Nick Cave, vocalist for the Bad Seeds, has remarked that since the deaths of his two kids, he no longer feels “rage, hate, and hatred.” The 65-year-old musician lost two children to death in 2015 and 2022, an unbearable tragedy.
The “Where the Wild Roses Grow” singer said in response to a fan letter in his Red Hand Files newsletter that his world had been turned upside down by the tragic news.
The fan’s message read: “When did you become a Hallmark card hippie? Joy, love, peace. Puke! Where’s the rage, anger, hatred? Reading these lately is like listening to an old preacher drone on and on at Sunday mass.”
Cave’s reply was straightforward and truthful.
“I changed,” he wrote. “For better or for worse, the rage you speak of lost its allure, and, yes, perhaps I became a Hallmark card hippie. Hatred stopped being interesting. Those feelings were like old dead skins that I shed. They were their own kind of puke.”
He went on, “Sitting around in my own mess, pissed off at the world, disdainful of the people in it, and thinking my contempt for things somehow amounted to something, had some kind of nobility, hating this thing here, and that thing there, and that other thing over there, and making sure that everybody around me knew it, not just knew, but felt it too, contemptuous of beauty, contemptuous of joy, contemptuous of happiness in others, well, this whole attitude just felt, I don’t know, in the end, sort of dumb.”
Experiencing “real devastation,” as the rock star put it, after the death of his kid.
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“I started to understand the precarious and vulnerable position of the world. I started to fret for it. Worry about it,” he continued.
“I felt a sudden, urgent need to, at the very least, extend a hand in some way to assist it – this terrible, beautiful world – instead of merely vilifying it, and sitting in judgment of it.”
Arthur, Cave’s kid with Susie Bick, went from a cliff near Brighton, England, and died in 2015. Quite young, he was only 15 at the time. The coroner concluded that Arthur had used LSD soon before his death, and that his death had been an accident. Cave’s eldest son, Jethro Lazenby, passed away at the age of 31 in May of 2022.
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