Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds play Skeleton Tree songs live for first time – watch

Photo by Ben Kaye

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds have kicked off a world tour in support of their 2016 album Skeleton Tree. Last night’s performance in Hobart, Australia, marked their first show since Cave’s son Arthur tragically died in July 2015, an event that weighs heavily on the new album. We’ve collected videos of the band performing tracks from the album; watch them below.

“Girl in Amber”:

“I Need You”:


“Skeleton Tree”:

Cave also granted his first interview since his son’s death to The Australian (via NME), talking about the making of Skeleton Tree. “For me, going into the studio in Paris was not a good idea, and I hope I never have to do anything like that again,” he said. “It was only a few months after Arthur died. It was too early. But it just felt important that I do it. You know, life goes on and all. It was crazy. Terrifying, really.”

He also talked about the fan reaction to the album’s companion film, One More Time With Feeling, and how it helped him move on: “You know, I saw the things people wrote about the film on social media … the way the film seemed to open something very deep for people, and how so many people out there had lost people they loved, you know, just how many grievers there were. It was a very powerful feeling, and ultimately shifted something in me, and Susie too, and stopped us feeling so completely hopeless all the time. It was like we had done something good for Arthur, all of us, and had placed the memory of him up there in the stars.”

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds 2017 Tour Dates:

01/15 – Ballarat, AU @ North Gardens

01/17 – Wellington, NZ @ TSB Bank Arena

01/18 – Auckland, NZ @ Vector Arena

01/20 – Sydney, AU @ ICC Sydney Theatre

01/21 – Sydney, AU @ ICC Sydney Theatre

01/22 – Newcastle, AU @ Newcastle Entertainment Centre

01/25 – Brisbane, AU @ Riverstage

01/27 – Melbourne, AU @ Sidney Myer Music Bowl

01/28 – Melbourne, AU @ Sidney Myer Music Bowl

01/29 – Adelaide, AU @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre

01/31 – Perth, AU @ Perth Arena

05/26 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre

05/27 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre

05/29 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis

05/31 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall

06/01 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall

06/03 – Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple Theatre

06/05 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory

06/07 – Asheville, NC @ Thomas Wolfe Auditorium

06/08 – Pittsburgh, PA @ The Warhol at Carnegie Music Hall

06/10 – Boston, MA @ Boch Center Wang Theatre

06/13 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre

06/14 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre

06/16 – Chicago, IL @ Auditorium Theatre

06/18 – Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre

06/19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kingsbury Hall

06/21 – Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

06/22 – Vancouver, BC @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre

06/24 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre

06/26 – San Diego, CA @ Civic Theatre

06/29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre


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