Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal QC, August 2

Nick Cave and the Bad SeedsParc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal QC, August 2
Photo: Ellie Pritts
Most bands that have been going as long as the Bad Seeds tend to favour their later works, or at least dismiss their very early recordings as naive or dated. Nick Cave, however, opened with "From Her to Eternity" a harrowing story from way back in 1984. For this song and many others, Cave teetered on the stage barrier, grabbing hands and sucking the crowd into his powerful wake.

There aren't many singers out there that can match Cave's sheer magnetism. He cavorted and thrusted his way around the stage with a burning intensity, alternately the rock pope or the rock Lucifer, depending on the track. Either way, it seemed likely that the crowd would have done anything he asked of them during that performance. Luckily, all he asked for was their undivided attention, as he tore through "Tupelo," "Higgs Boson Blues," "Mercy Seat" and "Jubilee Street."

All of which laid the foundation for closing track "Stagger Lee," the filthiest ballad known to man. It was a dark ending, and even though Osheaga cut the sound halfway through, it didn't stop Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds from finishing their tale of blood and debauchery.

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