Friday, August 30, 2013

The Cure play El Paso, Texas on Oct. 10th

The rumor was true after all. Ticketmaster now has a listing for The Cure to play the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas on Oct. 10th. Tickets go on sale Aug. 30th at 10am mountain time. (Thanks Jay)

Articles: El Paso 411 / Slicing Up Eyeballs

Note from Ticketmaster: General Admission Floor Section is Standing Room Only!

Tickets on sale now.

Carlos is already planning to take over one of the bars across the street from the venue for a pre-show meetup. Will post details as soon as he finalizes everything.

Fans lined up to buy tickets this morning. (Thanks Carlos)

Carlos' ticket.

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    1. And if everything works out right, I'll be joining you gentlemen there, too. :)

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    2. flights from austin to el paso and back booked. now just need to get tickets to the show.

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  2. Maybe they had to wait for ACL to sold out or so before announcing a gig that near...

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    1. Not that sure. This kind of agreement iis frequent when signing a big name. Anyway a good thing for Texas to have a gig in a small venue.

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    2. Not that small (think Troubadour in Vegas, the Olympia in Paris or the Opera House in Sydney) but smaller that Latin America stadiums for sure.

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    3. @ davidaftertherain.. El Paso is not a 'small' venue, it's 12,000 seats. It will attract Cure fans from Albuquerque, Tucson, Las Cruces, etc... I'm sure the show will sell out.

      I'm in Phoenix, it's a 6.5 hour drive, but I'm going to wait and see if they schedule an Arizona date or Vegas. If not, I will probably make the drive to El Paso.

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    4. Theie site says 9,000 for concerts if I understood well. And when saying small venue, I meant "not a 50 or 100k festival. I hope it´ll sell out, as I'd love Monterrey to sell out.

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    5. Yes, 9,000 with end-stage seating. If the floor is GA (standing) then you can fit more people in there. Anyway, it feels like the right size for a Cure show, to me.

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    6. Found an official figure for a sold out Britney Spears show : 11,531.

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    7. Sounds good, but it is yet another configuration: center stage with people seating around in all sections, see the BS chart on ticketmaster.com or watch this: http://youtu.be/An6ygShqztw (good luck with that! :-) End-stage, with closed off sections behind the stage, ought to be less than that, in the end.

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    1. Ask Wobert to deal good prices with travel agencies ;)

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  4. If you're driving from El Paso back to Austin, stop at the McDonald Observatory. Underneath the stars for sure...

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    1. Nice to see a kindred spirit promoting the glorious universe! ;-)

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  5. OK, this is getting ridiculous. :p All these festivals/shows and nothing in the Northeast/Midatlantic region?

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    1. They played at the Osheaga Festival in Montreal.

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  6. i dont understand the reason why they are moving so much around the world without nothing new to play. strange.

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    1. The love of playing live.

      No band, ever, plays a 50 set song like RS did, or 30 - 40 songs every night at headlining shows like they do who is in it just for the money or to promote something new.

      The Cure could easily get away with playing a set like they did at Lollapolooza and sell out arenas, they could dial-in-the-hits like Depeche Mode does every tour and never really go outside the box.

      But RS loves to play live, loves being in The Cure and knows at 54 years old time is running out.

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    2. yes, i understand. but also playing not always the same songs is something new. the setlist is the same since so far ago..

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  7. My bet is we will see shows in the Midwest, then Northeast, and then circle back down to New Orleans between 10/12 - 11/1. That's 19 days, they could easily fit in 8 shows or so.

    I doubt they will just fly back to England and not use that time, but who knows.

    Highly doubtful they will go West. Unless they go West after Austin, and circle back to New Orleans, and then run up the East Coast...

    Who knows. I'm sure promoters are itching to book them because they always sell a lot of tickets. Personally, I'm saving my dollars for the Top/Head/KM shows.

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  8. Does anyone know if the floor GA or Reserved?

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    1. If the Nine Inch Nails chart at Ticketmaster for their November show there is any indication then it should be GA, hopefully (I really don't like reserved seating in the pit).

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    2. Here is where I differ... I really don't like sharing GA with 20,000 people on the floor. ;)

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    3. I hear you but the response of a seated audience (or even one standing, each in front of their seat) and that of a pit full of people are different enough to sometimes change the feel of the whole show. It doesn't compare, the liveliness. Don't get me wrong, I have at times wondered what the hell I was doing in the middle of the crowd, although it's usually a matter of picking the right crowd, but, no matter what, I keep getting back there. And then there's the matter of fairness: what have those with more money done to deserve being closer to the stage than others - but that's a whole nother debate.

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    4. Confirmed on ticketmaster.com: "Please Note: General Admission Floor Section is Standing Room Only!"

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  9. BUGGERY HELL! and i just got non-refundable plane tix to NOLA where i'll probably die from shrimp poisoning! ...or from having direct physical contact w/ 100,000 drunk, sweaty other fans... f**k me, man

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    1. New Orleans will have better food, so count your blessings. :)

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  10. I'm going to try out my new mind control device... Come to Boston, Robert! Come to Boston and rock my socks off!!!

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  11. I thought I would give my two cents worth on the shows in October. Why are people asking for shows in the North East and West? You people got 3 Reflections shows and you want more? Clearly Robert wants to play arena shows in places that have never seen a Cure show. The end is near and we all know it.

    Take a look at all the major cities that have never, ever seen a Cure show. It only makes sense for the band after Austin to hit the Midwest, Mid South, and South East. My guess is the band will play: Oklahoma City, Little Rock, Indianapolis, Louisville, Greenville, Memphis, Birmingham, Tallahassee and then head to New Orleans for their 1 hour and 45 min hit show. Everyone in New York and LA can wait till next year for the next 3 album shows.

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    2. Yep.. Playing places they've never been before they hang up their guitars..

      *SIGH*

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    5. There are lots of places on the East and West coasts that are not LA or NY, you know.

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  12. My wishlist for the next trilogy show: Italy (arena di Veron); Spain (Barcelona); France (Marseille).

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  13. Marco they played those places in 07-08. Not going to happen. Those days of 40 Euro shows are over. You very lucky if you get London, Paris, Frankfurt and Brussels.

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    1. Hi Jorge. To me, location for the next Trilogy, has to be more "mediterranean/exotic", than London or Paris. Spain, France and Italy are good options for the European leg of this rumored event and there are beautiful and atmospherical places to do it...

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    1. then again saving for the next trilogy show may be best. THE TOP, HEAD OTD, KISS ME...that would pretty much TOP any setlist i can imagine...a setlist with just the hits or the gloom/doom or a nice combo. damn, those three albums have it all in my opinion.

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  15. Well, crap;) Joke is on me yet again! I believed this rumor, initially, and was thrilled. It being such an unlikely town, I easily believed it was BS when someone told me it was, and was grateful I didn't fall for it;)
    Instead, I bought Oshee VIP tix and ACL( OSHEE wasn't what I expected, but that was completely due to my lack of research - nobody's fault but mine).

    So, now, after twenty four years and over twenty Cure Shows- both hither & thither- my last two Cure shows will be FESTIVALS;)

    YAY;)

    I can only laugh. MAN I'd love to see them in El Paso, of all places...in the MOTHERLAND! But, alas...

    Hate how the ink has to dry before announcements, but I completed understand that it's not intentional.
    I jumped too quick again!

    Honies, hope y'all enjoy the show and cover it beyond expectation, as COF & it's contributors always do!

    Have fun for me! I'll be reading!

    Xoxo
    glummy

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  16. Before i buy my tickets, is there any rumors of them playing dallas or houston

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  17. I wish they'd come play in my backyard... it sure was nice watching lollapolooza live w/ a 12pack of affordable, grocerystore bought & ice-cold Heinekin ~ from the comfort of my home.

    Yes-I-am a sad-old-Cure-fan...

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    1. Hey, Girl:)

      That's how I feel about baseball games( just got into them this year- hello Adderall!)!

      At home I have a private bathroom, air conditioning, cheap, cold beer and rewind:)

      There is comfort within;)
      XO Chica

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  18. Damn, I go away for 2 days to see Depeche Mode in Minnesota and you all go crazy with speculation! Glad Robert has set you all straight. :)

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    1. Thank you, Jo. I really did. It was a lot of fun. Not the best DM show I've ever seen, but they were excellent as always.

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  20. congrats on the ticket! i'm still waiting to hear how did we do.

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    1. Thanks, Antti! What are hoping for? GA floor or reserved seats?

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  21. Got my ticket GA1 Floor yea!!! in Alamogordo,NM finally get to see the cure again!!

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  22. What does standing room only mean? I got GA 0 and GA 5

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    1. It means there are no seats on the floor. All general admission standing.

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  23. what do teh different GA sections mean? is it split?

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    1. No, that's just for the TM inventory system. Seats and row numbers mean nothing. The earlier you get to the arena and line up, the closer you get to the stage.

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  24. this is what TicketMaster says about the GA number:
    General Admission refers to seating or standing areas that are not assigned or reserved, and are occupied on a first-come, first-served basis. When purchasing tickets for a General Admission event, you may be quoted section, row, and seat numbers, however these are for inventory purposes only and do not reflect any actual seating location.

    Please ensure you carefully read the Event Information and Ticket Information screens when purchasing tickets: Any information on whether your tickets are General Admission will be posted on one or both of these screens. Seating arrangements vary for each event, and there may or may not be seats of any kind available. Ticketmaster cannot guarantee seating for any event that is sold as General Admission.

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  25. Ok so that means ill be standing next to a bunch if sweaty people packed like sardines !!! I'm a concert virgin and I picked what ticketmaster said was the best available... Great

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    1. Oh but it's fun! Well, sometimes. :)

      You can change to reserved seating if you'd like. Just contact Ticketmaster and they should be able to help you.

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    1. Yeah! I think we're all going to be on the floor. :)

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  27. I don't know what possessed me but I bought a ticket! GA. I guess I just couldn't bear the thought of missing this. I better start saving up!

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    1. Hahaha...I did the same. Bought the ticket, got a super cheap room, and now hoping the airfare prices drop. Figure what the hell, if I can't make it, I'm sure someone would buy my floor ticket.

      Anyway, congratulations! Hope we both can make it there.

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    2. There is absolutely no way that you will not be there, Craig!

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  28. after the most recent announcements...GA FLOOR EL PASO!! it's been 9 years, and i was holding out for a non-festival show. i really think this will be a good one.

    we can at least expect a similar setlist as hawaii, and who knows?...there may be surprises. some more doom and gloom, a pornography encore, 2 or 3 deep cuts sprinkled in...it will be great and filled with lots of cure fans given the location AND IT'S NOT A FESTIVAL!!

    see y'all there!

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    1. Yeah! Good for you! And with a general admission floor full of diehard Cure fans, not casual fans & festival goers, you know it's going to be good. And crazy. :)

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  29. Looks like the floor is sold out now. Been trying for the last 15 minutes and TM isn't finding any.

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  30. @Craig So are you really going to El Paso? If so, that means that those of us who are there are not only going to be able to see the band, but might also have an opportunity to meet you, too? How cool is that?

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  31. It is unlikely that airfares will go down. There are not a whole lot of flights into el paso and it is not a hub city. Craig try united via Houston intercontinental.

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  32. Oh, and I have two extra GA tix, so if anyone needs one or two GA for the ELP Cure show, please let me know and they're yours!

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    1. Nice! A friend of mine would definitely be interested in a GA ticket. How can she contact you?

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    3. Awesome Olivier! Have her email me at sugargirl@ymail.com and we'll go from there. Thanks so much and have a super weekend!

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    4. Just passed it on to her, thank *you*!

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    5. Thank you, too, Olivier! I believe she is going to take one of the two I have and I just got another email from someone who was interested in the other ticket I have, so if it all works out, both of my extras will be spoken for.

      Thanks agian, take good care and have an awesome weekend!

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  33. @Craig Have you tried Southwest? My fare from PHX was really, really low.

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  35. I bought my tickets but could only get seat tix, then checked again and was lucky enough to get GA. I am in the Albuquerque-Santa Fe Area, so if you know any one interested in a pair of seat tickets, I'll sell them at face value. They are Sec Z row 7.

    Also Southwest will probably have awesome fares come September.

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  36. hey doominic gonzalez

    im very much interested on your tix. i need seats cause im recovering from an ankle fracture and cant do standing GA. get back to me at sergio90280@yahoo

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  37. Hey, I also have a pair of seat ticket for the same reason as Doominic. Also willing to sell at face value, Sec C, row 13. They are also up on Stubhub... https://www.stubhub.com/the-cure-tickets/the-cure-el-paso-don-haskins-center-10-10-2013-4348139/?ticket_id=510763328

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  38. seems odd to see soooooo many people standing in line to buy tickets? I assumed most people would just buy online and get better seats.

    The CURE have made me travel the world to amazing places to see them in concert, France, Switzerland, Germany, Australia and last time Hawaii, never did I imagine I would go to El Paso someday. :) ha ha. Very excited to have tickets and to see the CURE and my dear Cure friends...

    and CRAIG so happy for you... how awesome to have a few shows in one year. :)

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  39. A Curefan invasion of El Paso! Who knew? :) Craig, we communicated over a decade ago during the run up to the Berlin Trilogy shows. I met some amazing people there... and now this. For me it's been almost two years since I saw them last at the Beacon Theatre. Just outstanding how this has come about. I have been holding out hope for a non-festival show here in the US and voila!

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  40. Found myself in this picture! (:

    Any fan before/ after parties? Let me know..
    Can't wait to see you all, there! (:

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    1. I am planning on hosting a pre-show Chain of Flowers meet up and an after party at Black Market. Working out the details, will have all the info by the end of the week. The Cure in El Paso is the best thing that's happened to me all year!

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  41. ticketmaster says tickets are not available online atm. it can't be sold out. or can it?

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  42. Any idea just how many CURE fans this GA floor is going to hold? Yikes Looks huge!

    Very excited to be seeing the CURE next month! :)

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    1. Well, assuming the seats go from sections T to G, that makes for 6618 seats. If that setup amounts to a total of 9,000 people, the floor should hold about 2,400. As I'm not entirely sure about the total number, let's say there should be between 2,400 and 3,000 Cure fans in there. (Compared to a festival or a stadium in Latin America, that's not much! :-)

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    2. it a basketball venue, isn't it? i don't think the floor is gonna hold that many. i dunno tho. just a guess

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    3. Good point. The basketball floor of that venue is 127 x 84 ft = 10668 sq ft (a bit less since it's an octagon) and in a tight crowd, figure about 5 sq ft of space per person, or 2.5 sq ft in a packed crowd. That means about 2,000 to 4,000 people: looks like it works, more or less.

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    4. Except the stage takes a good chunk of the floor. All right, I give up!

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    5. i guess we'll find out when we get there :D

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  43. awesome craig ! so happy for you :)

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  44. awesome craig ! so happy for you :)

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  45. i guess it has sold pretty well. if you try to get two seats together tm basically gives you seats from the last 2 rows.

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  46. Received my ticket in the mail today GA1 yes!

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  47. looks like you can only pull single seats anymore. no two or more seats. so i guess it has sold pretty well :)

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  48. My experience with Cure shows in the US and I am sure for many of COFers is that about a week before the show that some more seats are released, but well done that the show is down to a scattering of singles. I sense a national/international gathering of Cure fans... :)

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    1. They've started releasing "side stage-limited view" tickets (section S and H) available in pairs.

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  49. I'll add I am curious as to how many of us will be there Wednesday evening....

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    1. Something none of us ever thought we'd say. :)

      Until this show, the most unlikely place I ever thought I'd see a Cure show was Mobile, Alabama. But I think El Paso tops that. :)

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  51. when looking at the interactive map on tm site i counted only 42 available single seats in the sections apart from the sideview ones on each side. very good!

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  52. Well, the price for NOLA to EL Paso flights dropped a few dollars last night, so I went ahead and booked them. Not happy that I'm paying more to fly to El Paso than I did to go to NYC for Reflections, but I'll deal with it. :)

    I'm officially in for the El Paso show!

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  53. Secured my GA ticket and $5.00 air travel from Houston (thanks, SWA RapidRewards). But, it looks like I'm going by myself - my wife can't make it.

    I need to find a hotel now. Anyone know where the band members are staying? ;)

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  54. Any confirmed plans for before and after show gatherings? And how about Wednesday? I saw krlos07 was looking into Black Market. I checked out places online (this will be my first time in El Paso so I can't say I'm knowledgeable re local venues) but Crawdaddy's looked like it could also work.

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  55. I'm glad I found your blog, Craig. I am a big The Cure fan, but I've never seen them live and like most of you, I dreaded going to ACL and jostling with a bunch of festival-goers. So a bunch of first for me on this one - first Cure show, first time going to a concert by myself, and first time in El Paso. Hope to meet up with fellow Cure fans at a before show gathering!

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  56. Also - It's also my first time flying to another city just to see a show! But The Cure is one of those few bands that make it worthwhile.

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    1. Outstanding, Ed! It's been 11 years but I flew to Berlin to see Trilogy in 2002 so New Jersey to El Paso seems like a cab ride in comparison. :) When do you get in?

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    2. I get in on the day of the show at around noon. Would certainly love to be at a before or after show, or both!

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  57. Tick tick tick.... Nine days away! Craig and Carlos, any word on gatherings Wednesday night or pre-show Thursday?

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    1. Haven't heard any more from Carlos. Think the problem with a pre-show meetup is that many fans will already be lined up for the floor.

      If you or anyone else wants to setup something, just let me know and I'll be happy to post it.

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    2. Good point, Craig, on lining up for the Floor Seats on the day of show. Are you in town Wednesday, Craig? Or maybe up for something after the show? I do think a lot of people here would like the opportunity to meet you. Just in scanning da internets I can across two places near Don Haskins. Thursday night Lowbrow Palace is hosting Austin's shoe gaze/psychedelia band Pure X, which if they were playing late enough might make for a great nightcap. From what I could gather they are open Wednesday as well but haven't seen what acts if any are scheduled. The other place that looked interesting is Crawdaddy's Cajun restaurant-bar...lots of cheap drink specials. Really could use someone who lives or at least knows El Paso to share what their experiences are. Craig, would you be interested in at least posting a headline notice to see who might be in for either a Wednesday, pre- or post-concert gathering on Thursday...see if there's enough interest. I remember in Berlin we were able to get a consensus on the Tempodrom's attached bar and that worked great for meeting Cure fans from all over the world. What do you think?

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    5. Attn: Craig. Check your email! We have an outstanding offer from Patrick at Lowbrow Palace just a few blocks from the arena to host an 80s Cure/New Wave party Wednesday night, continue the vibe Thursday before the show and afterwards present two fantastic live bands into the wee hours. My hope is he can put together a flyer and you can post it up for everyone who is coming and make this journey to El Paso even more extraordinary! :)

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  58. Every time Iʻve seen the Cure perform live (with the exception of Reflections) they have opened with Plainsong. Thatʻs four shows over about 23-24 years. So, Iʻm guessing they will open with Plainsong in El Paso! I love it, of course, it always gives me chills, but I would be really happy to get Open just this one time. Also, I would be thrilled to get a special Pornography encore, but if I could hear Prayers for Rain live just one more time, that would be great too.... Just in case any one is listening, I thought I would share. :-)

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    1. yeah i'd like open as opener as well. however much i love plainsong i've heard it so many times even in the past 2 years that open would be very nice. or sds.

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    2. Time to shake things up. Bring Bloodflowers out of exile and open with Out of This World.
      If not, then Underneath the Stars, please.

      Yeah, it's going to be Open or Plainsong yet again. In that case, I'll take Plainsong. If they go with Open, that means they close the set with End, and no one wants that. :)

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  59. i'm with craig on "out of this world" or "underneath the stars"...then the second being "open". i always thought "open" is a great follow-up to a beautifully warm and calm opener. thinking of the bestival 2011 setlist.

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  60. Underneath the stars would be lovely with Roger's added keys.

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  61. looks like the gig is gonna be a sold out one. there's only one seat available apart from the side view. there's some seats available. good one!

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  62. Hey, Craig, check your email! As noted about 7 posts above in this thread looks like we have a really wonderful host venue for Wednesday night, and before and after parties, for all of us Cure fans coming to El Paso!

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  63. only 84 seats available for the show. all sideview and in the nosebleed section. yey!

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  64. Who (if anyone) is opening for the Cure?

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