In a recent episode of his series Red Hand Files, Nick Cave revealed that he has been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
The Australian singer, songwriter, author, screenwriter, composer and occasional actor, was responding to three separate fan questions in the 162nd issue of the Files. One of the letters Cave received came from Patrick from San Francisco, who asked after the late Hal Willner, an American composer who died in 2020 from Covid-19.
The following two letters developed a similar line of questioning, asking Cave about a variety of Covid-related topics. Nicolas from Plainville asked Cave if he would be taking the vaccine, while Sandra from Portland asked about “Ivermectin as a prophylactic” against the disease.
In response, Cave wrote: “I had my second jab on 26th May, and I can now live in this embattled world knowing that if I catch COVID there is little chance of me dying from it. I feel privileged to live in an age where our scientists are able to develop a vaccine to help combat a pandemic, and to do it at such an astonishing speed. It feels to me that this is a momentous time in medical history.”
Then responding to the question regarding Ivermectin, Cave stated that he “know[s] little about this other than the evidence for its effectiveness appears speculative”. Cave went on to talk of his fondness for the late Hal Willner, with whom he worked on a T-Rex tribute album. Willner helped produce Cave’s cover of ‘Cosmic Dancer’ and assisted the singer during his curation of the 1999 Meltdown Festival.
Of his friend, Cave wrote: “Hal Willner was a great man with a beautiful soul. His death was sudden and shocking and a deep blow to us all. If there had been a vaccine available at that time, Hal may still be alive today. I am looking forward to the time when the world emerges from its derangement and Hal’s friends can come together, in love, to pay tribute to this remarkable man – in the way that he himself did to many before him. I pray we won’t have to wait too long.”