Nick Cave at All Tomorrow's Parties in Sydney. Photo: Edwina Pickles
The high priest of rock, Nick Cave, has promised a series of "special" intimate solo shows across Australia in late November and December.
"The aim is to try to create a unique show for Australia – something special and out of the ordinary," Cave said in a typically understated tour announcement on Thursday.
Any gig by one of Cave's musical projects, usually The Bad Seeds or Grinderman, is light years from an ''ordinary'' show. Cave's songs, a heady mix of sex, death and religion, are usually delivered in a memorably raw, confronting and compelling fashion.
Exactly what Cave means this time around wasn't made clear in the announcement, although it did say he will be "supported by a small ensemble of musicians ... [and] presenting songs from right across his considerable catalogue, including ... Push Sky The Sky Away". The 2013 album achieved the rare feat of critical and popular success: it topped the charts here, made the top 10 around the world and was widely acclaimed.
The shows are certain to be memorable; Cave is a big believer in the power and importance of live performance. At the Berlin Film Festival, where his film 20,000 Days on Earth was screened, he told a Reuters reporter that live music should be "transformative".
The Meredith music festival moved quickly to hose down speculation Cave's tour dates might allow a performance there, tweeting: "Fingers can stay crossed for Nick at The [Supernatural Ampitheatre], but not happening this year."
NICK CAVE NATIONAL TOUR
November 27-28 - Fremantle Arts Centre - Perth
November 30 - Festival Theatre - Adelaide
December 3 - Brisbane Convention Centre
December 4 - Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre
December 6-7 - Civic Theatre - Auckland
December 8-9 - St James Theatre - Wellington
December 11-12 - State Theatre - Sydney
December 16 - Plenary, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
Tickets are on sale July 3 from nickcave.com.