Nick Cave Set to Play Solo Piano Sets After Doc Screenings

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 06.03.14 in News

As if Nick Cave wasn’t busy enough with the Bad Seeds this summer, the singer will bring his thousand-yard stare to a series of film screenings in New York, Montreal and Los Angeles. Meant to promote Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s 20,000 Days on Earth documentary, the rare solo piano performances will also include an open discussion with the audience that promises to be as candid as the movie itself.

“We didn’t want to do a warts-and-all-style documentary,” Cave told Rolling Stone recently. I didn’t want my life invaded in that way. The Metallica one [Some Kind of Monster] was interesting because it showed a band in a state of collapse. There was something kind of ghoulish about it – about the experience of watching that. But most documentaries feel to me to be self-serving exercises. They’re just vehicles for self-promotion. I was very reluctant to do this in the first place, because I had no interest in doing that kind of documentary.”

“The thing that seems so kind of prevalent in contemporary music docs,” Forsyth said in a separate Guardian interview, “is that they’re all about getting behind something, revealing something, taking away the mask, taking away the myth. The important thing for us was not breaking the mythology.”

“I have absolutely no idea what they got,” Cave added. “I mean, I have a vague recollection of what I said, but what it looked like, I don’t know. There’s certain things within this film that I have no idea how they’re going to go. But you’ve got to take risks. I mean, there’s so many documentaries out there about people working in the arts that you just kind of sleep through … You know, I want the whole thing to be imaginative and interesting and … I don’t know. Fuck, I don’t know what my hopes are, to be perfectly honest.”

Check out a breakdown of dates and details below, along with the first official clip from the film…

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds tour dates:
6/16 Louisville, KY – Louisville Palace Theater
6/18 Kansas City, MO – Midland Theatre
6/20 Milwaukee, WI – The Milwaukee Theatre
6/21 Minneapolis, MN – State Theatre Minneapolis
6/24 Denver, CO – The Buell Theatre
6/27 Calgary, Alberta – Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
6/28 Edmonton, Alberta – Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
6/30 Vancouver, British Columbia – Orpheum Theatre
7/2 Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre
7/5 Portland, OR – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
7/7 San Francisco, CA – The Warfield Theatre
7/11 Los Angeles, CA – Shrine Auditorium
7/19 Austin, TX – ACL Live at the Moody Theater
7/21 New Orleans, LA – Mahalia Jackson Theater
7/23 Washington, DC – Dar Constitution Hall
7/25 Philadelphia, PA – The Mann Center
7/26 New York, NY – Prospect Park
7/29 Detroit, MI – Masonic Temple
7/31 Toronto, Ontario – Sony Centre

20,000 Days on Earth screenings:
6/22 Minneapolis, MN — St. Anthony Theater
6/25 Kansas City, MO — Alamo Drafthouse Main Street
6/27 Calgary, AB — The Globe
6/27 Denver, CO — Sie Theater
7/1 Vancouver, BC — VANCity
7/9 Seattle, WA — Grand Illusion Theater
7/10 Los Angeles, CA — Egyptian Theatre *
7/10 Seattle, WA — Grand Illusion Theater
7/10 San Francisco, CA — Roxy Theater
7/20 Austin, TX — Alamo Drafthouse Ritz
7/21 Austin, TX — Alamo Drafthouse Ritz
7/24 New Orleans, LA — Zeitgeist Theater
7/27 Philadelphia, PA — Trocadero Theater
8/1 Montreal, QC — Phi Centre *
8/4 New York, NY — Florence Gould Hall Theater *

* includes performance and interview