Nick Cave has kept himself busy touring and working on film soundtracks in the last couple of years since releasing his last album, Skeleton Tree, having worked on soundtracks for Mars, War Machine, and Wind River.
He faced controversery over his decision to perform in Israel last year, with artists including Roger Waters, Thurston Moore and Brian Eno asking that he respect the pro-Palestine Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement. Instead, Cave held a press conference explaining why he planned to perform in Tel Aviv anyway.
Cave had this to day about the controversial show: “People speak about loving a nation, but I felt a kind of connection that I couldn’t really describe,” he said at a press conference. “And if you do come here,” he added, “you have to go through public humiliation from Roger Waters and his partners and no one wants to embarrass themselves publicly.”
He went on to add: “For 20 years, I said, ‘let’s give it up,” Cave said of plans to come to Israel. “A few years ago, Brian Eno sent me a letter and asked me to sign it to shut out Israel, and I sent a letter back that said I wouldn’t sign. I understood that I wouldn’t sign but I also wouldn’t perform in Israel — and that seemed like I was acting scared. So I called my people and asked that we perform in Israel.
Cave continued: “It suddenly became very important to make a stand, to me, against those people who are trying to shut down musicians, to bully musicians, to censor musicians and to silence musicians.
“I love Israel and I love Israeli people,” he said, and he wanted to take “a principled stand against anyone who tries to censor and silence musicians. So really, you could say, in a way, that the BDS made me play Israel.”
It appears that Cave is aiming to go on meet-and-greet/Q&A tour where he’ll engage with fans and talk about his career. A press release was sent out which contains a short letter he wrote to a lady called “Rachel.” In the letter, Cave expresses his desire to hold a serious of speaking engagements. Read it in full below:
I’ve been feeling for a while that I’d like to talk to people about things. I’m not sure what to do with that. I’ve sort of had this idea of doing some kind of interview but I’m not sure that a regular press interview is the appropriate place to talk about certain things. Maybe some sort of dialogue beyond that might be valuable, where I can talk directly to people, in a more personal way. There seems to be some sort of understanding that now exists with our audience. The idea of an open dialogue with them seems a worthwhile thing to explore. Perhaps we might try and set up a series of events that are dialogues or conversations or something. Let things flow a little. I don’t know. I’m thinking maybe to take it on the road? What do you think?
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds are set to play London’s Victoria Park this summer for All Points East where they’ll be joined by Patti Smith, St. Vincent and Courtney Barnett. For tickets go here.