Nick Cave’s ‘Live In Concert’ was one of the most highly anticipated musical events of the year for me and I was fortunate enough to get a ticket to see him at a sold out Edinburgh Playhouse on 28th of April 2015. I went to the show with extremely high expectations yet was still utterly blown away by the sheer musical genius I witnessed on stage that night.
The set list spanned most eras from his career but, perhaps unsurprisingly, the excellent last album “Push The Sky Away” featured heavily in the show. Material from other albums such as “No More Shall We Part (2001)”, “The Boatman’s Call (1997)” and “From Her To Eternity (1984)” sounded just as dramatic and exciting performed live. One of the highlights of the night for me was the stripped back version of “The Mercy Seat” from the “Tender Prey (1988)” album which was simply spine tingling in its pared back form.
Prowling the stage like Dracula’s achingly cool love child, Nick Cave hypnotised the audience from the moment he walked on the stage until the final note. While singing the songs, he transformed into this intimidating commanding character, often staring the audience down, while in-between songs appearing witty and charming. The four musicians backing him, including his long time collaborator Warren Ellis, are intuitive musicians with a clear understanding of the cinematic feel of the music. Being a musical fan, to witness such talent and craftsmanship on stage has left me almost speechless to this day and I still struggle to find the words to do Nick Cave’s talent justice.
The Nick Cave concert was a master class in story telling. During the songs, he appears to become possessed by the characters he is singing about and has the ability to pull the audience into their bleak cinematic world almost like voyeurs. Nick Cave is one of those artists who have the ability to evolve music and performance onto a higher plane. What he writes and performs is not just entertainment, it’s a form of dazzling and breath-taking art with every word and note creating these fascinating but tragic worlds that we briefly inhabit while the song lasts. In many moments throughout this concert I found myself stunned by sheer genius and hearing “Jubilee Street” in its dramatic live form will be something I will treasure for the rest of my life.
I think it’s fair to say that most people left the concert hall absolutely awestruck by an artist who has been recording since 1979 yet continues to reach a new artistic peak with each new album. Make sure you put seeing Nick Cave live to the top of your ‘bucket list’.
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