Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds at Ogden, 4/3/13

Categories: Last Night

040313_nick-cave.jpg
Jon Solomon
Nick Cave on stage at the Ogden Theatre in Denver last night. See also: Slide show: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds at the Ogden


NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS @ OGDEN THEATRE | 4/3/13

The most mythical moment of Nick Cave's set last night at the Ogden Theatre came at the end when the band performed "Stagger Lee," a re-casting of the Mississippi John Hurt classic "The Ballad of Stagger Lee." With lurid lighting and theatrical flourishes, Nick Cave commanded the audience with a playfully ominous persona that was so disarmingly charming it was impossible not to be dazzled. Cave engaged those in the front in a direct way, taking hands in his own and singing, even screaming, directly at someone immediately before him and somehow making it seem like he was doing the same to anyone closer to the back of the theater.

See also:
- Slide show: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds at the Ogden
- The fifty best concerts of the spring
- Jim Sclavunos on being a member of the Bad Seeds and Grinderman

040313_nick-cave-005.jpg
Jon Solomon.
See also: Slide show: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds at the Ogden

Coming on stage at the beginning of the set in utter silence, Cave and the Bad Seeds got right down to business with "We No Who U R," before which Cave invited the photographers to come up on stage, and a few did. The band this time out included Barry Adamson on drums and keyboards, Warren Ellis on violin and various odds and ends of guitar, Jim Sclavunos on the main drum kit, Conway Savage on the main keyboards, Martyn P. Casey on bass, Sharon Van Etten and Shilpa Ray on backing vocals and Ed Kuepper on guitars. They made simple melodies with complex arrangements seem orchestral and vividly dynamic the whole performance.

040313_nick-cave-006.jpg
Jon Solomon
See also: Slide show: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds at the Ogden

Much of the material from the set came from Push The Sky Away, the band's latest album, but early on, the group treated us to an old and unexpected favorite with the title track of From Her to Eternity. Later, the outfit rendered "Red Right Hand" into a very dark lounge song and offered up a bracing and affecting version of "The Mercy Seat." "The Weeping Song," meanwhile, seemed oddly celebratory in a way that enhanced the meaning of the song.

IMG_4228.jpg
Jon Solomon
Lyric sheets from last night's Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' show at the Ogden Theatre in Denver. See also: Slide show: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds at the Ogden

After a brief time off stage following "Stagger Lee," the band came back on and performed "Tupelo" and finished the show with the moody and darkly atmospheric title track to Push the Sky Away. Instead of going out with a raging bang, as they could have, the guys went evoked an emotionally heavy moment with an emotionally stirring performance.

040313_nick-cave-004.jpg
Jon Solomon
See also: Slide show: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds at the Ogden


Location Info

Venue

Map

Ogden Theatre

935 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Music

My Voice Nation Help
1 comments
John Dalby
John Dalby

An amazing show!!! One of the best I've ever seen...

Now Trending

From the Vault

 

Denver Event Tickets
Loading...