Nick Cave has lightened the blow of a cancelled tour announcement with the news that he will begin work on an eagerly anticipated follow-up to 2019 album Ghosteen.
Unfortunately, it has been confirmed that the Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds UK and European tour, a run of dates which had originally been postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, has now been cancelled. The tour was in support of the group’s landmark 2019 record and was the first opportunity many of the band’s fans had to witness the songs in action. Sadly now, however, that opportunity must wait a little while longer as the group are forced to cancel following ongoing concerns around Covid-19.
The dates had originally been rescheduled for April 2021 but with no end to the live music restrictions in sight, despite a vaccine being rolled out across the globe, the band were forced to make the difficult decision to cancel. “We are very disappointed to announce that the Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 2021 UK and European tour can no longer go ahead due to the ongoing situation with Covid-19,” read an online statement from the group. “The complexity and scale of the tour we had planned, combined with the continued uncertainty around the pandemic means that despite the hard work of everyone involved we have not been able to guarantee that the shows can happen.”
The statement continued: “We are continuing to work on alternative plans for 2021 and 2022 and hope to announce some better news next year. Sending love to you all.”
The situation has proven to be a huge disappointment for Bad Seeds fans, many of whom took to Cave’s fan-led forum Red Hand Files to voice their dismay. Having become inundated with messages, the singer responded: “I came to the conclusion that what I most wanted to do in life was to play live,” Cave wrote. I truly miss it. Cancelling the tour is a great disappointmhttps://youtu.be/7IE5A2_LV6Ient to me, and to the rest of the band.”
“We tried to make it work but, in the end, with so many things about 2021 remaining unpredictable, including no certainty on whether we would be able to deliver the large scale arena show that we wanted to.”
In a bid to offer a glimpse of positivity, Cave added that he will “try to keep The Red Hand Files as measured as possible, as a matter of principle, but whichever way you look at it, this sucks.”
Further still, the Bad Seeds frontman dropped the teaser of new material when he signed off with: “Time to make a new record.”