Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds played Philadelphia with Kurt Vile and Nicole Atkins (pics, setlist)
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds @ The Mann Center 7/25/2014
Cave and the band (featuring feral violinist Warren Ellis) play with primal, animalistic fervor, delivering songs of brooding, measured grace that burst out in sustained sections of explosive rage. They're not fooling around up there.
But Cave, at 54, is much more playful with his persona than he once was. (Or who know, maybe I missed the self awareness the first time around.) What's incontestable is that he's a remarkable front man, working the stage like a demon as footlights cast his giant shadow on the walls of the Mann, and as he put the world's longest microphone cord to good use as he spent about 1/4 of the band's galvanic set (which lost a little steam during an encore in which he took requests) moving about in the crowd, a good 10 rows in, while he encouraged reserved seat holders to move down and fill up the aisles around him. [Philly.com]
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' current tour hit the East Coast over the weekend, playing Philadelphia's The Mann Center on Friday (7/25) before descending into NYC on Saturday and Sunday. Cave seems to really be having a good time on this tour, spending a lot of time in the crowd and playing up his larger-than-life persona. Pics and setlist from the Philly show are in this post.
Also on the bill were tourmate Nicole Atkins and Philadelphia's own local-boy-done-good Kurt Vile. Pictures from their sets, along with more of Nick Cave, below...
SETLIST: Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds @ The Mann Center 7/25/2014
We Real Cool
Red Right Hand
From Her to Eternity
Into My Arms
God Is in the House
Higgs Boson Blues
The Weeping Song
The Mercy Seat
Push the Sky Away
Jack the Ripper
The Lyre of Orpheus