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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds @ Newcastle Entertainment Centre 22/01/17 (Live Review)

Written by Britt Andrews

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With an 8 PM sharp start, no support band and a solid 140-minute set – there was no messing around at Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds‘ Newcastle show. Many punters were thrown off by the timely start, with latecomers filtering in for the first four or five songs.

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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds | Britt Andrews

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Perched on a stool, illuminated by only a spotlight, Nick Cave opened on Anthrocene, before launching into Jesus Alone, where the stage filled with blue light, and the gloves came off. Cave spent most of the rest of the set perched along the barrier, leaning into the crowd as he belted out a 19-song set. Newcastle’s punters proved to be a little bit on the grabby side, as he soon said “You’ve gotta stop touching me like that, this is fucking sexual harassment in the workplace. I’m gunna start a support group, with Chris Martin.”

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Despite there being eight musicians on stage, all the attention was clearly on Cave. This didn’t take away from the performance of the Bad Seeds, with Warren Ellis on violin, piano and guitar (among others) putting on a masterclass, pouring everything he had into his performance. Percussionist Jim Sclavunos also stood out, slamming his cymbals with a mallet during Red Right Hand.

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Midway through the set what was already a stellar performance was kicked up a notch with Jubilee Street. As Cave belted out the words “I’m transforming, I’m vibrating” the roof was almost torn off the venue, and the lights surrounding the stage bloomed in a myriad of colours, almost too bright to look at.

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Two songs later, Cave was sitting alone at the centre-piece of the stage – a black grand piano – with nothing but a pink spotlight on him. He performed a heartfelt rendition of Into My Arms, marred only by the fact that any time someone in the stands stood up from their plastic flip-up seat, they made a loud “THWOP!” noise, breaking the illusion and reminding you of your surroundings in the Newcastle Entertainment Centre.

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As he finished Into My Arms, someone at the front yelled “You made me cry!”, and Cave hit back “Me too. You made me cry too.” Closing out the set with Skeleton Tree, and playing an encore of Mermaids, The Weeping Song (a crowd request), Stagger Lee and Push The Sky Away, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds put on an amazing show for Newcastle. While the set-list remained quite “Skeleton Tree” heavy – featuring seven songs off the newest record, older fans were not left out, with the set list featuring songs from nine different records.

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For me personally, I have never seen a vocalist perform live with so much power. More than once through that set, I was left awestruck as Cave shook the venue with his voice. His connection with the audience was magnetic – spending almost the entire set holding hands with those in the front few rows. Jubilee Street, The Ship Song, The Weeping Song and Stagger Lee were all highlights of the set, but it was the closing song – Push The Sky Away, that left more than one person near me wiping tears away. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds have set the bar high for gigs in 2017 – it’ll take a miracle for any other band to top that performance.

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Britt Andrews

January 24th, 2017

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Britt Andrews

AMNplify National Event Request Manager. Photographer/reviewer/interviewer from Wollongong, NSW. Studying Digital Media and Communication, History and Photography at UOW. I love dogs, live music, Aussie rules football and Netflix.  

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