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I'm sure this is a worthy album and valuable therapy for Nick, but I can't ever imagine listening to it again. It makes me miss the Bad Seeds of Jangling Jack, John Finn's Wife and Loverman even more. This really should have been billed as a Nick and Warren album, the Bad Seeds are hardly on it at all.

 

Jack Ladder is doing some great Cave inspired work, have a listen.

 

 

 

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I only hear some of the preview and wasn’t too impressed but when I listened to it the next day I really liked it. 
 

It’s the end of the trilogy so hopefully the next album will be different. Whilst I don’t want another Skeleton Tree/Ghosteen and I’d love another Push The Sky Away. Until whatever comes next it looks like new Grinderman is on the way. 

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Tour dates!  For 2020! All massive stadiums! Yay. Tickets on sale next week!

Saturday 2 May  – Arena Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
Sunday 3 May – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, UK
Tuesday 5 May – The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, UK
Wednesday 6 May – Manchester Arena, Manchester, UK
Friday 8 May – 3Arena, Dublin, Ireland
Tuesday 12 May – First Direct Arena, Leeds, UK
Thursday 14 May – The O2, London, UK
Friday 15 May – The O2, London, UK

 

I hate stadiums for music (especially the stuff on Skelton Tree and Ghosteen) , but I guess Cardiff could be good? No idea really. 

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Latest Red Hand File, about the piano in Idiot Prayer:

 

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The piano you played for Idiot Prayer was magnificent. Was it a personal instrument, or is this just the kind of thing people put in front of one when they go places? 
ANDREW, BELLINGHAM, USA


Dear Andrew,

The piano I played at Alexandra Palace was a Fazioli. There were limited pianos I could access during lockdown. There was, however, a Fazioli. I had never played one before but Dom Monks, the guy who recorded the Alexandra Palace performance, highly recommended this piano. The moment I sat down at the Fazioli, its warm, soft, nuanced sound spoke to me like no piano had spoken to me before. I was swept away by its extraordinary tonal range. It whispered to me. It roared at me. It was the most beautiful instrument I had ever played.

On a Zoom call to my manager I mentioned how much I loved the Fazioli. I reminded him that I still have the same nasty little Chinese upright I have had for over thirty years. I explained that I was sixty-three years old and suggested that perhaps it was time I got a nice piano. I said to my manager — I just love that Fazioli.

Now, one of the things you may or may not know about being a famous musician is that companies give you shit for free. The more famous you are, the more shit you get — you just have to wear one of their t-shirts or a branded cap or something. Being the principled individual that I am, of course, I have never sponsored a musical instrument (in that respect, I am virtually alone in my field) but I just loved that Fazioli.

So I said to my manager — Time to sell my soul. Time to make a call and get me a Fazioli.

My manager said — Consider it done!

So, the next day my manager rings up Fazioli, who have their headquarters in Sacile, in the Province of Pordenone, near Venice and an Italian woman answers the phone.

My manager says — I represent the great artist Nick Cave and I am wondering if I could get a free Fazioli (or something like that).

The Italian woman says — L’acttore?

My manager says — What?

She says — The actor?

My manager says — No, Cave. Cave.

And she says — Nick what?

My manager says — Nick Cave.

She says — Nick Cave? Who issa Nick Cave?

My manager says — Well, he is arguably the greatest songwriter of his time. He is one of the cornerstones of modern music. He is a national treasure. He is adored by millions. Italianslove him.

She says — Who are you? What you want?

My manager says — Um, a free piano.

And she hangs up.
 

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A couple of days later I’m on another Zoom call with my manager, and he is looking a bit cagey and I say — How did it go with Fazioli? Did you get me a free Fazioli?

And my manager says — Well, it seems like they have a rather inflexible policy around giving away £200,000 pianos to people they’ve never heard of.

And I say — Dude, are you my fucking manager or what? I just love that Fazioli!

So the next day my manager rings back Fazioli and the same woman answers the phone and my manager says — Look it’s Nick Cave’s manager again, can I speak to Mr Fazioli.

And the woman says — No.

And my manager says — Listen, my fucking job’s on the line here.

And she hangs up.
 

* * * *

 
So, Andrew, I agree — the Fazioli is a glorious piano. Magnificent, as you say. As Herbie Hancock said about his Fazioli — that ‘one note announces the celebration of the freedom and creativity of the human spirit’. This is true. The Fazioli is warm and delicate and remarkably subtle, but has a deep, strong heart. It is full of angel tears and il sangue dei santi and encompasses the universe. It is a dream piano.

And yet I wait for the day a giant removal van will pull up outside my house, my manager hanging out the passenger window, wearing a t-shirt with a piano on it, and a big smile on his face, screaming ‘Fazioli!’

Until then my little Chinese upright grins at me from the corner of my room. I walk over and sit down and I begin to play.

Love, Nick
 


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Dear All,

 

It seems that some of my fans have reacted a little enthusiastically to my last Red Hand File and have contacted Fazioli ‘encouraging’ them to gift me a piano. While I appreciate the gesture, my post was a light-hearted piece and not to be taken seriously. The phone dialogue between my manager and the ‘woman from Fazioli’ was more than a little embellished for comic effect.

 

The tsunami of mail has left our friends at Fazioli a little shaken, so while I love you all - no more mails to Fazioli please! They are wonderful people.
 
Love, Nick


 

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Dear All,

It seems that there are a number of crowdfunding campaigns being set up by some fans to buy me a Fazioli. While this is incredibly thoughtful and I really appreciate the lengths people are going to to secure me this lovely instrument, it is entirely unnecessary. As Mike from Birmingham says, “Why don’t you just buy your own fucking piano, you cheap c**t.” Mike is right, God bless him, I really should just buy my own piano.

Love, Nick


 

 

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Podcast interview with Mick Harvey, lots about Birthday Party and Bad Seeds. There's no animosity between him and Nick Cave at all, says he likes what the Bad Seeds are doing now and it was the right direction for them. Good listen:

 

Will give the new album a listen tomorrow. What do you think of it, @The Boatman?

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I like it, although I’ve liked the recent stuff. It sounds more like a Bad Seeds record than you might expect, White Elephant in particular reminds me of the Abattoir Blues period.

 

I’ve also ordered Mark Mordue’s new book on Cave, Boy on Fire, which seems to have replaced his biography of Cave that got listed a few years ago but then never appeared. 

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Yeah, this is great, on first listen at least. It's not quite "fire and brimstone" Cave (which I miss a bit) but it's really menacing and no-one else sounds like this.

 

It feels like the third part of the journey he's been on over the last few years - I find Skeleton Tree still so raw it's hard to listen to, Ghosteen sounds like a man emerging from trauma, this sounds like him rediscovering a part of who he was but still obviously deeply affected by everything that's happened. I've admired Cave for most of my life but for him to take what he's been through and fold it back into his art like this absolutely floors me, it really does.

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On 02/03/2021 at 19:26, Garwoofoo said:

Yeah, this is great, on first listen at least. It's not quite "fire and brimstone" Cave (which I miss a bit) but it's really menacing and no-one else sounds like this.

 

It feels like the third part of the journey he's been on over the last few years - I find Skeleton Tree still so raw it's hard to listen to, Ghosteen sounds like a man emerging from trauma, this sounds like him rediscovering a part of who he was but still obviously deeply affected by everything that's happened. I've admired Cave for most of my life but for him to take what he's been through and fold it back into his art like this absolutely floors me, it really does.

Really well put, a true artist is he. 

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I have! It’s very good actually. I was at a few of the Meltdown gigs back in 1999 (seeing Jimmy Scott and realising he was the singer from the last episode of Twin Peaks was amazing) but didn’t get to Nina Simone. Sadly they’re not playing Ireland so I’m not seeing them on this tour 😢 Enjoy the RAH, that will be special. 
 

I do have to confess I bought the ‘special edition’ of his lost gloves book though. That one’s more for the hardcore fans.

 

Edit: Also forgot to post in here that there’s another B-Sides and Rarities collection coming out on 22nd October. 
 

https://youtu.be/CVpvOgeOTU0

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