Last night the BBC 6 O’clock news had a very special announcement – Music legend John Cale of The Velvet Underground will be returning to Liverpool to play a one off UK show of the Nico album to celebrate 50 years since it’s release with some very special guests.
The Velvet Underground & Nico aka The ‘Banana’ album (Artwork by Andy Warhol) has been hailed by The Guardian as the number one album ‘that changed music forever,’ ahead of even The Beatles and Sgt Peppers. It has also been lauded by both NME and Rolling Stone as one of the 40 greatest albums of all time
Following the recent live concert at the Philharmonie de Paris to celebrate the 50th birthday of this musical masterpiece Cale has decided to perform the Nico album in its entirety only twice more and first up is Liverpool, a city that resonates with him due to its rich, diverse and cutting edge musical history, the perfect environment to hold this special anniversary of something so personal to him.
Closer to the show Cale will be announcing a phalanx of high profile collaborators from across the musical spectrum to join him live on stage. This year’s Paris concert featured The Libertines, Animal Collective and Mark Lanegan and Cale has promised an equally impressive line-up for the Liverpool celebration.