Lindisfarne’s Steve Daggett, a member of the north’s legendary folk rock band since the mid-80’s, has embarked on a new project which honours the debut album of sixties American experimental/alternative rockers, The VelvetUnderground.
Put together by the iconic Andy Warhol, The Velvet Underground released ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico’ in 1967 however, it wasn’t until after the band’s demise that their music began to take hold across the planet.
Fifty years on, well forty-nine with the formation of Newcastle-based, The Velvets, late last year, Steve Daggett, along with Ema Lea Daggett, Bad Bob Bates, Willie Angus and guest musician Chris Maynard are set to produce a mini-Academy tour beginning on September 9 in Newcastle.
“Initially we envisaged just playing small intimate clubs with a kind of 100 capacity, however it has grown into something a little bigger,” began Steve.
“I was looking for a project to run alongside my acoustic solo work and my live performances with the band Lindisfarne.
“The Velvet Underground & Nico debut album was released in 1967 and was a huge influence on my early teenage years and I thought it would be a challenge to recreate their great songs on stage.
“I’d only ever performed one or two of their tracks live before and so I set about getting deeper into the catalogue.
“The band was put together with other established musicians who were also big fans of the group.
“As rehearsals commenced we soon found ourselves in a predicament of which tracks to perform and which to omit, as a consequence we’ve ended up leaving very little out and having a two-hour show.”
Set to perform a mini musical marathon, The Velvets will cover tracks from the original album in the first half of shows followed by a selection of tracks from the bands’ subsequent catalogue of ‘White Light, White Heat,’ ‘VelvetUnderground’ and ‘Loaded’.
Beginning on September 9 at Newcastle’s O2 Academy, The Velvets will then head to Bristol’s O2 on September 15, London Islington’s O2 on September 30 before trips to Wigan Old Courts Theatre on October 6 and Glasgow’s O2 on November 11.