For those that don't know, Nick Cave is an Australian singer, songwriter, author, actor and screenwriter. He started his career fronting The Birthday Party (an Australian band) but is probably better know for fronting Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, a London based band. He lived in Brighton for a good few years.
He's currently touring with a show called "Conversations with Nick Cave" where audience members can ask him whatever they want, interpsersed with him covereing a lot of his own songs with a piano. Often on request.
To his fans, he's probably best known for The Mercy Seat, a song that typifies his style:
but to the general public he's probably better known from doing a surprise duet with Kylie Minogue, a track that's probably largly responsible for moving her from her bubbly Stock Aiken Waterman comfort zone into becoming a more well rounded and diverse star. Nick Cave never liked to be predictable.
A friend of mine was at the Brighton show. This question got asked:
"Hi Nick, I live in your old flat in Hove, do you know where the stopcock is?"
Incidentally, since we've had a lot of cover version threads and Johnny Cash has come up a bit, it's worth noting that Johnny and Nick have both covered a track of each other. Nick Cave covered Johnny's The Sitter and Johnny covered The Mercy Seat.
They also duetted together to cover a Hank Williams track.