Live Gigs: All Nick Cave Shows I’ve been too + full Setlists!

You’ve most likely called me obsessed already? But I can’t help myself so you can skip over this or delete it in your inbox or whatever? If your sick and tried of me going on and on about this bloke? After blogging three posts last month about something I wish I did see but didn’t, here’s all my Perth W.A. Bad Seeds and kind-of his “Solo” I’ve seen in my pitiful life. I’ve seen The Mercy Seat played live 11 times, Red Right Hand and The Weeping Song played live 9 times! Seems like his most played Perffff venue is Belvoir Amphitheatre which is in the Swan Valley, where all the winery are and very pretty there and is a great venue too.

I have no idea why I haven’t posted this before? I guess, only really just blogged about all his books, linked here. Find three new posters I don’t have in my collection, that’s my blog online collection. Searching if anything is on YouTube from these shows now:

Setlist on 9/12/1994 of Let Love In Tour @ Fremantle Passenger Terminal:

Do You Love Me?
The Mercy Seat
Loverman
The Ship Song
Papa Won’t Leave You, Henry
Jack The Ripper
Red Right Hand
I Let Love In
The Weeping Song
Nobody’s Baby Now
Jangling Jack
Brother, My Cup Is Empty
Deanna
Thirsty Dog
Encore: Loom Of The Land
Tupelo
From Her To Eternity

I’ve told this tale before, it’s when I meet Nick Cave face to face after they sound-checked and got him to sign my copy of his King Ink book, I forgot my own name when asked? Time slowed down and it seems like forever standing there next to him trying to remember it but most likely it wasn’t that long but everyone was in the mini-van waiting for him! Line-up was Blixa Bargeld who sat in the front passenger seat, Thomas Wydler, Mick Harvey, Martyn P. Casey and Conway Savage. Watching them down the front-ish most-pit.

Setlist on 4/2/1996 of Murder Ballads Tour/Big Day Out Festival @ Perth Oval:

Stagger Lee
Do You Love Me?
From Her to Eternity
Mercy
City of Refuge
Loverman
Red Right Hand
Into My Arms
The Willow Garden
The Weeping Song
Jack the Ripper
The Mercy Seat

Sandwiched in-between Rage Against The Machine and Porno for Pyros with the sun going down on their set. Off course, one of the best Big Day Out I when too back in the day, blogged about it before so linking it here. Warren Ellis got invited out to play but don’t think he was official Bad Seed yet? The pro-shot recording just about was from VHS doco of that year’s fest with NC given a video recorder himself so he did filmed a huge pile of back stage stuff, don’t think this ever got reissued on DVD or anything? But have seen bits of it on Bad Seeds Teevee! The line-up was Martyn P. Casey, Blixa Bargeld, Mick Harvey, Conway Savage, Thomas Wydler and at this time the newest member was James Sclavunos. Watching them down the front-ish most-pit.

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No tour dates but it’s sign by NC, pity isn’t mine!

Setlist 1/12/1997 of The Boatman’s Call Tour @ Belvoir Amphitheatre:

Far From Me
Lime Tree Arbour
Stranger Than Kindness
Red Right Hand
People Ain’t No Good
The Carny
Black Hair
West Country Girl
Plain Gold Ring
I Let Love In
Mercy
Into My Arms
Henry Lee
The Weeping Song
Where The Wild Roses Grow (duet sung with Blixa)
The Mercy Seat
Encore: Do You Love Me?
The Ship Song

 The Bad Seeds line-up was Blixa Bargeld, Mick Harvey, Conway Savage, Thomas Wydler, James Sclavunos, Martyn P. Casey and newest member then was Warren Ellis. We all sat up as far up the back as you could, after this time I always try to get closer again, go to NC gigs with way less humans beings because you can see friends anytime but going to see him/them live all I wanna do is watch him/them!

Setlist on 18/1/2000 of Nick Cave Solo Tour @ Belvoir Amphitheatre:

West Country Girl
Sad Waters
People Ain’t No Good
The Mercy Seat
Henry Lee
Do You Love Me? (Part 2)
Wild World (The Birthday Party song)
Papa Won’t Leave You, Henry
Love Letter
Straight to You
Stagger Lee
Brompton Oratory
Into My Arms
Encore: Loom of the Land
Encore 2: The Ship Song
Dead Joe (The Birthday Party song)
Little Empty Boat

It was a three piece line-up on this “Solo” show/tour with Warren Ellis, Jim White on drums and Susan Stenger on bass. The only full audio show I can find on YouTube. All sitting down, ever down the front were seats but it wasn’t numbered so we sat half way, front and centre. The only time seen The Birthday Party songs played live by him!

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Opening date on the tour!

Setlist on 1/3/2002 of No More Shall We Part Tour @ Metro City Concert Club:

Do You Love Me?
Oh My Lord
Lime Tree Arbour
Red Right Hand
As I Sat Sadly by Her Side
Fifteen Feet of Pure White Snow
The Weeping Song (last time sung as duet with Blixa)
God Is in the House
We Came Along This Road
Papa Won’t Leave You, Henry
Hallelujah
The Mercy Seat
Encore: And No More Shall We Part
Love Letter
Saint Huck
Stagger Lee
Encore 2: The Ship Song

Blixa Bargeld last ever tour with The Seeds but Perth got the first date. Amazing somehow was closer on his side of stage! After this tour finished they all when back to Melbourne for the sessions for what would be the next album Nocturama, Blixa bring with him a Pedal Steel Guitar which the only time you’ll see that instrument on their album credits because Cave hates it but Blixa got away with it on that! The rest of the line-up Thomas Wydler, Mick Harvey, Warren Ellis, Conway Savage, James Sclavunos and Martyn P. Casey. Worst venue in this city!

Setlist on 22/5/2005 of The Abattoir Blues Tour @ Burswood Theatre:

Messiah Ward
Get Ready for Love
Red Right Hand
Deanna
Hiding All Away
Easy Money
Supernaturally
Do You Love Me?
The Weeping Song
Breathless
Babe, You Turn Me On
The Mercy Seat
O Children
There She Goes, My Beautiful World
Encore: Come Into My Sleep
God Is in the House
Darker With the Day
The Lyre of Orpheus
Encore 2: Stagger Lee

James Johnston joined the band on guitar and keys, he was given best spot on stage too, right side with a huge pile of guitar/keyboards surrounding him, which was only time seen him live with the band. Warren was behind him, also members of The London Community Gospel Choir did join for this show/tour on backing vox. The rest of line-up was Martyn P. Casey, Warren Ellis, Conway Savage, Mick Harvey, Thomas Wydler and James Sclavunos. We were the in middle-ish in the standing room area down the front.

Setlist on 20/1/2009 of Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! Tour @ Belvoir Amphitheatre:

Hold On to Yourself
Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
Tupelo
The Weeping Song
Red Right Hand
Midnight Man
Nature Boy
Into My Arms
Straight to You
Moonland
The Mercy Seat
Deanna
We Call Upon the Author
Papa Won’t Leave You, Henry
More News From Nowhere
Encore: The Lyre of Orpheus
People Ain’t No Good
Get Ready for Love
Encore 2: Hard On for Love
Jesus of the Moon
Stagger Lee

Was Mick Harvey’s last gig ever with the band ever but we didn’t know that until after the show, I think he announced it the follow week he was leaving the band. Somehow was on Mick left side of stage too but closer to the the back that the front because going with gf and mates. I forgotten NC stopped the second song to tells off bouncer/security which is the first clip just above. The rest of the line-up was Warren Ellis, Conway Savage, Martyn P. Casey, Thomas Wydler and James Sclavunos, who both had a whole drum-kits each, yeah two drum-kits but most of the time Tom & Jim were taking turns playing them but for the song Hard On for Love both were hammering them together!

Setlist on 6/3/2013 of Push The Sky Away Tour @ Red Hill Auditorium:

We No Who U R
Wide Lovely Eyes
Jubilee Street
Higgs Boson Blues
From Her to Eternity
Red Right Hand
Stranger Than Kindness
Jack the Ripper
Your Funeral… My Trial
Love Letter
Deanna
Papa Won’t Leave You, Henry
The Weeping Song (duet sung with Mark Lanegan)
The Mercy Seat
Encore: Stagger Lee
Push the Sky Away

The best Nick Cave gig ever! At this point I gave-up going with anyone because all I wanna do is watch them so I got right on the fence, I could touch the stage, the closest to down the front of any of these gigs ever and like hell I was awarded in the middle of Jack The Ripper Cave stage-drive on top of my fuckin’ head! Both Barry Adamson and Ed Kuepper were just newly included in the line-up and I was just in front of them. So rest were left-to-right across the stage was Conway Savage, James Sclavunos, Martyn P. Casey and Warren Ellis. Mark Lanegan who supported them, came back out and sung The Weeping Song!

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Opening dates yet again!

Setlist on 27/11/2014 of Nick Cave Solo Australasian Tour @ Fremantle Arts Centre:

We Real Cool
The Weeping Song
The Ship Song
Higgs Boson Blues
Nobody’s Baby Now
Red Right Hand
Mermaids
God Is in the House
Into My Arms
Water’s Edge
From Her to Eternity
I Let Love In
Up Jumped the Devil
Lay Me Low
More News From Nowhere
Darker With the Day
The Mercy Seat
Jubilee Street
Encore: Black Hair
Love Letter
Avalanche (Leonard Cohen cover)
Jack the Ripper

Kind-of close to the stage not as great as last time but this time on the Ellis side who was on the left side this time. It was really more like a mini-Seeds show/tour because Warren Ellis, Barry Adamson, Martyn P. Casey and Thomas Wydler all did join him for this “Solo” tour. Two dates played but I remember buying tickets for this one, with then gf and when lining-up/standing there the guy behind the counter said first night just totally sold out so had to be the second night, never when with that gf because we broken-up before this gig too! I do remember he changed the words in Lay Me Low to 16 pages in Mojo magazine or something like that?

Setlist on 31/1/2017 on Skeleton Tree Tour @ Perth Arena:

Anthrocene
Jesus Alone
Magneto
Higgs Boson Blues
From Her to Eternity
Tupelo
Jubilee Street
The Ship Song
Into My Arms
Girl in Amber
I Need You
Red Right Hand
The Mercy Seat
Distant Sky
Skeleton Tree
Encore: The Weeping Song
Stagger Lee
Push the Sky Away

Sadly this with be now remember as Conway Savage final show with The Bad Seeds ever, not that anyone/everyone knew that at the time! Down the front again but not as good as 2013, was closest too George Vjestica on that side of the stage, which was his first time with Bad Seeds or at least I’ve seen. The rest of the line-up was Warren Ellis, Martyn P. Casey, Thomas Wydler and James Sclavunos. I did do blog about this just after it, linked here.

Setlist on 23/1/2019 of Conversations with Nick Cave @ Perth Concert Hall:

The Ship Song
West Country Girl
Shoot Me Down
Avalanche (Leonard Cohen cover)
Into My Arms
The Mercy Seat
Papa Won’t Leave You, Henry
Brompton Oratory
Higgs Boson Blues
Sad Waters
Breathless
God Is In the House

This was his first real “Solo” show/tour with just a huge grand piano, which was his talking, answering questions in between the songs. It seemed he wouldn’t shut-up and play some music but the last three/four songs was right at end of the night when he just asked the crowd what do you wanna hear played too finish with? I did blog about this just after it linked here. Only was a few row back in numbered seating venue, not really centre but more right side aisle, does anyone care where the hell I was in every single show?

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Closing night!

Oh yeah, there is stuff on YouTube! Once again, maybe some of isn’t the greatest clips but does anyone else care? I guess, could have more/better details about each but that’s done very/pretty quick or short bit about each but does anyone else care that much? Warning:  even more Nick Cave stuff coming tomorrow, maybe my most over the top NC post tooo date! I’m totally missing live music like nothing else, how about you? Got to ask now, have you seen him/them live yet?

Cheers! 🙂

2 thoughts on “Live Gigs: All Nick Cave Shows I’ve been too + full Setlists!

  1. Seen him half a dozen times myself, and never anything but a stellar show. In 2009, I did an article about the 10 best concerts I’d ever seen (I was once a music critic, so saw a lot), and I cited his 1990 Washington, DC show (first U.S. tour with Conway and Marty) as the best I’d seen at that point. If I updated that post with another 11 years of concert-going, that one and a couple of his since would still factor high in the equation. See: https://jericsmith.com/2009/11/14/my-ten-most-memorable-concerts/

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