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The Feelies played The Velvet Underground & other favorites at White Eagle Hall (video, setlist)

It’s not unusual for The Feelies to put a one or two Velvet Underground songs in their sets. In fact it would be more unusual for the band — whose sound owes a lot to Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison, and Mo Tucker (and Doug Yule) — not to play a VU song. Saturday night, however, The Feelies played a whole set of Velvet Underground songs at Jersey City’s White Eagle Hall, a very special show to celebrate opening week of The Velvet Underground Experience exhibit in Manhattan. The 18-song set opened with “Sunday Morning” and included spirited takes of “Who Loves the Sun,” “There She Goes Again,” “What Goes On,” “I’m Waiting for the Man,” “Rock n’ Roll” and “Run Run Run,” all of which they’d played live before. Bassist Brenda Sauter took lead on “All Tomorrow’s Parties” and “After Hours,” and they brought out a couple members of fellow Hoboken band The Bongos at the end: James Mastro for “I Can’t Stand it” and Richard Barone for “Oh Sweet Nuthin.” (The band’s percussion maestro Dave Weckerman played keyboards on a few songs.) This was clearly fun for them and the audience, and a real all-around treat.

Of course this being a Feelies show, that was far from it. After a 15-minute break, the band returned for a full set of their own songs, including “Away,” “Higher Ground,” “On the Roof,” “Slippin’ Into Something,” “Too Far Gone,” and “Crazy Rhythms.” They returned for their first of three encores with “Fa Cé-La” and brought out Richard Barone again — to hold Dave Weckerman drum — for their cover of The Beatles’ “Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except for Me and My Monkey.” Barone returned for a second encore cover of Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World,” and the Feelies also played Jonathan Richman “Astral Plane,” Patti Smith’s “Dancing Barefoot” (with Brenda on vocals), and they closed the night with the Stones’ “Paint it Black.”

You can watch videos from The Feelies White Eagle Hall show, including a good chunk of their Velvet Underground set, and check out the full setlist, below.

You can also listen to TIDAL playlists of Velvets songs chosen by The Feelies’ Glen Mercer and Bill Million.

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SETLIST: The Feelies @ White Eagle Hall
Velvet Underground Set:
Sunday Morning
Who Loves the Sun
There She Goes Again
What Goes On
Sweet Jane
Head Held High
I’m Waiting for the Man
White Light/White Heat
I Heard Her Call My Name
New Age
That’s the Story of My Life
All Tomorrow’s Parties (Brenda Sauter on vocals)
Rock & Roll
We’re Gonna Have a Real Good Time Together
Run Run Run
I Can’t Stand It (with James Mastro)
After Hours (Brenda Sauter on vocals)
Oh! Sweet Nuthin’ (with Richard Barone)

Set 2:
On the Roof
Let’s Go
Nobody Knows
The High Road
Two Rooms
Gone, Gone, Gone
Higher Ground
The Final Word
Slipping (Into Something)
Too Far Gone
Raised Eyebrows
Crazy Rhythms

Fa Cé-La
Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey (The Beatles cover) (with Richard Barone)

Encore 2:
Astral Plain (The Modern Lovers cover)
Rockin’ in the Free World (Neil Young cover) (with Richard Barone)

Encore 3:
Dancing Barefoot (Patti Smith Group cover) (Brenda Sauter on vocals)
Paint It Black (The Rolling Stones cover)

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