Nick Cave has confessed he felt numerous conflicting emotions during King Charles’ coronation, admitting he was ‘extremely bored’ at certain points.
The veteran alternative musician, 65, was invited as a guest to see Charles and Camilla crowned at Westminster Abbey and attended out of ‘curiosity’.
The singer from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds had received criticism from some of his fans for attending the coronation, but defended his decision to go.
He said: ‘I’m not a monarchist, nor am I a royalist, nor am I an ardent republican,’ but also explained that he wasn’t ‘so grouchy’ to refuse an invite.
Now he’s shed more light on his experience of the historic weekend, which drew almost 20 million TV viewers at its peak.
‘I went along to the coronation entirely out of curiosity and found the whole thing to be acutely interesting, to say the least,’ he told Channel 4 News YouTube show and podcast Ways to Change the World With Krishnan Guru-Murthy.
He continued: ‘I thought I would feel things when I went to the coronation, but I didn’t know that I would feel them in such an extreme way.’
Nick, known in the UK for hit albums Dig Lazarus Dig and Push the Sky Away, was awarded with the title of Officer of the Order of Australia in 2017.
Among a delegation of 14 ‘outstanding Australians’, Nick joined Channel 4’s The Last Leg host Adam Hills and Anthony Albanese, the Australian Prime Minister.
He continued: ‘They were conflicted feelings. Sometimes I felt extremely bored, other times completely awestruck by the event, extremely moved by the music.’
When discussing his emotions during the coronation, he described George Frideric Handel’s piece Zadok the Priest as ‘something from outer space’.
‘I was kind of amused by what was going on, angered by what was going on so… it brought up a lot of different sort of things.’
Earlier this year, Nick slammed AI technology, especially AI tech that’s used to write songs, calling it ‘a grotesque mockery of what it is to be human’.
He added: ‘It could perhaps in time create a song that is, on the surface, indistinguishable from an original, but it will always be a replication.’
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