CONCERT REVIEW: Irving Plaza, New York [22/09/1998] by Jeff Jolley
Sunday, 13 August 2006

What an honor it was to attend Nick Cave’s 41’st birthday show at Irving
Plaza in New York. This was My first Cave show so I didn’t know what to expect. I also didn’t know how many Bad Seeds would play with Nick, since the band has ranged from 3 to 7 members over the years. The opening act “The Gunga Din” provided ample entertainment although the crowd was visibly uninterested in anybody but Cave.

After a 30 minute wait between bands, The Bad Seeds (7in all!) entered with
Nick behind them. They opened with “Far from me” and I was suspecting a
mellow mood for the entire show until the second song, “Do you love me?” began. This set the tone for the show. The audience went crazy which was only enhanced by Nick and the bands energy.

From this point I cannot say what order they played the songs in,
because I didn’t want to take my eyes off the stage to write a set list. I will,
however write the songs performed below-- to the best of my knowledge.

Some highlights of the show were an acoustic opening to “I let love in”,
Blixa and Nick sharing vocals on “Where the wild roses grow” (!), an incredible rendition of “Tupelo”, as well as an inspired “Stagger Lee” which ended with a high pitched scream coming out of Blixa that had me quite scared. I also found myself listening to Mick Harvey’s violin a lot. It was featured more than it is on the albums. Obviously the whole show was a highlight so I will end this paragraph here.

This show went way above my expectations, to say the least. My friend
Dave Evans and I left the show with a sort of amazed feeling, knowing we had just witnessed something special. Nick said something at the end of the show, half jokingly, that he would be back in about 7 years. Let us hope, for all of Nick’s stateside fans, that he returns much much sooner.