John Cale is close to wrapping up the North American leg of his
"Walking on Locusts" tour, his first with a backing band in almost a decade.
Tonight (Oct. 23) and tomorrow, he plays his home town NYC, so expect some
stops to be pulled out. Sources close to the band have dropped hints that David
Byrne, who plays on one of the Locust tracks is planning on sitting in
for a song or two. The show on the 24th is slated to be broadcast on the radio
live via satellite. Once Cale wraps up the U.S. tour, he will take a couple
weeks off (he is a family man after all) and then head to Europe for a couple
weeks. After that who knows what the man who's narrated CD-ROMs, written movie
soundtracks, and toured with a String Quartet in the last year, is going to do.
One thing is certain though: Plans are underway to restage his opera, based on
the Mata Hari story, next summer. Originally it was performed in Vienna last
year but Cale intends on taking it to some other cities in Europe. The work
featured Jenni Muldaur (who also sang on Cale's "Last Day on Earth" project
with Bob Neuwirth) as the maid, who also served as Narrator.
Cale told ATN
that it was all the deadline work for this project that was "the beginning of
foraging back into writing songs...
"It's a very interesting way of telling
a story," Cale said of the opera form. "It's got several dimensions" There's a
narrator, characters and dances and shadows and videos. What works so well
about it is that it's short. It's punchy. It does everything in a sort of
[For Cale's current tour dates, please use "Continued"