Pete Doherty, Carl Barat cover Velvet Underground classic with John Cale

Pete Doherty and Carl Barat performing with The Libertines at Leeds Festival 2015 (Photo: Gary Mather for Live4ever Media)

Pete Doherty and Carl Barat performing with The Libertines at Leeds Festival 2015 (Photo: Gary Mather for Live4ever Media)

Libertines pair Pete Doherty and Carl Barat were at the  Philharmonie de Paris last night (April 3rd) covering the Velvet Underground‘s ‘White Light/White Heat‘ with John Cale.

While this song is the title-track of the legendary band’s second album, the main theme of the evening was a celebration of the hugely influential 1967 debut ‘Velvet Underground & Nico‘, as the likes of Animal Collective and Mark Lanegan also joined in with the evening’s entertainment.

“On the surface, it would seem as though the marriage of Lou Reed’s shocking lyrical musings, John Cale’s unorthodox arrangements and Nico’s seductively gruff vocal palette was something that was purely at the hands of destiny, if nothing else,” Live4ever’s ‘Early Dawning’ feature reads. “How those three outcasts, along with Moe Tucker and Stirling Mortlock, came under Andy Warhol’s tenure is the stuff of legend.”

“That such an unlikely scenario came about is irrelevant, it’s the gift they bestowed upon us that really matters – the murky and dissonant outer-worldly stew of music that graced the LP, and served as the soundtrack to Warhol’s own Exploding Plastic Inevitable project.”

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