Wednesday, 7 May 2008

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

When Alien Wally and Mags were first informed that their flat had been broken into, prior to knowing what, if anything, had been stolen, one of their first thoughts was “Please don’t let the wee buggers have stolen the Nick Cave tickets”. Thankfully, the tickets remained safe, and Alien Wally and Mags were able to see Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds in concert on Sunday night. Brilliant. Simply brilliant. Nick Cave rocks.

Some observations, completely unrelated to the music, but which Mags can’t help making (she does this – don’t ask why, she just does):

* Nick Cave is tall. During the pre-show crew-milling-about-the-stage-looking-busy phase, various technicians checked the lead microphone. None of them could reach it without standing on tippy-toes. None of them looked particularly small. Yet none of them adjusted the mic downwards. Mags was wondering how Nick Cave was going to cope. Until he came out onto stage, that is, and the mic proved to be at the perfect height. Nick Cave really does stand head and shoulders above others.

* Nick Cave is allowed to point at the audience. Nick Cave can get away with it. Because he’s Nick Cave, that’s why. Audience members, however, should refrain from pointing at the stage in time to the music. Ordinary concert-goers just can’t get away with it. Because it looks silly, that’s why.

* Warren Ellis, also commonly known in the Wally household as The Mad Fiddler, shall henceforth be referred to as The Prophet. Give him a robe, stick a sign in his hand saying “Repent all ye sinners – the end is nigh!” and he wouldn’t be out of place evangelizing on a street corner. See, Warren Ellis now has A Beard. What Warren Ellis also has, is a corner of the stage all to himself where he can do his own thing in his own unique way. Warren Ellis is cool.

* Suits should always be worn in the way the Bad Seeds wear them. Nary a pink shirt in sight. Mags doesn’t like pink shirts. Or pink ties. Or ties in general actually. Blech. (An aside: Want to know the deciding factor in Mags’ choice of high schools back when she was making such decisions? Out of the three she was considering, she finally went to the one that didn’t require her to wear a tie. Plus the uniform was blue. Blue is good, people. Let this be a lesson to you on how to make important life decisions.)

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