Velvets Perform Tribute To Sterling At Fame Dinner

Velvets in their heyday.

The remaining members of the Velvet Underground performed a new song,

"Last Night I Said Goodbye To My Friend," written by Lou Reed about

the late Velvets' guitarist Sterling Morrison at the Rock and Roll

Hall of Fame induction dinner last night, which took place in New York

at the Waldorf-Astoria. Reed noted that it was unfortunate that

Morrison hadn't lived to see the group inducted. No less a rock and

roll figure than the great Patti Smith inducted the Velvets, who were

an influence on Smith; Smith and her guitarist/producer Lenny Keye

performed the Velvets' "Pale Blues Eye." For Reed, John Cale, Maureen

Tucker and Doug Yule, being inducted was a true victory. For most of

their existence in the late '60s and early '70s, the Velvets were not

understood. Many rock critics shunned them, and the public had no

interest in a group that sang about heroin use, S&M and other aspects

of life's Dark Side. All these years later, however, the Velvets music

still stands, sounding as fresh as the day it was recorded. And

generation upon generation of rock & roll band have grown up under

their influence. Congratulations VU!