Wrote this in the train and will only do it in English as I know the core of my readers don’t care much about these posts. But I want to keep a “trace” of of this evening, and it’s my blog so I can do whatever I want to! ;)
Well this past week has been quite special to say the least! I decided to celebrate my birthday in London with three Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds concerts. One for every decade I guess! If the Apollo Hammersmith ones were well-planned (mini review and a few pictures on my blog) I had no idea I would win the Koko Camden ballot (I did enter with 4 or 5 emails! lol) I bought two tickets to share with Ann, a fantastic fan, and friend now from Belgium as well, and booked yet another weekend in London. Nick, you are a lovely, but an expensive passion (but so worth it).
Before diving into the event, I have to say that I really enjoyed meeting other fans at the concerts. It´s the first time I really get to do more than one show (and in another country) and to share this with other Bad Seeds fans is quite amazing. So thanks Ann, Muriel (check her site as she is a talented seamstress!), Wendy and Simon for making the waiting in the queue fly by. Hi to the two men from Switzerland also! And major props to Deo who came all the way from Australia to follow the entire tour!
The whole thing was very well organized. We queued a little before 3pm to get our wristbands and then went out to queue for the actual concert. I can’t believe I queued for so long but once again it is really worth it to be so close.
Two thumbs up for the pub across the street who let us use their toilets and had to lyrics of Jubilee Street at the entrance! I thought it was a nice touch.
We were let in at 7pm and it was quite the maize to get to the stage and I seriously hope noone fell down those stairs in the dark! Koko is really an intimate venue and I am curious to see how it will show on screen since the concert was being filmed for the upcoming 20,000 days on Earth documentary. I feel like the camera’s were mainly on the sides and on stage, so they were not in the way of Nick’s performance and he didn’t aknowledge them at any point I think.
The band came on stage around 8:15pm. Nick was wearing a black suit with a shiny gold shirt and looked fantastic. Maybe a bit more disco than rock ‘n roll… Maybe Kylie Minogue had something to do with that, but more on that later. I thought he was on top form and seemed to have recovered from whatever he had last week. He really seemed to be enjoying himself and smiled quite a lot. Early on a guy asked to stroke Warren’s beard to which Nick replied: “It´s quite lovely isn’t it? You can suck it too, it´s slightly more expensive.” Another guy heckled something like on but not sure why. Nick asked him to show himself to which Nick replied: “You are fucking beautiful!” Is it just me or men are getting more love than women on this tour? lol
Here is the actual setlist (thank you to Brian on Facebook).
We No Who U R
Red Right Hand
Watching Alice (for Laura)
Higgs Boson Blues
Hiding All Away
The Mercy Seat
Push The Sky Away
Where The Wild Roses Grow (with Kylie Minogue)
From Her To Eternity
Into My Arms
Nick announced also that it would be a shorter set but he had no idea why… Maybe because you had to be in Amsterdam the next day, Nick!
They played Watching Alice and dedicated to Laura in the audience. Before starting on the piano he joked and told Conway to just sit there and try not to fall off his stool. He actually got up and went off the stage with his glass of wine! Quite funny!
I thought the whole show was flawless and once again being so closed with Nick perched over you singing his heart out is an amazing experience. I think he might actually start to look less terrifying during some songs. ;) For me the highlights were Hiding All Away, Stagger Lee and From Her To Eternity. Really powerful performances. Into My Arms was also quite beautiful with the audience singing along. They ended, as usual, with Push the Sky Away. This song was far from my favourite on the new album but there is something quite soothing about it when played live. The lyrics And some people / Say it’s just rock’n roll / Oh, but it gets you / Right down to your soul might seem like lazy writing but it takesall it’s meaning after such tremendous set.
They came back for the encore with no other than Kylie Minogue! I have to say that since the show was being filmed for the documentary I had hoped for a special guest, but I still can’t believe that she joined him for Where the Wild Roses Grow. Absolutely magical. It’s safe to safe the entire audience was shocked. I even broke my no picture rule to take a few! Nick looked so happy and their chemistry is still intact.
This is going also to sound cheesy but I felt really emotional because at 12 years old I received Murder Ballads and it was my first Nick Cave album. I loved Kylie (still do) at that time and I got into his music thanks to this duet, so that song has always held a special place in my heart. It was just like a dream to see them perform together!
They ended this perfect evening with Deanna.
And I ain’t down here for your money
I ain’t down here for your love
I ain’t down here for your love of money
I’m down here for your soul
You are indeed Nick.
On a totally different note, I just want to say that I was a little “scared” to do this week on my own but don’t regret it all. I have met some fantastic people, and saw three amazing concerts. I am on a little cloud and am so happy right now. I know people usually find it crazy to see more than one concert of the same arists, but hey life is short, enjoy it and most of all do what YOU really want to!