Take a look back at Lou Reed, John Cale, and Nico reuniting on French TV, 1972
The iconic Parisian venue Le Bataclan has witnessed some incredible events, while some are deeply rooted in pain, others are joyous occasions. One such joyous moment came about when Lou Reed, John Cale, and Nico, a few years after the disbanding of The Velvet Underground, came together to give a very special acoustic performance.
In 1972, the Velvet Underground were no more. They had been torn apart by interior and exterior issues and had left the world of alt-pop all the poorer for it. But while the band was on permanent hiatus, the group’s singers John Cale, Lou Reed, and Nico would go on to support each other in various different ventures.
One special moment came when the three got together for an acoustic performance in Paris. The performance was filmed for French television and marks a special moment in the band’s journey and a beautiful piece of footage.
The audio of the acoustic performance has been knocking around since 2004 and sees the three performing members of the group perform not only some of VU’s tracks but also a few from their respective solo ventures. While the audio was great the footage is what really makes this a timeless moment. As Lou Reed performs ‘Berlin’, a song he wrote about Nico, the exchanging experience is truly special.
While you can take a look at the fleeting moments of three of the most iconic songwriters of the sixties reuniting and performing some of the most treasured songs, the audio below is equally as touching.