so i went to the Nick Cave show Saturday night. i'd gotten an invitation to cover the show from his publicist, but given what i knew were the restrictions, i passed. i'd already sprung a lot of $ for very good seats (2nd row behind the orchestra pit area, which has 6 rows) so i went as a fan.
given what i'd seen of his 2014 show when i had 3rd row seats and had Nick literally clamber on top of the seat backs to bellow "Deanna" right into our astonished faces (skip to about 1:20 or so of this video that my friend shot; i was standing to the left of him https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLSe24w7fVA), i decided to rent the best, smallest camera that i could realistically get into the theater. i chose the Sony RX1R, which was limited to a fixed 35mm lens, but with 42mp resolution, i figured i could crop in pretty tight and still have decent quality. a friend of mine got a Sony RX10 into the show at Kings Theatre in NYC, and that was the same one i brought into the Sabbath show last summer. i would have preferred that, as it has a great zoom range (24-250, f/2.8-4) but it's almost as large as a DSLR and figured that would be a non-starter.
as it turned out, i got stopped by security w/ the relatively small RX1R, but he cheekily suggested that i give it to my friend Ben, who was behind me in line and covering the show as press. "What you do with the camera once it's in the building is none of my business" he said. So, given all that, I should have formulated a plan to use Ben as a mule for the RX10, which would have given me a lot more flexibility in shooting.
as expected, after the opening "Holocene" and "Jesus Alone," both subdued songs from his last, excruciatingly sad record, the floodgates opened and he was down off stage and into the crowd. i was on the left side and the only way down was via a couple of step down boxes on the right, so he never came directly over to my section.
to say the show was heartstoppingly good would be to undersell it.
here are a couple of shots i got (Benon, if you don't want me posting in your thread that's fine and i'll take 'em down... i figured this post wasn't strong enough to stand on its own and in certain ways ties in a lot better to the conversation of this one).
3 end of the show w/ tons of people welcomed on the stage by Nick