This week, for your reading enjoyment, we have compiled critical reviews of live performances from Nick Cave in New York; Camila Cabello in Miami Beach, Fla.; Tyler, The Creator in Columbus, Ohio; Andy Lau in Singapore; Eric Clapton in Phoenix; and Greta Van Fleet in Morrison, Colo.
Ennio Leanza / Keystone via AP – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds play the Hallenstadion in Zurich Nov. 12.
Nick Cave @
Town Hall in New York, New York, Sept. 23 – “’Nick Cave in Conversation’ is an extraordinary show that doesn’t really have a precedent: It’s equal parts Q&A, solo performance, career retrospective and an oddly Oprah-style form of group therapy that, over the course of nearly three hours, found Cave pointing to audience members who raised their hands — several ushers with microphones and illuminated batons were in the audience — and answering their unscreened and often unfiltered questions, many of which were about his art and his career, and several of which were about coping with grief.” – Jem Aswad / Variety
Camila Cabello @ Fillmore Miami Beach At Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami Beach, Fla., Sept. 25 – “Though fans at the show were likely hoping for a deeper glimpse into the singer’s sophomore solo album, in a sense they seemed to get more than that, with a performance that was at times wild, emotional, and raw. The rest she’ll reveal during the inevitable supporting arena tour.” – Celia Almeida / Miami New Times
Tyler, The Creator @ Express Live! in Columbus, Ohio, Sept. 22 – “Despite the effects, it was Tyler’s antics that stole the show. He hurled sarcastic insults at audience members he saw acting up and recounted his afternoon spent biking around Upper Arlington among ‘nervous Caucasians’ when he wasn’t stumbling across the stage with an elegant sort of clumsiness.” – Nicholas Youngblood / The Lantern
Andy Lau @ Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore, Singapore, Sept. 25 – “The production values of this latest show were impeccable. A grand four-sided stage let the audience see every angle of the superstar up close, and the two catwalk stage extensions allowed him to reach fans even at the corners of the venue.” – Benson Ang / Straits Times
Greg Allen / GregAllenPhotos.com – Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton plays Madison Square Garden Arena in NYC March 19.
Eric Clapton @ Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Ariz., Sept. 14 – “This was Clapton in his comfort zone, graciously sharing the spotlight with his sidemen, including guitarist Doyle Bramhall II and the great Paul Carrack, whose organ work was never less than stunning.” – Ed Masley / Arizona Republic
Greta Van Fleet @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colo., Sept. 23 – “Only briefly did the band take a break from their electric performance to play, ‘You’re the One I Want,’ which uses an acoustic guitar instead, but still Kiszka’s voice felt like a siren cutting through the comparative silence around him. Overall the performance sided with the musicianship you’d want from a band that carries that much expectation on their shoulders.” – Andrew Venegas / 303 Magazine