LONG BEACH - Ever wonder what music sounds like to a rock star performing on stage? Rock legend Lou Reed is happy to show you.

Music and art fans can step into Reed's shoes in a new exhibition at the Cal State Long Beach University Art Museum that runs from Jan. 27 through April 15.

The exhibition, called MM3: The Creation of the Universe, is a 3D sound installation created by Reed that allows visitors to step into a custom built sonic environment where they can hear music exactly as Reed would hear it while performing on stage.

Reed, a 69-year-old American musician, was the front man of the psychedelic rock group Velvet Underground, and is known for his successful solo career that produced such hits as "Walk on the Wild Side."

The Velvet Underground was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

The exhibition's opening reception will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Jan. 27 at the University Art Museum. The event is free and open to the public.

After the reception at 8 p.m., Reed will sit down for a rare in-person conversation with music producer Bob Ezrim, who has worked with artists including Alice Cooper, KISS and Pink Floyd. The two will discuss their years in the music industry, motivations and the music-making process. The event at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center is $45.

Tickets can be purchased at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, www.carpenterarts.org. Contact the ticket office at 562-985-7000 at least 10 days before the performance. kelly.puente@presstelegram.com, 562-714-2181