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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds at The Paramount Theatre in Seattle – July 2, 2014

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds at The Paramount Theatre in Seattle – July 2, 2014

Nick Cave and Mark Lanegan

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.

Set List

We Real Cool
Jubilee Street
Tupelo
Red Right Hand
Mermaids
From Her to Eternity
Stranger than Kindness
Into My Arms
Sad Waters
God is in the House
The Weeping Song, with Mark Lanegan singing Blixa’s part (see above photo)
Higgs Boson Blues
The Mercy Seat
Stagger Lee
Push the Sky Away

Encore
The Lyre of Orpheus

Here’s 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 Morgan Schuler’s review for The Seattle Weekly:

From the moment the lights went down, Nick Cave flew onto 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 Schuler’s 31 photos of the show. Here’s one.

Nick Cave’s Christ-Like Sacrifice for The Bad Seeds

Nick Cave’s Christ-Like Sacrifice for The Bad Seeds

Nick Cave stopped drinking about ten years ago. Here’s what he has to say about his commitment to sobriety during an interview by Tom Doyle in the February 2014 issue of MOJO Magazine:

Our car pulls up outside the Malmaison Hotel, where Cave sits alone at the base of a stone pillar, smoking a fag. MOJO joins him for one. It must be hard, I say, trying to maintain his sobriety while everyone around him gets pissed?

“It is sometimes,” he admits. “I mean, sometimes you just want everything to go away, y’know. Who doesn’t? And you don’t have that…ready sort of access to something to do that.”

His face suddenly lights up, as he’s struck by a thought.

“Y’know, I did a kind of Christ-like sacrifice for the health of the band,” he says. “I stopped drinking, so they could continue.”

Nick Cave just says No.
photo by Tom Oldham for MOJO Magazine