On this day: the Velvet Underground’s First Concert

On this day in 1965, the Velvet Underground performed their first real concert at a high school dance in Summit, New Jersey. Drummer Angus MacLise quit the band in protest at actually getting paid and having to play on time – commercial aspects of performing which didn’t fit his artistic vision. The quartet of John Cale, Lou Reed, Sterling Morrison and Maureen Tucker played three songs, “There She Goes Again, Venus in Furs, and Heroin. A band history describes the crowd as “an almost wholly uncomprehending and unappreciative audience of adolescents” and Morrison’s wife said that the auditorium…

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