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Nick Cave @ Beacon Theatre, 3/28/2013
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Visions of murder, catastrophe, transfiguration and desperate love issued from the Beacon Theater stage on Friday night, set to dirges, stomps and inexorable crescendos. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds -- along with a string ensemble, the backup singers Sharon Van Etten (who opened the concert) and Shilpa Ray, and a youth choir, the Harlem Voices -- were midway through a sold-out three-night stand. Songs from their new album, "Push the Sky Away" (Bad Seed Ltd.), started and ended the set. In between they revisited material recorded over the last three decades.

Mr. Cave has forged a clear identity from the start. The Bad Seeds, formed in 1983, were the more measured successors to the wild-eyed post-punk of his first major band, the Birthday Party. With the Bad Seeds Mr. Cave decided to take his time, intoning bleak, extended reveries steeped in the blues, the Bible and images of humanity pushed to extremes of violence and passion. The Bad Seeds, through various lineups -- most members of the current band have been with Mr. Cave since the 1990s -- joined him in treating songs as incantations, usually circling through just a few chords as the tension and drama build. - [NY Times]

On Saturday night (3/30), Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds wrapped up their three-night stint at Beacon Theatre with opener Sharon Van Etten who also sang back-up for Cave, as noted in the Times review above. (He also made time to hang out with the other Nick Cave.) Song selection and order varied a little, though each night opened with "We No Who U R" from their new Push the Sky Away LP and the main set closed with "The Weeping Song," "The Mercy Seat" and "Stagger Lee," and the final encore was always the new album's title track. Setlists from Saturday and Friday (3/29) are in this post.

We already posted a set of pics and the setlist from Thursday (3/28) but a second set from that show are in this post, and a few videos from various nights at Beacon are below.

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Stagger Lee, Beacon Theatre 3/28/2013

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Jubilee Street, Beacon Theatre 3/29/2013

SETLIST: Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds @ Beacon Theatre 3/29/2013
We No Who U R
Mermaids
Jubilee Street
Finishing Jubilee Street
Higgs Boson Blues
From Her to Eternity
Red Right Hand
The Ship Song
Jack the Ripper
Deanna
Papa Won't Leave You, Henry
Love Letter
People Ain't No Good
The Weeping Song
The Mercy Seat
Stagger Lee

Encore:
Tupelo
Push the Sky Away

SETLIST: Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds @ Beacon Theatre 3/30/2013
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
Papa Won't Leave You, Henry
Love Letter
Into My Arms
The Weeping Song
The Mercy Seat
Stagger Lee

Encore:
The Ship Song
Push the Sky Away

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Comments (19)

what a fucking set!

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2013 4:24 PM

OK, gun to your head .... get the mic dropped on your face or stand in the firing line of Warren's lugies

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2013 4:25 PM

Too bad it wasn't at MSG, they have the best sound there. They use equalizers called soundboards there.

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2013 4:29 PM

he looks like the grinch

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2013 4:36 PM

yeah 429, or in camden, since that place is so scary like nicks musics

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2013 4:47 PM

Nick Cave sucks fucking cock, and so do all you salty herbs who like him. FUCK YOU.

Posted by Terry | April 1, 2013 4:48 PM

Seems like Friday night was maybe the best of the three from the posted comments. So fun but I wish he toured these parts more frequently.

Posted by Smack | April 1, 2013 5:01 PM

Thursday was actually the best IMHO. Having gone to all 3.

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2013 5:14 PM

I had fun at the two shows I was able to catch (Thursday and Friday) but really wish he'd play some Dig Lazarus Dig material.

Let's hope it's not another 5 years until the Bad Seeds play NYC again.

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2013 5:36 PM

I went to all 3, twice. I also went to DC, and NC. I'm writing this from Boston. Saturday was the best. Oh I also bought all the t shirts so my opinion is most authroitative.

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2013 5:54 PM

^dumb as fuck right there

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2013 6:04 PM

^ dumb as fuck for believing he was serious

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2013 6:09 PM

^dumb as fuck for thinking I thought he was serious. I knew he wasn't and that is why he, probably you, is dumb as fuck

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2013 6:16 PM

5:54 is a woman, so you're all dumb as fuck!

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2013 7:26 PM

It may not be this year, or even this decade, but one day I will give Sharon Van Ettann great oral pleasure

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2013 7:28 PM

4:48 couldn't get tickets.

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2013 7:58 PM

448 Passion Pit groupie.

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2013 9:21 PM

awful show

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2013 11:42 PM

http://youtu.be/d4cTm5vd-j8

Sharon van etten doing "give out" on the 30th.

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2013 12:19 PM

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