What a pair! John Cale and Chris Spedding have worked together before, and one of the things they have in common is that they’ve both built their reputations largely on collaboration with others. One of rock’s most chillingly idiosyncratic performers, singer/producer/songwriter/electric violist Cale has worked with species as disparate as Lou Reed, LaMonte Young, Phil Collins, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, and Aaron Copland–and although I must admit his last couple of LPs haven’t quite knocked me out, he can still put on a hell of a show and has a damn fine backlog of material to draw on. (He also really has a way with covers, e.g. his shocking dirge-tempo version of Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel.”) Spedding, for his part, is only perhaps the most important session guitarist to come out of Britain in the 1970s, and although he has produced noteworthy music as a solo act, he’s at his most brilliant as a sidekick–a role he plays to perfection. Get these two together and the possibilities rise exponentially. Tonight, 7:30 PM, Cabaret Metro, 3730 N. Clark; 549-0203.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Waring Abbott.