Earlier this year, The Recording Academy held the Salute to Music Legends concert at the Beacon Theatre in New York City to honor its Special Merit Awards recipients. The recipients included Nina Simone, Sly Stone, Dionne Warwick, Charley Pride, Jimmy Rodgers, and more artists who were recognized for their “contributions of artistic significance to the field of recording.” The Velvet Underground were also honored at the event, and performed a pair of songs from their 1967 debut album The Velvet Underground and Nico.
Original member and multi-instrumentalist John Cale reunited with drummer Moe Trucker (who joined the band in 1965) to perform “I’m Waiting for the Man” and “Sunday Morning” alongside Cale’s band for the special concert, which will air as a two-hour special on PBS’ Great Performances this Friday at 9pm local times and will be available to stream on the Great Performances website.
Today, you can watch The Velvet Underground members perform “I’m Waiting for the Man” below:
John Cale has been celebrating the anniversary of The Velvet Underground’s debut album with special performances with his own band, performing Velvet Underground and Nico around the world. His final show is coming up next month at Brooklyn’s BAM on November 16 & 17.