Prince of Darkness
See Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds at The Greek.
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Recognized as rock music’s reigning Prince of Darkness for his gravelly voice, haunting melodies, and gothic western themes, Nick Cave is almost more Old Testament fire-and-brimstone preacher man than rock ’n’ roll musician. He may be a native of Australia, but you can’t take in Cave, his gaunt visage and understated warble, without imagining him perfectly at home as a dark, sinister character in a dusty frontier town in the western badlands.
From murder ballads to Delta blues, Cave’s repertoire runs the gamut of morbid fascination. His band The Bad Seeds brings its signature blend of spine-tingling sadness to bear on this performance of songs from its new album Skeleton Tree. The album continues Cave’s longtime fascination with death and the macabre but holds a special significance for Cave’s real life loss: His 15-year-old son died from an accidental fall while the album was being recorded. This time, Cave’s lyrics resonate with an even deeper aching poignancy, reflecting loss that is very real, very personal, and very immediate.
June 24, 8 p.m., $94-$744, Hearst Greek Theatre, 2001 Gayley Road, Berkeley, TheGreekTheatreBerkeley.com.
Published online on June 20, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.