Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The Day Lou Reed Played Yasgur's Farm

Lou Reed might have scoffed at the notion of the Velvet Underground playing Woodstock back in 1969. However, on August 15, 1998, NYC's most legendary curmudgeon finally arrived at Yasgur's Farm for the A Day In The Garden festival, a weekend-long concert held at the original Woodstock concert site that also featured the likes of Pete Townshend, Stevie Nicks, Joni Mitchell, Richie Havens, Donovan, Don Henley, Ten Years After, Ziggy Marley and a bunch of crappy mid-to-late 90s alternative rock acts like Third Eye Blind and Dishwalla.

Me and my boy Booker T. Arcane rolled up there for the Saturday show, mainly to see Lou. And he did not disappoint. Flanked by his classic New York album line-up of guitarist Mike Rathke, bassist Fernando Saunders and drummer Tony "Thunder" Smith, Lou delivered a killer set loaded with some of his great late-period material from such overlooked classics as 1984's New Sensations and 1996's phenomenal Set The Twilight Reeling, his latest album at the time.

It certainly was a little odd seeing such a dark soul like Lou Reed at 1 PM, but nevertheless it was one of the best shows I've ever seen. Thanks to whoever posted this amazing soundboard of the show on Guitars 101, which I have cut and pasted to share with you all. -Ed.

Lou Reed - 1998-08-15 - Bethel, NY (SBD)
Lou Reed
"A Day In The Garden" Festival
Max Yasgur's Farm
New York


101 Dorita
102 Sweet Jane
103 Egg Cream
104 Set The Twilight Reeling
105 Vicious
106 Perfect Day
107 Street Hassle
108 Hooky Wooky
109 Kicks
110 Hang On To Your Emotions
111 Into The Divine

201 Future Farmers Of America
202 New Sensations
203 Satellite Of Love
204 Dirty Boulevard
205 Riptide
206 The Original Rapper
207 Pale Blue Eyes


Lou Reed performing "Dirty Blvd." for Sessions on W. 54th St circa 1998:

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