December 21, 2005
Velvet Underground reunion DVD set for release
NEW YORK (Billboard) - Archival label Rhino Records has set
a January 24 release for the DVD debut of the Velvet
Underground's "Live MCMXCIII," which chronicled the legendary
act's brief 1993 reunion tour.
Previously only available on VHS, "Live" was taped June
15-17, 1993, at Paris' Olympia and features such classic cuts
as "Venus in Furs," "Femme Fatale," "Rock'n'Roll," "Sweet Jane"
"I'm Waiting for the Man," "Heroin" and "Pale Blue Eyes."
"Live" features the final performances of VU guitarist
Sterling Morrison with bandmates Lou Reed, John Cale and
Maureen Tucker, as he died of cancer in 1995, shortly before
the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The
DVD has been remixed in 5.1 Surround Sound.
In related news, Reed and his band are gearing up for a
winter European tour, which will begin with a February 23
performance at the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. Two warm-up
shows are on tap for February 11 in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and
February 13 in New York.