Velvet Underground 2010: Moe Backs Tea Party, Lou Joins Gorillaz, John Revisits Paris 1919

Hey, what are members of the Velvet Underground up to? Lots, apparently:

John Cale played all of his 1973 album, Paris 1919 at UCLA’s Royce Hall with his band and the UCLA Philharmonia last Thursday. After an intermission, Cale returned to play a mix of his own songs and re-interpreted covers with special guests Ben Gibbard and Mark Lanegan.

Lou Reed will join Gorillaz onstage when they play Madison Square Garden on 10/8. Reed did “Some Kind Of Nature” with the band at Glastonbury Festival, so this’ll be his second appearance with the band, and his only one this tour. Mos Def, Little Dragon, De La Soul, Bobby Womack, and Miho Hatori will appear at the MSG show and a few more.

Finally, if you watch the news on WALB, the local NBC affiliate for southwestern Georgia, you might’ve caught an interview with Tea Partier Maureen Tucker, who tells the camera that she’s tired of how the country is being led toward socialism. (The broadcast is a few months old, but has been making the rounds only recently.) Maureen Tucker is better known as Moe Tucker, the drummer for the Velvet Underground, who moved to Georgia to raise her family. She joins the small list of right-leaning musicians like Sammy Hagar, Alice Cooper, Ted Nugent, Meatloaf, and Kid Rock. Watch her interview on WALB (starts at 2:40):