Apollo Hammersmith, London / UK – May 2nd, 2015
What a weekend! I was in London to attend both concerts and to say that I’d been looking forward to them would be an understatement! The first surprise of the evening (well we actually found out a few days earlier) was that the show would be professionally recorded and available to buy immediately after the concert! Thank you to Live Here Now who were in charge of the recording. If you weren’t there, no worries, you can still order the concerts on their site as cds or as mp3s. Then one of little spies informed us that security had no strict order for that night so we took our chance and immediately stood at the stage when the concert was about to start. If there was one venue where the audience would stand, it had to be London. And what do you know, the rest of the crowd followed. Even if Nick Cave spends a good part of this tour on the piano, there is something slightly frustrating about being seated at a Bad Seeds concert and I know many fans agree with me.
Update: The site has stopped selling the official live recording. You might still find in on eBay.
The setlist was pretty similar from the previous nights but still epic.
The Weeping Song
Red Right Hand
Higgs Boson Blues
The Ship Song
From Her to Eternity
I Let Love In
Into My Arms
West Country Girl
the Mercy Seat
We No Who U R
Stranger Than Kindness
And No More Shall We Part
Up Jumped the Devil
Jack the Ripper
The Lyre of Orpheus
Push the Sky Away
The set was absolutely flawless and each member of the band just brilliant. It was real a joy to see Thomas Wydler back on drums. He has such a unique style and it’s a pleasure to see him play with such passion.
A couple of highlights for me… There was a dad with his very young son at the front row and I think Nick greeted him by “hello little guy”. It was really adorable and I think it made the dad’s evening. He was also aknowledged during Up Jumped the Devil. From her to Eternity was already my favourite song during the 2013 tour but at the piano it takes another dimension and the way it slowly escalades is just mindblowing. The same goes for Jack the Ripper. I absolutely love the interaction between Nick and Warren during it. I was lucky to be standing in front of Warren and he is such an incredible musician. I can’t believe the sound he manages to produce from all of his instruments.
All in all it was a brilliant evening and a tour that will certainly become one of the best of their career.
I didn’t take many pictures as I don’t like to do that when I am so close, but if you want to download the high-resolution ones, you can find them in my Flickr account.
Thank you to Inez for the wonderful videos.