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

on January 14, 2017, 8:20pm

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”:

“Magneto”:

“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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