European Tour – Moscow

Crocus City Hall – Moscow / Russia – May 26th, 2015

Setlist

Water’s Edge
The Weeping Song
Red Right Hand
Higgs Boson Blues
Mermaids
The Ship Song
From Her to Eternity
Stranger Than Kindness
Love Letter
Into My Arms
West Country Girl
Tupelo
Black Hair
the Mercy Seat
Jubilee Street

Encore

Up Jumped the Devil
People Ain’t No Good
Breathless
God is in the House
Jack the Ripper
Push the Sky Away

Fan review:

From Liza Elagina (Facebook).

Thought I should write something about the show in Moscow last night. I didn’t take pictures but everybody else did, so there will be plenty of them anyway.

Nick looked very happy and content through the whole set. To me he didn’t seem tired a bit. He was full of enthusiasm and energy. The band, quite in contrast to him, seemed rather weary. At some point Nick even commented on Tommy being “fucking lazy”.

After the third song EVERYBODY stood up, I don’t really understand the whole idea of “seated” concerts. The rows of seats were just in everybody’s way. Though Nick’s walk above the rows is majestic, of course.

The best moment of the night for me was From Her To Eternity. First, because it’s the best song in the world, second, because I never expected them to play it live again, so when I saw it in setlists of this tour I could not believe my own eyes. When Nick said, “This is a song from our first record” and then went “I want to tell you about a girl”, I felt my life was quite complete. Stranger Than Kindness had the best introduction of the night. “It’s a very old song but it’s… very old. But nice!”

I have to say that I prefer Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds to Nick Cave solo. As much as I love Nick Cave, I love him not for being a great piano player (which, of course, he is). So I really appreciated the moments when he actually stood up from his piano to join his worshippers. There weren’t TOO many of them which is a good thing, because I don’t know if my heart is strong enough to have endured more of that.

Nick was happy to engage in conversations with the audience and kindly laughed at all the ridiculous things shouted at him. Fortunately, he missed “Flowers is for Warren!” after receiving a bouquet of red roses.

Mercy Seat, my absolute favourite, went down quite quietly. I feel that it sounds a bit empty without Mick’s guitar intro, and this is the song where I feel his absence most. The song still sounded divine. At some point somebody even requested it again to which Nick, kind of offended, replied, “We’ve done Mercy Seat”.
Jubilee Street was ecstatic. It’s the song that made me fall in love with Nick Cave in the first place. Still – every time I hear I can’t believe anything that beautiful can exist. “The Russians moved in” got an expected cheer and laughter. 

Another thing about this tour that I am eternally grateful is Up Jumped The Devil. Most old bands have a “must-list” of songs that they absolutely have to play, so if you like a particular song from a particular album that doesn’t make their top 20, you will probably never hear it. But with The Bad Seeds basically being a band with no hits, Nick Cave is quite free to make rather unpredictable choices from his old songs. And I would say Up Jumped The Devil is a happy choice.

At some point somebody yelled “Where’s Barry?” – “Where’s Barry? He’s quit”. Then came the inevitable “Where’s Blixa?” – “Blixa’s quit. Mick has… quit. Conway… No, Conway’s still in. We’ll be here all night if we start recalling everyone who’s quit. Warren hasn’t quit. Martin’s here. Tommy’s still here.” It was the most gracious band introduction I ever heard and a beautiful moment.

Anyway, Nick didn’t seem to pay attention to empty seats in the stalls (though I had fears it might break his heart). He seemed very happy with those people who WERE there.

Videos:

European Tour: Barcelona (full show – video) & Madrid

Auditori Forum – Barcelona / Spain – May 21st, 2015

Setlist

Water’s Edge
The Weeping Song
Red Right Hand
Brompton Oratory
Higgs Boson Blues
Mermaids
The Ship Song
From Her to Eternity
Stranger Than Kindness
Love Letter
Into My Arms
West Country Girl
Tupelo
Black Hair
the Mercy Seat
Jubilee Street

Encore

We No Who U R
Up Jumped the Devil
Jack the Ripper
Push the Sky Away

Pictures: Sabrina D. on Facebook

Video:

Palacio Municipal de Congresos – Madrid / Spain – May 22nd, 2015

Setlist

Water’s Edge
The Weeping Song
Red Right Hand
Brompton Oratory
Higgs Boson Blues
Mermaids
The Ship Song
From Her to Eternity
Stranger Than Kindness
Love Letter
Into My Arms
West Country Girl
Tupelo
Black Hair
the Mercy Seat
Jubilee Street

Encore

Up Jumoed the Devil
People Ain’t No Good
Breathless
Jack the Ripper
Push the Sky Away

Video:

Den Haag Concert Pictures

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Today I’d like to thank Laurens Eliëns for sharing with us over 300 pictures of the incredible Den Haag concert. It’s as if you were there! ;) You can find them in our Flickr album.

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European Tour: Paris

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Le Grand Rex – Paris/France – May 18th, 2015

Well Paris was my 7th and last show of this incredible tour and it definitely was a great one! Le Grand Rex is a venue that is mostly used a cinema so the front row where, like in Den Haag, pretty far from the stage which was almost as high as your average sized person. Security was a bit annoying but as soon as the concert started many people immediately rushed to the stage and in a way this concert felt more like a “normal” standing concert as Nick leaned a couple of times in the audience. I have to say one thing though, there was a lot of filming (is that a French thing? lol) and it really annoyed me at one point. I always try to be really quick and make sure I am not bothering anybody when I take pictures but a woman filmed Push the Sky Away with her phone basically in my face and I found it highly distracting. It’s the perfect song to end the concert and there is such a magical atmosphere during it. So that was a bit ruined for me. I was this close to swat the phone of her hand. lol I understand the irony as I link many videos on this blog but if you do it, make sure you don’t bother people! But yeah I had to rant a little about that!

Otherwise the concert was fantastic despite some technical issues which were made fun of. Some funny banter from the crowd too… Nick: This is Black Hair. Woman: Like Yours! Woman; You are the next Elvis! Man: Your songs feed my soul (or something along those lines). All very well received with a chuckle or a smile.

As you can see the setlist stayed pretty much the same but I am really happy that Avalanche was brought back as well as Watching Alice (by request).

This is the end of the tour for me but I will keep you updated with Spain and Moscow next week. In any case it was an incredible month. I really enjoyed the songs performed on this tour. Even the classic ones got a whole new makeover and sounded completely fresh. And of course we will never forget the return of Up Jumped the Devill! I can’t wait to see what Nick Cave and his Bad Seeds have in store for us… but first some time off because they really deserve it! :)

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Setlist

Water’s Edge
The Weeping Song
Red Right Hand
Brompton Oratory
Higgs Boson Blues
Mermaids
The Ship Song
From Her to Eternity
Stranger Than Kindness
Love Letter
Into My Arms
West Country Girl
Tupelo
Black Hair
the Mercy Seat
Jubilee Street

Encore

People Ain’t No Good
Avalanche
We No Who U R
Up Jumped the Devil
Watching Alice
Jack The Ripper
Push The Sky Away

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Videos:

European Tour: Den Haag + Audio Goodie (bootleg of Sat. show)

World Forum Theatre – Den Haag / The Netherlands – May 16th, 2015

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Full bootleg available on Mega. As usual please respect the work of the tapers. Always share the files as you have downloaded them and do not sell them. Convert to mp3s for your personal use.

So on Saturday I headed to Den Haag to attend both concerts. I have to be honest with you, this won’t be like my usual in-depth ;) reviews, because after seeing three concerts in a row it’s a bit difficult to remember all the little details. Both concerts in Den Haag were taking place in the World Forum Theatre which is definitely more of a convention center than the perfect place for a rock concert, but I have to say the sound was amazing.

The concerts were solid from start to finish and looking at my notes I can tell you that once again (I know, I know) we got ferocious versions of Jack the Ripper, Tupelo and From her to Eternity. I also thought that on Saturday No More Shall We Part sounded even more emotional than usual.

On Sunday someone from the crowd shouted his love for Warren followed by a few others. It was quite funny as he replied something along the lines: “That’s enough love for today”. Nick replied: “I love you too, Warren… Since the first day I met you…” It was really funny to witness. I am also really pleased they played Sad Waters. One of my favourite song and I just love the violin part of the song. I find it really haunting.

Setlist

Water’s Edge
The Weeping Song
Red Right Hand
Brompton Oratory
Higgs Boson Blues
Mermaids
The Ship Song
From Her to Eternity
Stranger Than Kindness
Love Letter
Into My Arms
West Country Girl
Tupelo
Black Hair
The Mercy Seat
Jubilee Street

Encore

Babe, You Turn Me On
We No Who U R
Up Jumped The Devil
And No More Shall We Part
I Let Love In
Jack The Ripper
Push the Sky Away

Babe, You Turn Me On by request with no lyrics. ;)

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Just a few of my pictures on Flickr.

Reviews: Soundz – De VolkskrantUniversLust for Life

Fan review: Stubwah’s Webblog

World Forum Theatre – Den Haag / The Netherlands – May 17th, 2015

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Setlist

We Real Cool
The Weeping Song
Red Right Hand
Brompton Oratory
Higgs Boson Blues
Mermaids
The Ship Song
From Her to Eternity
Stranger Than Kindness
God Is In The House
Into My Arms
West Country Girl
Tupelo
Black Hair
the Mercy Seat
Jubilee Street

Encore

Sad Waters
We No Who U R
People Ain’t No Good
Jack The Ripper
Push the Sky Away

Push the Sky Away

And a couple more of my pictures here. I didn’t take many this weekend as I wanted to enjoy every minute of the show. I am a bad blogger, I know. ;)

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European tour: May 12th, 2015 – DR Koncerthuset Copenhagen – Review

I saw two shows of this tour. Berlin and Copenhagen. And it was like meeting two siblings who have the same eyes, but one is dark-haired and serious and one is blonde and funny. Copenhagen was the blonde.

When I learned one thing about concerts in other countries, it is: Expect everything. So I was prepared for everything from boredom to an absolute blast. I think I got the second one though in a slightly different way from what I usually mean when I say „blast“ and „concert“ in one sentence.

People in Denmark are relaxed. The DR Koncerthuset is a pretty impressing place, but going in was easy. No one was searching through my bag or touching my body from chest to shoes like I am used to in Germany. I just got in, no big deal. There was a very calm atmosphere inside. Nobody seemed to be in a rush. It helped me with my usual pre-concert nervousness and I appreciated it very much. Thank you Denmark!

We got in and sat down with a little shock. We got tickets for row two but there was no row two cause the places of row two we had were basically row one. The stage was very low and it reminded me of the evening at Kampnagel when Nick Cave did the Bunny Munro Evenings together with Marty and Warren in 2009. I am used to the front row, but front seats have something about them that makes me feel uneasy. Anyway: I was placed in front of Warrens instruments. After I accepted to feel exposed like that I was quite happy about the view I would be able to get on Warren’s work.

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The venue is very high, with a huge organ many meters over the stage. People were seated in a circle around, many were very high up above looking down on the stage from the complete other side. It was fantastic. I loved looking up to the ceiling during the show and before.

When the lights went out nobody was applauding. Relaxed Denmark again. Lovely country. I saw the band behind the curtain already and from the other side it looked funny like they were unsure if to enter the stage or not and I think I saw a little pushing around there. Once they got on stage people were getting excited of course.

Nick entered the stage and looked around, he also seemed kind of fascinated by the way people were all around him. He sat down at the piano and I was thinking we get Water’s Edge like they did all other evenings so far, but as soon as I heard the flute and the loop I knew it would be a different opener – We Real Cool that was. Everyone who visits shows regularly knows that is quite exciting when you sit there and something unexpected happens with the setlist – especially at a Nick Cave show. Nick stood up and walked up and down the stage. I realized I like it better when he starts the show like that and not at the piano. A start like that fits him better.

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Again I felt that I am not made for sitting in row one. I felt restless and strange there.

During Brompton Oratory Nick Cave was begging a woman to come down to dance with him. She did it but it took a while. So he started the song alone and used the time for the I-Phone moment of the evening: A lovely woman seated next to her man who was next to me filmed at that point. Nick was suddenly coming down and in a very slow move grabbing her I-Phone and putting it into her cleavage. I think I put my hand in front of my face. It was a very strange moment. He walked away and came back singing „The smell of you still on my hands…“ while looking at her. I was somewhere inbetween amusement and discomfort in those seconds.

Then the lady from up above arrived and they did a little dance like I think we have seen in Belgium already. It reminds me of a mixture of PJ Harvey and Nick Cave in Henry Lee and Bruce Springsteen’s action during Dancing In The Dark.

During Higgs Boson Blues he managed that people stood up. It was my personal revelation. Finally standing. But people were sitting back down. So did I. Some stayed crouched in front of the stage.

The concert took an interesting turn when he made a crowd of people sit on stage. It was like in school and reminded me of old Beat Club sessions. All these people around his feet while he was playing the piano. I got the impression there were many very young girls and that was maybe what made me think of a kind of school lession. I am unsure if I liked it when it comes to the tension of the show. I sat on the stage for a little while during Black Hair, but I hated it. Sitting there was as nervracking as sitting on my damn chair plus I thought my view was quite fucked compared to the absolutely fabulous sight I had when I just stood up, cause sitting on stage makes you unable to see the whole band. I know Nick Cave has fancy shoes, but I can’t entertain myself with them for 2.5 hours. Standing was like being front row without any other people cause they were all on stage. So I just stayed in front of the stage with a couple of others standing and therefore able see the whole band, to dance, sing and shout a lot more and have more fun.

Most people seated on stage were again: Very relaxed. People drinking beer up there, cuddling couples, all that sort of stuff you would expect happening at…yeah…a folk concert? Like I said, unsure about it though the atmosphere was very comfortable. Maybe too comfortable? Nevertheless I loved that evening in all it’s strangeness and I was too happy about the possibility to watch Warren Ellis using his instruments. I longed for that since quite a while now, but the stage was always too high usually to see everything properly except during that evening in 2009, but he had different instruments back then of course. So it was brilliant and maybe one of the best bits of that tour for me.

I think the band was in a good mood. I had a good view on Thomas and Marty as well and they seemed like they were into it and their sound was powerful. I loved that when touching that narrow stage the vibrations were running through my body in such a good way. Not like when the bass from the speakers is torturing your chest and ears but just the whole thing physically running through your veins making you feel like the music is curing all madness and pain you might have hosted inside of yourself.

I think I got a lot more energy from that show than from the Berlin evening though I think Berlin was more „together“, darker and with more tension – more classic Nick Cave. But I had a bad headache that night and could not stand so much without thinking my skull will explode while in Copenhagen it was a big party during the non-ballad parts.

I think I am the same broken record like Valerie, but it is true: Jack The Ripper is an oustanding performance. It blows you away and so does From Her To Eternity. Both work incredibly well in that concept and Jack The Ripper has a new style that I would love to see more of in the future. When I think Nick’s peformance lacks a bit of his usual intensity during some parts of this concept cause of all these lovely extras that nevertheless seem to partly kind of break the tension I can say: Once I see that performance of Jack The Ripper I know it does not matter so much, it is there and it will hopefully always be.

Therefore I will not repeat my view about other massively played „hits“ now, cause I don’t want to put negativity into my recap of that night.

I really like his lovely crowd-engaging Brompton Oratory performance. It combines a romantic tenderness with a very tongue in cheek aspect and I think I have rarely seen Nick perform like that. It is very refreshing and melts my heart.

I got my first setlist in the end thanks to the nice man who told me to just wait a moment and he will bring it once we please stop crawling on stage. I never do things like that usually but I was so curious if We Real Cool was planned or spontaneous. Remembered me of the Berlinshow when many people were running on stage to grab what was not nailed on it and they had to hunt them back down.

That is it.

European Tour – Copenhagen & Stockholm

Koncerthuset – Copenhagen / Denmark – May 13th, 2015

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Setlist

Water’s Edge
The Weeping Song
Red Right Hand
Brompton Oratory
Higgs Boson Blues
Mermaids
The Ship Song
From Her to Eternity
Stranger Than Kindness
God is in the House
Into My Arms
West Country Girl
Tupelo
Black Hair
The Mercy Seat
Jubilee Street

Encore

We Real Cool
People Ain’t No Good
Avalanche
Jack the Ripper
Push the Sky Away

Review by Anna can be read here.

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Stockholm Waterfront – Stockholm / Sweden – May 14th, 2015

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Setlist

Water’s Edge
The Weeping Song
Red Right Hand
Brompton Oratory
Higgs Boson Blues
Mermaids
The Ship Song
From Her to Eternity
Stranger Than Kindness
Love Letter
Into My Arms
West Country Girl
Tupelo
Black Hair
The Mercy Seat
Jubilee Street

 

Encore

 

We No Who U R
People Ain’t No Good
No More Shall We Part
Breathless
Up Jumped the Devil
Jack the Ripper
Push the Sky Away

 

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All pictures from Mirian Sanchez.