“On a recent weekend, John Cale and friends played two programs in the bam Next Wave Festival. On Thursday and Friday, they played “The Velvet Underground & Nico”; on Saturday, they played music from Cale’s long and daring solo career, in celebration of his seventy-fifth birthday. Cale is eternally Next Wave, avant-garde forever. He is a reluctant nostalgist, but our collective love for his early work is intense, and sometimes he consents to play it for us. Cale left the Velvet Underground in 1968, after its second album, “White Light/White Heat,” and had tensions with Lou Reed then and in the decades that followed. The prospect of hearing him play “The Velvet Underground & Nico” at bam felt like a minor spiritual coup—something you couldn’t quite imagine happening when Reed was alive.”
The Canadian was performing with the Minnesota Orchestra, but one musician didn’t take kindly to his remarks.
Give’em hell Rufus!!!!