Nick Cave is a man who knows his way around a cover or two. The singer, who has long been a fan of adding his own personal style to the work of others, once gave Marc Bolan and T-Rex’s brilliant ‘Cosmic Dancer’ a touching new take.
The performance arrived as the last song of a long show in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, as part of Cave’s tour across Europe. It saw the singer take to his piano for much of the show as he shared large chunks of his new record Ghosteen as well as covers and conversation.
The album was a significant departure from previous Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds’ work. It saw the enigmatic Aussie transcend from the murdering troubadour to something extraordinary, something connecting, something pure.
The tour allowed to Cave open up with the audience, field questions and share even moments of his personal life. At a time when live music feels like a thing of the past, the tour was a welcome reprieve during a time when icons can be so fallible and fake that Cave is happy to sit, plain as day, and open himself up to his audience.
To close out the performance in Eindhoven, the singer decided not to end with one of his own songs. Instead, Cave shared a cover of a track that he holds dear to his heart, T-Rex’s classic, ‘Cosmic Dancer’.
Introducing the song, Cave said: “I’m a big T-Rex fan and particularly a Marc Bolan fan. He is a great lyric writer and a great songwriter. This is my favourite song by him and probably my favourite song ever.”
Watch below as Nick Cave delivers a touching performance of T-Rex’s ‘Cosmic Dancer’.