John Cale presents one off Liverpool show: The Velvet Underground and Nico

FIFTY years of legendary album, The Velvet Underground & Nico will be celebrated at Liverpool's Clarence Dock next year former member John Cale revealed.

Following on from the Philharmonie De Paris celebrating the 50th birthday of the debut album, John decided to perform the album in full only twice more - one of them being the Liverpool date.

As one of the biggest influences in modern music, artists such as Iggy Pop, David Bowie, The Strokes and Echo and The Bunnymen have all cited the half-a-century old album as the ultimate staple diet of their music.

First released in March 1967 on Verve Records, the album was recorded at manager, Andy Warhol's Exploding Plastic Inevitable event the year previous.

The show will be staged on Friday May 26 at an open-air stage facing out to the Atlantic ocean and New York City in the heart of Liverpool's historic docklands.

John said: "I'm often reluctant to spend too much time on things past - then, a time marker shows up - The Velvet Underground & Nico turns 50.

"As so many bands can attest to, its the fulfilment 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."

Tickets are £55 and are available here:

Words Lauren Jones


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