Monday night Salt Lake City had the rare opportunity to get to see Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds live at Kingbury Hall on the campus of The University of Utah. If you’ve never managed to catch Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds live and are a fan of music in the live setting, do yourself a favor and catch them if you can. While much of the concert going crowd was missing the boat watching Def Leppard (Sorry Def Leppard, but this one isn’t even close) at Usana Amphitheater, they were missing the incredible performance on the east side of the valley.
Cave and his band mates are out in support of last years album Skeleton Tree. Skeleton Tree is an emotional album recorded following the death of Cave’s 15-year old son who died falling from a cliff during a bad LSD trip. I was unsure if Cave would present the new material or play the vast catalogue of material he has performed over his long career, and the short answer is both.
With no opening act, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds took to the stage roughly 15 minutes after their scheduled start time of 8. Nick Cave and the band played a variety of songs from the Skeleton Tree album while bringing the crowd joy with many of the Cave classics.
Cave’s performance may be one of the most rousing performances I have ever witnessed and I must boast I have witnessed many. Cave was like a magnet to audience members drawing the crowd to him as he moved all over the stage and into the audience throughout the evening. Like a charismatic preacher or engaging cult leader, Cave made his way through the 2 hour plus show engaging the audience throughout. Songs like “From Her To Eternity” had Cave pacing the stage and embracing the hands of the audience and giving the crowd the opportunity for embrace.
Cave not only showed the full rock star, but also his piano talents and soothed the crowd with favorites “The Ship Song” and “Into My Arms”. Cave continued through the rest of the set with the passion he began and left the crowd in awe.
While the show left me more than pleased and of course Cave cannot play everything, I was left wanting more and would go see Cave again without a doubt. The Bad Seeds closed the night with “The Weeping Song” and crowd pleaser “Stagger Lee” while sending many from the audience up onto the stage while he left yet again for the audience. Cave thanked those in attendance and left with a perfect ending of “Push the Sky Away”. There was no doubt this was the show to see Monday night.
Higgs Boson Blues
From Her to Eternity
The Ship Song
Into My Arms
Girl in Amber
I Need You
Red Right Hand
The Mercy Seat
The Weeping Song
Push the Sky Away