Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
It was a little strange to Nick Cave to play in a full Stadium to see last year, and even then me a Skeleton Tree, a hyper-personal plate that he the death of his son processed. But still he managed to get that whole room to get in a kind of mutual exorcism, in which the audience is comforted and he them.
On a festivalwei in the daylight, even in wegdeemsterend daylight, that was not possible. Or Cave thought that it was not possible. In any case, he opted for a different approach. Concertopener ‘Jesus alone’ was still relatively intimate, with Caves voice that cried with a high whistle noise from the keyboards – on the meadow was quiet.
But then followed four songs full of crashing cymbals, metallic guitars and dissonant piano’s, Cave’s manic and aggressive brought. That trick a few times too many, and after all that screaming he had, even his singing voice is equally found for ‘Red right hand’, that fortunately nothing of his magic has lost.
During the song he jumped of the stage hands to shake in the first row, where many fans of Arctic Monkeys had plaatsgevat, and he began to improvise: “you’ve got your Arctic Monkeys T-shirt, you think you are different’. Afterwards he thanked sarcastically: ‘Thank you! Perhaps you will now one of my plates to buy.
The sarcastic Cave is dear to us; it is still a bit strange to him after all those years as a family entertainer. Cave seemed still to be scanned: took someone from the audience that the text could not sing. In ‘Into my arms’, that he laconiék as meezingmoment announced, he went so hard on some notes lean to the wrong side of the meligheidsmeter fell.
And then it was time for the trick with the erupting song: “Stagger Lee,” the violin of Warren Ellis to shreds, in’Jubilee Street’ was a percussierek flogged with a tambourine. Still prefer the snokkende vioolarrangement of ‘The weeping song’, or the grieving harmoniumklank and soft harmonies of the Bad Seeds ‘Push the sky away’. A good concert, but not as good as in Antwerp.