The closest we might ever get to see a reunion of The Velvet Underground will take place on December 8th at the New York Public Library. There’s no performance planned (or at least one we know of) and a few key members will be missing (namely John Cale) but on that day, Lou Reed, Maureen Tucker, and Doug Yule will unite for an extremely rare joint public appearance to discuss their band’s music and legacy with rock journalist David Fricke as part of the “LIVE from the NYPL” series.
The event will take place in New York City at the Celeste Bartos Forum in the NYPL’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on 5th Ave. and 42nd St. Tickets sold out minutes after the event was announced, meaning you’ll have to rely on Craigslist from this point on. Either that, or wait for our full recap of the event on the morning following the event.
The reunion, which will essentially mark the first VU appearance since the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, will come on the heels of a new box set, The Velvet Underground Singles 196669, and two publications, Rizzoli’s The Velvet Underground: New York Art and Jim DeRogatis’ The Velvet Underground: An Illustrated History of A Walk on the Wild Side,