Ben Gibbard and Mark Lanegan to join John Cale for performance of 'Paris 1919' at Royce Hall [Updated]
On Thursday, John Cale, composer, producer, songwriter, and viola player*/bassist for the Velvet Underground, will be performing his classic 1973 album "Paris 1919" at UCLA's Royce Hall. We've just received news that the concert will be featuring some guests, and the first two names to trickle out are Death Cab for Cutie/Postal Service singer Ben Gibbard and singer Mark Lanegan, best know for his work with Screaming Trees and Queens of the Stone Age.
Those not familiar with Cale's gorgeous, introspective "Paris 1919" are missing a quiet masterpiece. Recorded in Los Angeles with most of the members of the band Little Feat (along with producer Chris Thomas), the concept album, about the signing of the Treaty of Versailles at the end of World War I (but don't let that scare you away) has become a cult classic among fans of orchestral pop.
Cale and guests will perform the album during the first set, and, according to the press release, in the second will "showcase his modern side, deconstructing classics and performing new material." We'll keep you posted on any new guest announcements.
-- Randall Roberts
*Correction: The original version of this post said that John Cale was the cellist/bassist for the Velvet Underground. He was, in fact, the viola player and bassist for the band.