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CONCERT REVIEW: State Theatre, Detroit [27/04/2002] by Dustin Print E-mail
Sunday, 13 August 2006

alright....so the setting was perfect...this place called the state theatre in downtown detroit...i drove from ny to see this show...so excited...it was dark and mysterious...candles lit the entrance and lobby...

so i walked in and found a nice spot to stand about 10 ft away from the stage...this felt like a very intimate venue...just the way i always invisioned it...i had never seen nick cave before, either alone or with the bad seeds...its always been a dream of mine...

neko case and her boyfriends opened for nick cave and the bad seeds...the band was very good and they set a very great mood for the evening...kinda gloomy and get this...the lead singer, who im guessing is neko case(?) was introducing the songs and i think that half of them were about killing boyfriends and such things in this nature...i thought it was great...she had a beautiful voice, backed by a very talented banjo/slide guitar/acoustic guitar player and a bassman that had an upright and used some really cool methods to make sounds and other interesting noises...

after it was over then came the wait...a seemingly neverending wait...then the lights go down and out comes the bad seeds first, some with glasses of wine...but all looking extremly snazzy and handsome...then out comes nick cave looking as dapper as ever, setting his cigarettes on his piano and introducing himself and the bad seeds...

so powerful he is...so to the playlist i go...he started out big and strong with a commanding "do you love me?" the bass drum was fuckin amazing made your hair stand up on the back of your neck and tickle your intestine...next came, quite possibly my favourite song on the new album, "oh, my lord." nick cave had recieved a rose from a member of the audience and held on to it throughout most of the song...breaking its neck and holding it with a death grip....once again: fuckin amazing...

after this song, i think, a girl just a few feet in front of me yelled to nick cave, saying, "god bless you nick!" i think the dear mr cave was awe struck and said back "god bless you!" but i he still didnt think that was enough, so he stepped down off from the stage and gave that nice woman a hug...i was just thinking to myself wow...how sincere...but thats just me...i ll never be able to sheke the look on his face when right before he climbed down...he really was surprised and sincerely grateful or something...but it was a good moment in history...

anyway, next comes "red right hand" again with the booming bass drum, and then "15 feet of pure white snow" so beautiful...next was the "the weeping song" blixa has such an incredibly deep voice...i was reminded of that track from "live seeds" i always that that song was so much better live and now that i have actually witness and experianced it...alls i can say is wow...

a few songs to slow things down: "as i sat sadly by her side" followed by "loveletter" which i think everyone in the world was singing along to...such beautiful songs...next came the classic "papa wont leave you, henry" such power and energy...next came "hallelujah" with slow start to fast and bighting ending...wonderful...

next came, to slow things down again was "we came along this road" i dont even know if i can articulate how beautiful this was, shit, i dont know if you can understand how beautiful the entire show was...fuckin go and see nick cave and the bad seeds..

to end his set nick cave sat behind his piano and proceeded to play "god is in the house" it recieved chuckles throughout and was very cool...as a helty percentage could be heard quietly whispering "hallelujah"

and the second encore came...after another agonizing wait, it might have been 2 minutes...ha...this set surprised the hell out of me...songs i never ever thought i would hear live.."longtime man" and the birthday party classic, "st huck" so loud and energy filled and just plain awesome...i figured that this would have been the end, seeing as how nick cave i think screamed "huck" 80 trillion times...

but then they came out again...nick cave placed himself, green velvet jacket and all, behind his piano and played "into my arms" encouraging us all to sing with him the chorus...then the big grand finale...introduced as an old folk story..."stagger lee" total chaos has never sounded so wonderful...then much to my surprise an added verse at the end where stag puts four holes in the devils motherfucking head...and then the beautiful chaos comes back again...shrilling from blixa and all....so fucking amazing....all of it, not a drop wasnt....go see nick cave and the bad seeds...preroll all of your cigarettes, for its hard to roll at the show, i must have dropped at least 4 cigarettes worth of tobacco on the floor, cause i just couldnt stand still...everything is so much more real when nick cave is screaming and pointing at you or simply glancing at you from behind his piano....i could go on and on...the best show ive ever seen...

 

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