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35 minutes ago, Superscally said:

My daughter is named Bee... Makes me appreciate Jubilee Street even more. Before you ask, not named with any inspiration from the song. Weirdest thing ever:

Did Brighton marathon few years back. Don't know the place at all. Looked up as I turned a corner and saw a single street sign. Jubilee Street. Mad.

Later we went for a roast dinner. Left and saw this guy walking towards us...loping away. 

"He doesn't half walk like..."

"...ALRIGHT NICK!"

"Alright mate!"

Cue three minutes of fan voting chat.

He looks into the pram:

"A baby! Nice!"

Nick Cave blessed my baby. He then crossed the road and went into his ACTUAL HOUSE, with a full length picture of Han Solo on the inside of his back door. 

Double mad. Never felt more like I was on the Truman Show. 

OMG Robert! 

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For my 30th in May I was meant to see him in Dublin. Obviously became cancelled due to covid... my mate contacted him and he drew this as a surprise for me 

It's probably a subconscious biological thing. He also helped raise you and to be fair, it would be weird if you didn't feel that way. How do you feel about the rest of your family? 

Blimey Russy, 15 years? From Hernia to Eternity *sorry*

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Excellent stuff. Nick Cave streaming this magical piece, Swift releasing a new album a couple of hours later.

The world may be on fire, but as long as there is music. And God, there is music. I's been a lovely year for my ears thus far.

Far From Me. Damn Nick. 

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Just now, lighthouse said:

Excellent stuff. Nick Cave streaming this magical piece, Swift releasing a new album a couple of hours later.

The world may be on fire, but as long as there is music. And God, there is music. I's been a lovely year for my ears thus far.

Far From Me. Damn Nick. 

It was lovely. I now want Nick and the lads headlining the Park more than I've ever wanted anything at Glasto. 

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Just now, Superscally said:

It was lovely. I now want Nick and the lads headlining the Park more than I've ever wanted anything at Glasto. 

Other Stage. 😉 

Park is way too small for an act playing 8 huge arena's in the UK/Ireland alone. 

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4 minutes ago, lighthouse said:

Other Stage. 😉 

Park is way too small for an act playing 8 huge arena's in the UK/Ireland alone. 

This sadly as Park would be lovely atmospherically and Other is a bit of a wasteland.

That was so lovely. One of the nicest things to come out of all this bullshit. Surely they'll release it?

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12 minutes ago, lighthouse said:

Other Stage. 😉 

Park is way too small for an act playing 8 huge arena's in the UK/Ireland alone. 

Agree, but that's where I WANT them to play... Other Stage is arse.

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10 minutes ago, Zoo Music Girl said:

This sadly as Park would be lovely atmospherically and Other is a bit of a wasteland.

That was so lovely. One of the nicest things to come out of all this bullshit. Surely they'll release it?

Nick does love a money maker...

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Given that the stream messed up for most of the people tuning in to the Australian timeslot and Dice have already backtracked on the 'never to be repeated' facet by saying that ticketholders can stream again over the weekend, it's hard not to see it being released at some point in the future. I've had a quick look around a few of the obvious places for a rip but nothing is up yet. 

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4 hours ago, sirjonnyp said:

Given that the stream messed up for most of the people tuning in to the Australian timeslot and Dice have already backtracked on the 'never to be repeated' facet by saying that ticketholders can stream again over the weekend, it's hard not to see it being released at some point in the future. I've had a quick look around a few of the obvious places for a rip but nothing is up yet. 

Oh didn't know about that! It worked find for me although I was able to access early (like 7.50) when it had suggested it started for everyone at the same time, so that was odd.

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16 hours ago, Superscally said:

Crazy, right? 

We went to Brighton maybe 2 years ago, and I smiled when I saw that road sign. I walked down the road but I didn't see no Russians.

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5 minutes ago, carlosj said:

We went to Brighton maybe 2 years ago, and I smiled when I saw that road sign. I walked down the road but I didn't see no Russians.

They were on a day trip to see Salisbury Cathedral.

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18 minutes ago, MichaelsBeard said:

For my 30th in May I was meant to see him in Dublin. Obviously became cancelled due to covid... my mate contacted him and he drew this as a surprise for me 

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That's awesome!

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The piano you played for Idiot Prayer was magnificent. Was it a personal instrument, or is this just the kind of thing people put in front of one when they go places?
ANDREW, BELLINGHAM, USA


Dear Andrew,

The piano I played at Alexandra Palace was a Fazioli. There were limited pianos I could access during lockdown. There was, however, a Fazioli. I had never played one before but Dom Monks, the guy who recorded the Alexandra Palace performance, highly recommended this piano. The moment I sat down at the Fazioli, its warm, soft, nuanced sound spoke to me like no piano had spoken to me before. I was swept away by its extraordinary tonal range. It whispered to me. It roared at me. It was the most beautiful instrument I had ever played.

On a Zoom call to my manager I mentioned how much I loved the Fazioli. I reminded him that I still have the same nasty little Chinese upright I have had for over thirty years. I explained that I was sixty-three years old and suggested that perhaps it was time I got a nice piano. I said to my manager — I just love that Fazioli.

Now, one of the things you may or may not know about being a famous musician is that companies give you shit for free. The more famous you are, the more shit you get — you just have to wear one of their t-shirts or a branded cap or something. Being the principled individual that I am, of course, I have never sponsored a musical instrument (in that respect, I am virtually alone in my field) but I just loved that Fazioli.

So I said to my manager — Time to sell my soul. Time to make a call and get me a Fazioli.

My manager said — Consider it done!

So, the next day my manager rings up Fazioli, who have their headquarters in Sacile, in the Province of Pordenone, near Venice and an Italian woman answers the phone.

My manager says — I represent the great artist Nick Cave and I am wondering if I could get a free Fazioli (or something like that).

The Italian woman says — L’acttore?

My manager says — What?

She says — The actor?

My manager says — No, Cave. Cave.

And she says — Nick what?

My manager says — Nick Cave.

She says — Nick Cave? Who issa Nick Cave?

My manager says — Well, he is arguably the greatest songwriter of his time. He is one of the cornerstones of modern music. He is a national treasure. He is adored by millions. Italians love him.

She says — Who are you? What you want?

My manager says — Um, a free piano.

And she hangs up.
 
* * * *
 
A couple of days later I’m on another Zoom call with my manager, and he is looking a bit cagey and I say — How did it go with Fazioli? Did you get me a free Fazioli?

And my manager says — Well, it seems like they have a rather inflexible policy around giving away £200,000 pianos to people they’ve never heard of.

And I say — Dude, are you my fucking manager or what? I just love that Fazioli!

So the next day my manager rings back Fazioli and the same woman answers the phone and my manager says — Look it’s Nick Cave’s manager again, can I speak to Mr Fazioli.

And the woman says — No.

And my manager says — Listen, my fucking job’s on the line here.

And she hangs up.
 
* * * *
 
So, Andrew, I agree — the Fazioli is a glorious piano. Magnificent, as you say. As Herbie Hancock said about his Fazioli — that ‘one note announces the celebration of the freedom and creativity of the human spirit’. This is true. The Fazioli is warm and delicate and remarkably subtle, but has a deep, strong heart. It is full of angel tears and il sangue dei santi and encompasses the universe. It is a dream piano.

And yet I wait for the day a giant removal van will pull up outside my house, my manager hanging out the passenger window, wearing a t-shirt with a piano on it, and a big smile on his face, screaming ‘Fazioli!’

Until then my little Chinese upright grins at me from the corner of my room. I walk over and sit down and I begin to play.

Love, Nick
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2 hours ago, sirjonnyp said:

I really hope he gets that piano now. I really enjoyed that read. 

 

1 hour ago, Zoo Music Girl said:

Yes it made me laugh! 

Same - in a very Nick Cave way he's sold his soul and plugged the brand without wearing the t-shirt or hat. No fucking compromises. Or not. Will he get it though...?  

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Haha amazing! :)

 

Dear All,
 
It seems that some of my fans have reacted a little enthusiastically to my last Red Hand File and have contacted Fazioli ‘encouraging’ them to gift me a piano. While I appreciate the gesture, my post was a light-hearted piece and not to be taken seriously. The phone dialogue between my manager and the ‘woman from Fazioli’ was more than a little embellished for comic effect.
 
The tsunami of mail has left our friends at Fazioli a little shaken, so while I love you all - no more mails to Fazioli please! They are wonderful people.
 
Love, Nick
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