Posted in music | pictures on July 28, 2014

photos by P Squared Photography, words by Andrew Marinaccio

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds @ Prospect Park - 7/26/14
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

As self-aware as the Bad Seeds' Vegas-styled image has become, Nick Cave is still running on the primal engines that hatched The Boys Next Door. Last year's leg of the Push the Sky Away tour canonized many of that album's fragile ballads, which were all bolstered through the Bad Seeds' live rigor. Consider their 2014 tour a victory lap, yielding the potent fruits of that labor. Their show Saturday night (7/26) at the Prospect Park Bandshell was another round of hits, without the locally-sourced children's choir or string section of last year. The band sounded fuller and more dramatic, burning through their set with suave command and evangelical conviction.

After the Bad Seeds processed on stage to the bass loop of "We Real Cool," old readings from the Book of Cave began, the band ripping through late set show-stoppers like "Tupelo" and "From Her to Eternity" from the get-go. Cave embodied his signature preacher mode with hysterical grace, shifting the audience as he waved them toward wherever he stood with his ring-bedecked fingers, him reaching for their hands as the audience reached for about anything they could. He made liquid hand movements with a crowd-surfing attendee as they beckoned each other closer. While reciting "Can you feel my heart beat?" during the comedown of "Higgs Boson Blues," a flock of hands reached past his glittering champagne-colored shirt to do so.

Most of the other members of the Bad Seeds only need to stand and brood to look the part, but Warren Ellis gave Cave's swagger a run for its money. With the mountainous uplift of "Jubilee Street" he tossed the bow of his violin up to the stage's canopy, keeping frayed spares tucked in his collar as he gyrated out shots of noise and mangled the clean acoustics of "Mermaids" with an electric tenor guitar solo.

Standards like "The Mercy Seat" and "Stagger Lee" were gleefully unhinged that one might believe the band wouldn't know how to play these songs with less vigor. Deeper cuts like "West Country Girl" and "Do You Love Me?" were orated as if Cave's muses never let him hear the end of his storied affairs. Cave has mentioned in interviews that the Bad Seeds have found a new creative center since recording Push the Sky Away. Fancy suits and gold rings be damned, it's a claim to take at face-value.

Opening at Prospect Park was tourmate Nicole Atkins as well as freak folk OG Devendra Banhart. Pictures of all three artists are in this post.

We also caught the Bad Seeds' tour in Kansas City, Austin and Philly. The day after Prospect Park, the tour hit NYC again at Hammerstein Ballroom. Pictures of that one are coming soon.

More Prospect Park pictures, and the setlist from that one, below...

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Nicole Atkins

Nicole Atkins

Nicole Atkins

Nicole Atkins

Nicole Atkins

Nicole Atkins

Nicole Atkins

Nicole Atkins

Nicole Atkins

Nicole Atkins

Nicole Atkins

Nicole Atkins

Nicole Atkins

Nicole Atkins

Nicole Atkins

Nicole Atkins

Nicole Atkins

Nicole Atkins

Nicole Atkins

Nicole Atkins

Nicole Atkins

Nicole Atkins

Nicole Atkins

Nicole Atkins

Devendra Banhart

Devendra Banhart

Devendra Banhart

Devendra Banhart

Devendra Banhart

Devendra Banhart

Devendra Banhart

Devendra Banhart

Devendra Banhart

Devendra Banhart

Devendra Banhart

Devendra Banhart

Devendra Banhart

Devendra Banhart

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

SETLIST: (via)
We Real Cool
Jubilee Street
Tupelo
Do You Love Me?
Mermaids
From Her to Eternity
West Country Girl
Love Letter
Into My Arms
The Weeping Song
Higgs Boson Blues
The Mercy Seat
Stagger Lee
Push the Sky Away

Encore:
Red Right Hand
Deanna

Encore 2:
The Lyre of Orpheus

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Comments (26)

devandra sucked ass

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2014 10:38 AM

Ha - nice slip in shot of Dee Dee Dum Dum

Love the semi-bitter, semi-biting resentment of the author who liked the show despite not wanting to ("they sold out in '88 MAHN!")

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2014 10:39 AM

The changes itself reuires time. It is also part of their training.

Posted by BannersBroker | July 28, 2014 10:39 AM

The show was great, that review sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2014 10:42 AM

I think this might be the obnoxious photographer that pushed his way through the crowd about halfway through Nick's set. My boyfriend and I waited on line for 2 hours and had a really good view until this guy (short, fat, middle aged dad type) ended up in front of us and held his camera above his head blocking our view and other's view behind us. He must've taken 300 photos. Normally I don't complain about people's behavior at general admission concerts but this guy was particularly irritating.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2014 10:57 AM

@10:57 you have two options. The first being you speak up and make sure with force he doesn't get in front of you.
The second being a nice annoying Lazer pointer to the eye.
I fucking hate photographers.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2014 11:05 AM

the t-shirts are really disappointing, Cave needs some better fonts

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2014 11:12 AM

"Love the semi-bitter, semi-biting resentment of the author who liked the show despite not wanting to"

Review reads pretty positive to me...

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2014 11:17 AM

@10:57 Sounds like you are accurately describing P Squared (the photographer who took these).

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2014 11:21 AM

Is that Shilpa Ray sitting in the grass?
I think it is.

Posted by Malembi | July 28, 2014 12:25 PM

photographers suck, why do we let them in

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2014 12:35 PM

Super easy to solve your photog problem 10:57

1 - Ask nicely for him to move

2 - if doesn't just bump his elbow when he shoots & he'll quickly realize he need to move if he wants to get his shots

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2014 12:45 PM

What was the music playing between devendra & nick cave's set?

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2014 12:51 PM

The photographer who took the shots in this article is neither fat nor he is a "dad type" by any stretch of the imagination.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2014 1:15 PM

^ ha ha yeah right dude, surprised you didn't tell us all how much you work out, MAHN!

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2014 1:20 PM

I wrote 1:15 and I'm not the photographer. If you think that photographer is a "dad type", you've never seen him.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2014 1:23 PM

ha ha ha OK, dude, I believe you - you just have a lot of photographer friends right? I'm sure you know all about "dad types" too, you know, with your certain proclivities.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2014 2:03 PM

Good show, good weather
Would have liked to hear Ship Song and Henry but Love Letter was pretty special
Warren was off the hook

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2014 2:27 PM

Devendra was a billion times better when he was pretending to be Marc Bolan. His performance Saturday was abysmal. It's like he was trying to figure out how to play "Little Wing" for 40 minutes. Awful.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2014 3:01 PM

Devendra Banhart SHOULD HAVE PAID US to listen to his demos.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2014 4:49 PM

It was like Devendra was sitting on his front porch while we were all drunk and shit and he was, like, all drunk and shit. Devendra...we love you, but you owe us one motherfucker. We came to see YOU!

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2014 5:31 PM

531 You were there to see Devendra? Why?

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2014 2:10 AM

Hey Shout out to the Photographer. Nice shots! I was standing next to you stage right much of the night (left side of stage). I was the chick with the short blonde hair in the Nina Simone T-shirt. Any photos of him holding my hand during Jubilee Street? Or of me holding his legs and stuff during Higgs Boson Blues? I'm dying to see. Thanks!

Posted by Palma | July 29, 2014 12:21 PM

Do you have any more photos from the show? I was right next to you, the girl in the black dress.I'd love to see more

Posted by Marissa | July 31, 2014 12:23 AM

To the photographer, fantastic shots as always! We met after the show, the last picture of the hand-notated setlist is the one I showed you after the show, glad I could help!

Posted by Joe Midtown | August 2, 2014 12:51 AM

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