A special Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds fan 24-hour ticket pre-sale, including VIP packages, will also begin at 10 a.m. on Wed., Nov. 20. Pre-sale starts at 10 a.m. and the password is KCRW.
In the meantime, I had an opportunity to ask Cave about a couple of things for a video Q&A session in which he fielded questions asked by journalists from AAN-member publications.
There's an old saying in rock 'n' roll: "If it takes you more than 20 minutes to write a song, you've taken too long." This may be a clever soundbite, but I have a feeling it's something that varies case-by-case, person-by-person, and song-by-song. However, it's a concept that's resonated with me over the last year while listening to Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' latest album, Push the Sky Away. The album closes with the title track in which Cave sings, "And some people say it's just rock 'n' roll" / Oh, but it gets you right down to your soul." The phrasing is that of timeless rock 'n' roll, but Cave has always struck me as a writer who labors over every word and every nuance of his songwriting, and it probably takes a whole lot longer than 20 minutes to craft any number of his songs. Do songs ever just pour out on their own?
Nick Cave: "Leonard Cohen certainly didn't say that. They never pour out of me. Each song is a difficult and painful birthing experience. ... Not that I really know what the birthing experience is like, or how painful it is ... I assume it's painful. I hear that there are these people that are just kind of given songs. But I'm not so sure that's true. I think with most songs that are worthwhile ... There's a lot of work behind those songs. You know, if the thing is carefully wrought there's a lot of work that goes into those things. Reducing things ... Making things simple ... There's a lot of work that goes into simplicity itself. So I don't know that I've ever received a song like that, like that just sort of dropped down on the page without a fair amount of agonizing that's gone on."
I also asked him about switching gears between writing songs, writing books, and writing screenplays, how each project inspires the next one, and how he stays motivated.
"Well, I'm not so sure inspiration has much to do with the process at all. I tend to kind of rush headlong from one thing into another. And I don't allow myself enough time to become afraid of the project, or to start worrying about whether the project will be successful or not. I tend to leap into these things and hope for the best ... And I work pretty hard."
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds 2014 U.S. summer tour dates:
6/16/14 - Louisville Palace Theatre - Louisville, KY
6/18/14 - Midland Theatre - Kansas City, MO
6/20/14 - Milwaukee Theatre - Milwaukee, WI
6/21/14 - State Theatre - Minneapolis, MN
6/24/14 - Buell Theatre - Denver, CO
6/27/14 - Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium - Calgary, AB
6/28/14 - Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium - Edmonton, AB
6/30/14 - Orpheum Theatre - Vancouver, BC
7/02/14 - Paramount Theatre - Seattle, WA
7/05/14 - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall - Portland, OR
7/7/14 - Warfield Theatre - San Francisco, CA
7/11/14 - Shrine Auditorium - Los Angeles, CA
7/19/14 - ACL Live @ Moody Theater - Austin, TX
7/21/14 - Mahalia Jackson Theater - New Orleans, LA
7/23/14 - DAR Constitution Hall - Washington, DC
7/25/14 - Mann Center - Philadelphia, PA
7/26/14 - Prospect Park - New York, NY
7/29/14 - Masonic Temple Theatre - Detroit, MI
7/31/14 - Sony Centre - Toronto, ON
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