Nick Cave On Surviving ‘The Worst That Could Happen’

Nick Cave has opened up about dealing with grief and shared how he survived ‘the worst that could happen.’ During a recent interview with CBS News, The Bad Seeds frontman talked about his new album, ‘Ghosteen,’ and revealed how it was reflected on his late son, Arthur. While discussing his book, the rocker was asked what ‘the strange, reckless power’ that came out of his grief meant. He replied with the following:

“It’s simply that it doesn’t matter what happens next. The worst has happened. Or at least, it seems to you at the time that the worst has happened. It actually may not be that the worst has happened, I’m sorry to say.”

Cave believes that losing someone turns people into the soulful person who wasn’t there during youth. When asked if he feels like a different person now, he affirmed and continued with the following:

“I think after Arthur died, after Jethro died, after my mother died, these things make you love people and humanity, and value people, and understand the fragile nature of people. It made me kind of made the love the world more.”

Cave lost his two sons, Arthur, in 2015 and Jethro, in 2022. The grief of his younger son’s passing helped him shape his music career. After Arthur passed away, the rocker shared his Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds album, ‘Skeleton Tree,’ which dealt with feelings of grief and his relationship with his wife, Susie Bick Cave. The 2019 album, ‘Ghosteen,’ too, deals with his grief of losing his son and the unexpected connection with his fans that saved his life.

In 2018, the rocker received a question on his website, ‘The Red Hand Files,’ where he answers the questions coming from the fans. The fan shared that she lost her father, sister, and her first love, recalled seeing them in her dreams and communicating, and asked if Cave and his wife feel the same communication with Arthur. The rocker gave a lengthy answer, stating that he feels his son’s presence around him. Below is what he wrote in short:

“I feel the presence of my son, all around, but he may not be there. I hear him talk to me, parent me, guide me, though he may not be there. He visits Susie in her sleep regularly, speaks to her, comforts her, but he may not be there. Dread grief trails bright phantoms in its wake. These spirits are ideas, essentially. They are our stunned imaginations reawakening after the calamity. Like ideas, these spirits speak of possibility.”

You can see the full answer here, and watch the interview below.