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)

1970

Dates in gray are uncertain


2nd Fret, photo

Late December 1969-January 3, 1970
The Second Fret, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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

Review: Philadelphia 1969, 1970 by Bob Kachnycz in What Goes On fanzine issue #5. Bob taped some of those shows.

Photos: by George Manney - 2 available at The Electric Factory Archives

December 31

Photos: Sterling Morrison Archives. See Uptight - The Velvet Underground Story (p. 118 & 119); Feed-Back - La Leyenda De Los Velvet Underground (p. 64 & 66).

January 2

First set: I'm Waiting For The Man, Some Kinda Love, I'm Sticking With You, After Hours, Sweet Molly Brown [sic], I Can't Stand It.

Second set: [first reel] White light/White Heat, Sweet Jane, Over You, Foggy Notion, [second reel] Goodnight Ladies, Sad Song, New Age, What Goes On, Ocean.

Tape: audience, B, 24 minutes. This is Bob Kachnycz first reel - the second reel is gone from a 1971 robbery. The complete tape is listed in What Goes On fanzine Best of 1+2 issue (including Waiting For The Man, Some Kinda Love, Lisa Says, Sweet Bonnie Brown, Stickin' With You, Can't Stand It, After Hours, Good Night Ladies, Sad Song, New Age, What Goes On, Ocean and the 4 following songs).

  1. White Light/White Heat (4:03)
  2. Sweet Jane (5:38)
  3. Over You (3:02)
  4. Foggy Notion (7:01)

Sources: Shiny Leather In The Dark 2LP (1-4), Searchin' For My Mainline 3LP and 3CD (1-4), Flowers Of Evil 2CD (1-4).

January 3

Tape: audience, B, 10 minutes. It offers the last 9 minutes of Sister Ray. Maybe the 20-min tape listed as 30/1/70 in What Goes On fanzine The Best of 1&2 issue (?).

  1. Sister Ray (9:03)

Source: Searchin' For My Mainline 3LP and 3CD (1), Flowers Of Evil 2CD (1).

Bob Kachnycz: "I dragged a reel-to-reel into the club and plugged it in in the back. Only had one mike, so they are mono. Wouldn't have been much stereo from the back of a club shaped like a tunnel, though. The band thought it was fine to be taping them. End of 69 and May of 70 at the Second Fret in Philadelphia, two shows and a short part of a third. I sent my tapes to a Velvet fan in Boston, and they got some radio play and came out on some boots."


poster

January 9, 1970
The Paramount Theater, Springfield, Massachusetts

1700 Main St, Springfield, MA 01103
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With: Fat, and Barry T & The Studebakers.

Poster: 17 x 11 inch. Reproduced in The Velvet Underground - New York Art (p. 279).

Steve Nelson: "We moved the Woodrose shows ("The Woodrose presents...") from the "ballroom" in South Deerfield to the Paramount Theater in Springfield MA, on December 31, 1969, so anything after that date was in Springfield. The Velvets used to get there by train, and Train Goin' Round The Bend is about going back to New York from the country in western Massachusetts. The theater, was just about next door to the train station..."


Setlist, 15/1/70

Setlist, 21/1/70

January 15 & 21, 1970
The Quiet Knight, Chicago, Illinois

953 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
Google Maps - Chicago Punk

The Quiet Knight was a club on Belmont Avenue. Jan 15th and Jan 21st are documented by setlists however they played there the whole week.

Announcements:

  • in Chicago Tribune, January 11, 1970: "On the Town: Wednesday: The Velvet Underground, rock group, will open at the new Quiet Knight on Belmont avenue for two weeks."
  • in Chicago Tribune, January 16, 1970: "SWINGING THINGS THIS WEEKEND: VELVET UNDERGROUND: A group "discovered" by Andy Warhol turns the Quiet Knight, 953 W. Belmont av., into a rock establishment with concerts at 9, 11, ..."
  • in Chicago Tribune, January 23, 1970: "SWINGING THINGS THIS WEEKEND: VELVET UNDERGROUND: Andy Warhol. discovered the group and now they re appearing in three shows nightly in the Quiet Knight, 953 W. Belmont av."

Review: The savage sound of Velvet by Lynn Van Matre in Chicago Tribune, January 16, 1970 with one photo by Val Mazzenga.

Setlists: two setlists written in Sterling's own handwriting (reproduced on the poster which came with some copies of the Searchin' 3-LP box set), no venue stated, 2 shows?, 4 sets? Reproduced in The Velvet Underground - New York Art (p. 286-287).

1-15-70
WAITING FOR MAN              VENUS
SOME KIND OF LOVE            ROCK & ROLL 
LUCY BROWN                   RUN RUN
STICKIN' WITH YOU            CANDY SAYS
LISA SAYS                    PALE BLUE EYES
HERE COME THE WAVES          THERE SHE GOES
--------------------         ONE OF THESE DAYS
HEROIN                       S.R.
WHITE LIGHT                  JESUS
I'M SET FREE                 GOOD TIME TOGETHER
AFTER HOURS                  OVER YOU
WHAT GOES ON                 STORY OF MY LIFE
--------------------         SUNDAY MORNING
FOGGY NOTION
SWEET JANE
MIRROR
FEMME FATALE
CANT STAND IT ANYMORE
BEGINNING TO SEE THE LIGHT
	
1-21-70
GOOD TIME TOGETHER
SOME KIND OF LOVE
STICKIN' WITH YOU
WAITING FOR MAN
LISA SAYS
BEGINNIN TO SEE THE LIGHT
	
WHITE LIGHT
I'M SET FREE
AFTER HOURS
LUCY BROWN
FEMME FATALE
NEW AGE
	
HEROIN
SWEET JANE
MIRROR
CANT STAND IT
OVER YOU
HERE COME THE WAVES
	
PALE BLUE EYES

 

February 1970
Head Quarters, Reading, Pennsylvania

Mentionned in c/o The Velvet Underground in Fusion magazine, March 6, 1970: "Within the month, you can catch The Velvet Underground at Head Quarters in Reading, Pa. or at the Main Point in Bryn Mawr.".


flyer

February 19-22, 1970
The Main Point, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

874 W Lancaster Ave, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
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With: Don Lease.

Also mentionned in Fusion magazine - see above.

Flyer: list mentioning the different acts that month. Printed on colored paper.

Ad: in The Dome (PMC Colleges), Volume 24 - Number 14, February 18, 1970 (p. 2).
Widener University Archives

Ad | The Dome | February 18, 1970


 

February 28, 1970
Pal Joey's, Chicago, Illinois

Tape: listed in What Goes On fanzine, Best of 1&2 issue, 50 mins, C.


Poster

Flyer

April 17, 1970
The Paramount Theater, Springfield, Massachusetts

1700 Main St, Springfield, MA 01103
Google Maps

Poster: 17 x 11 inch. "The Woodrose" - this show is often listed as The Woodrose, April 17, 1970, but the venue was really The Paramount Theater in Springfield MA, as stated under The Woodrose on the poster.

Flyer: 11 x 8½ inch red on white flyer, hung outside the venue advertising coming events. Artist unknown.

Tape: audience, drummerless, B-, 57 minutes. Intro (listed as Vamp on Screen Test boot) is some kind of instrumental Foggy Notion. Oh Gin is the only live version available. Sources: Screen Test LP and CD (1), Searchin' For My Mainline 3LP and 3CD (6), After The White Heat 2CD (1-10).

  1. Intro (3:22)
  2. Waiting For The Man (5:12)
  3. Some Kinda Love (3:50)
  4. Sweet Jane (5:50)
  5. Lisa Says (4:04, cut)
  6. Oh Gin (1:18)
  7. Foggy Notion (6:03)
  8. New Age (6:31)
  9. Beginning To See The Light (5:29)
  10. Candy Says (4:32)
  11. Heroin (8:03)

 

May 8-10, 1970
The Second Fret, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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

One date, without Maureen. Doug plays drums on some songs (Cool It Down, Rock And Roll, Head Held High).

Press article: Second Fret, second management (source unknown) by Frank Gruber with one b&w photo showing Ed Vincent 2nd Fret manager posing at the entrance near the felt board window with the Velvet Underground gig dates.

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

Setlist: I'm Waiting For The Man, What Goes On, Rock And Roll, I'll Be Your Mirror, New Age, Head Held High, Train Comin' Round The Bend, Oh! Sweet Nuthin'.

Audio: audience, B-, 69 minutes. Also circulates as "Main Point, Philadelphia", but the venue was really the Second Fret. Sources: Screen Test LP and CD (11), Praise Ye The Lord LP (9-11), Caught Between The Twisted Stars 4-CD (10, 11), Flowers Of Evil 2CD (9-11).

  1. Waiting For The Man (9:09)
  2. What Goes On (5:43)
  3. Cool It Down (4:24)
  4. Sweet Jane (5:54)
  5. Rock And Roll (5:36)
  6. Some Kinda Love (4:57)
  7. New Age (6:19)
  8. Candy Says (4:38)
  9. Head Held High (3:20)
  10. Train Round The Bend (8:44)
  11. Oh! Sweet Nuthin' (6:53)

Poster

May 26-June 7, 1970
Unicorn, Boston, Massachusetts

1088 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02215
Google Maps

The Unicorn was on Boylston Street in the Back Bay section of Boston.

Poster.

Aral Sezen says: "... The 8-track was purchased in Salt Lake City on a cross country trip to Boston from California. I wanted to catch the VU on their turf, after seeing them in SF Nov 1969. My ride deserted me in DC and took the tape with them. I have not seen it since. I arrived in Boston and stayed at a Cambridge dorm that was mostly deserted except for two guys who let me have the whole upstairs for two weeks during break. With that kind of lucky break I decided not to immediately scan the area for any shows the VU may be doing in town. A bad break there. The next day, in early June 1970, I found the VU had finished a two week stay at the Unicorn a small club in Boston. All I got from that was a white on gold silkscreen poster of the Velvets. It was a picture that rarely surfaced until recently to promote Fully Loaded..."


 

Summer 1970
Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio

Bowling Green, OH 43403
Google Maps | Bowling Green State University

Possibly early to mid June between the Unicorn and Matrix residencies?

Tom Warren (the photographer): "One summer day Peter (Laughner), Charlotte Pressler, my brother Joe Warren, Jo Ann & I drove to Bowling Green to see the velvets in an outdoor festival that was rained out. Peter pleaded with security to let us through since he knew Lou, we didn't get in."

Doug Yule: I do remember an outdoor festival, could very well have been in Ohio, and I do believe there was some rain. I can't specifically recall playing on the stage so it very well may have been rained out.


June 16-20, 1970
The Matrix, San Francisco, California

Annoucement: in The Synapse, Volume 14, Number 29, May 25, 1970 (p. 4).
UCSF Synapse Archive


June 24-August 28, 1970
The Max's Kansas City, New York, New York

213 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10003
Google Maps - Wikipedia

Poster

Poster: 11 x 28¾ inch, designed by Steve Nelson. "FIRST N.Y. APPEARANCE IN 3 YEARS", June 24-28, July 1-5. Reproduced in in The Velvet Underground - An Illustrated History Of A Walk On The Wild Side (p. 140); in The Velvet Underground - New York Art (p. 300-301)..

Ads:

  • in The Village Voice, June 25, 1970 (p. 38): "First New York Appearance In 3 Years!". Reproduced in The Velvet Underground - An Illustrated History Of A Walk On The Wild Side (p. 141); in The Velvet Underground - New York Art (p. 307).
  • in New York Magazine, June 29, 1970 (p. 12).
    Googles Books
  • in The Village Voice, July 2, 1970 (p. 34): "First New York Appearance In 3 Years!".
  • in The Village Voice, July 9, 1970 (p. 36): "Held Over For The Entire Summer!".
  • in The Village Voice, July 30, 1970 (p. 33): "Held Over For The Entire Summer!".
  • in The Village Voice, August 13, 1970 (p. 38): "Held Over For The Entire Summer!".

Review: 'Velvet' Rock Group Opens Stand Here by Mike Jahn in New York Times, July 4, 1970 (p. 10).

June 24, 1970

First show.

Review: Putting on the style to cover up the agony by Dick Pountain, in Friends, no. 18, November 13, 1970, UK. Exact date of the show is not given.

Setlists: maybe not in correct order, two sets. Waiting For The Man, White Light/White Heat, I'm Set Free, I'll Be Your Mirror, Some Kinda Love, Beginning To See The Light, Candy Says, What Goes On, Sweet Jane, "A Story Song" (possibly Sister Ray?), Cool It Down, New Age, Oh Sweet Nothing, Heroin (encore).

Ad - The Village Voice - July 2, 1970 June 26, 1970

Review: No Pale Imitation by Richard Nusser in The Village Voice, July 2, 1970, p. 34.

Summer 1970
Max's rehearsal

Danny Fields' reel-to-reel tape (directly transfered from Brigid Polk's cassette) is marked "Velvet Rehearsal 6/26/70" but the date is written a bit unclearly... It's recorded at a rehearsal with a single mike in mono.

Tape: audience, B+/C, 57:52.

  1. It's Just Too Much
  2. I'm Free
  3. I Found A Reason
  4. New Age
  5. Walk And Talk It
  6. Head Held High
  7. Wild Child
  8. Little Queenie
  9. Good Lovin'
  10. Oh Mickie
  11. Max's jingle
  12. Waiting For The Man (with false start)
  13. White Light/White Heat
  14. What Goes On
  15. Cool It Down (4:25)
  16. Who Loves The Sun (3:53)

Sources: Ultra Rare Trax Vol. 1 CD (1, 3, 5, 10, 16), Collector's Dream CD (2, 3, 5, 6, 15, 16), A Young Person's Guide To CD (5), Flowers Of Evil 2CD (3, 5, 10, 16) , Live At Max's Kansas City Deluxe Edition (work CD-R 1st edition) 2-CD (15-16), After The White Heat 2CD (1-16).

Max's Kansas City "July 26, 1970"

Tape: audience, B+, 39:46. The actual date may be August 23, 1970. The Max's tapes used to compile Live At Max's Kansas City were recorded by Brigid Polk. Polk's tape tracklistings are available in a German booklet Polaroids And Tapes (Heiner Friedrichs, Köln). The July 26, 1970 entry (B-side of tape no. 39) reads "Andy Warhol, Bill Feldman and B. Polk go to Max's. Mr. Feldman discusses how Andy Warhol could break into T.V. to end." So there is no indication of a VU recording - even if Brigid Polk went at Max's Kansas City on this date. On the other hand the August 23, 1970 entry lists only one set...

Danny Fields' reel-to-reel direct copy from Brigid Polk's cassette is just marked "Velvets At Max's". After White Light there are notes to cut the solo and the tuning (which I assume is tuning up). The rest of the sets or second set maybe...?

  1. Waiting For The Man (4:05)
  2. White Light/White Heat (4:30)
  3. I'm Set Free (5:12)
  4. Sweet Jane (with "Jim Carroll/Pernod" intro) (5:28)
  5. Lonesome Cowboy Bill (3:45)
  6. New Age (5:55)
  7. Beginning To See The Light (4:53)

Sources: Live At Max's Kansas City LP (1, intro of 4, 5, 6, 7), Evil Mothers LP (1, 2, 3, 5, 6), The Black Side Of The Street LP (2, 3), Everything You've Ever Heard 3-LP (3), A Young Person's Guide To CD (3), Collector's Dream CD (3), The Psychopath's Rolling Stones CD (1, 2), A Walk With... 5-CD (1, 2), A Walk With... Volume 2 3-CD (2, 3), Flowers Of Evil 2CD (1-7), Live At Max's Kansas City Deluxe Edition 2-CD (1-7).

August 23, 1970

Last show with Lou Reed.

Tape: audience, B+, 50:20. Recorded by Brigid Polk. The tape is listed as no. 45 in Brigid Polk - Polaroids And Tapes booklet (see above). Curiously Who Loves The Sun is not listed. Also Pale Blue Eyes is listed as Linger On, and Femme Fatale as Here She Comes.

Danny Fields' reel-to-reel tape's got the band lineup listed, says "produced by Brigid Polk", is titled and dated.

  1. Who Loves The Sun (2:12)
  2. Sweet Jane (5:00)
  3. I'll Be Your Mirror (2:00)
  4. Pale Blue Eyes (5:48)
  5. Candy Says (4:10)
  6. Sunday Morning (2:46)
  7. After Hours (2:12)
  8. Femme Fatale (2:34)
  9. Some Kinda Love (10:16)
  10. Lonesome Cowboy Bill (4:20)

Sources: Live At Max's Kansas City LP (2-4, 6-8), Evil Mothers LP (2), The Black Side Of The Street (4, 5), What Goes On 3CD (7), Peel Slowly And See (3, 9), Everything You've Ever Heard 3LP (5, 9), A Walk With... Volume 2 3CD (1-9), Flowers Of Evil 2CD (1-9), Live At Max's Kansas City Deluxe Edition 2-CD (1-10).

The Joseph Freeman tape

Joseph Freeman: "I recorded an entire set at Max's (around the same time as Polk's). The tape was recorded on a Sony TCS-124 a portable stereo cassette recorder with an external single stereo mic. The quality of the tape is very good and has never been bootlegged. I may be interested in having this tape surface as a legitimate release".

[source: message posted in the Velvet underground Discussion Forum on March 2, 1999]

  1. I'm Waiting For The Man
  2. White Light/White Heat
  3. I'm Set Free
  4. Lonesome Cowboy Bill
  5. Who Loves The Sun
  6. Sweet Jane
  7. New Age
  8. unidentified bluesy instrumental
  9. It's Just Too Much
  10. Ocean
  11. I'll Be Your Mirror
  12. What Goes On
  13. Head Held High
  14. Oh! Sweet Nuthin'
  15. Some Kinda Love

August 26, 1970

Tape: Brigid Polk - Polaroids And Tapes lists "THE VELVET UNDERGROUND without Lou Reed no. 15-55".

August 28, 1970

Tape: Brigid Polk - Polaroids And Tapes lists "THE VELVET UNDERGROUND without Loe (sic) Reed to 55".


Late Summer 1970
Central Park, New York City, New York

Lincoln says: "I saw the Velvet Underground in the Summer of 1970 in a meadow in Central Park, it was a free concert for a blood drive. It was during their stint at Max's, and I was thrilled because I got to see them, and I wasn't old enough to get into Max's. Sad to say I have no exact date for the show. According to my notes dating to the period, it was between August 28 and September 11, as it falls between two Fillmore East shows I can date, however, my list may be out of order, which it would seem to be, as Lou's last show is listed as August 23. Lou was definately with them, I was a pretty big fan and I would have noticed a different singer. Anyhow, it was in a meadow in the southwest corner of the park, the MC was Vincent Price or Zacharlee, and one of the other bands was named Communication Workshop."

Photo: Doug Yule at the microphone in Rock, October 11, 1970 issue.


 

November 13, 1970
WMCA, New York, New York

The Velvet Underground is announced as part of Alex Bennett radio show on WMCA, in Radio | Talks, Sports, Events section of The New York Times, November 13, 1970 (p. 47).


flyer

November 19-22, 1970
The Main Point, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

874 W Lancaster Ave, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Google Maps - Wikipedia

With Compton & Batteau.

Announced in From The Music Capitals of the World - New York in Billboard, November 28, 1970 (p. 29).
Google Books

Flyer: printed on colored paper.

Ads:

Ad | The Dome | November 11, 1970

Ad | Villanovan | November 18, 1970


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