Nick Cave reveals he was ‘extremely bored’ at King Charles’ historic Coronation after being one of the few Australians to get an invite
Nick Cave has sensationally revealed that he felt ‘extremely bored’ at the Coronation of King Charles III after being invited to the historic event.
The singer, 65, was one of a just a handful of Australian representatives invited to take part in the Coronation at Westminster Abbey on May 6.
But Nick told how he had ‘conflicting’ feelings throughout the ceremony, from feeling ‘bored’ to ‘awestruck’, after attending the Coronation ‘out of curiosity’.
He dropped the surprising admission while talking to Channel 4 News’ podcast Ways to Change The World with Krishan Guru-Murthy.
He said: ‘I went along to the Coronation entirely out of curiosity and (I) found the whole thing to be acutely interesting, to say the least, I would say… because I thought I would feel things when I went to the coronation.
‘Bored’: Nick Cave has sensationally revealed that he felt ‘extremely bored’ at the Coronation of King Charles III after being invited to the historic event (he is pictured at the Coronation)
Candid: He dropped the surprising admission while talking to Channel 4 News’ podcast Ways to Change The World with Krishan Guru-Murthy
‘But I didn’t know that I would feel them in such an extreme way and they were conflicted feelings, and sometimes I felt extremely bored, other times completely awestruck by the event, extremely moved by the music.’
He went on to say: ‘(George Frideric Handel’s) Zadok The Priest was something from outer space, 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.’
The rocker – who heads up the band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – had previously slammed stars for snubbing the royal invite.
He justified his appearance by saying said it was less about his political leanings and more about his love of pageantry and ‘inexplicable emotional attachment’ to them.
‘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.
‘What I am also not is so spectacularly incurious about the world and the way it works, so ideologically captured, so damn grouchy, as to refuse an invitation to what will more than likely be the most important historical event in the UK of our age.
‘Not just the most important, but the strangest, the weirdest.’
When asked by a fan ‘why the f*** he would attend’, Nick shared the story of his one and only meeting with the late Queen – saying he had been surprised to find himself weeping while watching her funeral on TV.
The singer then concluded: ‘I’m just drawn to that kind of thing – the bizarre, the uncanny, the stupefyingly spectacular, the awe-inspiring.’
Star studded: The singer, 65, was one of a just a few Australian representatives invited to the Coronation at Westminster Abbey on May 6 (pictured: Charles and Camilla on May 17)
Singing sensation: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds have released hits such as Into My Arms and One More Time With Feeling
Other Aussie representatives who attended the coronation included comedian and Channel 4’s 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 named an Officer of the Order of Australia six years ago for his ‘distinguished service 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.