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Sunday, June 17, 2012

The Cure at Hultsfred Festival 2012

Photo by Herman Dahlgren for Rockfoto.

Setlist: (Tape), Open, High, End of the World, Lovesong, Push, Inbetween Days, Just Like Heaven, From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea ("Sound broke down"), Three Imaginary Boys (brief version, "only played until sound came back"), The Hungry Ghost, Play For Today, A Forest, If Only Tonight We Could Sleep, Pictures of You, Lullaby, Bananafishbones, The Walk, Friday I'm in Love, Doing the Unstuck, Trust, Want, Wrong Number, One Hundred Years, End

1st encore: The Top
2nd encore: Dressing Up, Lovecats, The Caterpillar, Close To Me, Just One Kiss, Boys Don't Cry.
Robert - "We planned to play until the sun came up, but we must stop now or they'll call the police & turn off the power."

Thanks to and for the live setlist reports tonight.

Reviews: NME / Gaffa (English) / Göteborgs-Posten (English) (Scan) / Konstpretton (English) / SvD (English) / HLN (English) / Aftonbladet (rebuttal to this review / English) / Kulturbloggen (English) / Barometern (English) / Festivalrykten (English) / Expressen (English)

Photos: Rockfoto / Roger & Johan / Merchandise (Anders) / Crowd (Hultsfred) / Open (Jakob)

Videos: Lovesong / Push / Inbetween Days 1 - 2 - 3 / Just Like Heaven / A Forest / If Only Tonight We Could SleepPictures of You 1 - 2 / Bananafishbones 1 - 2 / The Walk / Friday I'm in Love 1 - 2 - 3 / One Hundred Years & The Top / End / The Top 1 - 2 / Dressing Up 1 - 2 / The Lovecats / The Caterpillar 1 - 2 / Close To Me / Just One Kiss 1 - 2 / Robert explains why they can't play longer & Boys Don't Cry 1 - 2

From Johan: "what no one seems to have noted yet is that they were not able to play any longer after pulling off boys don't cry. before that song a crew member came on-stage and told robert they had to end the show. robert listened and agreed with simon that they should play boys don't cry, after that
they quit and went off stage. i guess the reason was for issues with sound level and safety personnel working for too late hrs. i guess the concert ended around 03:30 AM"

00:26 - Currerbell: "Just arrived. And we almost crashed with cure's van in a roundabout! They took the wrong direction! Question is, what would have been sadest? Me killing them or them killing me?"

21:46 - @RogerODonell: Strange things you find in fruit dishes in dressing rooms in Sweden

21:30 - Johan: "okay i just met roger in front of the main stage. he was really nice and pleasant and took pictures with fans. i was starstruck at the moment and then he strolled out into the festival area."

19:39 - Jakob () in his SummerCure hat.

From Johan: "i'm at the site fetching my sweatshirt by the car. seen a lot of cure fans and even a 15 yr old girl wearing a boys dont cry t-shirt in company with her parents. no youngsters are allowed at swedish concerts due to regulations. the only thing i can say right now is that i'm awfully thrilled, kasabian warmin up the stage now before the cardigans and hopefully the cure steppin on around 1 AM "

From Stefan: "Asked Hultsfred about webcast from the concert on Friday and they said "No". And it doesn't look like Swedish Television will film anything either... :( "

From Anders: "Cure is soundchecking right now....10:30. They played same deep water for about 10min, lullaby, a forest, play for today (extremly hard and long), High......there are a couple of curefans who have been sitting in front row since 12:00"

93 comments:

  1. They're going to be playing until around 3:00a.m. local time? That's pretty late! Are they going to just play nice Lullabies for the last hour of the show? :) :) :)

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  2. i'm at the site fetching my sweatshirt by the car. seen a lot of cure fans and even a 15 yr old girl wearing a boys dont cry t-shirt in company with her parents. no youngsters are allowed at swedish concerts due to regulations. the only thing i can say right now is that i'm awfully thrilled, kasabian warmin up the stage now before the cardigans and hopefully the cure steppin on around 1 AM

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  3. okay i just met roger in front of the main stage. he was really nice and pleasant and took pictures with fans. i was starstruck at the moment and then he strolled out into the festival area...i'll send a pic to craig

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  4. Awesome Johan. Have fun and keep us informed

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  5. Kate who always says thanks - will you marry me?

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    1. Hahahahahaha...well, Kate? : )

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    2. Craig

      Did you get the scans I sent to you?

      Its Sweden 2 England 2.

      Twenty minutes to go. Mr Smith must be biting his nails.

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    3. Yes! Thank you for that! Will get them posted this weekend.

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    4. Good morning, all. What a set!

      Tom, you are very sweet. :)

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  6. Checking in for the live show thread!! :D
    I can't wait to see what surprises they throw out today!

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  7. It will be a happy setlist if it remains Sweden 2 England 3. 6 mins to go.

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  8. England win! Now how about The Perfect Girl in the set tonight to celebrate? Kate?!

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  9. Craig, I sent you the Maxidrom news page confirming the official attendances. Sent also a tickets update, a link to win the last 50 tickets for the sold out 30th at the Eurokéenes (for SFR mobile brand customers only), etc.

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    1. Thanks, David. Will get to that after the show updates for tonight.

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    2. My gigantic pleasure, Craig. What do you think of a king of package with Wish deluxe, 5:14 Nightmare, Paris 2008 an Sydney 2011 ? I was kidding about it but in fact it could happen and be good fun. When the official site comments were still accessible, I asked Robert for a renewed setlist and he listened to me ;-) Maybe he'll also make this dream come true ! I could kill for such a package !!!

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  10. Bloodflowers songs tonight ? And in Scandinavia, "The Scream" for Edvard Munch !

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  11. The guys will get on stage completly drunk as England won tonight, and against Sweden ! Hope the audience won't be upset...

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  12. Just arrived. And we almost crashed with cure's van in a roundabout! They took the wrong direction! Question is, what would have been sadest? Me killing them or them killing me?

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    1. Glad you are all okay! Now enjoy the show! : )

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  13. No Live feed? :( We’ve been spoiled.

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  14. I hope they dont jump off with plainsong each time this summer. I love the song but i miss 4:13 or bloodflowrs frames! i'll die hearing it's over oder bloodflowers (the song) with reeves, actually! how's the weather out in sweden?

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  15. Why is it saying Unknown? Odd.. this is KelBel

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  16. am i wrong or is it rarely happpening that we had "if only tonight" in the main set and POY in the middle of a show?

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    1. Yeah, it's a bit weird. And first time IOTWCS has been in the main set on this tour. No Kiss Me encore, I guess.

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    2. well i don't need kiss me if we can have a FAITH encore =)

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  17. This seems like a really long main set. No???

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    1. No. : ) 23 songs (not counting 3IB), is the norm. They did 25 in Russia.

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  18. I predict a Top encore, followed by a Faith one, finishing up with the Old Skool set.

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  19. The Top, never nought they would play that live again.

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  20. Cool..the Top! Everyone's getting a new old song...fantastic!

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  21. OMG!!!! THE TOP!!!!!!!! AAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!! ;0)

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  22. OMG!!!! THE TOP!!!!!!!! AAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!! ;0)

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  23. wow..but also strange, for the beginning of an encore set..hope they have enough time left

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  24. Great set-list! Loving all these reports from the shows. I can't hang out much to enjoy them while they are happening lately but it's cool to see some many fans enjoying the show! Thanks to craig for all the work he does!

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  25. The reason they are playing rare songs from 'The Top' is because they are working them out before they do the next album trilogy shows later this year.

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  26. Before this Euro tour is over; they will play every song from 'The Top' and most of KMKMKM and Head on the Door.

    Then, they will announce the next trilogy shows:

    The Top, Head on the Door, KMKMKM

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    1. Great thanks, Craig. How are things in NOLA?

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    2. Have seen better days, but getting by. : )

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    3. Sorry to hear that things aren't all fabulous, but very glad you're OK.
      Onwards and upwards, hey?

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    4. Things could be much worse, so I am not complaining! Yes, onwards and upwards, and hopefully some Cure shows in my near future. : )

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    5. *sending good vibes for happiness..... and Cure shows*

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  28. Thanks for the updates, Craig.... AND for everything you do for Cure fans.

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  29. Hi everyone!!! How fun is this?! My favorite people gathering for virtual shows with outstanding set lists. So happy for everyone there : )

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  30. wow what a show! it was amazing surprise to hear the top! it sounded awesome!!

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  31. Why hasn't my bride replied? Tell me what is going on. I'm waiting on my knees. Sounds like an excellent show. Back to the derby assembley rooms '84 for The Top! A long time ago....

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  32. The Top! Squeeeee!!

    So they actually did it. For the first time in 28 years, they finally played it. With Simon on bass for the first time! This tour is totally awesome!

    You damn lucky Swedes. Wish I had been there.

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  33. Love them opening with Plainsong, I'd be upset if they don't open with it at Hurricane or Reading! And no disintegration!

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  34. the cure stayed at the same hotel as us. chatted with roger for at least an hour in the afternoon in the hotel garden. i can send pictures later. roger said he'd expect the pictures to be at chainofflowers in an hour :D

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  35. just woke up in stockholm after driving from hultsfred after the concert. i can say that it was an really awesome performance and robert seemed to be in really good mood, and the rest of the band also of course. maybe thanks to england beating sweden in the euros:) what no one seems to have noted yet is that they were not able to play any longer after pulling off boys don't cry. before that song a crew member came on-stage and told robert they had to end the show. robert listened and agreed with simon that they should play boys don't cry, after that
    they quit and went off stage. i guess the reason was for issues with sound level and safety personnel working for too late hrs. i guess the concert ended around 03:30 AM

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    1. Such a shame. I really think Robert would just keep playing all night, if he could. : )

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  36. I agree with that statement about Robert would just carry on Playing if he could that's how it came across at Barcelona .I cant wait until i see them next in Italy I hope all the Cure fans that are gonna see the the other shows get lots of songs that they like & that they keep mixing it up & throwing in surprise,s was nice that they have played two completely different main sets last two gigs I hope a video of the Top appears at some point

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  37. A top, head on the door, kmkmkm show? I would find that most acceptable, especially if they added in some bloodflowers and wms stuff into the encore, that would be my dream night.

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    1. Think about it... they have been testing out rare songs from that era; The Top, Bananafishbones, Dressing Up, Just One Kiss, Fight...

      I expect we'll see more from the 1983 - 1987 era as they 'dust off' these tunes. They are more complex that the first three albums, and require some 'test' runs before he records some trilogy shows.

      Let's hope a proper North American tour is in the works as well this year!

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    2. I would love to attend any show in the USA that the Cure have to offer. Of course my preference is Los Angeles where I live but I'd definitely like to travel within the country again to see this amazing group.

      You mention The Top, Head on the Door, and KMKMKM, but do you think they'll also do Japanese Whispers in full?

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    3. I don't know if they would do Japanese whispers in full. Has that always been considered an "ep" or a full album? I was always under the impression that it was an ep, and on Rhapsody it's the only one not offered as an album. I agree, it would be awesome to see a proper tour this year, i'm holding off my vacation to see if they announce anything so i'll be able to get to any shows. I know they won't come close to where I live, but if they go to Toronto or Philly or NYC it's about 4-5 hrs to any of those places.

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  38. Can you think of any reason why they would cut Head on the Door out of the next "trilogy" tour? They are playing a lot of songs off The Top, Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me and Wish. That could explain why.

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    1. I think you are on to something here!

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    2. Well.. over the years 'Head on the Door' has seen A LOT of action:

      Inbetween Days
      Kyoto Song
      The Blood
      Push
      The Baby Screams
      Close to Me
      A Night Like This
      Sinking

      have all been played since 2000, and most recently as 2008. The only one not played since the actual tour for that album is Six Different Ways.

      So the band is pretty familiar with those songs. Now, The Top, still A LOT off that album that has seen the light of day since the 1980s:

      The Wailing Wall
      Give Me It
      The Empty World
      Bananafishbones (until now)
      The Caterpillar (until 2011)
      The Top (until the other night, lol)

      In fact the only 'Top' songs played on a somewhat regular basis have been Shake Dog Shake, Dressing Up, & Piggy in the Mirror. And we haven't seen that Piggy in a few tours!

      KMKMKM has not seen quite a few songs since the tour, and some have never been played:

      One More Time
      All I Want
      The Perfect Girl
      1000 Hours
      Fight (until last night)
      Hey You (except for a show in 2004)
      Icing Sugar

      So, there are quite a few tunes off both albums to dust off.

      It's the 20th anniversary of Wish, that may be why they are playing so much off it.

      But it's also the 30th anniversary of Pornography, yet we've only seen a few off that one.

      So we'll see. I expect to see all of The Top played at some point on the Euro tour.

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    3. EDIT: Now, The Top, still A LOT off that album that has nOT seen the light of day since the 1980s:

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  39. I think Jason might not be able to play Six Different Ways.

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  40. Yes he can. Give up Boris, it ended 17 years ago.

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    1. Of course Jason can play Six Different Ways, lol. He's played more complex songs than that one!

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    2. Great, let's see him do it. More power to him if he does.

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  41. Yes he can. Give up Boris, it ended 17 years ago.

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  42. Where the f are swedish videos ? I want to see the top ! not IBD or FIIL !

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    1. Starting to come in now. We got spoiled by the Russian fans. They shot so much, and uploaded immediately. : )

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  43. Sorry Kate - Didn't see the sweet reply. Thanks. X

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  44. Sorry Kate - Didn't see the sweet reply. Thanks. X

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  45. "The Top" is just up on you tube. It's fucking sensational.

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  46. oh one fun fact. the hotel that we and the cure stayed used to be a hospital. so the cure stayed in a hospital :D

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  47. Hard to say what the next trilogy will look like... Robert is a completest, so I could see him doing all the material from Japanese Whispers, The Top, and HOTD + period b-sides next time around.

    Then come back and do KMKMKM, Wish + period b-sides.

    Or hell, he might want to do Pornography again...

    Who knows.

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    1. Pretty sure I read that he wouldn't put that in any next trilogy.

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    3. Kris - what do you mean with "that" what he woudn't put in a future trilogy?

      But in fact it seemed robert was tasting blood with the reflection concept again in (re)processing the own history...

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  48. Wouldn't it be great if the next Reflections tour was Pornography/Japanese Whispers/The Top?

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