Jonathan Ganley on The Birthday Party at Mainstreet,1983

Nick Cave, The Birthday Party, Auckland, NZ, May 3, 1983
Photo © Jonathan Ganley

GUEST WRITER AND PHOTOGRAPHER JONATHAN GANLEY on Nick Cave and the Birthday Party at Mainstreet, 1983

Friday May 3 2013 marks 30 years to the day since Nick Cave and The Birthday Party played their first New Zealand show at Mainstreet nightclub on Auckland’s Queen St. Photographer Jonathan Ganley provides the images and the story from the audience, while Simon Grigg of Propeller Records and tour promoter Doug Hood give some background and recollections of this legendary but shambolic performance, and the subsequent chaotic North Island tour…  VIEW ARTICLE

Jonathan Ganley is an Auckland photographer whose work has covered many subjects, notably New Zealand musicians. Visit Jon’s photo gallery: pointthatthing.com

Thank you, Jonathan, for publishing an expanded account of that night.  Marvelous to read your comparison of Nick’s performance of 30 years ago with Grinderman at Coachella.

Folks, I don’t have the Mainstreet show but I do have the bootleg audio from two nights later, May 5, 1983, when the band played Palmerston.  Here’s an audio fix celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Birthday Party’s NZ tour.  Enjoy!

The Birthday Party – May 5, 1983 – Palmerston North, Massey University, NZ
Lineup: Nick Cave, Rowland S. Howard, Tracey Pew, Des Hefner (replacing Mick Harvey)

DEC. 7, 2014: THE LINKS FOR BOOTLEG ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE.

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