Nick Cave at Sydney International Convention Centre

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Story & Photo by John Snelson

8000 people packed into the Sydney ICC Theatre on Saturday night to see the enigmatic, sometimes dark and often beautiful Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds.

Nick Cave and Grinderman at Homebake :: Photo John Snelson, Editor Get Shot Magazine

Nick Cave and Grinderman at Homebake :: Photo John Snelson, Editor Get Shot Magazine

What a great show ! He came on 9-15pm and went to 11-00pm and then did a 30 minute encore. Tops.

A compelling and deeply immersive experience wuth little verbal interruption or diversion, focussing on the music and presentation.

It was a great night out – apart from some crowdsters who thought they were at The Metro or the Enmore. This spoils it a bit for me. Seats mean “Sit Down and Shut the F*** UP !”).

Here’s part of the setlist … Ship Song, Into My Arms, Stagger Lee, Anthrocene, Magneto, Higgs Boson Blues, Tupelo, From Her to Eternity, Red Right Hand, Jack The Ripper, Nobody’s Baby Now and ended with the very gentle Push the Sky Away. Of those, of course The Ship Song is so lovely and is countered by the rather creepy, industrially violent, smokey, symbolic and sinister Red Right Hand that was featured as a theme track for the TV show “Peaky Blinders”.

Nick Cave is a great narrative writer who paints with a huge canvas in a dramatic musical form. Behind the Bad Seeds, the screen visuals are sensitive without distracting from the subject matter.

The choreography, lighting and sound synchronisation were superb.  What a great show, with plenty of touchy connection with the mosh pit of heaving, fist-punching general admissions.

Nick Cave is the younger man’s Mick Jagger, well, he’s only just short of 60, but he still has all those thin-man moves –  and the inevitable suit !  Still the cool dood.

He brings a bucket load of acquired influences, including blues, violence, harrowing loss and anguish, spritual love, a brush with drugs, life on the streets of Berlin, death and despair.

Well worth a look if you can … here are the remaining Tour Dates

  • Sun Jan 22 Newcastle Entertainment Centre
  • Wed 25 Jan Brisbane Riverstage
  • Fri 27 Jan Melbourne Myer Music Bowl
  • Sat 28 Jan Melbourne Myer Music Bowl
  • Sun 29 Jan Adelaide Entertainment Centre
  • Tue 31 Jan Perth Arena