Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Cure in Monterrey (10/08/13)

Setlist: Shake Dog Shake, Fascination Street, A Night Like This, The End of the World, Lovesong, Push, Inbetween Days, Just Like Heaven, From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea, Sinking, Pictures of You, Lullaby, High, Birdmad Girl, The Walk, Stop Dead, Sleep When I'm Dead, Mint Car, Friday I'm in Love, Doing the Unstuck, Bananafishbones, Want, The Hungry Ghost, Wrong Number, One Hundred Years, Give Me It, The Top

1st encore: Treasure, Other Voices, Charlotte Sometimes, Play For Today, A Forest
2nd encore: Dressing Up, The Lovecats, Catch, The Caterpillar, Close To Me, Hot Hot Hot, Let's Go To Bed, Why Can't I Be You?, Boys Don't Cry, 10:15 Saturday Night, Killing An Arab.

End of another epic, surprising Cure show in Mexico. Wow!

Have we all learned our lesson now? Next time The Cure announce a show in Mexico, we all go!!! Also, a note to Robert...El Paso is practically in Mexico. I mean it's right on the border. So, we get a Mexican style setlist, right? :)

Notes: First time Sinking has been played since Sept. 5th, 2004 in Mexico City, first time for Birdmad Girl since Oct. 17th, 1984 in Tokyo, first time EVER for Stop Dead, first time for Give Me It since March 28th, 1987 in Rio, first time for Treasure since Aug. 21st, 1998 in Switzerland, and first time for Catch since June 21st, 2008 in NYC.

Reviews: Horacero / El Porvenir / ABC

Photos: Oscar (and the complete setlist) / It's a Perfect Day / 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 - 11 - 12 - 13 - 14 - 15 - 16 - 17 - 18 - 19 - 20 - 21 - 22 - 23 - 24 - 25 - 26 - 27 (Roger's tambourine) - 28 - 29 (part of the setlist)

Video clips: Some clips posted by Eden Gallup 1 - 2 - 3 / Stop Dead / Hot Hot Hot / Boys Don't Cry

Videos: A Night Like This (soundcheck) / Excerpts from several songs / Shake Dog Shake / Fascination Street 1 - 2 / A Night Like This / Lovesong / Sinking 1 - 2 / Pictures of You 1 - 2 - 3 / Birdmad Girl 1 - 2 / The Walk / Stop Dead 1 - 2 / Sleep When I'm Dead / Want / One Hundred Years / Give Me It / Other Voices / Dressing Up / Catch / Boys Don't Cry / Killing an Arab / TV report about the show / Fans singing along to End of the World

Thanks so much to Olivier () & for the setlist reports, photos and videos tonight.

9:14 pm - Olivier Venue filling up nicely now.

9:02 pm - @jmaspire panoramic view from inside Arena

8:58 pm - @jmaspire still lots of people outside, now are getting inside arena.

8:55 pm - @jmaspire My seat view, stage getting ready.

8:50 pm - 10 minutes until Cure showtime, and Olivier says the venue is still 2/3rds empty. WTF?

8:45 pm - @jmaspire Arena inside view.

8:31 pm - @jmaspire stage side view.

8:27 pm - @asantosb Backstage with Robert Smith.

8:23 pm - From Reeves on Facebook: "40minutes to showtime in mexico..."

7:45 pm - From Olivier...Stage setup for tonight.

7:33 pm - Fair warning, stop reading if you don't want any potential surprises ruined. This is what was played at soundcheck: Play for Today, Catch, A Night like This, Cold, Prayers for Rain, Strange Day, Shake Dog Shake intro. But Robert says they are not playing them tonight. Right. Or don't, and save them for El Paso. :) Thanks .

6:10 pm - @asantosb backstage at The Cure soundcheck in Monterrey, playing "Play for Today"

5:47 pm - @jmaspire Roger has just signed.

5:30 pm - @jmaspire Monterrey Arena & People waiting in line.

12:01 pm - El Norte has video of a brief interview with Robert at the Monterrey airport. Scroll about halfway down to find it. They also posted a photo of the band arriving, in today's newspaper. And El Horizonte had a photo in today's newspaper, too.
(Thanks @asantosb)

The Cure...back in Mexico again...anything else need to be said? Of course it will be a great show. All Cure shows in Mexico are fantastic. Many are epic. So, yeah, tonight should be quite good.

The band are scheduled to start at 9PM tonight, and I would assume they are playing at least a 3 hour set. Possibly something similar to the Honolulu show? US start times are 10PM eastern, 9PM central, 8PM mountain, 7PM pacific. See the current time in Monterrey here.

Live reports tonight should be from Olivier at It's A Perfect Day, but would like to have some backup in case the signal fails, etc. So if you're going and wouldn't mind helping me out with the live setlist and reports, please let me know. Thanks and have a fantastic time at the show!

175 comments:

  1. I have a feeling tonight's show will have some surprises. :)

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    1. I didn't even mention surprises or changes in the post, so as not to jinx it. :)

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  2. Thank you for The Cure, but now it's time for The Boxer Rebellion:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=appp2GMTqdI

    In teh USA soon, don't miss them.

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    1. If they come to New Orleans, I will be there. :)

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    2. You'll love them Craig, they're awesome live and really lovely guys.
      This song reminds me of In Between Days and Just Like Heaven.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvtt3NlDtmU

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  3. Tonight indeed will be very special....

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  4. Possibly the first time I've seen Robert sans makeup of any kind.

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  5. Checking in for the live thread - I missed out on Saturday because of other obligations, but I'm ready for tonight!! Big hugs to my Cure family out there, especially the ones at the show!

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  6. A few surprises would be amazing. It's been great seeing the guys tour again but the setlists have been pretty stagnant.

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    1. I think that's about to change over the course of the next couple of shows. :)

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    2. Craig, are you going to El Paso?

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    3. I'm very happy to hear that. Looking forward to seeing the setlist. I doubt The Cure will ever play any new material again, but I'm happy to know they may be digging up the back catalogue.

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    4. You better believe I'm going to El Paso! Voodoo, too.

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    5. Excellent to hear! I'm happy that you finally get to go to see them!

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  7. Happy FOR you - that should say.

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  8. Here in italy it's 4am, i'm going to sleep. I wish a good and spectacular show to all mexican people in Monterrey

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  9. What's the Ender if Shake Dog is the opener?? can't remember :)

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    1. Do you really think they will end with The Top? How long has it been since they did that?

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    2. 3 times on SummerCure 2012.

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    3. Correction...played it 3 times. Closed set only 1 time.

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    1. followed by Fascination Street...very promising!!

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  11. Wow, what an odd start. I assume there will be a Disintegration encore of Plainsong, PFR (or SDWAY) and Disintegration

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  13. Now that I see the first hour I know where Robert is going with this tonight. We are getting a pornography encore for sure tonight. :)

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  14. Okay...I have to stay awake, although its going to be 6 a.m....first time SINKING since??

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    1. Thanks for posting it so soon, oh genius Craig :)

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    2. Damn...forgot about the 3 hour schedule...it's going to be 7 a.m. :/

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  15. Sinking!? My fundaroos are soiled.......

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  16. Birdmad Girl? Okay, I'm never going to sleep again :)

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  17. I'm just tuning in to CoF from El Paso! I can't believe my eyes. Is this an April Fools setlist!?!?

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  18. The Top / The Head on the Door / Kiss me trilogy coming soon?

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  19. Birdmad Girl... wow. grail song :)

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  20. Funny, I don't hear anyone complaining now! ;-)

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  21. STOP DEAD!!!
    I wanna die right now!!!

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  22. Stop Dead... wow... wow... wow...

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    1. Thanks for not being the only one :)

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    2. Isn't it crazy and wonderful that just seeing a list of songs being played can create such emotion? This is why I love the Cure!

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  24. Hey Craig, is it only me or is CoF coming? I'm not even there and I'd die. UNREAL

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  25. uhhh...whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, WHOOOOAAAAAA!!!
    [just passed out]

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  26. I'm pulling off the few hairs I have left...I can't believe Birdmad Girl and Stop Dead!!!!

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  27. any rumors of where the trilogy concert may be and when craig ???

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  28. Sooo happy for the Mexico show peeps now!! And happy for anyone that gets to go to El Paso!!!

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  29. "You're getting too close! You're getting too close!"

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  30. Rehearsals for the 'next live trilogy' and other surprises... One or two new songs and a bit of 'BF´ tracks and that could be a fantastic show.

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  31. I'm crying now too. Eff me....

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  32. Why am I not there? Why am I not Mexican?

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  33. Another historic show for Mexico! I wonder if they'll get 4 hours too!

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    1. I hope so. For those in Monterrey and for us lurking around here!!!

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  34. Screw the haters. I like Wrong Number.... Lime Green and tangerine!

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    1. I like it too but PLEASE don't screw Craig! We need him!

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    2. I like it too, although I prefer the acoustic version. It's my wake up in the AM song over breakfast.

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    3. Sure! I can dig it a grave to bury it in. :P

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    4. Yeah, please don't screw me! I don't even know you! :)

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    5. I think Wrong Number kicks ass as a live song - but I wouldn't say screw Craig! :p

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  35. The only "Screw" I care about is from THOTD.

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  36. Have they ever played Burn live? or untitled? or closedown? ......praying we get Sinking and pornography encore in El Paso!!

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    1. Affirmative on Untitled and Closedown. Both are on Entreat.

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  37. "Burn" was my first Cure love.

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  38. Someone has a crystal ball. What's next??????

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  39. Epically epping epic show. Truly.

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  40. Epic Cure show, Red Sox advance.... I'm Happy Happy Happy...

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  41. This is making me nervous for El Paso. I'm afraid we are not going to get such ecstasy.

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  42. 1/2 of the Top in the main set... pretty cool :)

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  43. Craig, when was the last time they played Give Me It? 1980s?

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  44. THIS is the live Cure the hardcore fans have missed!!! what's next...what's next...

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  45. Treasure? Craig why are you kidding us? Don't betray out confidence!

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  46. OMG I'm not going to do anything anymore...

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    1. Talk about emotions... what next, Robert??

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    1. I'm with you. SadHappySadHappy...HAPPY!

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  49. Treasure takes ya right back to 1996, a pure gem on WMS...

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    1. Underrated for sure. I wish I could have seen this live and in person.

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    2. Treasure was the best song on WMS for my money. That and the Thirteenth.

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    3. IMO, Wild Mood Swings had a bunch of great songs. Definitely underrated, Jrock.

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  51. Charlotte too? Am I drunk? I don't think so.

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  52. I can just see Fuji up there on the rail, clutching his head with one hand and his camera with the other.

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  53. I could have been there....knew I'd regret it...this setlist is incredible. Parallelextinction I too am getting nervous. I just pray there's no curfew or by law at the venue, like there is in Canada. All we need now Empty World and wailing wall :-P

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  54. Have the Cure ever done a performance like this in the U.S? I'm afraid it will be back to business as usual for El Paso. Fingers crossed though....

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  55. Referring to Don Haskins center btw...

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  56. Is this set for effing real? Surely they're prepping for the next round of reflections shows with all the rarely/never played 80's stuff? Wow... amazing!

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  57. Nope - El Paso is going to get something very very similar to this. Now lets put to rest all the whining and complaining about these boring festival sets. The festivals are for EVERYONE, and the includes super casual fans or music lovers in general. Us life-long die hards can go for the enjoyment of being at a festival - but FFS quit acting like its some travesty if a rare track isnt played.

    The boys have clearly shown, they can dust off the deep album cuts better than any other band on this planet.

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  58. The Cure just flipped the script on us all. Touche... More please!

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    1. Open/End or Plainsong/Disintegration - nah let's go with Shake Dog Shake & The Top! should additional surprises be in store tomorrow night I'd die for M, The Figurehead, Piggy In The Mirror, The Snakepit, Babble, Out Of This World... nothing wrong w/Play For Today, Other Voices, Charlotte Sometimes, Birdmad Girl, A Night Like This, Sinking... however!

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  59. Gotta love a band who can pull this kind of setlist out of the bag and barely break a sweat.

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    1. And you have to love a band that can be around for over 30 years and play a song they have never played live on stage before!

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  60. Ok the singles encore. As far as I am concerned this show is over unless we get faith and or forever. With a set this good there had to be a weakness to appeal to the masses

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  61. That clip of Stop Dead is superb ... I was at the Trilogy shows in Berlin. Definitely going to the 2014 Trilogy shows if there's breath left in me.

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  62. OK I'm moving to Mexico. Not only it's safer but they have much better setlists over there.

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  63. This setlist is making my heart pound! I hope it's a special night for everyone there.

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  64. If I were in the arena tonight I would have died from sheer happiness at least ten times already.

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  65. Wailing Wall, Piggy, and Empty World all that's left of The Top. :)

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  66. add Wailing Wall and Sugar Girl and you can do whatever you want with my dead body.

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  67. the last I remember personally seeing Piggy, live, was at one of the Forum shows in LA on the Swing Tour.

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  68. 40+ songs... oh my! oh my, indeed :)

    What a band!

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    1. i know!! who else does this?? and who else plays B SIDES!!! for pete's sake....crazy

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  69. KAA - that arena is rockin' now!!

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  70. Current mood seems to be "curfew? Who cares?"

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    1. You know the old proverb, never count your Cure songs until Robert says "Thank Q! And good night." :)

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  72. my, god. it's full of stars. excuse me while i sob into this mountain of kleenex. i am shocked and surprised in the most wonderful, wonderful way. :*) jeez...

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  73. i was half expecting robert to launch into an extra smooth and slinky version of "didn't i (blow your mind this time)"! holy christ.

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  74. Oh wow... that's all I can say.

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  75. Sofiaaaaaa! How the hell are you?

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  76. april :) good to great. but mellow to sad after not being able to attend any of these shows! how are you??

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  77. Great! Are you still loving portland?

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    1. always loving portland! we should set up a curefan getogether

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  78. please robert! similar set in el paso too!

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  79. This is why we love The Cure! This is a setlist! Enjoy El Paso!

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  80. Stop Dead? Treasure? woah... I literally dropped my jaw while talking to my colleague at work.
    Robert must've been in a reaaaally good mood

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  81. So some call it yet another "Business" Tour, ey?

    Think twice :D

    What a great suprise!

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  83. Treasure is a fabulous song. Cannot wait to see that one on video. The setlist is fantastic all round though. I wish I was seeing them.

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  84. That`s a joke. I can`t believe that. But that`s Robert...!!!

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  85. well I guess after this you can all shut up for good. ;) that's the spirit and I knew it!

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  86. best set list in ages - brilliant

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  87. Was watching the setlist on COF while at the Xepeche Mode concert in Phoenix. Amazing.... I will always be a Cure-girl, first and foremost.

    Fingers crossed El Paso will be almost as good - I won't say no to even better ;)

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  88. I hope someone has recorded the show...

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  89. Jesus they changed the setlist, just when you though it was impossible.

    Just one problem: Why didn't Tim Pope film THIS show?!!!

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  90. The Cure finally dig out in their amazing catalogue. Makes me more than happy for the coming gigs.

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  91. Well done Robert - good to see you read the comments and took them to heart....so many great songs

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  92. Hoping for some of these gems here at Voodoo...

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  93. Wow - What an amazing setlist! It's like a dream come true. Hope we get something similar tomorrow night! Can't wait!

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  94. Maybe Someday would fit perfecty between IBD and JLH. And Bloodflowers between OHY and GMI ;))

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  95. Holy Hell, what a setlist! I hope we get something similar tomorrow night. Maybe a combo of last night's setlist and the setlist from the last time they played at the Austin Music Hall.

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  96. Does anyone know if Robert is familiar with this blog? If not, he should be.

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    1. Hahahaha...yeah, he might have heard about it a couple of times. :)

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  97. THE CURE IS A BAND THAT MAKE YOUR EMOTIONS FLOW EVEN THOUGH YOU ARE NOT LISTENING TO THEM...YOU ONLY READ THE SET LIST AND YOU SHIVER AND CRY OF PURE EMOTION...ISN'T THAT AMAZING?

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  98. I hope the major change in the setlist reinvigorates the writing process. Robert is genuinely digging Bird Mad Girl on the video. You see what doing something fresh does for somebody?

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  99. Amazing setlist. I am personally thrilled to see seven songs from The Top, including five in the main set. I don't know why it gets mixed reviews, but for me, The Top is up there with Pornography and Faith...hand in hand, and is one of my very favorite records of theirs.

    In the liner notes to the CD reissue, Smith said that all in all it was probably their worst record. Clearly, he does not feel this way and I think that the real fans of the band know that it is a fucking masterpiece.

    Thank you, Robert. Please keep these songs in the setlist. I would kill to hear Birdmad Girl, Give Me It, The Top and the others live. Time to add the last three tracks while you are at it!

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  100. You can definitely see it. They seem primed for another set of Trilogy shows [The Top/THOTD/KMKMKM] and the next logical step, to me at least, would be new material. Maybe they've already gotten those creative juices flowing with the free time they've had in between shows this year and last.

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  101. Oops. I meant "Reflections" shows.

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  102. I am so fucking happy seeing this setlist. I've have been shouting for Give Me It since the first time I saw them in 1989

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  103. Now all we need is for them to stop playing so many fucking festivals, and get back to playing more Cure only shows like this

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  104. Hop to God someone video'd Give me it and the top

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  105. Sorry to say, but the magic of The Cure has gone.
    Once fast and trendy, now slow and old-fashioned.

    Their music will live forever, but it is so good to see new young bands creating beautiful music with the same emotions and passion The Cure did 30-20 years ago.

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  106. The Top is pretty amazing. The Empty World is superb, and that's just one example.

    Was fortunate to hear them play Treasure live in 1997.

    On another note does it seem like the setlists they have been playing leave a lot of downtime for Reeves?

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