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

John Cale setlists 1975

London 1975-05-11

Ad for the show at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London

Live at Drury Lane Theatre, London, UK - May 11, 1975.


  1. Child's Christmas in Wales
  2. The Endless Plain of Fortune
  3. I'm Waiting For The Man
  4. Buffalo Ballet
  5. Ghost Story
  6. You Know More Than I Know
  7. Fear Is A Man's Best Friend
  8. Antarctica Starts Here
  9. Paris 1919
  10. Pablo Picasso
  11. Darling I Need You
  12. Guts
  13. Dirty Ass Rock 'n' Roll
  14. Fear Is A Man's Best Friend
  15. Heartbreak Hotel
  16. Baby, What You Want Me To Do

A memorable show that got him banned for life from performing there. An extract from the Sedition and Alchemy biography by Tim Mitchell:

Cale had agonized long and hard about what form his first proper stage shows were going to take. Gone now were the projected theatrical extremes of the cancelled Victoria Palace show; in their place were the shades and the leathers and, at the Theatre Royal in London's Drury Lane on 11 May, a dummy dressed in a nurse's uniform. Inside the dummy's knickers was a capsule filled with fake blood. The idea was for Cale to attack the dummy at the end of the gig, but that all changed when during the course of the performance he broke a string on his guitar. The roadie whose duty it was to fix the string was unprepared, so Cale had to take some decisive action if the momentum of the set was not to be lost. He grabbed the dummy and bit at its crotch, but the hidden capsule refused to burst, and he had to resort to a frenzied attack on the lifeless figure. During this assault, in the course of which Cale hit the floor, the capsule did eventually burst, and he continued the gig with blood over half of his face, with some people in the audience convinced that he had broken his nose. As a result of this performance Cale and the other members of the band are banned for life from the Theatre Royal.

© 1999- Hans Werksman