John Cale announces The Libertines and Animal Collective for ‘Velvet Underground & Nico’ concert

Former Velvets member reveals guest band members for concert in April

John Cale has revealed that he will be performing The Velvet Underground‘s ‘Nico’ album in Paris with a band comprised of special guests including The Libertines and more.

Cale will perform the Velvet’s classic album in it’s entirety on April 3 at the Philharmonie de Paris and today, revealed the news that he would be inviting a raft of special guests for the one off concert.

According to Pitchfork, Cale has revealed that Animal Collective (who invited Cale to appear on ‘Painting With’ track ‘Hocus Pocus’), The Libertines’ Pete Doherty and Carl Barât, Mark Lanegan, Etienne Daho, Lou Doillon, and Lemon Jelly’s Nick Franglen will all join Cale, performing with the iconic musician as he runs through the 1967 album.


Cale announced the news on his Twitter feed this afternoon (March 3).

Recently, The Strokes singer Julian Casablancas shared a cover version of The Velvet Underground‘s ‘Run Run Run’, written for new Martin Scorsese series Vinyland features on ‘The Velvet Underground and Nico’ album

The song was written for and appears on the soundtrack for Vinyl, HBO Television’s new drama about the 1970s music industry, written and created by Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger, Rich Cohen, and Terence Winter. You can listen to Casablancas’ version – and the original 1967 version – below.


“From this we can glean that a fictionalized version of The Velvet Underground will be making an appearance in the series” writes Noisey on the new stream, “and we can also reveal that the person who plays Reed is the ex-drummer of The Drums.”

The likes of Royal Blood, Charli XCX and more have also been revealed to supply original music to the series’ soundtrack.

Earlier today, February 19, HBO announced it had renewed the rock drama for a second season.

Although episode one of the 1970s-set series only aired on Sunday (February 14) and attracted a disappointing audience of 760,000 to the network, HBO announced yesterday (February 18) that it has ordered a new batch of episodes to air in 2017.

In the UK, Vinyl began a day later than in the US and will continue to air on Sky Atlantic on Monday nights.

Jagger and Scorsese serve as executive producers on the series, which has been created by Terence Winter, the writer-producer behind Boardwalk Empire. Scorsese also directed its pilot episode.

Bobby Cannavale, who won an Emmy for his performance as Gyp Rosetti in season three of Boardwalk Empire, stars as Richie, a cocaine-addicted record executive trying to relaunch his label in New York as the new sounds of disco and punk bubble up from the underground.

The show’s ensemble cast also includes include Juno Temple, Ray Romano, Olivia Wilde, Andrew Dice Clay and Borgen‘s Birgitte Sorenson. Meanwhile, Mick Jagger’s son James has been cast as the singer of a fictional punk band called Nasty Bits. Check out the season one trailer below.

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