John Cale offered up a special show at the Brooklyn Academy of Music last night, as the founding Velvet Underground member revisited influential album The Velvet Underground & Nico to celebrate the record’s 50th anniversary. The musician presented a similar tribute earlier this year in England.
Last night’s show, which kicked off Cale’s three-night run at BAM in celebration of his 75th birthday, covered all 11 tracks of VU’s classic 1967 debut, along with a few extra favorites from the band’s catalog. After opening with “I’m Waiting for the Man,” Cale welcomed Kurt Vile and members of Thee Oh Sees for “White Light/White Heat” off VU’s 1968 sophomore record of the same name. The night also featured two more tracks from that effort, “Lady Godiva’s Operation,” featuring Connan Mockasin, and show-closer “Sister Ray,” for which Cale welcomed the collected guests from throughout the night.
Other guests at the show included MGMT, who played on “All Tomorrow’s Parties” and “Black Angel’s Death Song,” Sky Ferreira and Animal Collective, who joined in for “There She Goes Again,” Caroline Polacheck, who helped out on “Femme Fatale” and “Sunday Morning” and TV On the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe, who joined for “Heroin.”
See the night’s setlist and guest list below, along with a few videos from the show above and below, courtesy of YouTube user southstreetseaport. Cale and company will return to the BAM stage tonight for another performance of the album before he wraps up the run tomorrow with a 75th birthday career retrospective concert.
Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY
I’m Waiting for the Man, White Light/White Heat*, All Tomorrow’s Parties^, Venus in Furs, I’l Be Your Mirror, There She Goes Again+, Run Run Run#, Black Angel’s Death Song^, Femme Fatale$, Lady Godiva’s Operation**, European Son^^, Sunday Morning$, Heroin++, Sister Ray##
Notes: *w/ Thee Oh Sees, Kurt Vile
+w/ Sky Ferreira, Animal Collective, Connan Mockasin
#w/ Kurt Vile
$w/ Caroline Polachek
**w/ Connan Mockasin
^^w/ Thee Oh Sees
++w/ Babatunde Adebimpe
##w/ all except Sky Ferreira