Nick Cave Has Announced A Four-Night Series Of On-Stage Conversation Events
‘SO, WHAT DO YOU WANT TO KNOW?’… Did you receive this email from Nick Cave too? A few days ago, I received an email entitled So, What Do You Want To Know?’ and addressed to a certain Rachel:
I’ve been feeling for a while that I’d like to talk to people about things. I’m not sure what to do with that. I’ve sort of had this idea of doing some kind of interview but I’m not sure that a regular press interview is the appropriate place to talk about certain things. Maybe some sort of dialogue beyond that might be valuable, where I can talk directly to people, in a more personal way. There seems to be some sort of understanding that now exists with our audience. The idea of an open dialogue with them seems a worthwhile thing to explore. Perhaps we might try and set up a series of events that are dialogues or conversations or something. Let things flow a little. I don’t know. I’m thinking maybe to take it on the road? What do you think?
The email seemed a bit mysterious, and just accompanied by a pic of Cave hiding behind a bouquet of purple lilac hold by a mysterious female hand… Rachel?
It turns out that the great Nick Cave has decided to launch a special four night series of on-stage conversation events, which will take place in the East Coast US this April and May.
One thing is certain, Nick Cave has always had a very special relationship with his audience, mystical and magical. I had the chance to attend three Q&As after the screenings of the documentaries/movies ‘20,000 Days on Earth’ (in 2014), ‘One More Time with Feeling‘ (in 2016), as well as a reading of his book, ‘The Sick Bag Song‘ (in 2015). It’s obvious he likes this format and each Q&A was very special, as the famous frontman truly opened up to the audience, even answering some difficult questions related to the death of his son Arthur, which made me cringe on my seat. But overall, these moments were exceptional and often very emotional.
In any case, Nick Cave wants more of this interaction and after his 2017 tour with the Bad Seeds and concerts which became vast communal events, he is hoping to explore this very special relationship directly through a series of conversations.
‘To be honest I am not sure what is going to happen at these events,’ said Cave in a statement. ‘I have always loved the Q&A format – not the formal onstage interviews that precede them but the questions from the audience afterwards. The audience tends to ask more challenging, revealing, playful and ultimately serious questions. You never know what you are going to get. They can be fearless and they can go deep. There has been a connection happening with the audience through the recent live shows where we have all shown a kind of willingness to open up and I thought that a direct conversation with the audience might be valuable. The more frank and intimate the questions, the more interesting the evening will be. The audience can ask me anything and I’ll do my best to answer. I do have some things to say. I can always play some songs at the piano if it all goes horribly wrong. But, I don’t know, I’ve got a good feeling about this one.’
Unfortunately for me, he has (so far) only announced 4 dates on the east coast and nothing on the west coast… yet? Here is my special request to the red hand man, could you please add a date in Los Angeles? I need my 2018 Nick Cave fix.
Tickets on sale now here.
04.30.18 – Academy of Music Theatre, Northampton, MA
05.01.18 – Boch Center, Shubert Theatre, Boston, MA
05.03.18 – Peter Norton Symphony Space, New York, NY
05.05.18 – The Murmrr Theatre, Brooklyn, NY