Nick Cave is an Australian musician, singer-songwriter, author, screenwriter, composer and occasional film actor, best known as the front man of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Referred to as rock music's "Prince of Darkness", Cave's music is generally characterized by emotional intensity, a wide variety of influences, and lyrical obsessions with death, religion and love.
Born and raised in rural Victoria, Cave studied art in Melbourne and for a time considered becoming a painter. In the 1970s, he formed and fronted the Boys Next Door, which spearheaded Melbourne's burgeoning post-punk scene. They changed their name to the Birthday Party and relocated to London in 1980. Disillusioned by life in England, the band's sound and live shows became increasingly violent, and they garnered a reputation as one of darkest and most challenging groups of the 1980s. For this they are credited as a major influence on gothic rock. The band, having released three albums and two EPs, fell apart after moving to West Berlin in 1983. After the breakup of the Birthday Party, Cave formed Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds in 1983, releasing its debut album the following year. Cave's songs have been covered by a wide range of artists, including Johnny Cash, Metallica and Arctic Monkeys.
The Australian born singer-songwriter and his eight piece band are set to play the O2 on Saturday September 30. It is the first chance in three years for London fans to see the group in the capital.