Monday, May 28, 2012

The Cure at Pinkpop 2012

(Photo from 3FM)

Setlist: Plainsong, Pictures of You, High, The End of the World, Lovesong, Push, Inbetween Days, Just Like Heaven, From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea, Hungry Ghost, Play For Today, A Forest, Bananafishbones, Lullaby, The Walk, Mint Car, Friday I'm in Love, Doing the Unstuck, Trust, Want, Wrong Number, One Hundred Years, Disintegration.

Encore: Lovecats, Close To Me, Let's Go To Bed, Sleep When I'm Dead, Why Can't I Be You, Boys Don't Cry.

Note: The Cure were joined by Reeves Gabrels on guitar tonight, and he'll be with them for the Summer tour.

Audio: SummerCure / All 12 tracks from both webcasts / Saturday's webcast / Sunday's webcast

Video: Robert interview (English) (YouTube) / Complete 50 minute live webcast / Complete 35 minute highlights webcast / Compilation / Plainsong & Pictures of You / Plainsong / Pictures of You 1 - 2 / High / Lovesong / Push 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 / Inbetween Days / Just Like Heaven / From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea / Push - Inbetween Days - Just Like Heaven - Edge of the Deep Green Sea / Hungry Ghost / Play For Today 1 - 2 / A Forest 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 / Bananafishbones 1 - 2 / Lullaby / The Walk 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 / Mint Car / Friday I'm In Love / Doing The Unstuck & Trust / Trust 1 - 2 / Want 1 - 2 / Wrong Number 1 - 2 - 3 / One Hundred Years 1 - 2 / One Hundred Years & Disintegration / Disintegration / Lovecats 1 - 2 / Lovecats & Close To Me / Close To Me / Let's Go To Bed / Lovecats - Close To Me - Let's Go To Bed - Sleep When I'm Dead / Why Can't I Be You & Boys Don't Cry / Boys Don't Cry 1 - 2 - 3 

Photos: laurent_vdk / Benzpics / Robert 1 - 2 - 3 / Simon / Strange Artifact 1 - 2 - 3 / Robert (Plainsong) / Vicky / COGASM :) / Pinkpop / Bart / 3FM / L1mburg / Cure shirts for sale / Robert / Reeves Gabrels on stage with The Cure / Reeves / Reeves / Robert & Reeves /

Reviews: Aachener Nachrichten (English) / Parool (English) / 3voor12 (English

"we have conformation that we may stream the cure live from 22.00 C.E.T./21.00 UK Time at

1:31 PM - From Laurant: "Stage being set up: from right to left: roger, Simon, jason, Robert and extra guitarist!"

10:50 AM - From Luuk and @annefrankd: Cure shirts for sale at Pinkpop.

9:58 AM - Asked 3voor12 if they will air The Cure's set tonight, here's the reply - "still waiting for approval. We sure hope so!" But according to this article, Robert already gave permission. Explanation - "that's for TV, at least a few songs live is the update! Keep you posted!"

9:44 AM - : from : there are white and black shirts with Cure logo on front and on back it says 'Summercure' with all festivals.

Luuk will be providing live updates from the show, @MarbleAndStone will also be providing a few updates, and anyone else who would like to contribute, please feel free to do so. And to everyone who's there, have a fantastic night!

216 comments:

  1. I can hardly wait to see what is going on, maybe a new song, maybe I guest second guitarist!

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  2. I hate posting from my mobile, that auto correct sucks. I meant , maybe a guest second guitarist, like P Bamonte, or W Hussey

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  3. W. Hussay will tour with The Mission along with Killing Joke and The Cult. Perry will never be hired again for sure. But an ex-Bowie or someone else, why not. Any idea of tonight's attendance ? Red 60 and 65 k on the internet but....

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    1. Why will Perry never be hired again? I missed all the drama...speculation is acceptable, just want the dirt :)

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  4. hussey its in argentina now, tonight im going to the concert, a question i have firefox and in boths webs need a pluggin to watch the transmission, whats the plugging is?

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  5. I believe you need Microsoft Silverlight.

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  6. And they're still using the late 70's/early 80's logo on those t-shirts. Awesome!

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  7. hmmmm, need some help here........ I'm getting a message, on the screen where the payer is reading: " a plugin is needed to display this content " ...... the link below it that says " install plugn " ..... When I click that, it searches and then says:: " no suitable plugins wew found " ......... I manually updated my Flash player and it's still not working. What am I doing wrong here............?

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    1. Like Andy said above, you need Microsoft Silverlight.

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  8. Looking forward to this.

    Is everyone else looking at some band called Major Tom? Am I looking at the right thing?

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    1. Yes, that's right. Still an hour or so before The Cure starts.

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    2. Also, we're still not sure how much of the set will be streamed. Last update from them said at least a few songs live. Let's hope for more.

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    3. Thanks Craig.

      Whoops I misread the clock!

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  9. Stage being set up: from right to left: roger, Simon, jason, Robert and extra guitarist!

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    1. Quick: wild speculation before the show starts! My guess is...oh, Phil Thornalley, why not :)

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    2. perhaps frank bell the singing postman is taking over lead vocals and robert's just the guitarist now! :)

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  10. Whenever the CURE play anywhere in the world... there my heart is.

    -Underneath the Stars-

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  11. Yes, there's an extra guitarist set up. Anyone Amy idea who that might be?

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    1. Perry? Not imaginative of me, but he already knows most of the songs.

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    2. Wait, maybe it's Billy Corgan. Or Johnny Marr! One of the lads from Blink 182, even?

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  12. Has there ever been just a "session player" with the Cure for a concert? So i guess it's either a brand new member, or someone from the past :) Sweet!

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    1. Did anyone just hear a little bit of Plainsong?!?

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    2. I did! are they showing a different state???? I heard Plainsong!!! grrrr!!!!

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    3. Yes! Cut out after about half a second though :(

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  15. Meh, that's lame. They broadcasted the first few seconds of Plainsong, then switched to reruns. Looks like that timetable posted earlier on this site was correct, unfortunately. >:(

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  16. I think it will be just a temporal live-fill in, kinda what interpol did with their live shows to replace carlos d.

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  17. It wouldn't be that surprising if Robert asked another guitarist to join as they'll probably play some 'Wish' songs which was a guitar driven album. I'd bet on Earl Slick, Reeves Gabrels, Steve Severin or Slash. Find the mistake.

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    1. I hope The Big Hand makes the setlist.

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    2. Maybe Slash will just join them for...wait for it...The Snakepit!

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  18. I'm going to keep it recording in hopes that they air The Cure.

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  19. Excellent. Very excited!! In celebration of the new tour my girlfriend made me a Robert Smith Rag Doll. Made my day :)

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  20. They only have the rights to stream a few songs, so expect it in this highlights package at some point.

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    1. It's no different on TV though, sadly.

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  21. I'm watching The Ting Ting's now, am i in the correct place?

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  22. we have conformation that we may stream the cure live from 22.00 C.E.T./21.00 UK Time

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    1. So we're going to get only 45 minutes max of the set, as the broadcast ends at 22:45.

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    2. Craig, what's that in US times?

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    3. I wanna say that's 1pm Pacific US time but I'm not sure.

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    4. 1 PM Pacific agrees with my calculations....

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  23. It wouldn't be that surprising if Robert asked another guitarist to join as they'll probably play some 'Wish' songs which was a guitar driven album. I'd bet on Earl Slick, Reeves Gabrels, Steve Severin or Slash. Find the mistake.

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  24. Plainsong, pictures of you, high

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  25. Reeves Gabriels is apparently onstage :O

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    1. this is fantastic news! he is the only one that could replace porl. he did fantastic work with bowie in the 90's.
      please let this be true :)

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  26. In my opinion almost everyone can replace Porl... ;-p

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  27. Reeves ! I told you !!! Fantastic news. Any pictures of the guys on stage, anyone ?

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    1. Indeed absolutely fantastic news. Saw him play live with Bowie in 1995, amazing guitarist. His style certainly sorts the men out from the boys!

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    2. From Vicky De Bruyne via Facebook:

      http://i47.tinypic.com/kdrhvo.jpg

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    1. Shh.. No need for name calling either.

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  29. The usual dreadfully amateurish coverage of Pinkpop by Dutch public broadcasting. Up unitl a few years ago they would have broadcast the entire Saturday night headline band. Thanks to government cutbacks it looks like they can now only afford the rights to broadcast B-list bands. Somewhat pitiful state of affairs.

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  30. I assume this means Reeves will be playing with them throughout the rest of this tour?

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  31. The end of THE world, lovesong, Push, inbetween days

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  32. Laurent vdk, couldn"t you send a few pics ? Big crowd ?

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  33. Tsk tsk.... Porl widows. Pfft. Porl is dead, face it. Welcome Reeves, even if it's just for this gig.

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  34. They seeming to be churning out the hits thick and fast...maybe saving some surprises for later on?...

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  35. I'm confused over the times. According to the times, they should be playing now???

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    1. They are playing right now. It's just not being broadcasted until 40 minutes from now.

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  36. They are. Just can't stream the set yet.

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  37. oooh ok. I'll just wait then :)

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  38. seconds from push : http://www.sendspace.com/file/y7ooie

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  39. Just like heaven, from THE edge of THE deep green sea, hungry ghost, a play for today, a forest

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  40. ... a few seconds from A Forest could be heard, and now we're watching other stuff again.

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  41. Did the Ting Tings stream just freeze for any of you?

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  42. reeves? interesting turn! and fab setlist so far!

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  43. Bananafishbones?!? That's only going to fuel the fire of a Top/Head on the Door/KMKMKM tour! Oh my!

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  44. Bananafishbone???? Yeah!!!!

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  45. Bananafishb... holy crap! Awesome!!

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  46. First Reeves Gabrels playing with The Cure, now Bananafishbones!!!!!!!!! In a minute I will wake up....

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  47. Bananafishbone!!!!! Get the fuck out of here!!!!!

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  48. Finally, the broadcast is about to start.

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  49. Mint Car!!!! Hell Yeah (am I alone in that)

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  50. Mint Car?! If they play that and don't play any Bloodflowers, they're sinning against their own music :P

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  51. Could we get important informations : Robert with black or gray hair ? Spiked high ? Roger smily ? Simon jumpin' and angry ? Jason with eyeliner ? Love his eyelined eyes ! New material on stage ? Approximat attendance ? Reeves happy and comfortable on stage with the boys ? All dressed in black ? Noisy crowd ?

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  52. This year's all about Wish!

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  53. I think they're sounding great! sweeeeet!!!! :)

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  54. Bananafisfbones, lullaby, tHE walk, mint car, friday, doing THE unstuck

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  55. Haven't heard Doing the Unstuck for a while. I like Reeve's guitar parts ;)

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    1. Reeves's is sounding great! what a great pickup! :)

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  56. its the perfect day for dreams come true!

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  57. Ooh, Trust. This setlist is definitely high on the Wish content.

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  58. This is brilliant. They sound amazing. Please let Reeves stick around. Robert is back on acoustic and a finally a clean, un-muddy sounding electric guitar.

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  59. MMM.....trust. So good. I love WISH

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  60. reeves is cool
    sound is great
    love it!!!

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  61. Flashy new piano part for Roger ;-)

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  62. Fucking hell Roger is re-writing the piano parts to Trust as he goes!!! This could very well be the best Cure line-up in 20 years.

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    1. Reeves is owning the guitar parts on want!!!

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  64. Loving Reeves making that guitar scream in Want...

    Sounding great..

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  65. I wonder if they play Wrong number because of Reeves being with them?

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    1. Want !!! Oh yeah Wrong Number, pleaaaaase !!!!!

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    2. Well, there's your answer.

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    3. Do I just have to ask ?! I have a few dozens more I'd luv to hear, ya know...

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  66. Wow the Reflections shows were no fluke, they are sounding better than they have in years!

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  67. This is as good as I've heard the band sound since Wish..!

    Reeve's guitar parts are excellent, Roger seems to have a free reign and they've finally taken the awful effects from poor Jason's drums

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  68. HOLY ROCK & ROLL!!!!! I HATE THAT I'M NOT THERE!!!!!!!

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  69. How about that old dude rocking out to Want?

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  70. Haha.....it's like I'm a psychic!!!

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  71. Never been a huge fan of Wrong Number, but Reeve's is fucking killing it!

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  72. they sounds incredible!!!! fantastic!!! i´m surprised... brilliant!!!!

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  73. As brilliant as they sound, they don't seem to be having a whole lot of fun. At Bestival there was a lot of tomfoolery and playing around. Not tonight.

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  74. Go Reeves! That's what I'm talking about!

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  75. The only bad thing here is Robert's hair. He looks like he's been to Donald Trumps hairdresser

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  76. BEST SOUNDING THE CURE SINCE F*CKING WISH-TOUR!!! Finally some fresh imput.

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  77. CURE are taking no prisoners!!!!! holy shit!

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  78. Oh hey look, they still know how to play material from the 80's. :)

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  79. 100 years is so menacing...it almost makes me feel like stone cold killer lol

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  80. Disintegration. Okay, that one was predictable, given Plainsong as the opener. Let's see how it sounds with Reeves.

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  81. The way Reeve's is playing, Disintegration should be epic

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  82. Trust, want, wrong number, 100yrs, disintegration,

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  83. Actually with the set being Wish heavy and Reeves involved I REALLY hope they play Cut

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  84. Holy smokes! One of the best live versions of Disintegration in awhile! Simon's bass perfection.

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  85. I really hope somebody records and makes this audio available for download

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  86. I love Simons bass playing, but this distortion effect he has been using since the Trilogy shows is horrible, sounds like a Tin Can

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  87. Probably the best live version of 100 Years I've ever heard :O Disintegration sounding fantastic as well, best one I've heard post-Prayer tour probably

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  88. Thats how a tin can should be played! Powerful tin-can effect by Simon. What for Encore??

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  89. Unless they are doing a one song encore I think they may over-run on time.. :)

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  90. What do you think, Love Cat's to finish?

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  91. No way they'll leave without doing boys don't cry.

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  92. Apparently the remainder of the show will be aired tomorrow at 13:00 CET.

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  93. ARGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHh... Left off at Close to Me...

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  94. Throw your clock out the window! The CURE are playing!!! gotta love it :) STRONG start to a wonderful Summer. Thank you Robert and Gang!!!!

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  95. noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!

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  96. ARGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHh... Left off at Close to Me...

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  97. i sobbed all through disintegration. i was in my husband's room listening to it through stereo speakers. holy god. they sound so amazing and robert looks like the cat that ate the canary!

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  98. whhhhhhhy on earth would they cut it there?

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  99. They do sound best as 5...

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  100. SLEEP WHEN I'M DEAD!!! Reeves must be owning that one

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  101. Just like heaven, from THE edge of THE deep green sea, hungry ghost, a play for today, a forest

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  102. friday lm in love on youtube!

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  103. Goodshow but i think we can pretty much rule out the idea that reeves might work with them in the studio, cause they didnt play any new songs,although heres hoping im wrong

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  104. Love that they played surprises and also songs from each album or so, and from 'The Cure', 'Wild Mood Swings' and '4:13 Dream'. I'm almost sure that we'll have lots of other unattended songs all summer long. And what can I say about Reeves but that I'd love they'll do an album with this fantastic line-up. The Cure rule !

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  105. anybod have the audio for download

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  106. i wasted the last couple of weeks working out surprise songs they might play with the 4 piece line-up - now this beautiful surprise - and bananafishbones!

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  107. I really hope Reeves is in for good, he's such an amazing guitarist!

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  108. @Craig - your comment about being joined by Reeves Gabrels tonight. Was this just a one off do you think? I really hope not.

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    1. I don't think so. Will let you know soon. : )

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    2. Thanks Craig, I really hope he is in the band for good, he can add so much. A truly wonderful guitar player.

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    3. Don't know if he's here for good, but a Summer run would still be nice.

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  109. Wow, awesome! Sorry I missed the party! :)

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  110. after this is come back with david bowie, no more with the cure ? no more second guitar?

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    1. Be patient, eric. Answers will be with us soon.

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  111. thank craig:)maybe you are right:)

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  113. Eric, he hasn't been with Bowie since 1999, also Bowie is pretty much in retirement, if Bowie were to come out of retirement I don't think Reeves would be his first choice. The funniest thing is Reeves had no interest in playing "the hits" as part of Bowie's band, but tonight the Cure played mostly hits!

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  115. sounds good from what's up so far.. i wanna hear one hundred years!

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  116. This is the first and last time I will ever comment about Robert's hair and I can't even believe I'm going to say it this time... I just wish it was even it out a bit, like not so "combed over the top" from the back. It looks great from the front, but really odd from the back. It's been like this for a couple years now. <- I really don't care, its always been about the music for me, this is just bugging me for some reason.

    With that said... they sounded great. I kicked open a bottle of Duvel, turned it up and then they cut it. :(

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    1. I loved the wildly asymmetrical look he had during the Reflections tour. It was totally out of control.

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    2. I like how it looks now compared to 2008 an up until now. Perhaps hes covering it up from the back? but i still think it looked good, when he was singing disintegration i felt like i was in a time machine here and there.
      I know its just hair, whatever, but hes always had cool hair, so i cant help but notice if it looks off as well sometimes.
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      ahhh duvel, good choice.

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  117. Auuugh, I can't believe I had to miss out on all the fun!! Such an epic moment in Cure history!! Craig, when was the last time that Bananafishbones was played live?? OMG!!! I can't wait to catch up on all the youtube videos. See you next time for sure, and now I am super excited to see this lineup in August!! I despaired that I would not see FTEOTDGS played live again!! :O Wow!! Cure love to you all!!

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    1. The last confirmed time that Bananafishbones was played, it was Oct. 10th, 1984. However, there are some setlists from the end of that tour which have never been posted, so it's possible it was played later. But positive it was late 1984.

      This answer brought to you by a total setlist nerd. : )

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    2. Thank you so much, Craig, I knew you'd have the answer, and I also knew it would have been a LONG time ago! I didn't expect it to have been 1984 though!! Amazing. It sounded just incredible. I'm currently still on vacation with my family or I'd have been hovering over my laptop waiting on the updates from the show with everyone else. I wonder what kind of surprises are yet in store for this summer!!? Thanks again for being here, Craig and all the wonderful people who make CoF a great place to hang out!

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  118. First time I saw them was October 27, 1984. They played all of The Top minus one or possibly two songs and I was trying to remember recently what was left out and I was sort of thinking Bananafishbones was. This date was also one of the few times Vince Ely played with them.

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  119. If they record with this lineup it could potentially kick them out of the post-Wish doldrums. Potentially... And I still liked a lot of post-Wish stuff...

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  120. A slightly different set of songs being broadcast this afternoon. On Sunday's stream the following were broadcast in the this order: Lullaby, Friday I'm in Love, Doing the Unstuck, Want, Close To Me, Sleep When I'm Dead, Why Can't I Be You

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  121. Great set list! Bananafishbones Wow that is EPIC! I would die for a set-lit that included all of the songs from The Top. Thanks for all the videos & photos! Love seeing all this happy Cureness happening again. Too bad I won't be able to make any shows this summer but so glad for the COF for all the news!!! Next best thing to being there! Thanks Craig!

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  122. Did anyone get a video of FTEOTDGS??

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  123. Ok...so I was with Eric's comment upon my first read of his post. Yep, it's fucking wierd that Porl and Chris are selling their shit. It's like a flag was being waved from important links from the past saying "enough already".

    That being said, let's get real....a little house cleaning is what is needed to move forward. Those guys have lived the band for decades...their house has to be cluttered with so much shit. If I had massive amounts of cash, I'd buy it all, but I probably wouldn't be willing to carry all that baggage with me forever.

    Back to my point...just got done watching the Pinkpop festival and it all makes sense. I bet that only a handful of the audience at Pinkpop knew that Reeves was a new guitarist, that there wasn't a 2nd guitarist for Bestival and that Porl leaving was years of discussions on fan forums. Rarely has there been a band that endured the test of time like The Cure. Break it down to the essence and it's because of three things... 1) The music is amazing. 2) the fact that Robert and Co continue to evolve and 3) The Fucking Music People!

    What I'm saying is the same thigs I've been saying for what feels like forever. If you don't like The Cure, you simply don't like music...and that makes you a dickhead in my book.

    Also...I still think they should release Join The Dots on vinyl...

    Sorry....I just drank a ton while wathching Pinkpop....felt necessary to type...

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    1. haha nice.
      yeah its a little weird to see chris and porl selling stuff. Its fine if they are done, Robert, Roger, Simon, and Jason clearly aren't, and now Reeves is getting another taste of the fun, and adding excellence to excellence.
      They were incredible good sounding, and it was the first gig!
      Incredible! I will be glued to the tube this summer.

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  124. begone trolls - you will all dissolve in the sunshine :)

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  125. Any info on what they played during the soundcheck? Couldn't find anything yet about it on the net.

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  126. Reeves has injected something into them ... they sound fresher, sharper, more energetic, the songs are faster., JLH is a prime example. Welcome back lads.

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  127. Wishing there was video/audio of Reeve's guitar solo for FTEOTDGS...

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