22 November 220
Late July midnight crooner NICK CAVE played a solo live-streamed
concert inside the cavern of London’s iconic Alexandra Palace.
The recordings of the performance are out now out, titled
Idiot Prayer – Nick Cave Alone At Alexandra Palace,
containing 22 songs; old and new ones.
Pitchfork: “Cave performed 22 career-spanning songs alone in a deserted concert
hall, reworking them into haunted piano sermons that glow with unnerving intimacy…
The result is a performance that exists in a strange hinterland, an album that’s unnervingly intimate yet flickers with the strange unreality of a dream. Idiot Prayer is as up-close and personal an encounter with Cave as there’s ever been. But a little mystery remains, always.”
Full review here. Score: 8/10.
Nick Cave: “I loved playing deconstructed versions of my songs at these shows, distilling
them to their essential forms – with an emphasis on the delivery of the words. I felt I was rediscovering the songs all over again, and started to think about going into a studio and recording these reimagined versions at some stage – whenever I could find the time. Then,
of course, the world went into lockdown. The Bad Seeds’ global 2020 tour was postponed. Studios shut down. Venues shut down. And the world fell into an eerie, self-reflective silence.”
Turn Up The Volume: Nick Cave‘s dramatic voice and just a piano, stripping his songs
to the bone feels so natural, so real, and also familiar because his gloomy vox was/is dominant on most of his records. He’s the crooner you want as a comforting companion for the midnight hours. Lockdown blues from start to finish.
Dim the lights…
NICK CAVE: Facebook
2 November 2020
Legendary twilight crooner NICK CAVE played a solo live-streamed concert
on 23 July inside the cavern of Alexandra Palace in London. More info here.
On 20 November the performance will be released as a live album, titled
Idiot Prayer – Nick Cave Alone At Alexandra Palace.
Ahead of the release Cave gave us two tracks…
– GALLEON SHIP –
– EUTHANASIA –
NICK CAVE: Facebook
22 September 2020
NICK CAVE: born 22 September 1957
JOAN JETT: born 22 September 1958
Movie out next November, followed two
weeks later, by the Idiot Prayer live LP
featuring all 22 songs of the movie.
Memorable festival flashes to heal this summer’s ‘no festivals’ pain…
22 July 2020
Artists: Nick Cave & Kylie Minogue
Song: Where The Wild Roses Grow
Festival: Glastonbury 2019
They call me The Wild Rose
But my name was Elisa Day
Why they call me it I do not know
For my name was Elisa Day…
Nick Cave: Facebook
Kylie Minogue: Facebook
14 July 2020
The solo concert – without an audience – by living legend NICK CAVE at ALEXANDRA PALACE in London filmed during the COVID-19 pandemic is planned to premiere 23rd July. He just shared a trailer for the movie featuring him reading a poem in voice over
as we see him sitting at a piano.
Nick Cave revealed how the project came about: “Idiot Prayer evolved from my Conversations With… events. I loved playing deconstructed versions of my songs at these
shows, distilling them to their essential forms – with an emphasis on the delivery of the words.
I started to think about going into a studio and recording these reimagined versions. Then the world went into lockdown. The Bad Seeds’ global 2020 tour was postponed. Studios shut down. Venues shut down. The world fell into an eerie, self-reflective silence. It was within this silence that I began to think about the idea of not only recording the songs but also filming them. ”
Watch the trailer here…
NICK CAVE: Facebook
Top singles from the past…
5 June 2020
Artist: Roy Orbison
23 April 1936 – 6 December 1988
Single: Running Scared
Written by Orbison and Joe Melson
B-side: Love Hurts
Released: March 1961
Score: Topped the US charts on 5 June 1961 (59 years ago today)
selling over more than 1 million copies / peaked at #9 in the UK
Here’s the BIG O with a monumental live version…
Nick Cave‘s cover…
ROY ORBISON: Website – Facebook
New sonic impulses…
29 April 2020
Living legend NICK CAVE has recorded a song by seventies glam icons T.REX.
The Australian singer/songwriter star picked ‘COSMIC DANCER‘ to feature on
a tribute album dedicated to the band’s brilliant mastermind and charismatic
leader MARC BOLAN. His version is vintage Cave, a heartfelt crooning ballad,
a moony reverie with goosebumps piano and warm clarinet fragments.
The new record, entitled ‘ANGELHEADED HIPSTER’ is planned for a
4 September release, with other contributing artists such as Elton John,
U2, Joan Jett and Marc Almond. .
The reimagined selection of T.Rex classics was headed up by producer
Hall Willner, who passed away from coronavirus earlier this month,
only 64. Rest in peace.
Here’s Nick Cave‘s amazing cover…
And below the original version, a gripping live version…
Nick Cave remembers seeing/hearing The Pop Group‘s multi-instrumentalist Gareth Singer…
His latest album…
GARETH SAGER: Twitter