Saturday, May 28, 2016

The Cure play Ridgefield, WA tonight!

May 28th, 2016
Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre in Ridgefield, WA
Parking lots open at 4:30 PM Pacific time
Outdoor plaza opens at 5 / Doors at 6
The Twilight Sad 7 - 7:40, The Cure 8 - 11
Get there early for The Twilight Sad! They are excellent!
Tickets are still available

Read the venue's Event Guide for The Cure here.

Preview articles: Oregon Live / Portland Mercury

Christine should be giving us setlist reports tonight, but we can always use back up and any other help. So if you're going to the show and wouldn't mind sending in the live setlist or anything else, please let me know. Twitter, email, text, Facebook, whatever works best for you. Thanks!

Don't forget to try checking at the box office for last minute ticket releases. Also, I will be posting any last minute ticket offers on Twitter (I'm @CraigatCoF) and here.

North American Cure Tour 2016 tickets for sale

Ridgefield / Portland
Section 207 row Q seat 4 $65 cash only.  tvannoodle (at) gmail (dot) com
Sec 101, Row K, $109.55. m.s.40 (at) hotmail (dot) com
Section 201, 2 in Row A. $125 for the pair. nsroberts (at) gmail (dot) com
GA lawn at face value. @Jezzieone

4 tickets for sale. Would like to sell in groups of 2 or all 4. aubincoulthard (at) gmail (dot) com
2 GA, face value or maybe lower. Mcampbell igc org.
2 GA, face value. dcarlyle(at) tru(dot) ca

Section F3. $74.00. cure (at) vinylspiral (dot) com
Section F3, Row M, Seat 3 & Seat 4 : $74 each. rogers23 (at) pdx (dot) edu
Section 209, Row C, Seat 10 $ Seat 11 : $52 each. rogers23 (at) pdx (dot) edu

Salt Lake City
Section FBB. $74.35. cure (at) vinylspiral (dot) com
2 Floor seats, section FAA, row 20. $73 each. kelly.badger (at) gmail (dot) com

Mother: A Cure Tribute in SF tonight

"Here's something for Cure fans in the SF area that's totally different. Heklina the host and creator of the legendary drag night called Trannyshack (now called Mother) is hosting a Cure night. She's a fan of shoegaze, goth, and The Cure. She was at the show last night and will be hosting Cure drag performances this weekend. The drag queens & kings are top notch.
Here's a link to the event being held at Oasis In San Francisco (Thanks Hector)

Friday, May 27, 2016

Help with the setlist reports?

If you are attending any of the upcoming shows and can help with sending in the live setlist reports, please let me know. I'll be at Denver, Chicago 1 & 2, and Miami 1 & 2, so I can cover those 5, but I need reporters for the rest. Thanks!

'A Short Term Effect' in Outcast

'A Short Term Effect' is used in the Episode 1 end credits of Outcast, the new Robert Kirkman show on Cinemax. Watch it here. (Thanks Geoff and Cristiano)

Also, it seriously needs to be played on this tour!

Cure Tour 2016 setlist stats

Update (May 27th, 2016): 12 shows, 75 different songs played. 4 songs played at every show, 8 played only once. After 3 straight shows without any debuts, Mountain View saw the tour debuts of Kyoto Song and Cold. (via

Update (May 21st, 2016):  8 shows, 73 different songs played. 4 songs played at every show. 16 songs only played once.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Cure in Mountain View (05-26-16)

May 26th, 2016
Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA
Sold Out! / Doors at 5:30 PM Pacific time
The Twilight Sad 7 - 7:40, The Cure 8:18 - 11:14
Get there early for The Twilight Sad! They are excellent!
Another "hard curfew" tonight, so no going over. Oh yes they can! Had to start late, so letting them go over.

Soundcheck: Open, will post others in comments so as not to spoil it!

Setlist: Tape / Open, alt.end, A Night Like This, Push, In Between Days, Kyoto Song, Screw, The Walk, Let's Go To Bed, Lullaby, Fascination Street, From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea, Pictures of You, Last Dance, High, Lovesong, Just Like Heaven, Primary, Want, End

1st encore: It Can Never Be The Same, Cold, Play for Today, A Forest

2nd encore: Step Into the Light, Shake Dog Shake, Burn, Wrong Number

3rd encore: Dressing Up, The Lovecats, Hot Hot Hot, The Caterpillar, Close to Me, Why Can't I Be You?, Boys Don't Cry

Thanks to Paul K, , , , , , , and everyone else who helped tonight!

Videos: alt.end / A Night Like ThisKyoto Song 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 / Pictures of You / Last Dance / Primary / Want 1 - 2 / Cold 1 - 2 - 3 / Play For Today / Burn / Dressing Up 1 - 2 / The Lovecats 1 - 2 / The Caterpillar / Close to Me & Why Can't I Be You? / Boys Don't Cry 1 - 2   

Periscopes: 1 / 2 / 3 / Facebook streams

Preview articles:  SF GateSan Jose Mercury Press

Cure on CNN's Music of the Eighties tonight

(Thanks @Zcure1)

"I just saw the commercial for the latest episode of CNN's documentary series The Eighties. The next episode Music of the Eighties will air Thursday. In the brief promo it showed the giants of music you would expect... Madonna, Michael Jackson...and Robert Smith :)" (Thanks Greg)

The episode debuts tonight at 9 PM eastern. If you catch it, please let me know if The Cure are actually in it. Thanks!

Update: "tonight's music episode has been pre-empted in light of breaking news. It has been rescheduled to next Thursday."

Update (May 26th, 2016):  Completely forgot about this. It did air tonight.

Important info for Ridgefield/Portland

The venue has posted a bunch of info for Saturday's show.

Also, anyone know of any shuttles, party buses, or anything like that running from Portland to the venue? Anything that doesn't include renting a car and driving to the venue or taking a cab/Uber. Please let me know ASAP. Thanks!

Ride share / Carpool group on Facebook.

New tickets released for Salt Lake City

Some great new seats have been released for the SLC show. (Thanks @B_BNKS)

Lol writing a new Cure book

Update (May 26th, 2016): Waterstones in the UK have signed copies of Lol's book up for pre-ordering. (Thanks Colm)

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Twilight Sad headlining shows

Now that so many of you have been exposed to them, and love them, don't forget they have 4 headlining shows while over here on The Cure tour. Go out and support them!

May 25th, 2016 - Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles, CA (Tickets)
May 30th, 2016 - Doug Fir Lounge in Portland, OR (Tickets)
June 09th, 2016 - Lincoln Hall in Chicago, IL (Tickets)
June 21st, 2016 - Bowery Ballroom in New York, NY (Tickets)

Robert and Pete Yorn

Sasquatch! Live Stream

Billboard reports that the Sasquatch! Festival will be live streamed this weekend. The Cure are not currently listed as one of the acts to be streamed, but lets hope that changes.

'Out of This World' At Hollywood Bowl (05-24-16)

Out of This World - Los Angeles, Hollywood Bowl 24-May-2016 from itsaperfectday on Vimeo.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Cure at the Hollywood Bowl (05-24-16)

May 24th, 2016
Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA
Sold Out! / Doors at 5:30 PM Pacific time
The Twilight Sad 7 - 7:40, The Cure 8 - 11
Get there early for The Twilight Sad! They are excellent!

Note: Tonight's curfew is said to be a "hard curfew", meaning the band HAS to stop at 11 or the venue will have to cut them off. Not the usual curfew where the band can go over it and just pay a fine.

Soundcheck: Last Day of Summer, Watching Me Fall, 39, Freakshow, various bits of 3-4 other songs.

Setlist: Out of This World, Watching Me Fall, Pictures of You, Closedown, A Night Like This, Push, In Between Days, Doing the Unstuck, Lullaby, Fascination Street, (I Don't Know What's Going) On, The Walk, Lovesong, Just Like Heaven, Last Day of Summer, Want, 39, Bloodflowers

1st encore: It Can Never Be The Same, Shake Dog Shake, Burn, A Forest

2nd encore: Step Into the Light, Us or Them, Never Enough, Wrong Number

3rd encore: The Perfect Girl, Hot Hot Hot, Friday I'm in Love, Freakshow, Close To Me, Why Can't I Be You?, Boys Don't Cry

Thanks to @namepa100169 & @briansoto for setlist updates and to Fishbugman1 for soundcheck info.

Videos: Out of This World 1 - 2 - 3 / Watching Me Fall 1 - 2 / Closedown / Push / In Between Days 1 - 2 / Lullaby / Fascination Street / (I Don't Know What's Going) On 1 - 2 - 3 / The Walk / Lovesong / Just Like Heaven 1 - 2 - 3 / Last Day of Summer 1 - 2 / 39 1 - 2 / Bloodflowers 1 - 2 / Burn / A Forest 1 - 2 / Step into the Light / The Perfect Girl 1 - 2 / Friday I'm in Love 1 & 2  / Close to Me / Close to Me & Why Can't I Be You? / Boys Don't Cry 1 - 2 

Clips: Bloodflowers

Periscopes: Facebook stream / 1 / 2 / 3Twilight Sad

More tickets released for NYC!

"There are tickets available at Ticketmaster for MSG - right now!
They must have released some side seats based on the size of the production. I just bought tickets for Monday at MSG and already had tickets for Sunday at MSG." (Thanks Mitch)

Looks like all 3 nights have new tickets - 18th / 19th / 20th

Cure Tour 2016 attendance and gross sales

From BillboardBiz:

May 10th, 2016 - New Orleans, LA
Attendance: 6,081(Sold Out)
Gross sales: $315,052

May 11th, 2016 - New Orleans, LA
Attendance: 6,081(Sold Out)
Gross sales: $315,052

May 13th, 2016 - Austin, TX
Attendance: 11,938 (Sold Out)
Gross sales: $531,280

May 14th, 2016 - Houston, TX
Attendance: 12,162 (Sold Out)
Gross sales: $600,375
May 17th, 2016 - El Paso, TX
Attendance: 6,766 (Sold Out)
Gross sales: $356,406

May 19th, 2016 - Las Vegas, NV
Attendance: 3,400 (Sold Out)
Gross sales: $267,325

(Thanks Halo Eighteen & @1hundreadyears)

How Revived British Rock Bands Come to Terms With Nostalgia

From Billboard:

On their current tour, The Cure are playing a new song called “It Can Never Be the Same.” It’s about intense romantic longing -- familiar territory for these emotionally forthcoming post-punk legends -- but the title also applies to the challenge facing frontman Robert Smith every time he lipsticks up and hits the stage. As a veteran rock band, how do you recreate the experience of what it was like to see you back in the day, before nostalgia became an engine of your appeal?

It’s a question facing two other era-defining British groups now back in action: The Stone Roses and Radiohead. All three acts are in unique positions -- now that they’re years beyond their most beloved work, each act is tasked with somehow approximating the spark that once made them so pivotal.

The Cure have a great strategy for this. Since launching the North American leg of their global trek on May 10, they’ve injected their sets with more than 70 different songs. In addition to “It Can Never Be the Same” and another new one titled “Step Into the Light,” the group has kept fans guessing with songs from throughout its 37-year career. These include spiky early cuts like “Primary,” seldom-heard gloomy sparklers from 1987’s Disintegration (“Closedown,” “Last Dance”), and even a bunch of tunes from their better-than-you-remember recent albums The Cure (2004) and 4:13 Dream (2008). “Screw,” a fuzzy, funky favorite from 1985’s The Head on the Door, is back in the fold for the first time in 30 years.

It can’t possibly be the same as seeing The Cure on their 1982 Pornography tour -- when they were a dark, dagger-sharp goth-rock trio -- or even catching them in 2000. But this latest go-round is a chance to party with every iteration of the iconic band at once -- with a lineup that’s game for doing four encores a night. People who live and die by Smith’s music aren’t looking for a greatest-hits show, and they needn’t worry about getting one.

Roger is hanging out in parking lots now :)