There was a serious lack of wild stories.
Save for a few gems like Maureen Tucker telling the crowd how she created a makeshift drum set out of garbage cans and edited “dirty” words out of Andy Warhol’s writing, there was a hell of a lot missing from the sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll we’d been expecting. Primarily the sex and the drugs. Come on, this is the Velvets. There must be some great Factory stories? Messy affairs? At least one good tale of scoring smack a la “I’m Waiting for the Man”?
There was very little talk of the research behind the songwriting.
Reed’s expertly-crafted songs that vividly captured a generation of the subversive New York underground. “Venus in Furs,” is one of the first and only songs to expose the thorny pleasures of the often misunderstood world of S&M. We’re sure Reed and gang attended at least a party or two that sparked their creative interest. And yet, we didn’t hear about any of them.
There was no live music.
We realize this was a library event, but how can you have a reunion without a song or two? It has been so long since the group has played together in any incarnation that a short acoustic performance at the end of the night would have been an amazing way to end the show. Lou on acoustic guitar, Doug on upright bass. Hell, Maureen could break out the garbage cans. Maybe the next time? As Reed said at one point in the evening to wild applause: “To this day, I don’t think there is anything that touches what the Velvet Underground did. Not in this universe.” We’d love the chance to hear it live.