Nick Cave Takes Skeleton Tree Out On The Road For The First Time

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds album Skeleton Tree cracked my top 10 albums of the year for good reason. I said “2015 was a tough year for Nick Cave. After losing his 15-year old son, he created the only album he could after that. Skeleton Tree is heartfelt, pure, unbridled pain. It’s Cave wrestling with his demons, and that emotion is quite captivating.”

This news story is fairly heart breaking due to the fact Skeleton Tree was played live for the fist time since the untimely passing of Cave’s son Arthur. Starting the tour off in Hobart, Australia, the band performed “I Need You,” “Girl in Amber,” “Magneto,” and the title track below via NME. Also, find the band’s upcoming tour dates.

Cave also gave a rare interview to The Australian about the band’s live return and the impact of the film ‘One More Time With Feeling’. Cave said: “You know, I saw the things people wrote about the film on social media,” said Cave “… the way the film seemed to open something very deep for people, and how so many people out there had lost people they loved, you know, just how many grievers there were. It was a very powerful feeling, and ultimately shifted something in me, and Susie too, and stopped us feeling so completely hopeless all the time.

“It was like we had done something good for Arthur, all of us, and had placed the memory of him up there in the stars.”

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Speaking of the making of ‘Skeleton Tree’ Cave continued: “For me, going into the studio in Paris was not a good idea, and I hope I never have to do anything like that again. It was only a few months after Arthur died. It was too early. But it just felt important that I do it. You know, life goes on and all. It was crazy. Terrifying, really. I was a mess, big time. So was everybody, actually.

“It was a very difficult time. Much of what we did simply did not work. We tried re-recording the songs; putting them in time, in tune, whatever. Pretty much everything we tried to do sounded bad. It was like the record itself, in its untreated state, was simply refusing to allow itself to be embellished or polished. So, in a sense, Skeleton Tree was the product of that.”

So far Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds are touring through Australia, New Zealand, and America. Those dates can be seen below.

Australia/New Zealand dates :

Ballarat, North Gardens (January 15)
Wellington,TSB Bank Arena (January 17)
Auckland, Vector Arena (January 18 )
Sydney, ICC Sydney Theatre (January 20-21)
Newcastle, Newcastle Entertainment Centre (January 22)
Brisbane, Riverstage (January 25)
Melbourne, Sidney Myer Music Bowl (January 27-28)
Adelaide, Adelaide Entertainment Centre (January 29)
Perth, Perth Arena (January 31)

North American dates:

Brooklyn, Kings Theatre (May 26)
Montreal, Metropolis (May 29)
Toronto, Massey Hall (May 31-June 1)
Detroit, Masonic Temple Theatre (June 3)
Philadelphia, Electric Factory (June 5)
Asheville, Thomas Wolfe Auditorium (June 7)
Pittsburgh, The Warhol at Carnegie Music Hall (June 8)
Boston, Boch Center Wang Theatre (June 10)
New York, Beacon Theatre (June 13-14)
Chicago, Auditorium Theatre (June 16)
Denver, Paramount Theatre (June 18)
Salt Lake City, Kingsbury Hall (June 19)
Portland, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall (June 21)
Vancouver, Queen Elizabeth Theatre (June 22)
Berkeley, Greek Theatre (June 24)
San Diego, Civic Theatre (June 26)
Los Angeles, Greek Theatre (June 29)

pHOTO CREDIT: By Bleddyn Butcher (Nick Cave Management office at ATC / London) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

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