Nick Cave has remembered the late Daniel Johnston by covering his song ‘Devil Town’ live in Washington DC.
Cave, who was taking part in another evening of his ‘Conversations’ tour, performed the song after a fan asked him for his opinion on Johnston’s music. The performance marks the second time Cave has played the song on his current string of dates.
After a battle with numerous different health conditions, Johnston passed away by natural causes yesterday (September 11th) at the age of 58. As the music industry remembers his unique talent with tributes flooding in, Cave took to the stage to perform his 1990 track.
The song, which originally appeared on Johnston’s 11th studio album 1990, was written and recorded at a time when Johnston’s ongoing battles with mental health continued to ravage his life. As a result of the difficult circumstances, the album in which ‘Devil Town’ appears on his a makeshift effort, compiling numerous different samples from studio recordings, home recordings and live performances.
Listen to Cave’s rendition, below:
In a statement issued by his family, they stated: “The Johnston family is deeply saddened to announce the death of their brother, Daniel Johnston. He passed away from natural causes this morning at his home outside of Houston, Texas.
“Daniel was a singer, songwriter, an artist, and a friend to all. Although he struggled with mental health issues for much of his adult life, Daniel triumphed over his illness through his prolific output of art and songs. He inspired countless fans, artists, and songwriters with his message that no matter how dark the day, ‘the sun shines down on me’ and ‘true love will find you in the end.”