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Late last year best boy asked if I wanted to go see Nick Cave with him at the Enmore, coz tickets were going on sale in the next few days... I balked at the cost, I didn't have a spare $100, a month out from xmess, to spend on myself... and best boy offered to put it on his credit card and let me pay him back when and as I could, it was an offer too good to refuse. So he bought tickets, and we waited for last night to roll around.

We got to the Enmore late, the support act had already finished and left the stage, so we didn't have long to wait... we found a spot halfway down the floor, back far enough to be on the slope and able to see above the people in front of us, close enough to still have a good view, and coincidentally wound up next to a work-friend of best boys, and her husband, who had also been to the Opera House concert a week prior, and told us all about how amazing that was, although the work friend was a bit concerned that he had a childrens choir on stage for the entire show providing backing, what with some of his lyrics she wondered if their parents had ever listened to a Nick Cave album :) Anyhow, as I said, we didn't have long to wait before the Bad Seeds took to the stage, and then the man himself appeared. It was fucking amazing, his voice is really just the sex, and the music is complex and beautiful and as always takes me to an entirely different world. The Bad Seeds are a phenomenally talented bunch of musicians, Warren Ellis in particular, he switched effortlessly between guitar, violin, flute, and keyboard last night with equal skill on each. Phenomenal. He looks uncannily like a permanently intoxicated homeless man I see most days near work, but books and covers and whatnot :)

They started with a few songs from the new album, which I haven't listened to properly yet and am therefore less familiar with, but it was enchanting and intoxicating, and then they mixed in the classics.. I love the crowd reaction to familiar favorites, like the single bell toll at the start of "Red Right Hand" and the entire audience erupting with a cheer and as quickly becoming quiet again to listen... the beauty of a sold out venue singing gently along to "Into My Arms" with Nick at piano... those unifying moments of love for the music that make a live gig so magical. Also, the crafting of the playlist was brilliant, there was a perfect sense of flow between rocking it hard and pulling back to the ballads. There were too many highlights for me to list, or even remember... "Into My Arms" was up there, as was "Mercy Seat", "God Is In The House", and "Stagger Lee" in the encore. I've wanted to see Nick Cave live for so many years, and it lived up to expectation in every way. It was also awesome to be there with best boy, who shares my abiding passion for the music of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and had also not seen them live before last night... every now and then we'd glance across at each other and grin with unadulterated delight, it was nice having someone to share that joy with :)

Bonus moment came when I was waiting in the foyer for best boy as the crowd streamed out (I'd moved up to the back of the floor at the start of the encore as I was feeling a wee bit overwhelmed and claustrophobic with the crowd and the heat - it was like a sauna in there), I was hiding behind a pillar out of the main crush, and felt someone touch me on the shoulder - I turned around to see my lovely feral hippy cousin, Brett, standing there - he and his wife had come all the way up from their self-sustained little bit of land somewhere near Ulludulla just for the gig, I didn't get to see Jo as she'd disappeared with the flow of the crowd, but it was a lovely unexpected moment to see Brett and hug and enthuse about how amazing the gig was.. as Brett said, it's got to be something amazing to get him to come up to Sydney!

Date: 2013-03-11 12:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] doctornurse.livejournal.com
He's so great live! I'm glad you had a good night, and that you & best boy could share it.

Date: 2013-03-11 06:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quiregrrl.livejournal.com
It really was one of the best gigs I've ever been to... loved it :)



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