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Nick Cave: “The Music My Kids Listen To Makes Me Want To Self-Harm”

Nick Cave has cemented his position as rock and roll’s foremost curmudgeon in a new profile for The New York Times. The singer, who will soon return to his homeland for a series of special solo performances, says the music his twin 14-year-old sons listen to makes him want to self-harm.

“My kids are at that lovely age where they’re just figuring out what’s good in music. They’re just grabbing stuff, on Spotify and all that, and occasionally they’ll find something that’s really mind-blowing. But sometimes I hear what they’re playing, and I just want to cut my wrists,” said Cave.

During a discussion about his visit to Graceland, the former home of Cave hero Elvis Presley, the singer recounted, “I went to Graceland once. The rest of the band went in, but I stayed out on the curb, smoking cigarettes and feeling sorry for myself. Those last Elvis performances — the ones for television, when he was already sick… They’re like crucifixions. I couldn’t bring myself to go inside.”

In the profile, Cave describes himself as “something of a megalomaniac” when it comes to his work, but he admits, “a megalomaniac with extremely low self-esteem,” and also touches on his lyrics, which can often be as sexual and graphic as the most brutal of death metal or gangsta rap cuts.

“I have a female audience in my mind when I write. That being said, I’m often flabbergasted by what some women find sexy in my music,” said Cave. “Not all women like it. I’ve been called all sorts of things. But even the material that’s the most… The most forceful sexually, it’s always riddled with anxiety. If my songs came off as just a male thing, I wouldn’t have any interest in that whatsoever.”

Cave’s upcoming Australian tour kicks off at the Fremantle Arts Centre in Perth this November and has already seen several dates sell out. Cave promises these upcoming shows will feature career-spanning setlists and the chance to see the Australian rock icon in a rare, stripped-back setting.

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Nick Cave Australian Tour Dates

Thursday, 27th November

Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth

Tickets: Via Heatseeker

Friday, 28th NovemberSOLD OUT

Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth

Tickets: Via Heatseeker

Sunday, 30th NovemberSOLD OUT

Festival Theatre, Adelaide

Tickets: Via Adelaide Festival Centre

Monday, 1st DecemberNEW SHOW

Festival Theatre, Adelaide

Tickets: Via Adelaide Festival Centre

Wednesday, 3rd December

Brisbane Convention Centre, Brisbane

Tickets: Via Ticketek

Thursday, 4th December

Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre Gold Coast

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Saturday, 6th DecemberSOLD OUT

Civic Theatre, Auckland

Tickets: Via Ticketmaster

Sunday, 7th DecemberSOLD OUT

Civic Theatre, Auckland

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Monday, 8th DecemberSOLD OUT

St James Theatre, Wellington

Tickets: Via Ticketek

Tuesday, 9th DecemberSOLD OUT

St James Theatre, Wellington

Tickets: Via Ticketek

Thursday, 11th December SOLD OUT

State Theatre, Sydney

Tickets: Via Ticketmaster

Friday, 12th DecemberSOLD OUT

State Theatre, Sydney

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Saturday, 13th DecemberSOLD OUT

State Theatre, Sydney

Tickets: Via Ticketmaster

Sunday, 14th DecemberNEW SHOW

State Theatre, Sydney

Tickets: Via Ticketmaster

Tuesday, 16th DecemberSOLD OUT

The Plenary, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Melbourne

Tickets: Via Oztix

Wednesday, 17th DecemberNEW SHOW

The Plenary, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Melbourne

Tickets: Via Oztix

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