Sunday, April 19, 2009

Live reports from the Coachella Festival

Fucking legendary show! Thanks for trying, Robert! Cure forever!
Setlist and show notes
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1,088 comments:

  1. Can't wait to see what tonight's set list will look like. :)

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  2. I like that it has no end time and everyone else does

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  3. whooo hooo Coachella!
    Hell ya!

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  4. It's probably too late to do anyone a bit of good, but earplugs are very highly recommended, if not required, to tolerate a set by My Bloody Valentine, who play right before the Cure.
    I'm sure there will be some kind of noise restriction set on Coachella, but their normal concerts go over 100dB, Kevin Shields of MBV says that when the body experiences sound at that level it thinks it's in danger and releases endorphines and gives the listener a feeling they wouldn't normally experience. This usually happens during the end of their set in the middle of "You Made Me Realise," dubbed as the holocaust section, which is like up to 30 minutes of excessive feedback and walls of sound.
    It would suck for this to ruin some unsuspecting person's night of the Cure...!

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  5. Me and April are on the road driving to Coachella. Be there soon. Lol at Rev's joke about Los Angeles traffic. Can't wait for tonight's show and thanks to Spiggycat for the photo of the sign, I met her the other day at Amanda Palmer's secret show.

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  6. Also April might have or might have not accidentally left the car on the entire time we stopped to eat.

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  7. ;) Kate.

    It seems all of the headliners have no end time.
    ALMOST wish I could be there but the heat's going to be brutal!! Stay cool everyone & drink a lot of water!

    Have a great show!

    *pleaseplayFaithpleaseplayFaithpleaseplayFaithpleaseplayFaithpleaseplayFaith*

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  8. A little tired, April?? LOL

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  9. The webcast is really nice quality, can't wait to see The Cure!

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  10. Apparently I won't be able to watch the webcast cause my windows2000 won't support it. dammit! Oh well, I really need to get some sleep tonight. Catch the youtube videos after work tomorrow.

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  11. the webcast has not worked for me for 3 days, how do i sort it out, i have the move player but it says theres an error :(

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  12. Dang, the Cure broadcast isn't going to start until after midnight for me in Eastern time, and I have school tomorrow :( I guess I'll have to catch some youtube videos tomorrow.

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  13. I hope that Robert dedicates something to Mandy/Selkie tonight. I think that would mean a lot to many curefans who are deeply saddened by her passing including myself.

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  14. Hi V, Helsa, Kate, Maree, everyone from the road (!) and all! We're in for a fantastic evening~*Here's to a wonderful time for all*

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  15. http://www.thecuremfc.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=3121&st=0&sk=t&sd=a

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  16. Wow, that's so sad. I didn't know her personally but I recognized her picture from the other various cure sites I've posted at. My condolences go out to her family.

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  17. Aaron, what browser are you using, and what does the error say?

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  18. Yes, someone please help Aaron, somehow I feel he is our only hope on recording this webcast given so many active COF members in attendance tonight. Me and April are 40 min away driving and we have been on the road for nearly 5 hours from Vegas, be there soon. Plenty of time to see Cure of course. And in all honesty, I'm not quite too sure I want the front rail today. Its gonna be so exhausting at such a festival. Much love to all my Cure peeps watching around the world, and the universe? (Depeche Mode reference)

    ;)

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  19. Aaron, if you need a hand, let me know. I will also see what I can do about recording it. I will get on that now.

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  20. Yeah, no worries Andy, I have Fraps working, the clip I recorded of PBJ was nice and crisp and clear. I will record The Cure .

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  21. But if you need help troubleshooting yours, Aaron, let me know.

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  22. Awesome that you're recording it, Maree!
    Aaron- maybe you just need to update your browser? These things usually work best for me on IE.

    Here's to a fabulously-fuck me sideways evening!

    ...and it would be awfully sweet if they could dedicate something to Mrs. Selkie, too...

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  23. please, people, listen to halo eighteen and wear earplugs for the my bloody valentine set. they will probably be made available, but in case they're not, stick some kleenex in(not too far in!) your ears or something. i had ringing in my ears for 3 days after the show and i wore earplugs!

    i cant be up late tonight because of work, but i wanted to stop by and say hello. i miss you guys.
    lots of love...
    xo

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  24. Yeah, Simon kicks ass . Cool pictures . Best bass player ever

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  25. Oh wow, so awesome to see Jo standing next to Simon!!!! :)

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  26. V: I was so happy to see that! Our Rock & Roll Jo with Si! : )

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  27. wow those are great pics...so jealous!
    never been lucky enough to run into/meet any of them.

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  28. Yeah Yeah Yeahs are good. I'm about 100 feet from the stage, good view and sound but still not satisfied. I will be near Simon!

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  29. Hi everyone!!!!

    V and Craig - yep, I was pretty happy to see me with Simon too!!! Amazing!

    The good news is, I have found a place to set up at LAX, and will be able to be online until about 10.00pm Pacific.

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  30. Jo: I'm so excited and happy for you, that you got to run in to him. How long is your flight from LAX?

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  31. ok, I can hear the music, but there is no picture.. anyone ? I installed whtever it was I was prompted to... well hearing is better than nothing I suppose...

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  32. V - I would never have gone and spoken with him and Keith, if it wasn't for Fuji and Brad. I would have just admired from afar.

    The flight LAX to SYD is 14 and a half hours (eek!!!!) and then another 4 and a hlaf to Perth.

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  33. Andy: Good luck!

    Jo: I know it's not Robert, but it's a good start, right? : )

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  34. Jo: Did you talk ti him? Get anything signed? Did he sign Fuji's shirt?

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  35. Craig - Fuji had a good chat with him about his cycling and YES, Simon did sign his shirt. I kinda just thanked him for chatting with us, and then kept apologising for bugging him ;)
    I had a nice chat with Keith though, and he said he remembered me saying hi to him at O2, so that was very cool.

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  36. And guys, if there Simon has problems tonight, we blame it on Andy. : )

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  37. Oh, and no, I didn't get anything signed. Brad suggested having our picture taken with the Oz flag, and Fuji and I said 'No, and Simon said 'Yes'. So we did, and after he said, 'That was an ironic smile' - or something similar.

    And yes, LAX - LA International Airport

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  38. I'm having trouble typing right now. I blame V! : P

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  39. I don't think there will be problems today - all the bugs will be ironed out, and the jetlag slept away!

    ONWARDS!

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  40. Uh oh... >;) Sorry about that.

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  41. V has that affect on you, Craig :)

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  42. Jo: The LAX thing was a reference to the RSX thing. : )

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  43. BTW - Did anyone tell you that there were messages to COF on the jumbotron at the Pearl?

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  44. LOL - LAX - Sorry, I am 'slightly' muddled. I have lost my voice, and seemingly, some of my mind.

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  45. Jo: I was in the same state last time I was at LAX, on my way home from 4Tour shows in Germany. Sigh. :) I very strongly associate that airport with that state.

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  46. Yeah, Kate mentioned something about the messages. I wanted to text a hello, but the info Sara gave us, didn't work.

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  47. Craig - it couldn't possibly be a blonde moment, I had the artificial intelligence refreshed before I came stateside.

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  48. Andy is working his way closer and closer to the stage. Photos in a minute.

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  49. It would have been so cool if you had been able to get a message to come through :), but it was very nice to see COF highly praised in that forum!

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  50. V - it would have been hard work coming from Germany to LAX - I hate travelling east, especially when you have to cross the international date line. West is sooooo much easier (but I don't know why)

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  51. the coachella webcast should be better quality than mine! LOL

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  52. *running hug, Sara*
    So glad to see you have made it home safely.

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  53. Hi Sara! Why aren't you in Coachella, Livecasting for all of us? : )

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  54. *hug* I texted you but I dont think you got it.... you never get my texts for some reason! lol I cant wait for the cure to start... i KNOW that they will make up for what happned at the pearl... i bet they play a long time and i am reallly hoping they play faith

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  55. Jo: Luckily, I flew west to get to LAX from Europe that time. I actually prefer going east, though, because the jetstream helps you get where you're going faster. :D

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  56. Sara: Your quality was so much better than I expected. And more than that, it was fun to see it pop on throughout the night. Everyone would get excited when you went live.

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  57. lol craig because my dad sucks. I would be right up on the rail if it were up to me, but in the future i will get to travel a lot for the cure now! :)

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  58. I really hope that this show starts up where the Pearl left off.

    I don't know why I don't get your texts - very odd.

    Craig, long story about why Sara isn't there, but I think we have done some excellent groundwork this week to ensure she will be at ALL future Cure shows.

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  59. lol craig! thats good to hear! I tried to save the battery for the songs that arent played very often... would have gotten faith if it was played... that wouldve been epic!

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  60. Andy: "Ran across some rude people, or am I the rude one? Gonna be difficult for a while."

    Well what do you expect when you're cutting in front of people? : )

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  61. but because i am not there andy is there so he better send in reports or ill kick his ass! ;)

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  62. Andy: "Got rid of them, in front of them. I'm so close Craig. Not yet though."

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  63. omg paolo nutini is on!! i love him!!!! i didnt think he was going to show up!

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  64. Andy: "Post in comments for me a big thank you to Sara, she gave me her ticket and I wouldn't be here without her, and without the ride from April from Vegas."

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  65. lol when it comes to the cure andy will do whatever it takes to be up close! haha i remember when he snuck in the pit twice even after getting kicked out the first time at KROQ haha

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  66. LOL - I told you Andy is freaking awesome! And so sweet, too.

    I hope April is feeling better today.

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  67. andy has my portable charger so hopefully he can update all night

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  68. Andy wants everyone to know "that guitarist is SEXY! Nice solo too."

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  69. Aw, that is sweet. Sara is def. CoF winner!

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  70. Jo: I don't know about April. Andy said she left the car running when they stopped earlier to get something to eat. : )

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  71. jo what time are ya gonna leave? will you be able to catch the cure?

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  72. Sara - I have to leave at about 10.15 - so will hopefully catch some of the fun.

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  73. Just to clarify, Andy was talking about the guitarist from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. : )

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  74. LOL Craig, yeah yeah yeah - I worked that one out ;)

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  75. aybe ur flight will get delayed and you can see more! lol is that a bad thing to say? and i see paolo nutini in the webcast and he is looking fiiiine as usual :)

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  76. He reminds me a little of Nick Cave...(Nick Zinner that is).

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  77. Sara - I never said I would stay to the stay til the end ;)

    To be honest, I would prefer my flight to leave on time - I just wanna get this leg of my journey over.

    BTW, Fuji is now officially back in Oz

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  78. yay!! fuji is so cool, hes lk the coolest australian pilot in the world!

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  79. where is deej? she should be here!

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  80. Sara - I love Fuji - he was the 'enabler'

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  81. bells says hi but she cant stay up late so she cant come in here

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  82. Andy: "So happy, seven feet from rail."

    Photo in a minute.

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  83. Rev says to say "Hi" to everyone too

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  84. jo- "aww... I miss her too! tell her we'll catch up soon" from bells

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  85. Jo: Rev is there with you? She didn't go to Coachella?

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  86. Andy: "Somebody gave Simon's tech a plastic bag, didn't see who or what it was."

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  87. Craig - Rev IS at Coachella - we were texting

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  88. Oh! Duh! : ) Just got a text from her. Her e-mails are backing up and not being sent to me. : (

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  89. Craig - yeah, she is having problems with texting.

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  90. Andy: "My bloody valentine on now and yes they are loud. Not necessarily at rail, but close, met some cool people. One from costa rica. Gonna smoke some weed with them. Yes!"

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  91. LOL andy told me he found some weed. hahaha

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  92. Andy: Behave yourself, young man ;)

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  93. Andy is going to have so much fun!

    I wish they were showing My Bloody Valentine's set.

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  94. You'd have to be blind not to find some pot at Coachella, it's literally everywhere :)

    Which reminds me of tonight's Family Guy, it cracked me up, "Everything's better with a bag of weed!"

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  95. ugg, i know i wanted to view the MBV show, not fair!

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  96. Andy: "Getting to the rail was like climbing a building, its better if you don't look down. There are probably thousands behind me."

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  97. andy said "tell cof that people hid alcohol in sunblock bottles, why didnt i think of that? also MBV are really loud. I should have listened" i think he means about bringing earplugs lol

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  98. No Jumbotron there? I was having a ball with the text messaging at the Jumbotron at the Pearl Show!

    Vegas was so much fun (where else can a guy offer you weed and a hooker proposition you within a five minute time span?) But its good to be back in boring old Nebraska :)

    Jo, I was so glad to finally meet you! Even though we only talked for a couple minutes. I loved your pic with Simon!

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  99. LMAO:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3Xmim-zgGs&feature=related

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  100. edit: NM, this one is even better:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPVLHDMzVe8&NR=1

    OMG, I just fell over....

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  101. I like the one of them on the QE2. :)

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  102. someone have the fucking pluggin to seee this fucking festival?
    im cant not see anything , an when open at&t site my pc its down.

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  103. andys internet is out and doesnt know if craig is getting his texts so hes gonna send them to me to post

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  104. Andy: "I'm really enjoying this, they are just too loud."

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  105. They will air the Cure at 10:10 Pacific, I'm not sure what plug- ins you need though?

    And Andy is cracking me up, poor thing!

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  106. ok looks like u got his text craig, good deal.

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  107. Sara: I just got one from him and posted it.

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  108. Sorry about being quiet there peeps, needed to catch up on some emails

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  109. OMG I'm so glad I brought earplugs. MBV sounds like Enya with a jet engine. It's an endurance test to see the cure

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  110. That faint droning noise in the webcast right now is MBV haha.

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  111. kinda late to the party, i was doing hw.*tear tear*

    *grabs everyone and hugs*

    ROFL AT ANDY!!

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  112. WTFFF - i missed out on so much of MBV!!!!

    must try to resist screaming out frustration.

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  113. OMG DEEJ GET IN MEEBO NOW I HAVE SOMETHING FOR YA

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  114. Hello everyone! 1 hour 10 minutes THE CURE webcast!

    Smooches,
    Pussycat

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  115. Hi CURE peeps.

    Finally, i managed to get here tonight for a while.

    I want CURE starts now ¡¡¡


    How all is going, so far ?

    Is the stars upon Indio or is there still twilight sky ?

    UTS for opener ?

    :)

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  116. Have a good flight Jo! Hope you can grab some zzzz's and dream of Cure.

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  117. Hi DJ!

    and...

    sarab543 said...
    "OMG DEEJ GET IN MEEBO NOW I HAVE SOMETHING FOR YA"

    LOL, that sounds funny Sara O.o

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  118. Heron: "MBV VERY VERY EFFING LOUD"

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  119. Hi Mad Bob :) I think it might be getting dark there now.

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  120. Flavor Flave is in the house!!!!

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  121. Woot! Public Enemy opening for The Cure...LOL

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  122. anah - youre so... whats the word.. i cant call you a perv cuz then you could accuse me as one for thinking along those lines..

    mad bob - HEY!!! :)

    morris - EWW. hes really there??

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  123. 17 minutes until The Cure...if they're on time tonight. ; )

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  124. thanks for the commentary! I was getting the webcast but something's wrong with my broadband and it won't load. waaaa. at least I can read what y'all are seeing. wish I was there!


    Not long now...

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  125. Flava Flav that is (...i'm such a white boy)

    Chuck D too DJ!!!

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  126. oh wait. hes IN PE. i totally forgot.

    he annoys me when hes not being in the group.

    like on flavor of love or whatever show hes on

    how could someone that talented by so freaking annoying?

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  127. andy- "loudest concert in the world they have been screeching nonstop for the past 15 mons it feels. its just noise, feels like and earthquake. i havent texted because my fingers were in my ears, this text now hurts. I so so so underestimated peoples precautions"

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  128. Should the show starts in 20-25 mins, right ?

    Callings fot tonight´s setlist ?

    UTS opener, Baby Rag closer main set [ what difficut to guess that ;) ]

    Pop Encore, Old School, 17 Secs and Faith...not in that particular order.



    :)

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  129. I hope they get Faith - it is almost RSX's birthday after all

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  130. Maybe we'll get the Faith encore that didn't happen Friday.

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  131. (i really don't think they'll play Faith at a festival)

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  132. Stop it Morris! Grr! *hugs*X)

    At least Andy smoked some weed, maybe that's helped to ease some of the pain! Ouch!

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  133. i think theyll get faith... i have faith.... im confident they will

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  134. April- "I am side porl 3 peeps deep i am packed like a sardine"

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  135. oh yeaa boooyyyeee
    flava flaaav
    haha, this is pretty cool watching most of the artists there. i like that i can sit in the comfort of my home and not have to bop around with the other sweaty smelly people. :D EXCEPT the Cure would be the only exception i would bop around to.

    so my boyfriend and I were wondering if robert is putting his lipstick on boppin to PE in the background. hehe you think? maybe Porl is groovin'???

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  136. Flava Flaaaaaaaav! Oh good lord....

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  137. Is there reports of any CURE members sightings this evening ?

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  138. I want Faith or Sirensong, dedicated to Selkie.
    :-)
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  139. Public Enemy are a class act. Love these guys. This is a good performance.

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  140. Mr Craig Sir? How many more minutes until The Cure??

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  141. YESSSS the webcast is back on. PE is a little poppier than I remember them...

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  142. Dang... 1:10am EST before the webcast starts. dang.

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  143. I'm laughing at the image of Porl and Robert doing the moves to Terminator X...yeeaH boyz...

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  144. Helsa: They should be on now, but I think MBV ran late. Checking with Jen.

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  145. oh god i want sirensong and faith too, I was hoping sirensong at the pearl

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  146. Chuck D has the most awesome rapping voice - plain flat out intimidating!

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  147. crap I'm doing some last minute things, don't wanna miss my BOYS!

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  148. For those wondering if The Cure are watching PE, probably not, since they are on a totally different stage than TC.

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  149. I know this might sound rude to those providing reports and stuff, but I don't think it's fair to push into the crowd. A few times, I've made the effort to get there early and really rude people who arrive late push and shove and wade through to the front and block my view.

    If there's lots of space, fine, but I hope people aren't really pushing hard.

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  150. Helsa: The webcast doesn't start until 10:10pm pacific.

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  151. Flava Flav stage dives feet first!!!

    OUCH!

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  152. Fuck Public Enemy, we want The Cure!

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  153. I thought that the stage that PE is on is the bigger stage? Wouldn't the cure need the bigger area or is the other stage just as big?

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  154. I'm watching PE. I love these guys.

    Now I want Robert to shout "y'all got me?" and jump into the audience too since it was also HIS 50th birthday. heh heh.

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  155. "at simons side, no cure peeps just new ones. really squished" - andy

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  156. Word Up Craig!!!! : )

    (it's all Cure from here on out)

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  157. Michelle: Cure are on Main stage, PE is on Outdoor Theatre stage.

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  158. The Cure are on the main stage and PE on the secondary I think.

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  159. Thanks Craig! you're a peach! if an oddly shaped one! XD

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  160. ~yawn~ I WANT THE CURE ALREADY!

    Smooches,
    Pussycat

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  161. "simons tech whole checking simons bass played a bit of 'its over'" - andy

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  162. Oh shit, I hope RS didn't just hear that! : )

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  163. why are they showing public enemy and not MBV on at and t? :(

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  164. The most egregious thing I saw was waiting to see Radiohead and this bitch and her asshole friends barge in front of me -- I mean really push, then she ties her hair up, so it blocks my and others' view even more, and then when some guy wants to get ahead because he says he's meeting his friend ahead -- and it seemed legit because he was carrying a beer -- she refuses. Hypocritical whore! She also talked during a few of the songs; luckily me and some others were able to "shush" her. On the way out, her friend also shoved right into me.

    At least people know how to behave at the opera.

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  165. Let´s go on, CURE...

    SMASH THAT STAGE ¡¡¡

    SET THE DESERT ON FIRE !!!!

    SHOW THW WORLD, AGAIN, WHY YOU´RE THE BEST BAND EVER ¡¡¡


    :)

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  166. DJ: I don't think Yeah Yeah Yeahs and MBV gave them permission to broadcast their sets.

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  167. Whoa. This AT&T footage is great quality. Thanks for the link and all the updates, as usual, Craigers. Caprica is out in 2 days!

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  169. andy- "its cooled off significantly but doesnt seem to help to have thousands of people around you with no shoulder room"

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  170. Off topic... I'm so sad that BSG is over, I can't look at my toaster without crying.

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  171. andy- "simons tech did a sweep on the audience with a small camera. good to know its for the cure and not coachella"


    HOW COOL! maybe for the 30th year anniverary dvd?

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  172. I hate being squished. Festivals scare me these days.

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  173. andy- "lights are dim, darn now back up it has got to start soon"

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  174. O.o Sara, that would be cool!

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