Best Concert of the Past 12 Months (Touring)
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds at State Theatre
Nick Cave made up for lost time in his first Twin Cities performance with the Bad Seeds in over 10 years. His connection with the audience made a sold-out theater show feel like an intimate club gig. He even climbed into the crowd and walked deep into the middle of the room atop the backs of seats. The mercurial Australian brazenly transformed from a menacing evangelist to sexual deviant to tender balladeer from one song to the next. Led by deft multi-instrumentalist Warren Ellis, the Bad Seeds proved themselves as one of the best working rock bands. The set was jubilant at times, somber when it needed to be, and occasionally frightening — especially during "The Mercy Seat" and "Stagger Lee." In short, it was everything a great rock 'n' roll show should be.