Unfortunately, Nick played exactly the same set again. Still a good
show, not a lot to add, but details below...
1. West Country Girl - "That was a song called West Country Girl... that
has grown old and bitter."
2. Sad Waters - "That was vintage mid-period Nick Cave."
3. People Aint No Good
4. Mercy Seat - Played really well (again). [ Applause ] "Thank you
very much. It's coming along, that song."
A short exchange between Nick and the crowd, part of which I missed
because an usher was showing someone to their seats in my row
during the middle of the conversation:
Nick: "What was that?"
Nick: "RUFF!" [ Nick obviously still can't hear what audience is saying
Audience: "Nick the Stripper!!"
Nick: "Uh.. no."
5. Henry Lee
6. Do You Love Me Part II
7. Wild World - "Here's an old song. By an old Australian band. The
Birthday Party. They were a Melbourne band actually... It's called
Wild World." This version was an absolute treat! Even more energy than
previous nights - Nick and Warren went completely overboard. It was
8. Papa Wont Leave You Henry - The lyrics, and I'm specifically thinking
about towards the end of the song, make it really hard to take this
seriously given the way Nick is singing it - I have some problem
picturing Nick in a near-rage singing menacingly to his kid. I don't
know if you'd have to see the performance to see what I am talking
about; the crooning followed by the rasping seems nearly schitzophrenic.
Nick: "Here's a song I wrote in Brazil, seven years ago. I used to
sing it to my boy over the crib... when I used to put him to sleep."
Audience: [ mixed response - "ugh" almost ]
Nick: "I know..."
[ At end of song ] Nick: "It gently got him to sleep, that song."
9. Love Letter - Excellent.
10. Straight to You - The triangle in this song bothers me. Have I
mentioned that? :)
11. Stagger Lee - Like Wild World, Nick and Warren went bezerk in
this song, which made it quite enjoyable.
"Here's a song about a really bad man. Badder than Jesse James.
After going bezerk, Nick added an extra verse to the end of the song,
and then Nick/Warren resumed their craziness:
"Then in came the Devil - had a six-gun in his hand,
Said to Stagger Lee: "Ive come to take you down"
Those were the last words that the Devil said,
As Stag put four holes in the motherfucker's head"
I had a real smile on my face for the entire song.
Afterward, Warren came over and gave Nick a cigarette.
Nick: "Warren! Mr. Warren Ellis. He rose to the occasion very well!"
12. Brompton Oratory
13. Into My Arms
Audience: "Play it again!"
Nick: "OK.. You right Warren?"
14. Loom of the Land - Nick played an intro on piano, but when the
bass kicked in and he started to sing he lost it.
Nick: "Fuck.... Anyone who missed that, Boy meets Girl, Boy loses
Girl... Still, I'll play it anyway..." [ restart ]
15. The Ship Song
Nick comes out clutching a rolled up piece of paper tied in a blue
ribbon. Nick starts talking as he undoes the ribbon and flashes it
to the audience.
Nick: "A girl gave this to me backstage. It's a photo taken of
me by my mother - 1976... It's quite frightening."
16. Little Empty Boat
Generally, above reservations withstanding, the songs played were
very well done. Wild World, Stagger Lee, Love Letter and Little
Empty Boat were especially enjoyable.
I feel a bit sad after hearing from more than one source recently
that Nick probably won't tour with the Bad Seeds again - the thought is
reinforced for me considering how good his last tour was (97 down here).
I'm a little jealous of London-dwellers who have got to see them so
much in recent times.
Well, stick a fork in me. Your turn, Melbourne-people.