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

On tour 1966

Delmonico's Hotel

New York 1966-01-13

On the night of January 13 The Velvets play at the Annual Dinner of the New York Society for Clinical Psychiatry at Delmonico's Hotel, New York, and drive the audience crazy. It is the first public appearance with Nico.

It is the start of Up-Tight which expanded to the multimedia extravaganza The Exploding Plactic Inevitable, with split screen movies, dancers and the Velvets ripping though it.

The New York Times points out Cale as "the leader of the Velvet Underground".

"Lou, having had a painful experience, a brutal experience at the hands of psychiatrists with shock treatment was beside himself with glee at the idea of going and doing this. And we relished it. We went and did the show. Wed play in the grand ballroom, with candelabra, etc, etc. And we set up our amplifiers and we performed a blistering set and we assaulted their senses."

© 1999- Hans Werksman