From the Idaho Statesman:
Band will perform June 2 at CenturyLink Arena
Fan response exceeded already high expectations
More than half the tickets sold during presale
There was never any doubt that The Cure coming to Boise was a big deal. I knew fans would get excited.
Just not quite this excited. “BAAAABR. IM DYING,” commented a particularly pithy user on the Idaho Statesman’s Facebook page. It was among dozens of freakouts and hundreds of shares that piled up after I blogged about the June 2 concert coming to CenturyLink Arena.
Thousands and thousands of page views later, The Cure was Monday’s most-read article at IdahoStatesman.com. It was nearly twice as popular as the day’s second-place finisher.
At 9:15 a.m., 94.9 FM The River started spinning The Cure songs every 90 minutes. (The British band’s biggest hits are ’80s classics such as “Lovesong,” “Just Like Heaven” and “Friday I’m in Love.”) Program director Tim Johnstone posted Cure videos on his Facebook page.
“My friends are stunned,” Johnstone says. “Stunned.”
So why is it so earth-shattering? Maybe because The Cure has never performed here. At various points an influential part of goth, new wave, alternative rock and other labels eschewed by singer Robert Smith, the group doesn’t tour the United States often. Many Idahoans already had bought tickets for The Cure’s performance June 3 in Salt Lake City — a big deal unto itself.
A relatively miniscule 4,874 seats will be available at CenturyLink. Multiple-night-stands at huge venues in cities such as Los Angeles and New York have sold out in advance.
The public on-sale for Boise is at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 18. But a presale 24 hours earlier sold more than half the arena already. That said, don’t fret: Plenty of great seats were held for the public on-sale.
“The excitement level — I knew it would be there,” says Creston Thornton, owner of Eagle promoter CTTouring. “But this is a monster.”
Luring The Cure to Idaho wasn’t easy. Thornton wrote emails that were forwarded to Smith in an effort to sell him on Boise. The process took a month, Thornton says. (Among the points he made: Downtown Boise is hipper than you think. And Depeche Mode, a British band that shares fans with The Cure, sold almost 8,000 tickets here in 1998. (And that was in Nampa, at the Idaho Center.)
The Cure’s sonic calling card is a gloomy yet accessible sound. It’s the sort of era-driven music that jettisons nostalgic Gen-X brains back through time, straight into college dorms, high-school hallways and middle-school cafeterias.
Thornton says he saw The Cure at 16,000-capacity Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre as a teenager in Orange County. It was 1986. Clearly, bringing The Cure to Boise means more to him than just making a buck as a promoter.
“People are fanatical about this band,” he says. “To see people this pumped, it’s really cool.”