My honey's roommate did something awesome for me: he took me to see The Cure in return for a favor I did for him. Greatest payment in the world! The Cure is one of my all-time favorite bands. I've seen them live numerous times over the span of what seems like almost 20 years.
The show began just after 8:30pm with the lights dimming and the familiar sound of chimes and keyboards - the intro to "Plainsong". With almost 2 minutes of pure instrumental music before Robert starts singing, the crowd had plenty of time to get to their feet and cheer and get out their cameras.
One of my favorite things to do at concerts is assess the crowd before the show starts. Who are the fans? What are their demographics? Are they alone, on dates, with friends? Who brought their kids?
The Cure packed the house quite nicely with most the fans ranging from mid/late 20s - mid/late 30s. Many in groups, as with my group of friends. I did see a lot of teenagers scattered throughout the crowd as well. As the show continued, with the band performing 3 hours of music, it was obvious who was there for the big pop hits and who the long-time fans were. Regardless of which side of the fan fence the crowd fell on, The Cure delivered. The band was in top form and Robert's vocal were clear and smooth - hitting all the right notes. Just in case you're wondering kind of Cure fan I am: I was the girl screaming "A Letter to Elise" all night at the top of my lungs. Until Robert heard me. At least I think he heard me. Ok, maybe he didn't and maybe it just happened to be magically be part of the set list, but they did perform it and when they did - it was glorious!
The band played what felt like over half of the Disintegration album, which I was particularly happy about. For three hours the crowd remained enthusiastic, and the very end the night, the crowd refused to go home after the 3rd encore. We all cheered and clapped and hoped to be treated to just one more, but alas all god things must come to an end.
This version of the band proved to us that The Cure isn't going anywhere. We can count them on them to be around for a while.
Plainsong, Prayers for Rain, Fascination Street, The Perfect Boy, The Blood, The End of the World, Lovesong, To Wish Impossible Things, Pictures of You, Lullaby Catch, Hot Hot Hot, The Only One, A Strange Day, Sleep When I'm Dead, Push, Doing the Unstuck In between Days, Just Like Heaven, A Letter to Elise, From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea, Shake Dog Shake, Wrong Number, One Hundred Years, Disintegration
Encores: At Night, M, Play for Today, A Forest, Freakshow, Close To Me, Why Can't I Be You, Boys Don't Cry, Jumping Someone Else's Train, Grinding Halt, 10:15 Saturday Night, Killin An Arab