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CONCERT REVIEW: Los Angeles, Wiltern Theatre [16/04/2002] by beto Print E-mail
Sunday, 13 August 2006

I have been appreciative of the music of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds for years now, but this was the first time I have seen them perform. The crowd was as diverse as is Los Angeles and the scene was in itself a spectacle to watch! The opening duo was entertaining but prolonged in the sense that the crowd grew impatient as they awaited Mr. Cave & The Seeds. To me this man and this band are legends so my expectations where very high. I am pleased to say I was not disappointed. Though the gray was evident, the immense energy and passion of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds would make a young man envious.

The sound was so/so due to the sound man but I had the same experience at the same venue (wich is a great place) when The Sisters Of Mercy played there. The selections of the night where very appropriate and to satisfaction no matter which Cave & Seeds is your favorite. The rhythm section was as usual inventive yet in place.

I cannot (being a musician myself) speak enough of Mick Harvey & Blixa Bargeld. Harvey is amongst my favorites and he is what gives Nick the "twang" that is as trademark as the Dick Dale fret slide or the charismatic guitar in any of Sergio Leone's westerns. Bargeld is what gives Cave the rusty edge at the same time that beautiful melodic guitar phrasing. The violin notable and brought added (as if needed) beauty to Mr. Cave's
piano selections. All this I knew from the albums and works I own, but it was confirmed at last night's performance.

The set started with "Do You Love Me?" and followed by "The Boatman's Call", "God Is In The House", "Pure White Snow", "The Mercy Seat" (incredible) and much more. They came out for two encores which included "Into My Arms" an early Bad Seeds tune and finished with "Stagger Lee"(Blixa was awesome).

Overall, I saw for myself why Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds have not only achieved legendary status, but have brought with them the substance to prove time and again.


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