John Cale
Fear Is A Man's Best Friend, John Cale

In Concert

London 1981-04-19 ticket  - Thanks: Gary Fox

London 1981-04-19

Live at the Lyceum Ballroom, London, UK - April 19, 1981

John Cale: vocals, guitar, keyboards
Jim Goodwin: keyboards, sax
Peter Muny: bass
Robert Medici: drums
Sturgis Nikides: guitar
The Modettes: backing vocals on Fighter Pilot

London 1981-04-19 ticket  - Thanks: Gary Fox


  1. Walkin' The Dog
  2. Evidence
  3. Dr. Mudd
  4. Riverbank
  5. Fighter Pilot
  6. Wilson Joliet
  7. Guts
  8. Dirty Ass Rock 'n' Roll
  9. Dead Or Alive
  10. Russian Roulette >
    Honi Soit > Ride The Poni > Honi Soit >
    Pablo Picasso
  11. Mercenaries (Ready For War)
  12. Leaving It Up To You

Gary Fox was at this show:

"The band flew in from New York on Indian Airlines, who managed to lose some of the instruments. Three shows were played in France before the Lyceum show.

Nico was in London recording Drama of Exile at the time and was quite irate with John. The dressing room door was blocked with tables and chairs to stop her from getting in. She was in the front row of the audience screaming at John all night to give her the money she thought he owed her.

Jim Goodwin told me that the London show was the best they ever played, Robert Medici thinks it was the best version of Riverbank...ever. I was there and it was one of Cale's best ever, though the tape doesn't capture all the excitement.

Cale came on stage wearing a face mask. I don't remember him playing keyboards, but bass and rhythm yes. Vic Goddard's Subway Sect were one of the support acts."

© 1999- Hans Werksman