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Yeah, and Roger just got in a car wreck in (I think) London somewhere. So if he's the keyboardist tonight, he's intentionally throwing us off for fun.Could it really be Lol? This is nuts. I'm so confused!
Roger on Twitter:Thanks everyone I'm fine bit sore but luckily I have the weekend free to recuperate! The other car not so good http://yfrog.com/h2oyyeyj
I love Roger! He's the best! : )Though the car crash is true, unfortunately.
i'm sure all my curey peeps will have a BLASTival
*waves* to the people in line!
Poor Roger.. I love how nothing phases him.. :)
Hmm, keyboard? The plot thickens...
As I lay me down to sleepa thought for all my Cure-y peep(s)Have a blast on the Isle of WightOn this very special nightMay RSX and all the boysLull you with their wondrous noiseThat all your wishes all come trueAs they play music just for youAnd above all else, I hope that BestivalIs a truly magical festival!!!
Goodnight, Jo. Lots of photos and videos for you when you wake up tomorrow. : )
I'm signing off too.. can't hold my eyelids up any longer.. :pWonder what tomorrow will bring?!??It's not Christmas already, is it?.. o_O
Goodnight, Tim. Plenty of presents under the tree in the morning. : )
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Yay! Good Morning Cure Peeps <3
I could almost bet that Porl will be playing at Bestival. If that wasn't the case, Robert would have announced it earlier. Much like the other bands do; Interpol had quite a few changes in their lineup during the last couple of years and they kept their fans informed all the way through.
Wow 4 piece with a keyboard definitely means an interesting setlist, at least something different from the 4tour. I seriously doubt they'd be doing Reflections again (especially at a festival), looks like the Cure fans there are in for a treat!
This is the most secret line up ever!!! amazed no official announcement.... saying that, i can't remember if the 4 piece (RS, PB, SG and BW) for XFM in 93 was made public until the show...
Good morning, Anah. : )
I want a pack of the buttons!
I don't know everyone in that pic! Can we get a who's who up in there? :)
The fact that they reverted back to the old early 80's logo makes me very excited for what's coming tonight!
i listen yesterday and today bestival radio and dont broadcast any of the festival, anyone highlight anyone song, only music, someone know if the radio broadcast something?
I don't think they are broadcasting anything live over the radio. Just the TV coverage. Maybe they will broadcast some of it later?
Its cold! But at least its not raining!
Hey April! Stay warm. : )
(Hola Craig:) The buttons look awesome, I want some too...maybe Rev or someone will see this and bring a few extra back for us :PAnd in all my Cure years guys, I have never seen a Robert Puppet! So cool.
The best set-up for me would be Porl on guitar and keyboard, like the mid-eighties era.Second would be Lol on keys for the classic sound. Hell, Tolhurst on drums would be even better...
Have fun April! Yayyy!!!
Just checking in to say hello to all!I've got some things I'm gonna do today so I can't join in a live chat, but I am very excited to say the least.:)
Hey Andy. No worries. We'll have it all setup for you when you get back. : )
You know what I had completely forgotten about?There's still a chance there might be a taper/bootlegger out there who will record the show audio. Nice!
i wouldn't get your hopes up about there being much (if any) of the set shown live on sky arts. from experience of watching their coverage of other festivals over the summer you will just see two or three pre-recorded songs from the set at the most, and maybe an interview.
omg the shirts are beautiful... is it possible to get them somewhere online? :/
Nice t shirt Alice :)
Agreed. That was actually the first Cure shirt I ever bought. At my first Cure show, Kissing Tour July 25th, 1987 in New Orleans. : )
Helllllo everyone! Long time no talk for most of you.Roger in a car wreck? Geeze, I should really get Twitter! Here's what I know: Roger is not at home, and won't be until the 16th. When I told him to have fun, he said, "Oh, we all will!" I thought it sounded suspicious, and it started to get me wondering if he could be playing...
Hello! That Roger sure is a trickster. You never know what's true and what's not. ; )
I thought he might at least be going to watch.
Well he wanted to go, but couldn't get a ticket. ; )
hallo from me too, here from vienna. i'm also curious what´s coming up. cheers. have fun all of you at bestival. g*
Hi everyone.Saying hello to all the fans around here.I´m so excited to see what kind of surprises the band will give us tonight.Could we set our hopes in a higher level Craig or no?;)
Greetings to our friends in Vienna and Mexico! : )Mad Bob - I don't think we could! Not yet. : )
methinks that you will all be seeing roger up on that stage pretty darn soon, car crash my arse!!
Car crash was true. Hurt his neck.
As for the rest of his shenanigans...2 hours to go. : )
Unless Roger now plays with his neck... he's good with smoke curtains, though. Or some people like to be fooled until the last moment.
Ok Craig.Thanks.Better wait and enjoy the things as going.Lol, i thought the cuurent in UK was 8.50 pm but my mistake... 2 more hours left.:P
Okay, Robert didn't perform with Crystal Castles, so, does anyone think that he might perform with The Japanese Popstars?
I would doubt it. If he didn't do it with CC, which was before playing a 2.5 hour show, and on the same stage, you would have to think it's unlikely that he would want to run over to another stage and do it with JP, after such a long set. But we can still hope, right?
My cousin is in the crowd. He has gone beyond "excited" to MEGA excited. Wish I was there!!!
I think Robert should take risks and do some unusual things more often like playing as a guest in the bands he'd collaborated with.In this case CC & Jap Popstars.He has nothing to lose!
It's almost time!
Rob da Bank and then...THE CURE!
Very excited to see who's on keyboards!And very excited to see how the setlist plays out. Think they'll open with "Open"?
Mmm i think real options are Plainsong or Open as opener but after looking at the pic that sent perfect.murder i feel UTS wil matchs perfectly.
It'll be Under the Stars - followed by Plainsong.
Shake Dog Shake. Mix it up a bit.
Shake Dog Shake would be a great opener too, Craig!Heck, "Want" would be great to hear live again, as well.
although i won't be able to record or stream what is shown on the sky arts channel more than happy to let you know what is shown - and if there is an interview, what is said.
get the place rocking .open with 100 years !!!!
IM DYING!!!!!! So excited to listen in.
I feel like I'm mentally pacing, waiting for this to get started. I can't wait! And it's weird, because I thought I would just feel super depressed that I'm not there.
sky arts will show play 2 songs ...programme finishes at 12 and last night they showed last 2 from pendulum ..hopefully more tonight as we all know everyone is there to see the mighty machine that is THE CURE , also ebay have THE cURE tshirts on sale for £10 ........mens and womans
Does everyone have their F5 key at the ready?
alright, time to start. let's go updates!
sitting and waiting too!
@shawn, for me it's command+r (if we're refreshing), but yep, i am readddy
OMR!!!!!! DYING!!!! SOOOOOO FREAKING ENVIOUS
We have chimes...
Roger, you crafty man...
at cureconnections i'm reading plainsong + roger? true?
i love those chimes !!!!!
so wish i was there :(Chimes Shiver!
so are we saying robert/simon/roger/jason?
Is the concert streaming anywhere?
Best opener ever! So now, who's in the band tonight???
it really is crazy, a few years ago i would have never guessed roger would be coming back.
but just robert on guitar, right?
Plainsong...OMG, I love it. I can almost imagine being there right now.I miss them.
I always thought he would. These things happen...
Yes, Lindsey. Robert, Jason, Simon, Roger. : )
Do we have it confirmed that Porl is NOT playing?
@Anah, i don't know, he was just kind of bitter for a while, you know?
is anyone able to listen??? I think Kel and I have the wrong link.
I see your post now, Craig. I posted too soon!
There is no live audio/video stream, guys.
i know that having roger back on keys is great news for so many, but no porl :(
Craig what happened to the LIVE FEED?
Open then Fascination Street. Love it!
Yeah, I'm happy and sad at the same time. I love both Roger and Porl.
jazzmaster, fender bass vi, gibson chet atkins?
i love open! & no matter how often they play it, i lovelovelove fascination street
Roger you are the man! Would loved to have seen porl also.
Disintegration and Wish songs without Porl aren't the same. Maybe next time...
There was never a live feed, just tv coverage in the UK.
just got a mail (best kept secret) from roger (mailing list) that he is playing (as we now all know) at bestival;-)
I like when Robert plays more guitar. So the whole car accident thing was just a ruse? Dang Roger! a lot of people were really worried for you...so wish i was there :)
...Maybe part of the way through, Robert will be like, "Ladies and gentlemen, Porl Thompson!" And he'll slowly start rising up through fog and lasers....Yeah, like The Cure does stuff like that. Haha.
this maybe the right beginings to a 4-hour set!
that is what he wrote: Yes I am on stage playing with the band again and hopefully 15 minutes in I haven’t played any wrong notes!Robert asked me about a month ago to play Bestival and I was very happy to say yes. Playing these songs again, old friends, being up on stage with Robert, Simon and Jason who are really family to me, it is all right.Looking forward I’m sure there will lots of exciting Cure projects in the future which I am very excited to be a part of again...
Yes! Roger is back, Keyboards are back and no Porl!!! Great!
I love Porl. I mean, I really love him. But I just knew that Roger would be back, for however long that may be anyway.I am sure there will be bits and pieces of tonight's show(if not the whole thing) up somewhere in a few days. So we have Plainsong for opening and then Fascination Street second? Nice.
A Night Like This.
night like this
i'm so excited for everyone there! but i do have to ponder a little bit on the one guitar situation - for open, wish era, there was robert & porl & perry - so i've gotta wonder how it's sounding with just robert.
If you have April on your FB, she just posted this:http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150294429636713&set=a.196670631712.135884.637066712&type=1&theater(hope that works...)
Robert's playing his Schecter.
are they just redoing festival 2005 ?
Apparently Nigel Tufnel will come on for FTEOTDGS.
Ouch. One guitar and it's a Schecter? The setlist is good so far, but I am worried about the sound.
@Lindsey i was thinking the same thing, will be the first time many of these songs have been played with just one guitar.
YEAH! Porl is out! Finally!
Go! If you want to...End of the World now.
off to watch skyarts bgood
Lovesong now. From JC: Loving simons black bass with red and green decals
You know, I actually like EOTW. It holds a special place in my heart because1) It was the first single released after I became a Cure fan. Actually it was pretty serendipitous that I became a Cure fan juuust before they released a new record and went on tour.2) I have a prop from that music video.
From JC: Eden Gallup and im pretty sure Mary watching from stage side
god my 1st concert was poole arts centre in sept 1985 .god i feel old now lol
I'm so happy Roger is back and it seems that he'll be a permanent member but so so sad about Porl even if it was obvious he had gone. My heat is bleeding...
yea eden posted he was going
ad, Don't feel old! I'm just young, and therefore late to the game :).
my 1st lp brought was the top .played until the needle needed replacing lol
Just Like Heaven now.
I *wish* I could've been around during the "glory days" ...and before.My parents are big Cure fans now thanks to me, but I feel it's a shame that they didn't capitalize on all those wonderful years of Cure music when they could've.
Ugh...The Only One now. : P
Maybe In Between Days next?
at the moment sky srts are showing somebody called katy b. robert s would be so much better.
Maybe the way to think of it is that the band is like a sports team. You have team members but not everyone plays every game. The band has consistently had people sit out from time to time only to return...does that mean they were "off the team" or just not playing that day?Porl was there in the beginning came back in 84 left in 93 came back in 2005. Boris came back for the acoustic hits. Michael Dempsey came back for the BDC 86 video. Roger came back(twice)...Lol this year too. Simon was on the bench for 18-24 months once. I think the line up changes because you cant have a 9 man rock band so RSX mixes and matches from project to project based on his needs and other peoples availability.
Anah, I think that she was cheering Porl being out of the band again.
Take me for a Walk. : )
Too many singles!
No, no, no...Push him away! : )
I don't know why this makes me think of it, but I really need to find the Vegas bootleg again. I lost it when my computer died over a year ago, and I really want to listen to the extra-special version of In Between Days again.What an odd show that was! The energy was just a bit off, and then there was the "problem" at the end of the show... maybe I shouldn't be surprised that Porl is absent now?
With the keyboards, Prayers for Rain and Same Deep Water as You would be perfect
i wonder if push is sounding drum-machined-y like it sometimes does.
My peeps better be jumping as high as they can for PUSH! WOOHOO!!!
Push has become one of my favorite songs to hear live.It's a festival, so playing so many singles makes sense, I guess.
@Cureheart same deep water is ALWAYS perfect
ghanisbuli, I MIGHT have that show.
So far the setlist is typical for a festival.Hope they get "darker" soon.
@Lindsey - most definitely! My two faves.
Is this Las Vegas from the 4:13 Dream tour? What was the problem at the end of the show?
Friday, Friday... : P
From Olivier: Clear skies, full moon, great crowd.
Shawn,Email me! I would much appreciate it if you do :). email@example.comOr else I'll have to try to dig it up at Curefans.com or something.
Go on, go on, just walk away...Inbetween Days now.
Las Vegas was a special one-off (or, I guess two-off because they played Coachella the next night).The concert ended abruptly with several encores left unplayed, and Robert ended up with a mysteriously injured hand.No one was allowed backstage, not even those with passes.
It's just your part in the Play For Today. : )
ghanisbuli, if I have it, then it's on a drive at my apartment, so I'll look when I go back there tonight.Vagabond Sun, they had to cut the encores short because one of Robert's guitar strings had snapped and whipped him on one of his hands. It began swelling and eventually became too painful for Robert to continue.
Shawn,According to Eden Gallup, Robert's injury was not caused by the guitar string.According to my dad, (who was a paramedic for years, if that adds any credibility) it looked like an injury from punching something.
Wow, I never knew that. Was everyone guess that Smith and Thompson got into it? The full band of the time played and few days later and they only played one additional encore at Coachella until the plug was pulled. http://www.cure-concerts.de/main/2009.php
Lost in A Forest...all alone.
who knows. can we believe that was like 2 1/2 years ago?
@Vagabond Sun well we didn't know about porl 'til much later.
Why would Robert have punched anything during a show? I can see 20 year old Robert doing such a thing, but not 50+ year old Robert.
Under the full moon must be so sweet. What a high
I don't really believe that Robert and Porl got into a punching match.They had sound troubles that night, the wrong song started... frustration? I'm not saying that it definitely is a wound from punching. I should've said that the type of injury appears consistent with a punching injury.
It could even be a swelling due to some kind of arthritis or something. Keef has horrendous fingers due to that, btw.
Well, whatever the case may be, The Cure played a long set two nights later, so Smith's hand must not have been that bad...
His hand was super swollen at Coachella. He's a trooper.Cortisone shot ftw!That show looked like a lot of fun. Much better energy.
This set is looking pretty weak so far.
Shake Dog Shake!
ok NOW thats better! woohoo!
with all my respect to anyone's opinion, any setlist will sound weak after Reflections.
I liked it in 2000 when Robert said, more or less, "Screw the festival atmosphere," and played what was essentially an abbreviated regular Dream Tour show at the festivals.
Yeah, it seems like tonight, they decided to drop a bunch of hits first to get it out of the way....
IMO.. the Cure don't have a "weak set list".
The Hungry Ghost!
Shake Dog Shake - don't forget the bridge C-;...
Was not expecting Hungry Ghost. Love that song!
'The Hungry Ghost'? Okay, now the band seems to be on a decent run.
I'd love it if they played The Holy Hour.
I wonder how 'THG' sounded with keys.
Oh, how I would love to hear The Hungry Ghost with keys!
I'm sure there will be hundreds of clips on Youtube tonight/tomorrow.
Hungry Ghost was the high point of 4:13 Dream for me!
From Perfect.Murder: "Ripping through 100yrs!!"
The song, not end of show. : )
probably nearing the end then (pre encore)
Hoping they close with Disintegration. Double opening songs, double closers?
That wouldn't be a first.