Bournemouth International Centre
The first night of Nick Cave’s European tour. This is the first time he’s done the arenas in the UK, but any worries about stepping up to bigger venues were misplaced. It was bloody fantastic. The setlist looked very similar to this show that @junior-wells went to, but what you don’t get from a list of songs is any idea of the sheer power of the full Bad Seeds unit. One of the great bands, restrained when they need to be, and kicking off like a hurricane on the likes of ‘From Her To Eternity’ or the revamped monster that is ‘Jubilee Street’. Cave is a superb frontman, prowling from end of the stage to the other, reaching out and grabbing hands. It sounds crazy to say it about the Berlin junkie doom merchant I grew up listening to, but these days his crowd rapport and total control of the audience are more reminiscent of Bruce Springsteen than anybody else (and he’s up there on stamina as well – this was a two and a half hour show). The Skeleton Tree stuff sounds huge, and translates to the live situation much better than I could have imagined. I guess a few people here might well be going to an upcoming show, so I’m not going to mention the thing that happened in the encore because I don’t know if it was spontaneous last night or a planned thing for the tour and it’d spoil it if you went in knowing about it, but it was special. Basically what I’m saying is I don’t care how many kidneys you have to sell to get a ticket for one of these gigs, just do it. Gig of the year so far for me, and I can’t see anything topping it in the months to come.
Skewing a bit older than I was expecting. I guess this is what happens when a ticket costs the best part of fifty quid.
It made me think..
I hadn’t seen the Bad Seeds since 2001, as they’d never come anywhere near me in the intervening years. I don’t care how far I have to travel next time, I’m going.