Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds brings the Auditorium Theatre to its feet for an unrelenting two-hour spectacular.

Taking the seat at center stage, with just a single spot light, Nick Cave captivates the crowd from the very first note of “Anthrocene”. It is an eerily somber start to the show, but it’s not long before the theater comes to life. Cave spent the majority of the show wading into the audience, leaning into them taking turns at singing to various fans. With each song, more and more of the audience seated further back took their chance to sneak up front, hoping to be one of the lucky ones to place their hands on the singer. 

The Auditorium Theatre is a beautiful venue with balconies way up high into the rafters. The energy and emotion that permeated from Cave couldn’t fail to reach up to the highest points in the room. Although, it’s fair to say the further away audience members must surely be jealous of the attention the front of the theater are having lavished on them.

At times, you have to wonder why there is actually a stage there, as Cave is barely on it. During “Stagger Lee”, he pulls a woman out of the audience to dance on the stage, followed by a couple. Within minutes all hell has broken loose as half of the audience end up on stage, swamping the band. 

It’s impressive seeing such a commanding frontman. He truly holds the audience’s full attention for the entirety of the show. A charismatic man with an incredible voice, backed by the talented members of the Bad Seeds. Warren Ellis shines as he effortlessly jumps from one instrument to another.  The Bad Seeds were flawless and help create the perfect ambience for Cave’s lyrics. 

The tour is in support of Skeleton Tree and Lovely Creatures, which makes for a setlist encompassing all things old and new, and explores the dynamic range of the plentiful catalog of music Cave has under his belt.

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Event Date: 16-JUN-2017

About The Author

Kirstine moved from the UK to Chicago in 2011, and has fallen in love with the city and its music scene. She enjoys combining her two biggest passions – music and photography. If there is a band with a guitar playing, chances are she’ll be there…camera in hand. Kirstine went to her first live concert at 7 years old, and hasn’t looked back since!

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