Great report from Greg, about the gear the band used last night:
Observed from row 6 (J) of the stalls.
- 3 Jazzmasters (1 sunburst for 3IB and associated encore songs, 1 white for 17S, 1 black for Faith and associated encores) Each guitar has an 'M' sticker on it. None have matching headstocks or 3rd 'Top 20' pickup. They all looked pretty pristine so maybe newly purchased?
- 1 Fender Bass VI black with matching headstock (looks like the one used in Trilogy with fewer stickers on it now)
- 1 red 2ble cutaway epiphone for JW encores (suspect this is the guitar he bought to record Lovecats with, and I believe is seen during this song in Cure in Japan 84 video but it's been awhile since I watched that)
2x Roland JC-120 amps for guitars and one for Bass VI. Usual array of Boss pedals. Guitar sounds were all wonderfully authentic unsurprisingly.
- 2 Guild basses just like Michael Dempsey's. Very nice touch! 1 walnut w/ black pickguard which he used for all 3IB associated material and a black one for backup.
- 2 Fender Precision basses both black with black pickguards and maple necks. Almost certainly the original ones. The backup one had a white pickup cover.
- 2 Gibson Tbirds (his usual black one and a sunburst one for backup). Used for JW encores only.
2x Ampeg SVT heads and 2x Ampeg 4x10 cabinets instead of his usual 2x 8x10 cabinets. The bass was huge and full and rich sounding all night particularly with the Guild and Fender basses interestingly.
Roger & Lol:
Each had only a single keyboard rather than the double keyboard setup the Cure have used since 85. Manufacturer and model taped over, maybe Roland D50? Either way the sounds were all very authentic and MIDI from some ext source no doubt. Particularly impressive were the sounds Roger played during a Reflection, Secrets and The Final Sound. Both main keyboard rigs were placed in line with the guitar backline so set back from the guitarists for Faith although Roger had another keyboard setup inline with Robert and Simon for all of 17S which then was removed after that set.
(Update from Roger: "we were playing Kurzweil PC2xs and no midi all internal sounds that I programmed! Very difficult but what Robert wanted, some of the sounds were closer to the originals than ever!")
Hope this is interesting to technically minded COF readers! (Thanks Greg!)