Nick Cave opens up about the ‘most emotional gig’ of his career

Nick Cave, who visits Edinburgh this summer, has spoken about his Manchester Arena show in September 2017 – describing the gig as the “most emotional concert of his career.”

The Australian music legend played in Manchester with the Bad Seeds four months after 22 people died after a bomb was detonated at an Ariana Grande concert.

And Cave has now called the gig the most emotional of his career.

The frank admission came after a fan asked him on his new platform, The Red Hand Files, whether his own songs ever made him cry on stage.

In an emotional response, Cave said he is usually concentrating too much on his performance to get over emotional – but that changed at the Manchester gig.

“Every now and then, a sudden thought, beyond my control, pierces this state of present-ness – a devastating image or a shocking recollection or an impossible wish – and that holy state of now ruptures and the world comes crashing in, and, well, sometimes you cry,” he said. “And so it was at the Bad Seeds’ concert at the Manchester Arena, in your hometown, Sarah.

“I remember that concert so vividly. It was four months after the terrorist bombing, where twenty-three people died and untold were wounded, physically and psychologically.

“It was one of the first gigs in the Manchester Arena since it had re-opened, and there was a feeling of real defiance in the room, of course, but a terrible sadness too, I thought, at the sheer monstrousness of it all.

“A sadness because we understood that evil does walk among us, and that none of us has any real control over our destinies, that we are all tossed around by the arbitrary winds of fate and who ever really knows what is going to happen next?

“At that concert in Manchester Arena, with these thoughts going through my mind, I felt an intense common bond with the audience, that became in the end almost overwhelming and which I will never forget. The unrestrained release at the end of the show was a deliverance for us all.”

As previously reported on AAA Edinburgh, Cave is bringing his Conversations tour to Edinburgh’s Usher Hall this summer as part of a UK and European tour.

Following from a sell-out run in Australia and New Zealand, the tour sees Cave answering a selection of questions from fans and performing some of his most iconic tracks on piano.

Describing the tour as “an exercise in connectivity”, Cave said: “I thought that a direct conversation with the audience might be valuable in the recent live shows we have all shown a kind of willingness to open up.”

Check out the tour dates in full below.

MAY

Monday 13 – Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg, Germany
Wednesday 15 – Admiralspalast, Berlin, Germany
Thursday 16 – Tonhalle, Dusseldorf, Germany
Sunday 19 – Oslo Konserthus, Oslo, Norway
Tuesday 21 – DR Koncerthuset, Koncertsalen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Friday 24 – Philharmonie, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Sunday 26 – Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Monday 27 – TivoliVredenburg, Grote Zaal, Utrecht, Netherlands
Wednesday 29 – DeRoma, Antwerp, Belgium

JUNE

Saturday 15 – Wales Millenium Centre, Cardiff, UK
Monday 17 – Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK
Wednesday 19 – The Barbican, London, UK
Thursday 20 – The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, UK
Saturday 22 – Usher Hall, Edinburgh, UK
Saturday 23 – Sage One, Gateshead, UK
Tuesday 25 – Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, UK
Wednesday 26 – Eventim Olympia, Liverpool, UK
Friday 28 – Brighton Dome Concert Hall, Brighton, UK

Nick Cave’s European and UK ‘Conversations’ tour dates are as follows:
MAY
Monday 13 – Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg, Germany
Wednesday 15 – Admiralspalast, Berlin, Germany
Thursday 16 – Tonhalle, Dusseldorf, Germany
Sunday 19 – Oslo Konserthus, Oslo, Norway
Tuesday 21 – DR Koncerthuset, Koncertsalen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Friday 24 – Philharmonie, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Sunday 26 – Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Monday 27 – TivoliVredenburg, Grote Zaal, Utrecht, Netherlands
Wednesday 29 – DeRoma, Antwerp, Belgium
JUNE
Saturday 15 – Wales Millenium Centre, Cardiff, UK
Monday 17 – Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK
Wednesday 19 – The Barbican, London, UK
Thursday 20 – The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, UK
Saturday 22 – Usher Hall, Edinburgh, UK
Saturday 23 – Sage One, Gateshead, UK
Tuesday 25 – Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, UK
Wednesday 26 – Eventim Olympia, Liverpool, UK
Friday 28 – Brighton Dome Concert Hall, Brighton, UK

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