and Mail, June 20, 1969 (p. 11 & 12)
  • in The Globe and Mail, June 21, 1969 (p. 27)
Ad | The Globe and Mail | June 13, 1969 Ad | The Globe and Mail | June 20 & 21, 1969
Ad | The Globe and Mail | June 20, 1969

Tape: see http://olivier.landemaine.free.fr/vu/toronto/toronto69.html

Film: actually no - the possibility that D.A. Pennebaker filmed the Velvet Underground performance has been discussed. His Sweet Toronto film shows performers Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Eric Clapton, Bo Diddley, Alan White, Klaus Voorman and John Lennon and Yoko Ono with the Plastic Ono Band. However the film was actually shot during the Toronto Rock 'n Roll Revival, which was also held in Varsity Stadium, Toronto, on September 13, 1969. To add to the confusion, John Lennon took to referring to it as The Toronto Peace Festival, and that is what it was called on the Plastic Ono Band's recording. It gets worse: there was a second festival called the Toronto Pop Festival, in August 1970!

Press article: With the crowds, the stars and the amplifiers at Varsity Stadium by Ritchie York in The Globe and Mail, June 21, 1969 - The Velvet Underground is not mentioned however.


 

June 27-28, 1969
Electric Factory, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

N 22nd St & Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Google Maps | Wikipedia

With: American Dream

Newletter: a newsletter called "Factory Newsletter" Vol. 1 No. 5 from JUNE 1969 (dated May 22, 1969) that was sent out by Electric Factory Concerts in Philadelphia to their mailing list announcing and advertising upcoming shows at The Electric Factory on Arch St. in Philadelphia. In the calender section in the upper left corner of the front side it lists: "June 27-28 Velvet Underground and American Dream." The front side has a bunch of articles about each of the groups that were to perform in June of 1969. The one on Velvet Underground is headlined "THE VELVET UNDERGROUND OFFER EXTREMES OF ELECTRONIC SOUND AMERICAN DREAM ON JUNE 27-28" with a small photo of the band and then a four paragraph article on the history of Velvet Underground. Reproduced in The Inevitable World Of The Velvet Underground (p. 325).


 

July 11, 1969
The Boston Tea Party, Boston, Massachusetts

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

With: Country Funk, Quill.

Last concert at the original location of the Boston Tea Party.

Poster: reproduced in The Velvet Underground - An Illustrated History Of A Walk On The Wild Side (p. 126). No evidence that this poster is genuine however.

Review: by Richard Nusser, in The Village Voice Riffs section, July 17, 1969, p. 36. Reproduced in The Inevitable World Of The Velvet Underground (p. 342).

Tape: audience, B, 88 minutes, recorded by "The Professor". Sources: The Legendaly Guitar Amp Tape 2-CD (3), Sweet Sister Ray 2-CD (9), Boston Tea Party 1969 4CD (1-9).

  1. Waiting For The Man (9:27)
  2. Jesus (3:59)
  3. Run Run Run (16:14)
  4. I'm Set Free (6:24)
  5. White Light/White Heat (7:15)
  6. Candy Says (5:06)
  7. Pale Blue Eyes (7:47)
  8. Beginning To See The Light (8:51)
  9. Sister Ray/Murder Mystery (22:28)

Poster

Poster - alternate version

August 2, 1969
Hilltop Pop Festival, Mason, New Hampshire

Barrett Hill Rd, Mason, NH
Google Maps

A Benefit for the Mason Volunteer Fire Dept.

The event is often placed in Rindge NH, but it really took place on Barrett Hill Road in Mason NH.

Poster: small poster with the Velvet Underground headlining. Artist unknown. 2 different versions.

Tape: audience, B+, 40 minutes, recorded by "The Professor". Sources: Shiny Leather In The Dark LP (1-5), The Wild Side Of The Street CD (1-5), Ostrich/Hilltop CD (1-5), Searchin' For My Mainline 3-LP and 3-CD (2, 4), The March Of The Wooden Soldiers (2, 4), Legend LP (2), The Psychopath's Rolling Stones CD (2), A True Rock'n Roller CD (2), Caught Between The Twisted Stars 4-CD (2), Hilltop Pop Festival LP & CD (1-5).

  1. Waiting For The Man (6:35)
  2. Run Run Run (10:00)
  3. Pale Blue Eyes (8:45)
  4. What Goes On (11:45)
  5. Heroin (8:28)

 

August 8, 1969
Oak Bluffs Airfield, Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts

County Rd, Oak Bluffs, MA
Google Maps | Wikipedia

With: Dirty John's Hot Dog Stand.

Poster: unique known copy to survive was part of Sterling Morrison's archive.


poster

August 14-16, 1969
The Boston Tea Party, Boston, Massachusetts

15 Lansdowne St, Boston, MA 02215
Google Maps | Wikipedia

With: Serf, Country Funk.

Poster: 11 x 17½ inch, artist is Eric Engstrom. Reproduced in The Velvet Underground - New York Art (p. 251).


flyer

August 22-23, 1969
The Woodrose Ballroom, South Deerfield, Massachusetts

241 Greenfield Rd, South Deerfield, MA 01373
Google Maps

With: Flight.

Flyer: 8½ x 11½ inch, printed on light pink or yellow paper. Reproduced in The Velvet Underground - New York Art (p. 250).


 

Summer 1969
The Electric Factory, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

N 22nd St & Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Google Maps | Wikipedia

Two dates.

Setlist: Waiting For The Man, Heroin, White Light/White Heat, Foggy Notion, I Can't Stand It, Run Run Run, What Goes On, Beginning To See The Light, Pale Blue Eyes, I'm Set Free, ect., Sister Ray (45 minutes version).

Review: Philadelphia 1969, 1970 by Bob Kachnycz in What Goes On #5.


 

September 1969
The Second Fret, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1902 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Google Maps | The Second Fret

Two dates. Similar sets to the Electric Factory's.

Review: Philadelphia 1969, 1970 by Bob Kachnycz in What Goes On #5.

"In September they returned to the smaller Second Fret, which is usually a folk club. It was an old rowhouse store building on smallish Sanson Street in center city, about 18 feet wide and 80 feet deep, with wooden folding chairs eight wide that went right up to the tiny front stage that was a foot above the floor. If you were in front row with your feet on stage, the band was right on top of you."


September 20, 1969
University of Maryland Baltimore County Campus, Catonsville, Maryland

With: Fallen Angels.

Announcement: in Mixer Planned Tonight, Concerts, Dance Ahead in The Retriever, Volume 4 Number 1, September 5, 1969 (p. 3).
UMBC Digital Archive

Pressclip - The Retriever - September 5, 1969

Listed in Mark Opsasnik's book Capitol Rock.

Photos: Sterling Morrison Archive. Those photographs can be seen in Uptight - The Velvet Underground Story book (p. 111) and are subtitled "University of Maryland, Baltimore, 1969". 12 color photos available in The Velvet Underground - New York Art (p. 252-253, 264-265, 268-269).


September 26, 1969
Aerodrome, Schenectady, New York

1588 State St, Schenectady, NY 12304
Google Maps

Ads:

  • in Schenectady Gazette, August 20, 1969 (p. 81). A Led Zeppelin ad mentions the upcoming Velvet Underground show.
  • in The Troy Record. Some Led Zeppelin and Wilmer And The Dukes ads mention an upcoming Velvet Underground gig on September 26.

Ad | Schenectady Gazette | August 20, 1969Ad | The Troy Record | date unknown

Review: the show is briefly mentioned in In The Groove by Mike Hyland in Schenectady Gazette, October 4, 1969 (p. 12): "It was alright to miss the Velvet Underground at the Aerodrome".

Also as mentioned in Recapturing those Aerodrom nights, in Daily Gazette, August 11, 2008:

"The Club was originally founded by a partnership of Nat Rubin and Jack Herman, who purchased the block-long Woodlawn Lanes for their venture. At 25,000 square feet, it was among the largest nightclubs in the area and capable of drwing crowds in excess of 3,000 people.
The Aerodrome quickly asserted itself as the epicenter of the Capital Region's hippie movement. Soon, the stage was hosting Chicago Transit Authority, Jeff Beck, Jefferson Airplane, the Velvet Underground and even blues legend B.B. King."


Poster

October 3-4, 1969
The Woodrose Ballroom, South Deerfield, Massachusetts

241 Greenfield Rd, South Deerfield, MA 01373
Google Maps

With: Boonatoot.

Poster: 5½x17 inch.


 

October 1969
Music Hall, Cleveland, Ohio

It is almost certain that this date is wrong (no evidence of an appearance in Cleveland on October 1969 has been found in The Plain Dealer archives). The tape which circulates under this pretense is the one that is also available as "30/11/1968" minus I'm Set Free.

Tape: audience, C, 40 minutes.

  1. Heroin
  2. What Goes On
  3. Waiting For The Man
  4. Pale Blue Eyes
  5. Sister Ray

ad

October 12, 1969
Minneapolis Labor Temple, Minneapolis, Minnesota

117 4th St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Google Maps

Photo: Sterling Morrison Archive. See Up-tight - The Velvet Underground Story (p. 110).

Ads:

  • in Minnesota Daily, October 10, 1969 (p. 14).
  • another one from unknown source.

Ad | Minnesota Daily | October 10, 1969


Poster, End of Cole Ave, Oct. 14-19, 1969

October 14-19, 1969
End Of Cole Ave., Dallas, Texas

4926 Cole Ave, Dallas, TX 75205
Google Maps

Handbill: printed on thin paper, 8" x 7.25". Reproduced in The Velvet Underground - An Illustrated History Of A Walk On The Wild Side (p. 130); in The Velvet Underground - New York Art (p. 267).

Tapes: often listed as October 27-28, 1969 but Aral Sezen has done some researches in the newspaper archives, and found a report about the football game that lou talks about at the start of the tape. The conclusion was October 18-19, 1969.

October 18

Tape: audience, 1-18: B, 19: A-, 100 minutes. Sources: The First Night CD (1-18), Live At End Cole Ave 2CD (19). The Lost Live Tapes 1969 (19).

  1. It's Just Too Much (3:02)
  2. Waiting For The Man (5:15)
  3. I Can't Stand It (7:18)
  4. I'm Set Free (4:53)
  5. Beginning To See The Light (5:40)
  6. Ocean (6:09)
  7. Venus In Furs (5:02)
  8. What Goes On (5:39)
  9. Heroin (7:42)
  10. I'll Be Your Mirror (2:39)
  11. Femme Fatale (2:58)
  12. Pale Blue Eyes (6:11)
  13. Candy Says (5:29)
  14. Jesus (3:32)
  15. The Story Of My Life (2:02)
  16. I Found A Reason (2:42)
  17. Sunday Morning (2:52)
  18. After Hours (2:34)
  19. Sister Ray (17:47)

October 19

Tape: audience, A-, 80 minutes. One of the best Velvet Underground live recording available. Sister Ray is unfortunately faded out. Sources: Peel Slowly And See/Ride Into The Sun CDEP (9-11), Live At End Cole Ave 2CD and 2LP (1-14), The Lost Live Tapes 1969 CD (1-10, 12-14), A True Rock 'n' Roller CD (15), The March Of Wooden Soldiers LP (15).

Peel Slowly And See/Ride Into The Sun CDEP has a 25-seconds intro to One Of These Days which is not on the bootleg versions.

  1. Waiting For The Man (7:26)
  2. It's Just Too Much (2:54)
  3. I'll Be Your Mirror (2:56)
  4. Some Kinda Love (4:25)
  5. Femme Fatale (3:27)
  6. Beginning To See The Light (5:58)
  7. I'm Set Free (4:41)
  8. After Hours (2:49)
  9. I'm Sticking With You (2:40)
  10. One Of These Days (3:29)
  11. Pale Blue Eyes (6:23)
  12. Ocean (6:02)
  13. What Goes On (6:22)
  14. Heroin (7:17)
  15. Sister Ray [faded] (13:04)

The Afterhours Set

Tape: audience, A-, 56 mins. General jam with roadies. The two "jam" tracks are actually drawn out of a 90-minutes long tape. Sources: Live At End Cole Ave 2CD (1-3), The First Night 2CD (4).

  1. Lisa Says [Lou and MassChoir] (3:39)
  2. Rock'a'Roll [acoustic version] (5:06)
  3. Blue Velvet Jazz Jam (30:13)
  4. End Cole Ave Jam (16:27)

Handbill

October 23-25, 1969
The Vulcan Gas Company, Austin, Texas

316 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
Google Maps | Wikipedia

With: Ramon Ramon & The Four Daddyos, Water Brothers.

Handbill: 2-sided 8 ½ x 10 ¾ inch flyer, art by Jim Franklin (may also exists as postcard?). Reverse side advertises Oat Willie's. Reproduced in Pop Goes Art exhibition box; in The Velvet Underground - An Illustrated History Of A Walk On The Wild Side (p. 130).

Tape: "They also made tapes at the Vulcan Gas Company in Austin, Texas, but those were lost when the club owner comitted suicide." [in Up-tight - The Velvet Underground Story (p. 111)]

Review: in Recall In Tranquility by Stephanie Chernikowski in NY Rocker, July/August 1980:

"(...) Those writhing bodies suddenly started moving as one-cool, carefully choregraphed, slow and impassionate. It was no doubt the drugs. The drugs and the Velvet Underground. Here at the Vulcan Gas Company in Austin Texas with the carpet of invading crickets crunching underfoot as you enter, and the streaming, sunbathed and sexually wholesome masses undulating and panting inside, urban evil was inflicting itself. Gimme heroin they screamed. And they got Sister Ray in the ear for 45 minutes, hard and cold and turning the provincial darkness of the dully damned into the oh God gimme it now decadence of New York City. You're gonna wait for that man baby. And you're gonna wait for some more and when he comes don't expect no satisfaction. Uh-uh. You're gonna get hurt bad. Baby he's so mean, he's so cool - he would fuck you and your mother at the same time without losing eye contact with either one. (...)"


 

October 29-November 2, 1969
Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood, California

8901 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Google Maps | Wikipedia

With: The Collectors.

Ads: in Los Angeles Free Press, Volume 6 Issue 275, October 1969, ¼-page, approx 4 x 10 inch: "Oct. 29th Thru Nov. 2nd THE VELVET UNDERGROUND Plus The Collectors". Reproduced in The Velvet Underground - An Illustrated History Of A Walk On The Wild Side (p. 131). Another ad exists, probably from the next or previous issue.

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October 30-November 1, 1969
The Matrix, San Francisco, California

3138 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94123
Google Maps | Wikipedia

October 30

Tape: listed in What Goes on - Best of 1&2, 85 minutes, B.

November 1

Tape: a complete tape is listed in What Goes on - Best of 1&2, 85 minutes, C.

Notes: those Matrix shows are supposedly the source for most of the tracks of the official 1969 Live album - which according to Paul Nelson was compiled "from over eight hours of performances tapes". However those dates overlap with the Whisky shows and must be wrong. The correct ones may be those listed below. Unfortunately Polygram never had access to the original tapes when they mastered the CD reissues...


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November 7-9, 1969
Family Dog and the Common on the Great Highway, San Francisco, California

600 Great Hwy, San Francisco, CA 94121
Google Maps

With: Danny Cox, Maximum Speed, Garden Of Delight, John Adam.

Announcements:

  • in Oakland Tribune, November 5, 1969.
  • in San Francisco Chronicle, Friday November 7, 1969: "Opening today : VU/Danny Cox etc. Family Dog, on the Great Highway, next to Playland." and in another newspaper, also Friday November 7, 1969: "Today's highlights : Velvet Undergound/Danny Cox etc, tonight through Sunday at 8.30 at the Family Dog".

Card: FD #GH691107-1, 8½ x 5¼ inch card, artist: unknown.

Robert Quine: "The first weekend, at the Family Dog, it was basically just a bunch of hippies there. They brought their tambourines, harmonicas, and were playing along. I made tapes of that stuff that came out very well. It was a large place, so they could really turn up the amps."
[in Eric Veillette's interview with Robert Quine]

November 7, 1969

Tape: audience recording by Robert Quine. Source: The Quine Tapes - Disc 1 (1-2).

  1. Femme Fatale (3:14)
  2. Sister Ray (24:03)

November 8, 1969

Review: The Story... Between Wrong And Right ...And Not Dying by Aral Sezen, in What Goes On #5 (according to the author the article recalls this as Oct 1969 but later research after the completion of the article revealed the actual date as November 8, 1969).

Setlists: First set: I'm Waiting For The Man, Candy says, Femme Fatale, Cool It Down, I'm Set Free, Rock And Roll/Foggy Notion, What Goes On. Second set: I'll Be Your Mirror, Beginning To See The Light, I Can't Stand It, Some Kinda Love, After Hours, Murder Mystery/Ocean, Heroin, Lonely Saturday Night (Goodnight Ladies).

Tape: audience recording by Robert Quine. Source: The Quine Tapes - Disc 1 (1-8).

  1. I'm Waiting For The Man (7:46)
  2. It's Just Too Much (4:08)
  3. What Goes On (8:25)
  4. I Can't Stand It (6:20)
  5. Some Kinda Love (4:48)
  6. Foggy Notion (4:41)
  7. After Hours (3:05)
  8. I'm Sticking With You (2:48)

November 9, 1969

Ad: in S.F. Sunday Examiner & Chronicle, November 9, 1969: "Winding up a weekend of performances today at the Associated Rubber Dog on the Great Highway at Playland-On-The-Beach is the VU. Other performers include Danny Cox, Maximum Speed Limit, John Adams."

Tape: audience recording by Robert Quine. Source: The Quine Tapes - Disc 1 (1).

  1. Sunday Morning (2:56)

 

November 7 (??), 1969
The Rusty Nail, Seattle, Washington

This date is documented by a tape listed in What Goes On - The Best of 1 & 2 as 80 minutes, C+. The date is wrong because it overlaps with the above which is well documented, press articles and The Quine Tapes. Plus there has never been a club in Seattle called "The Rusty Nail" (but there was one in Massachusetts).

A "Seattle 1969" soundboard tape supposedly exists but it does not circulate - it was acquired from the local Seattle band who opened for The Velvet Underground. They recorded their own set and then left the reels running for the VU set. This reel was supposedly recorded at the Trolly Club (http://pnwbands.com/trollyclub.html) sometimes in 1969 (or maybe 1968).


 

November 11-17, 1969
The Matrix, San Francisco, California

3138 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94123
Google Maps | Wikipedia

With: Danny Cox.

Ad: in Berkeley Tribe, November 14-21.

Announcements:

  • in San Francisco Chronicle, Friday November 14, 1969: "Opening today : VU/Danny Cox at the Matrix."
  • in Berkeley Tribe, November 14-21, 1969: 2 entries in November 14 & 15 "sounds" listings.

Review: Underground Competition by Philip Elwood in San Francisco Examiner, Thursday November 13, 1969: review of the Velvet Underground at the Matrix, with Danny Cox. (week-long engagement!!).

Robert Quine: "Then they went to The Matrix for a couple of weeks, and that's where I really got to know them, 'cause in the beginning, they'd start off on a weeknight around 8:30 and sometimes there'd be two or three people in the place. So they got to know me, and we'd get talking. I asked if it was alright if I taped the stuff. They said it was alright. Sometimes I'd sit around at their rehearsals and tape the rehearsals. Ultimately, I taped over the rehearsals. There was nothing really spectacular going on in them. They'd just work out new songs, but it was interesting to see them in rehearsal, to see how they worked together. (...) So I taped all those nights, I think I missed one night. I remember the next day, he said: "Oh you should have been here last night, we played 'Candy Says'." Which was a song they never did. I asked him if they'd play it again that night, but he said no."
[in Eric Veillette's interview with Robert Quine]

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Flyer

November 21, 1969
Springer's Hall, Portland, Oregon

SE 190th Dr, Gresham - North Central, OR 97080 (approx.)
Google Maps

With: The Chapter Five

Mentioned on the November 1969 KVAN interview tape.

Flyer: 11 x 8½ inch flyer on gold card stock. Reproduced in The Velvet Underground - New York Art (p. 266).

Ticket: same paper as flyer. Reproduced in The Velvet Underground - New York Art (p. 266).

Ticket


Flyer

November 22, 1969
The Attic, Eugene, Oregon

With: Notary Sojac

Poster: golden construction paper.


November 23-27, 1969
The Matrix, San Francisco, California

3138 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94123
Google Maps | Wikipedia

Announcement: in San Francisco Chronicle, Monday November 24, 1969: "At the Matrix, tonight through Wednesday : Velvet Underground, Mendlebaum.".

November 23, 1969

Tape: audience recording by Robert Quine. Source: The Quine Tapes - Disc 2 (1), The Quine Tapes - Disc 3 (2).

  1. Heroin (8:11)
  2. Black Angel's Death Song (5:54)

November 24, 1969

Tape: audience recording by Robert Quine. Source: The Quine Tapes - Disc 3 (1, 2).

  1. New Age (11:18)
  2. Ride Into The Sun (11:11)

November 25, 1969

Tape: audience recording by Robert Quine. Source: The Quine Tapes - Disc 3 (1, 2). Soundboard recording. Source: 1969 Live (1).

  1. Rock And Roll (6:49)
  2. Over You (2:41)

November 27, 1969

Tape: audience recording by Robert Quine. Sources: The Quine Tapes - Disc 2 (1), The Quine Tapes - Disc 3 (2).

  1. Follow The Leader (17:05)
  2. I'm Waiting For The Man (11:37)

November 1969
Retinal Circus(?), San Diego, California

Tape: listed in What Goes On - Best of 1&2 fanzine, 25 minutes (incomplete), B-. This entry is probably wrong since the Retinal Circus was located on Davie Street in Vancouver BC in Canada.


December 1-3, 1969
The Matrix, San Francisco, California

3138 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94123
Google Maps | Wikipedia

December 1, 1969

Tape: audience recording by Robert Quine. Source: The Quine Tapes - Disc 2 (1-2).

  1. White Light/ White Heat (10:03)
  2. Venus In Furs (5:14)

December 3, 1969

Tape: audience recording by Robert Quine. Source: The Quine Tapes - Disc 2 (1).

  1. Sister Ray (38:00)

Tape: audience reel-to-reel recording from alternate source, two sets recorded. Status: uncirculated.

First set:

  1. Waiting For The Man
  2. Good Time Together
  3. Some Kinda Love
  4. Pale Blue Eyes
  5. Beginning To See The Light
  6. I'm Set Free
  7. Heroin

Second set:

  1. There She Goes Again
  2. Here I Go Again
  3. Lisa Says
  4. After Hours
  5. I'm Sticking With You
  6. The New Age
  7. Sweet Jane
  8. Ride Into The Sun [credited as Right Into The Son]
  9. Here Come The Wave
  10. Sister Ray [encore]

The Quine Tapes Outtakes

The Bootleg Series Volume 1: The Quine Tapes was sourced from a "best of" reel-to-reel compiled by Robert Quine from his original cassettes. The outtakes available on Dispatches From The Dream Factory bootleg come from a cheap little cassette, mixed down from the long lost tapes. It's been said it was for certain the only tape Bob Quine still had, along with the two 11/11/69 tracks, which were on a separate cassette.

November 1969
Matrix or Family Dog, San Francisco, California

Tape: audience recording by Robert Quine. Source: Dispatches From The Dream Factory - Disc 3 (1).

  1. Sweet Jane (6:12)
  2. I Can't Stand It (9:29)
  3. Sweet Bonnie Brown (4:55)
  4. It's Just Too Much (3:11)
  5. Heroin (8:26)
  6. Some Kinda Love (4:07)
  7. Sweet Bonnie Brown II (5:39)
  8. Lisa Says [cut] (2:44)

Heroin is actually an audience recording version of the track available as bonus on the official 1969 Velvet Underground Live CD Volume 1.

November 11, 1969
Unknown location, San Francisco, California

Tape: audience recording by Robert Quine. Source: Dispatches From The Dream Factory - Disc 3 (1-2).

  1. Waiting For The Man (6:16)
  2. [cut] White Light/ White Heat (5:45)

Quine handed over a cassette with the two songs, and ONLY these two songs, that was was dated 11/11/69. The legend goes that the November 11 performance was an outdoor gig, maybe by the beach South of San Francisco. However White Light/White Heat is edited from an audience recording version of the track available on 1969 Velvet Underground Live. So the "unknown location" is probably The Matrix.


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Special thanks Gordon Lyon & Aral Sezen. Also to Steven Beck - The Velvet Collection - for the Boston Tea Party January 22, La Cave March 28-30, Kinetic Playground February 14-15 and April 25-27, Hilltop Pop Festival August 2, Boston Tea Party August 14-16, and Springer's Hall November 21 scans. Thanks: Tom Herbers, Nick Blakey, Chris Knight, Zane, Nuno Robles, Jon Allan, Scott, Henry Owings, Richard Byrne, Tom Z, Andrew Russ.

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