Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds played in front of an open-floor crowd at The Paramount Theater last night. That’s the best venue layout for Nick, because he feeds off the energy of the crowd – sucks it up and burns it bright on stage.
I will add links to other sites with better photos and reviews during the day. For now, here’s the set list.
We Real Cool
Red Right Hand
From Her to Eternity
Stranger than Kindness
Into My Arms
God is in the House
The Weeping Song, with Mark Lanegan singing Blixa’s part (see above photo)
Higgs Boson Blues
The Mercy Seat
Push the Sky Away
The Lyre of Orpheus
Here’s to-the-paramount-and-it-was-good” target=”_blank”>the first review I’ve come across. It’s by Kathy Fennessy for The Stranger SLOG.
“Tupelo” was one of a few songs from early in Cave’s career. By this point, his discography is deep enough that he doesn’t need to dig that far back for gems, but I’m sure the audience appreciated it as much as I did (I noticed plenty of people my age and older, like King County Executive Dow Constantine, who was positioned near the front of the stage). “From Her to Eternity,” title track from Cave’s 1984 debut, came off especially well. Other highlights included “Red Right Hand” and “The Mercy Seat,” although I have to confess that I like the Johnny Cash cover so much I hoped Cave would use Rick Rubin’s arrangement (he didn’t).
And then, just when I was thinking how nice it would be for P.J. Harvey or Kylie Minogue to drop by—stranger things have happened—he brought out Lanegan for “The Weeping Song.” Mark sang the first half, Nick the second. Nothing revelatory, but it sounded good. “The great Mark Lanegan,” Cave said as he left the stage…
Excerpt from to the stage and as he danced his way from one side to the other through his first two songs, “We Real Cool” and “Jubilee Street”, the energy was high, save for a few breaks for piano ballads. Leaning into the crowd, pawing at the audience, grabbing hands and singing directly into the first row showed how much he loves his fans.
He didn’t slow down after those first two songs either, dancing in that weird funky way he has as if he’s using his hands to guide his movements around the floor and taking a small jump when the music gets really intense.
And check out tos of the show. Here’s one.