John Cale Live at the Mean Fiddler London 17.3.07.
Originally Posted 3/19/2007
John Cale Live at the Mean Fiddler 17.03.07.
This had to be the only venue in London not
Celebrating St Patrick’s day, this show was very
early with the doors opening at 6pm with no
support act and on getting in there no music on
either, but by the time John came on the place
was packed and thanks to Swedish Joe I was
standing second row centre, which was way cool.
They opened with a stunning version of Heartbreak
Hotel that made sure we knew that his current
backing band who are miraculously the same as
last year’s band have turned into a fine tuned
machine more than capable of reinvigorating John
Cales music in such a way that many times I was
left guessing what tune they were playing, but
then they did also play some fine new tunes as
well, but the set really shook me with a great
version of Big White Cloud from Vintage Violence
that seemed to be almost a sing along tune these
days!! Amazing what turning up on a soundtrack
can do for a song! Pity I can’t remember what I
heard it on recently.
The first song that John played Guitar on was a
brilliant version of Model Beirut Recital that
rocked like hell, Then they managed to fuse
together Leaving it up to you and Strange times
in Casablanca in a fine mash up style that lead
us well off on one. Outta The Bag still sounds
real good as one of the stand out live tunes from
his recent Black Acetate album. Save Us shocked
me as I wasn’t expecting to hear that tune dug up
but was glad they did.
The current drummer is about the best drummer
I’ve ever seen with John Cale his fluid style
reminded me a lot of Elvin Jones and the Jazz
touches he added really help to take the songs to
By the time the band wound the sound down for the
acoustic section that gave us a flawless version
of Thoughtless kind and a rousing Buffalo Ballet
to finish things off it was clear this is one of
the best Cale bands in a very long time indeed
and just the fact they have stayed together this
long says a lot for them. The encore started with
a great spitting bile version of Fear and was
followed by Chorale and they left the stage to
thunderous applause for a second encore that the
venue denied us as we had to be out of the place
before 10pm for curfew in this 24 hour drinking
city!! This meant that John didn’t use the Viola
that had sat onstage for the entire gig!!
Oh well still another great gig and If Cale gets
anywhere near you go and see him.