Nick Cave reveals he was ‘extremely bored’ at King Charles’ historic coronation after being one of the few Australians to receive an invite
Nick Cave has sensationally revealed that he felt “extremely bored” at King Charles III’s coronation after being invited to the historic event.
The singer, 65, was one of the few Australian representatives invited to take part in the coronation at Westminster Abbey on May 6.
But Nick shared how he had “contradictory” feelings during the ceremony, from “boredom” to “bewildered,” after attending the coronation “out of curiosity.”
He dropped the startling admission during a conversation with Krishan Guru-Murthy on the Channel 4 News podcast Ways to Change The World.
He said: ‘I went to the coronation all out of curiosity and (I) found it all extremely interesting, to put it mildly, I would say … because I thought I would feel things when I went to the coronation.
‘Bored’: Nick Cave sensationally revealed he felt ‘extremely bored’ at King Charles III’s coronation after being invited to the historic event (he is pictured at the coronation)
Candid: He dropped the startling confession while speaking to Channel 4 News podcast Ways to Change The World with Krishan Guru-Murthy
“But I didn’t know I would feel them in such an extreme way and they were conflicting feelings, and sometimes I felt extremely bored, other times awestruck by the event, extremely moved by the music.”
He continued, “(George Frideric Handel’s) Zadok The Priest was something from outer space, kind of amused by what was going on, angry by what was going on, so… it brought out a lot of different things .’
The rocker – who fronts the band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – had previously struck stars for turning down the royal invitation.
He justified his performance by saying it was less about his political leanings and more about his love of pageantry and “inexplicable emotional attachment” to it.
“I am not a monarchist, nor am I a royalist, nor am I an ardent republican for that matter,” he wrote on his personal blog The Red Hand.
“Whatever I am not is so spectacularly incurious about the world and the way it works, so ideologically committed, so damn moody, that I am an invitation to what will more than likely be the most important UK historical event of our time , refuses. .
“Not only the most important, but also the strangest, the strangest.”
When asked by a fan “why on earth would he attend,” Nick shared the story of his one encounter with the late Queen – saying he was surprised he cried while watching her funeral on TV.
The singer then concluded, “I’m just drawn to that sort of thing — the bizarre, the eerie, the intoxicatingly spectacular, the awe-inspiring.”
Star-studded: The singer, 65, was one of the few Australian representatives invited to the coronation at Westminster Abbey on May 6 (Photo: Charles and Camilla on May 17)
Singing sensation: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds released hits like Into My Arms and One More Time With Feeling
Other Aussie representatives attending the coronation included Channel 4 comedian and The Last Leg host Adam Hills and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.
Nick, known for hits such as Into My Arms and One More Time With Feeling, was made an Officer of the Order of Australia six years ago for his ‘outstanding services to the performing arts’.
The musician also recently let slip that he has been working on new music since the beginning of the year.
His band’s last studio album – released four years ago – reached number four in the UK charts at the time.