Last concert for the month and I kept it in the Bad Seeds family! I went to see Blixa Bargeld with my concert buddy Ann! ;) Blixa Bargeld is of course best known for being the guitarist of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, but he has an impressive career behind him. To be honest I didn’t really follow him when he left the band but I had heard snippets of his new album, Still Smiling, and really liked it. The album was done in collaboration with Teo Theardo and it’s really a little gem. Since the concert was part of Autumn Falls at AB Brussels, we also caught DAAU and Esmerine beforehand, and were quite surprised to be able to sit front row! I was really impressed by Esmerine, really amazing band.
Blixa & co arrived on stage at 9pm and before greeting us in a few languages et apologized for his “cold of massive proportion”. He had arrived by train instead of plane which took him 7h. Seriously that’s dedication. I don’t know the exact setlist since I am not familiar (yet) with all the songs but it was beautiful. His performance, well their performance really, is super professional, and Blixa has a wicked sense of humor. Just as Nick Cave, he is incredibly charmismatic and it’s such a joy to see him perform. Also Teo Theardo is an incredible guitarist and the guy seriously has a smile on his face during the whole concert!
A few funny things he mentionned was writing the album half the time in his hotel room in Italy while drinking Aperol Spritz, and the other in his kitchen while thinking of Mae West! He said that he googles a lot of things when he writes and that this time he used Wikipedia a lot… not unline a certain other Bad Seed… I am sure he said some other hilarious things, but it’s all a bit of a blur. I think I have a concert hangover after the past month, but it’s been incredible!
Oh and I also really loved that during the song Defenestrazioni, you can hear a journalist asking various questions one of them being: “Are you going back to play with Nick?” The way Blixa reacts to each of them is just hilarious.
One of the highlights of the show was definitely their cover of Crimson & Clover. So theatrical!