Posted in music | pictures on March 29, 2013

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin; words by Bill Pearis

"The rendition of "Jubilee Street" Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds just turned in at the Beacon should drive every other band into retirement." @JohnJFrusciante

Nick Cave @ Beacon Theatre, 3/28/2013
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Like he did at SXSW a couple weeks ago (and pretty much his whole career, really), Nick Cave owned the stage last night (3/28) at Beacon Theatre, the first of three shows he and The Bad Seeds are doing at the tony NYC venue. Maybe not seemingly befit of a man who has songs like "No Pussy Blues," but Cave is pure class. A string section and choir added to the grandeur as they ran through material from the new Push the Sky Away, as well as classics like "Red Right Hand," "The Ship Song," and the one-two-KO of main set enders, "The Mercy Seat" and the profanely awesome "Stagger Lee." Setlist is below.

Sharon Van Etten very ably opened the show, as she'll do again tonight (3/29) and Saturday (3/30). More pictures from last night's Beacon Theatre show below...

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SETLIST: Nick Cave & Beacon Theatre
We No Who U R
Wide Lovely Eyes
Jubilee Street
We Real Cool
Higgs Boson Blues
From Her to Eternity
Red Right Hand
O Children
Jack the Ripper
Deanna
Love Letter
God Is in the House
The Weeping Song
The Mercy Seat
Stagger Lee

Encore:
The Ship Song
Tupelo
Push the Sky Away

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Comments (75)

I like that set list.
I like that in a few hours I will hear it live my own bad self.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2013 2:39 PM

amazing show! one of the best i have seen in years. Fan or Not, everyone should check Nick Cave at least once in concert!

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2013 2:40 PM

Does he normally mix up the old songs when we plays multiple nights?

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2013 2:50 PM

That was indeed an amazing show last night! I was completely blown away by his energy. There is nobody cooler than Nick Cave.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2013 2:51 PM

I was in the Loge so didn't quite explain why he brought a woman on stage (she seemed hopelessly lost). She danced like Elaine, perhaps worse.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2013 2:52 PM

Also, I bet the Harlem Voices probably went into school today and told all of their friends they performed with Dracula last night, and it was weird.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2013 2:52 PM

250pm

Rank/Song/Play count

1 Stagger Lee 23
Jubilee Street 23
Deanna 23
From Her to Eternity 23
Jack the Ripper 23
The Mercy Seat 23
7 Higgs Boson Blues 22
Push the Sky Away 22
We No Who U R 22
Red Right Hand 22
Wide Lovely Eyes 22
12 Your Funeral... My Trial 15
Love Letter 15
14 Tupelo 13
15 The Ship Song 12
16 The Weeping Song 11
17 God Is in the House 10
We Real Cool 10
O Children 10
20 Papa Won't Leave You, Henry 9
21 Water's Edge 8
Mermaids 8
Stranger than Kindness 8
24 Into My Arms 7
Finishing Jubilee Street 7
26 People Ain't No Good 1

Posted by Takk | March 29, 2013 2:57 PM

True legend

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2013 3:02 PM

what time did SVE go on last night?

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2013 3:03 PM

SVE was on at 8

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2013 3:04 PM

were people selling tixs at the door?

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2013 3:11 PM

Why aren't any of Nick Cave's albums available on vinyl?

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2013 3:16 PM

nice photos. curious as to how you pulled of some of them. photogs at the boston show were stuck at the soundboard for one song and instructed to take their cameras outside immediately after.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2013 3:17 PM

This man is without a doubt, the coolest motherfucker on earth.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2013 3:18 PM

Really wish they would mix up the older material. They have such a great catalog but they always play the same old songs.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2013 3:22 PM

still putting together the pieces of my mind from last night's show. can't wait for round two tonight!

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2013 3:23 PM

Would love "The Cure of Millhaven" tonight.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2013 4:07 PM

super show,
choir, string quartet, the bad seeds and nick...

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2013 4:21 PM

Set times?

Posted by Bob | March 29, 2013 4:33 PM

8============D

and during the show tonight it will be

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Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2013 4:53 PM

4:33,
8pm SVE
9pm Nick Cave

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2013 4:57 PM

I'd love to hear "The Curse of Millhaven" even more.

9:00pm SVE
10:00pm Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2013 4:59 PM

4:57 is correct, 4:59 (me) is incorrect. Sorry

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2013 5:06 PM

There is only one King Ink! Why doesn't he do some bday party material?
He's predictable but also can be out of control on any given night! Enjoy maybe see u cool cats .... Yeah we real groovy!

Posted by Jtitts | March 29, 2013 5:50 PM

Great show as usual. Yes, Blixa and Mick are missed but that's life. The band still kicks butt. Very well paced show. Just as people were getting a little antsy after he opened with 5 new songs the show took off with 'From Her to Eternity'. Sharon Van Etten and Shilpa Ray sang background most of the show standing alongside the children's choir. Love Letter & God Is In The House were breathtaking. Yes, they do play a few different tunes each night. Looking forward to tomorrow night.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2013 6:07 PM

It's amazing how much energy he still has. And he still sounds great. God is in the House was beautiful.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2013 10:29 PM

Went Friday, similar set, great performance, kinda douchey crowd though. People really need to learn how to chill the fuck out. I saw that dude from Flight Of The Concords. Hope that roadie is alright after getting smacked in the eye with Nick's mic.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2013 12:29 AM

the dude you have holding the setlist is author/music host Joel Friemark...facebook.com/thedailyguru

nice shots!

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2013 12:38 AM

Stagger Lee... 'nuff said

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2013 12:03 PM

Nick Cave sucks -- he sold out long ago. Crime and the City Solution's new album cuts Cave's boring atrocity.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2013 1:17 PM

1:17-you so fucking old school man! drop them names like it counts...

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2013 2:06 PM

hey 1:17, is it okay for some of us to like both bands or do we have to choose one over the other for maximum credibility?

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2013 3:21 PM

Anybody on here see both Thurs & Fri? How did they compare?

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2013 3:51 PM

Went to Thursday & Friday – so did friend with separate seats. We both thought Friday show had more energy and was better on all counts. Thursday was still good, but it had idiot Stagger Lee girl on stage and Nick just didn't seem as dialed in.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2013 4:31 PM

agreed. Thurs was great but Friday was better, more intense, better paced.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2013 4:35 PM

Not sure where you 2 guys @4:31 and 4:35 were sitting but I was in the front row for both nights and I completely disagree. Thought Thursday was far better. Nick was completely dialed in that night in. Thought the girl on stage during Stagger Lee was entertaining and Nick seemed to dig what she was doing as well. Maybe that did not translate further up the aisles or in the upper seats. Jubilee Street on Thursday was otherworldly. Crowd much more into it on Thursday as well.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2013 4:45 PM

Thurs>Fri Nick, ditch the kiddies. They add nothing. And nothing from Lazarus?

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2013 5:12 PM

445 umm weren't people sitting down during nick's set on thursday? everyone was standing up during friday's set!

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2013 5:23 PM

I was at both Thurs. and Fri. Loved both. I have to give the nod to Fri. simply because of Papa Won't Leave You, Henry. Always a favorite for me. Still trying to figure out what they've done to that song, though. In recent tours they've either rearranged it or cut it shorter. That bridge part ("It's the rainy season where I'm living") near the end seems to be gone.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2013 5:41 PM

Can't wait until tonight! No matter what the band people tend to party more on weekends so they stand and make more noise. I'm 1st row loge - no desire to sit.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2013 5:54 PM

Where's that clown who when tix went on sale was adamant these shows were not "really sold out" and it would be easy and cheap to get tix? I know for a fact all the tix were sold. Lots of know it alls who know nothing like 117!

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2013 6:00 PM

There were tickets on ticketmaster yesterday and today.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2013 6:08 PM

Great setlist on Friday! And great appetizers as well.

Posted by Francis | March 30, 2013 6:28 PM

Nick Cave is way past it and he now sucks hard

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2013 6:54 PM

Nick should go back to London and tend to his flower garden -- he's a fuckin' fake and has been for years now.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2013 6:57 PM

"God Is In The House" is shit song by a songwriter who lost it after Tender Prey or at most Murder Ballads. Nick and his God bullshit is truly pathetic. Go back on smack, maybe you'll remember how to write a decent song....

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2013 6:59 PM

6:54, 57 and 59 (obviously the same person), is just pissed off that cave is still awesome after 30 years and that nobody will give a shit about austra or whatever vowel deficient disco band he's jocking in 6 months

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2013 7:31 PM

6:54-6:59 thinks he's Stagger Lee (but he's really Eliza Jane)

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2013 7:31 PM

Cave in his Leonard Cohen mode he now does with the Bad Seeds is truly sickening. That's why Mick Harvey and Blixa left.

There's only one Cohen and Cave's version sucks.

At least with the self-parody Grinderman he stayed away from the "Love Letter" crapola. You want to hear what Cave would sound like if he wasn't a bourgeois bore, go pick up (or steal as most of you do) the new one by Crime and the City Solution called American Twilight and tell me how it compares to Cave's latest atrocious Bad Seeds snoozer.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2013 7:53 PM

7:53, if i say no and tell you to fuck off will you? you're not impressing anybody with your "pffft, i'm so above this" bullshit (which makes you sound like a bourgeois wannabe rebel anyway)

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2013 7:59 PM

Again with the Crime and The City Solution? The fuck, are you part of their street team?

I listened to (do a BV google) and I find it pretty boring. But I bet you are too, so it's easy to see why you like it so.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2013 8:11 PM

Nick Cave with his model wife (just like Mick and Keef and most every other "rock star"), his spoiled children tended to by the nannies and his London flat and the flowere garden he tends to so lovingly -- ah yes, some "Stagger Lee" Nick is these days.

Stagger Lee would laugh his ass off at this Aussie faker. So he shot smack 20 years ago --- like most reformed types, he sold out with the intensity he used to save for hunting down a fix.

Fuck this faker. It's a pantomime act.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2013 8:12 PM

Have you ever shot junk, dickhead?

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2013 8:19 PM

From his own pen:
http://t.co/kHdvlAr

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2013 8:33 PM

He wasn't totally shot in 1996 -- now he's like a boxer who keeps going into the ring even though most of his talent is gone ... a punch drunk clown trying to act like he's dangerous.....

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2013 8:37 PM

"a punch drunk clown trying to act like he's dangerous....."
that would describe you to a T or is it a "D"?

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2013 8:53 PM

this is you mr. awesome: "waaaah, i knew about this before anybody else. waaaah, it was so much cooler in the 80s. waaaah, textbook examples of rebellion. waaaah, i'm old..." assclown...

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2013 8:55 PM

Good show, but Warren Ellis doesn't deserve to eat Blixa's day-old turds.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2013 10:30 PM

Crime and the City Solution would be a weak opener for Nick. I'd rather hear Ms Van Etten who was very good tonight. As for
'Love Letter" & "God Is In The House", the crowd loves hearing those tunes.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2013 12:17 AM

C&TCS never reached any level of success simply because they have never created a classic record nor have they ever captured the collective imagination of the public. They have always been a band that should work in concept. They are a band with a future potential, and they always will be.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2013 3:27 AM

this man is a LEGEND and the bad seeds are the best band one performer could dream of... the 28th night was magical!

Posted by rodrigo p | March 31, 2013 6:24 AM

Saturdays show was rather boring. I'm a fan but left unimpressed. Half the audience was sitting the entire show. Awkward.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2013 8:36 AM

I went Thurs and Sat. Nick and the audience seemed more into it on Thurs.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2013 8:52 AM

He forgot enough lyrics ans missed enough cues on Friday to make me wonder if he was using again. Why does he need lyric sheets for his back catalog (that he has been doing all tour)?

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2013 9:56 AM

On Saturday everyone around me was standing. Nick's still got It but Sharon Van Etten was just as good.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2013 10:07 AM

812 You are putting him down for having success and a hot model wife? Comparing Crime and the City Solution to Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds? What a loser!

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2013 10:30 AM

I liked the last tour and album much better. He's got too many great songs to keep doing the same ones. Mix it up Nick! He really misses Mick Harvey and Blixa. Good to see him though.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2013 10:34 AM

Lesson learned - don't ever sit upstairs at The Beacon. Even 1st row in the loge sucked. It was like being at the library. I've been there for at least 15 shows but always sat in orch.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2013 11:07 AM

12:17 - You clearly didn't see Crime And The City Solution last fall, there was nothing weak about it. Sharon Van Etten is fine, but she comes off as a weak version of Shannon Wright.

10:07 - Again, she's fine at what she dose, but she's nowhere in the same league as Nick Cave

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2013 1:28 PM

Met a gal at the show the other night and gave it to her lovey-dovey style. Holla! My pickup line, "hey you like Nick Cave? I'm a cave-man myself."

Posted by Mr.Fuck | March 31, 2013 4:33 PM

"Where's that clown who when tix went on sale was adamant these shows were not "really sold out" and it would be easy and cheap to get tix? I know for a fact all the tix were sold. Lots of know it alls who know nothing like 117!"

The only clown here seems to be you. That "fact" you claimed clearly shows you to be one of the so called "know it alls who know nothing".
Ticketmaster had tickets sporadically here and there all week going up. Not the best seats but seats nonetheless. Plus if you did not need a super great seat there were always tickets to be found on the secondary sites for face and less. I bought 2 orchestra tickets in the back for 50 each off Craig's and got down to the front for the whole show. We could see empty seats here and there all over the orchestra. So much for your "facts"

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2013 10:22 PM

Saturday ripped!

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2013 3:59 AM

"Good show, but Warren Ellis doesn't deserve to eat Blixa's day-old turds."

get fucked, pal.

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2013 4:16 AM

Thursday was a better show than Friday but they were both better than the Boston show, that being said, they were all still incredible.

Regarding the Warren Ellis/Blixa comments; just get over it man, you aren't impressing anyone and both men are awesome in their own ways.

Posted by Anonymous | April 3, 2013 2:37 PM

Good mood music :-) Worthy of rinse & repeat! Great stuff

Posted by Kloak | September 24, 2014 7:33 AM

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