John Cale, 74, Is Going To Have A Velvet Underground And Nico 50th Anniversary Tour
This past April, John Cale performed the Velvet Underground and Nico’s classic debut album at the Philharmonie de Paris. Now, Cale has announced a second European show celebrating the record’s 50th anniversary. It’ll take place May 26 at Liverpool Waters, Clarence Dock–an open-air stage in Liverpool, England. Like the Paris concert, which featured Animal Collective and the Libertines, among others, the show will feature many special guests, to be announced later.
Cale will play the third and final anniversary show; further details on that are yet to come.
In a press release, Cale said:
I’m often reluctant to spend too much time on things past - then, a time marker shows up–The Velvet Underground & Nico turns fifty! As so many bands can attest to, it is the fulfillment of the ultimate dream to record your first album. We were an unfriendly brand, dabbling in a world of challenging lyrics and weird sonics that didn’t fit into anyone’s playlist at the time. Remaining ferociously true to our viewpoints, Lou and I never doubted for a moment we could create something to give a voice to things not regularly explored in rock music at the time. That bizarre combination of four distinctly disparate musicians and a reluctant beauty queen perfectly summed up what it meant to be The Velvet Underground.
-Jazz Monroe via Pitchfork