Can you believe we’re approaching the 50th anniversary of Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground & Nico? John Cale celebrated by performing in Paris at la Philharmonie de Paris on Sunday evening (April 3). The Libertine’s Pete Doherty and Carl Barât, Animal Collective, Mark Lanegan, Lou Doillon, Etienne Daho and more joined Cale on stage.
The ensemble played all the songs from the debut album along with some songs from its follow up White Light/White Heat.
Songs covered were “Run, Run, Run” with The Libertines, “There She Goes Again” with Animal Collective, “I’ll Be Your Mirror” with Etienne Daho, “Femme Fatale” with Lou Doillon, and “White Light White Heat” with Pete Doherty and Carl Barât.
La Philharmonie de Paris is currently hosting a Velvet Underground exhibition. “The Velvet Underground – New York Extravaganza” exhibition is showing from March 30th to August 21st 2016. The concert is one of two special events showcased by the exhibit.
As a special release for the exhibit, Warner Music is offering two exclusive vinyl 45 rpm singles that includes songs from Loaded, the band’s fourth album released in 1970. The tracks are “Head Held High”/“Train Round the Bend” and “Sweet Jane”/“Rock & Roll”.
Loaded continued a shift for the band who followed recommendations from its record label that made the album loaded with more commercially pleasing and less experimental hits than the band’s first two albums. John Cale had already left the band after the third album, and Lou Reed left the band shortly before Loaded’s release.
The Velvet Underground & Nico is considered to be a pioneer album in alternative rock.