Nick Cave coming back to Prague

The singer and songwriter wrote a song about the city but he is unlikely to perform it

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds will play Prague's O2 Arena on Oct. 26, and tickets go on sale Feb. 17. The band released its most recent album, Skeleton Tree, in September 2016. A film about making the album called One More Time With Feeling was released at the same time as the album and comes out on DVD in March.

“Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds have announced an eight-week European tour kicking off in the UK… on Sept. 24. The tour will be the first time European audiences can experience live songs from the new album Skeleton Tree alongside other Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds classics. The touring line up features Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Martyn Casey, Thomas Wydler, Jim Sclavunos, Conway Savage, George Vjestica and Larry Mullins,” a press release announcing the tour said. The tour winds up in Israel on Nov. 20.

Nick Cave is no stranger to Prague. He was last in the Czech capital for a concert in November 2013, when he played Tipsport Arena. It will be the groups' seventh concert appearance in the city.

The Australian-born singer and songwriter even wrote a song about Prague. “Thirsty Dog” on the 1994 album Let Love In is about a bar that unfortunately no longer exists. “I'm sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry / I'm sitting feeling sorry in the Thirsty Dog,” the song states several times. The bar was only open for a short time in the 1990s in Old Town but it saw a number of celebrities including Allen Ginsberg and Joe Strummer.

Skeleton Tree had very good reviews. In a five-out-of-five-star review for the London Evening Standard, John Aizlewood called Skeleton Tree a “breathtakingly beautiful, grief-strewn record, sometimes direct, sometimes allegorical” and praised the album's “tender and restrained” music and Cave's “more broken and more uncertain” vocals. The Guardian also gave it a good review, saying “there is also beauty, empathy and love as it veers between bewildered numbness and heartbreaking profundity.”

UK-based Independent reviewer Jess Denham wrote that Cave's “experience of bereavement is blisteringly undiluted” and called Skeleton Tree a “beautiful, shatteringly visceral portrait of grief.”

Slant Magazine writer Jeremy Winograd said Skeleton Tree was “Cave's darkest, most emotionally devastating work to date” and that it “may not be Cave's most accessible album, owing both to the experimental nature of much of the music and the fact that its level of emotional rawness makes it a legitimately uncomfortable listen in places, it may very well be his best.”

How much of the new album will be in the new show is unknown. “The Mercy Seat” and “Red Right Hand” are his most often performed songs. “Thirsty Dog” has only been performed 29 times live, including once in Prague in 1997. So I wouldn't hold my breath.

Fans of the Bad Seeds may also be interested that former band member Blixa Bargeld will be coming with his band Einstürzende Neubauten on its Greatest Hits tour on June 8 to divaldo Archa.

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