Thursday, June 30, 2016

Cure Tour 2016 North American setlist stats

Update (June 30th, 2016): Final stats - 33 shows, 81 different songs played. Only 2 songs (Lovesong & Just Like Heaven) played at every show (this is due to the short Sasquatch show), 4 songs only played once. Charlotte, NC saw the final NA tour debut, and it was Mint Car. (via Setlist.fm)

Songs only played once: Same Deep Water As You (New Orleans 2) / The Drowning Man (El Paso) / The Top (Chicago 1) / Mint Car (Charlotte)


Update (June 21st, 2016): 28 shows, 80 different songs played. Only 2 songs played at every show (this is due to the short Sasquatch show), 5 only played once. NYC Night 3 saw the tour debut of Bananafishbones. (via Setlist.fm)

Update (June 15th, 2016): 24 shows, 79 different songs played. Only 2 songs played at every show (this is due to the short Sasquatch show), 6 only played once. Chicago night 1 saw the tour debut of The Top, and Montreal saw the tour debut of Pornography. (via Setlist.fm)

Update (June 3rd, 2016): 16 shows, 77 different songs played. Only 2 songs played at every show (this is due to the short Sasquatch show), 8 only played once. Vancouver saw the tour debut of Like Cockatoos, and Boise saw the tour debut of Sinking. (via Setlist.fm)

Update (May 27th, 2016): 12 shows, 75 different songs played. 4 songs played at every show, 8 only played once. After 3 straight shows without any debuts, Mountain View saw the tour debuts of Kyoto Song and Cold. (via Setlist.fm)

Update (May 21st, 2016):  8 shows, 73 different songs played. 4 songs played at every show. 16 songs only played once.
(via Setlist.fm)

Update (May 19th, 2016):  From @briansoto - "Rumor has it they will play 120-130 different songs on this tour! Anyone thinking about going to more, do it! It was heard directly from someone who would know, but I'd rather not say who because they might hold back next time."

Just remember, Brian DID say rumor. Things change, if they were even true to begin with, so don't get mad if they don't play that many. However, if it is true, we've "only" heard 70 so far. That would mean 50-60 more to go. Also, I'm sure that number means for the entire tour. Don't expect all of them to be played on this leg. Then again, this has been crazy & so much fun, so who knows? Go crazy, Robert, we don't mind! :)

Update (May 18th, 2016): 6 shows, 70 different songs played. Only 5 songs played at every show. 19 songs only played once.  (via Setlist.fm)

Original post (May 12th, 2016): So far, 2 shows, 51 different songs, only 6 songs played both nights. Those 6 are: Lovesong, Just Like Heaven, Want, Burn, Step into the Light, It Can Never Be the Same. (via Setlist.fm)

Also, Robert says they have enough songs rehearsed, that it would take 3 nights to play them all, so lots more good stuff to come! Get to these shows!

93 comments:

  1. if burn is again going to be 'in NOLA only' songs, i'm going to cry.

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    1. Well, based on RS comment they have enough music to fill 3 nights... and they are playing 28 songs... 34 songs left to go... chances are we will see 'Burn' again, but not often.

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    2. They played it last night in Houston.

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    3. They played it last night in Houston.

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  2. looking forward to charlotte, my tix have not arrived, but I have faith..and, if they don't it's not like there wont be another one...

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    1. You never know Robert said years ago he didn't want to tour when he was older!! How long has it been since they toured North America?

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    2. You never know Robert said years ago he didn't want to tour when he was older!! How long has it been since they toured North America?

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  3. ps, don't cry antti...NOLA wont be the only BURN, how could it be...it's the cure, a slow smoldering fire..magical

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  4. Yeah but in 2013 it was only played there and not again until NOLA.

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  6. These stats blow every other band on the planet out of the water....and it's only Day 2!! Ah!

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  7. ^Maybe every band other than Pearl Jam. ;) They're up to about 150 different songs across 16 shows, 3 of which have gotten an entire album front to back!

    Anyway, It's good that they're properly mixing things up. This is on track to be a truly amazing tour.

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    1. Problem is, Pearl Jam is one of the most annoying bands on earth 😝

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    2. Who gives a shit about Pearl Jam

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    3. I was thinking the same :-)

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    4. It was responding to the claim that these stats "blow every other band out of the water," which is just not true.

      Oh and seriously, piss off.

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    5. ... of some of y'all's already know just how badly I seriously could add truely want to post something something pon this here gem of a thread but I think I'd rather mind my manners & send (my mechanics secretary even said to aha! Lol) send mourning flowers to the Pearl Jam fan club instead awe bless their hearts though still pulling the 'take your medicine' card please add thank the surf Gods some Pearl Jam band members have equally add tremendously great side projects & solo record releases also as well... but that last PJ gig I stood thru the entire time nose-thumbing their V.I.P. section or numbered floor 10 Club fan seats just may've been my last unless The Orb can remix one of Ed's unreleased techno songs supposedly Eddie made an ambient house album for the 'e' generation one day could see an unvaulted 'Vault' fan club release kinda like The Orb's RMX of U2's 'Numb' ...yeah but I deffo will have to oneday see PJ in Seattle & The Cure in London ...I should open for 'em all add spin that record too yaanno mi m8s "Peace Man Grrrrr!"

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  8. Absolutely magnificient and unforgettable !!!...but its not enough for us, Mr. Smith, We want more songs, more mixing hits,more rarities, more favourites and more unreleased tracks and longer concerts and also more than 76 shows this year...and a new album (besides "4:14 Scream")

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    1. Talk about backhanded compliments

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  9. Setlists are good but not super exciting. It's a good start of the tour and I expect more surprises. Most likely they rehearsed around 150 songs. Still no sign of Bloodflowers.

    On the bad side there are still bad songs that should have been forgotten like Us or Them and alt.End, but also The End of the World could go in my opinion

    Also too many overplayed songs like Wrong Number (please stop playing it!), FTEOTGDS, Fascination Street, The Walk (that sounds like a bad joke these days) and In Between Days

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    1. Again, backhanded compliments. I fully disagree with your assessment of The Walk.

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    2. and how would be a super exciting setlist ?

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    3. Boo for wrong number - but yay good time for a wee wee break if needed

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    4. I disagree with In Between Days. Love that song. As for the Walk, I just replay the video in my head for extra enjoyment ehen I play it. f they play it fine, if they don't fine.

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  10. When is the last time they *haven't* done Deep Green Sea or 100 Years at a show even? Not counting the Reflections concerts of course. That's pretty monumental lol

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  11. and no Friday i'm in love! yeahhhh

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  12. We all want them to just play forever, the show not ending. There will never be enough... We cannot feed the Hungry Ghost that some of you wish to have. I never expect them to play every thing, and instead of getting upset that they didn't play this song or that song, I enjoyed the ones they did. Thank you Robert, Simon, Roger, Jason, and Reeves for sharing the music with us. I was able to see them with my daughters and husband. A night like this, I will cherish forever. No one can ever take their place...

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    1. Thats the way a comment should be...grateful...no one could ever take their place..agreed

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    2. I love that! You have said it all!

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  13. Clearly you can tell by the cutting down of the running times that the criticism in The Guardian wounded Robert. ;)

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  14. Did they cut down set times?

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  15. I am in Chicago I have June 11 tix I hope they play from the edge of the deep green sea and the drowning man

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  16. If all goes well, I will get the experience most! Five shows starting next weekend!

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  17. So glad that I am going all 3 Hollywood nights! Can't wait to hear a wide array of songs! So far, amazing!!!

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  18. So glad that I am going all 3 Hollywood nights! Can't wait to hear a wide array of songs! So far, amazing!!!

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  19. "Alt.end" is one of my favorite songs off of the self-titled album, and "From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea" is one of my tip five favorite songs period. I have floor tickets to the Boston show, and I really hope they play both of them.

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  20. From a statisical standpoint, based on RS comments about filling 3 nights...

    51 songs so far / 6 repeats. Setlists appear to be 28 songs long (BDC seemed like it was played on a whim...)

    28 x 3 = 84 songs, so let's say 85 songs ready to go. That means 'roughly' 34 songs left to pull from...

    That's a lot of variety left everyone... who knows what will be pulled out this tour.

    I think LA & NY will see the bulk of the songs rehearsed across 3 nights.

    Good time to be a Cure fan, and for those complaining about the set; go see Duran Duran or Depeche Mode who play the same 'greatest hits' in a 20 song set list every tour.

    I mean, DM has played 'Walking in My Shoes' in basically the same spot for 20 years!!

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  22. Well, The Cure is a 'pop' band, i mean, it belongs to popular culture, and like most bands, they have been taken also into a certain commercial success (which by the way allows them to still be doing tours like this one) thanks to airplays of singles among other things as well as some trademark milestones. Thus, if they wouldn't play friday, just like heaven, bdc, ibdays, close to me, some people who come to the show wouldn't be happy (and it's not because they like pop hits that they have the right to have a fair point of view). If the band wouldn't play such songs like FTEOTDGS, fascination st, disintegration, a forest, want, some other wouldn't be happy. And without the darker songs, some others again wouldn't be happy too. They can't please everyone because they can't please each one.
    They do what they've always done, rather long set includings singles and typical Cure tracks, plus surprising rare tracks, but no, they are not going to play a full Pornography set with Ariel, carnage visors, they're not going play the 300 songs of their entire back catalogue! Win the lottery, offer them 10 million pounds, and ask them come and play your favourite songs in your backgarden, otherwise you'll never be satisfied if you're not satisfied now. Oviously it's NOT perfection, it can never be, but still, they're still here to be enjoyed for f*** sake!

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    1. Both NOLA setlists included several big hits, etc. and rare tunes. Plus, 90% of the audience have 'Disintegration' and 'Wish' which are the biggest selling albums... people know album tracks off those as well.

      RS knows how to balance out a set list, and in the end, who cares if he doesn't play the hits?

      Anyone posting here is a hardcore fan, f__k the casual crowd lol.

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    2. Fabian I loved your fucking comment....still laughing my ass off!!!! Go win the fucking lottery and hire them to play your private party for fuck's sake.....but if you do can it please be a block party :-P

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    3. Fabian I loved your fucking comment....still laughing my ass off!!!! Go win the fucking lottery and hire them to play your private party for fuck's sake.....but if you do can it please be a block party :-P

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    4. I wanna enjoy a concert only for fans !!!!
      I dont care about the other people in this case.

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    5. I wanna enjoy a concert only for fans !!!!
      I dont care about the other people in this case.

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    6. The Cure hasn't really been in the pop spotlight for quite a while. There's been no new album so this tour is pretty much just going to be primarily the loyal fans. That said, every fan has a different reason for liking the band- some love the dark side, some love the pop, some just go to see Robert and could care less if he sang a set of all Coldplay covers. For what it is, this tour seems to be working hard to scratch everyone's itch. For me, I've seen the band now more times than I can count, so it's not that I hate the pop material, but I've seen songs like JLH and IBD at EVERY single show I've ever seen. So while I'd never expect them not to play those, I'm glad they often group them together so I can take that time to grab a beer real quick.

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  23. I thought both shows were very good but preferred last night's set list (sans Wrong Number). I don't follow the band like I once did, and admittedly the NOLA shows were a nostalgia trip more than anything else for me. They're still tight as a band and put on a heck of a live show. Would be great to hear b-sides like one of my personal favorites, "Halo." Glad I went to both shows in NOLA and am happy that Robert Smith is still doing his thing.

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  24. On a different note, did The Twilight Sad change their setlist on Wednesday, or was it the same?

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    1. The Twilight Sad's choice setlist sounded very similar both nights if not exactly the same just may have been so.

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    2. The Twilight Sad's choice setlist sounded very similar both nights if not exactly the same just may have been so.

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  25. As a fan for 20+ years, since probably early 90s when I became old enough to start noticing their music, Wednesday night in NOLA was my first time to ever see them play live. I was stoked. Ecstatic! Still reeling, actually.

    I've read several different commenters saying they hope that "Burn" wasn't going to be a New Orleans-only song on this tour. So can somebody tell me why that would be, that they'd only play it in NOLA? I couldn't think of any significance, other than they want to kick off the first dates of the tour with a rare song. I'm just so happy they played it because I never would have expected them to. One of my favorite songs of The Cure and from one of my favorite movies!

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    1. Before this tour, they only ever played 'Burn' one time. That one time was in NOLA at the Voodoo Festival in 2013. Some people wondered if that might happen again for some reason.

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    2. Really, just once before? I figured it would be a rare occurrence, but wow. Thanks. It'll be interesting to see what happens on this tour.

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    3. The reason people suspected it might be a NO only is because Robert once said it was a song about or inspired by NO (I forgot where I saw/read/heard this, so someone will have to either confirm or call me out). But the same is true of Fascination Street and they play that all the time. I'm pretty sure Robert saw the overwhelming response to Burn's live debut and decided it warranted a place in the current setlist.

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  26. Some of you are getting really up and arms over a three or four song difference in sets. To the point of calling the bigger cities not hardcore fans because Dallas got the walk instead of same deep water as you. Dallas got a longer encore. It was bigger crowd, and the cure does a great job of playing some of the Japanese whisper songs live. The difference between the hardcore set list and the fluffy Dallas crowd is 3 songs. Shame on them. I think you're being a bit judgmental.

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  27. I hope to hear something from "The Cure", especially The Promise and Lost, or Labyrinth. And why not..Underneath the stars..

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  28. I hope to hear something from "The Cure", especially The Promise and Lost, or Labyrinth. And why not..Underneath the stars..

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  29. The promise would be nice. I also hope for a return of 10:15 and kaa. Best songs to end a show.
    Most important for me: Watching me fall is back!

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  30. The promise would be nice. I also hope for a return of 10:15 and kaa. Best songs to end a show.
    Most important for me: Watching me fall is back!

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  31. "Fear of Ghosts"
    and I promise don't request anymore.
    :P

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  32. "Fear of Ghosts"
    and I promise don't request anymore.
    :P

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  33. the kiss and siamese twins would be ace

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  34. Craig- can you hide the soundcheck info so that people have to click it if they want to see it. I feel like last night's setlist would have been so much more exciting had the soundcheck not given away a bunch of the songs.

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  35. The funny thing for me is...I've seen them many, many times since 1987. Across all the shows so, there have only been a handful of songs I've never seen live...

    This Twilight Garden
    Burn
    The Exploding Boy
    Screw
    ..and obviously the new songs...

    I've seen everything else at least once. Now, minded that some songs it's been a while ('Piggy in the Mirror, 20 years...).

    So for me, it's less about seeing stuff I have not yet, and more about seeing the songs I really dig.

    If I had to pick 2 setlists so far they would be NOLA 2 and Austin. El Paso was a great set...but only 1 song I've never seen (Burn) other than the new ones.

    I was planning to go to Vegas, but something came up. My 'suspicion' is a more pop heavy set because of the nature of the city.

    Last time in Vegas, they shut down the show before the last encore because they wanted people on the casino floor!!!

    I'm targeting the NYC shows right now. It's not a matter of money for me, time off etc... It's a matter of helping the wife with the new baby lol...

    Look, you can't please everyone with the set lists. And you really can't pick the right shows ahead of time, I'm sure had Craig known El Paso ahead of time he would have gone there instead of Dallas.

    Bottom line - if you are lucky enough to see this band in 2016 be very very happy.

    In 1989 we thought it was over...

    In 1992 we thought it was over...(End)

    In 1996, we thought it might continue

    In 2000 we thought it could be over

    In 2004, I think we knew RS was FOS and this is going on until he dies lol...

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    1. I agree!I'm just so happy that I've gotten to see them,and will see them again on this tour. I can't worry that they won't ever tour again. I'm just grateful that they decided to do this tour.

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    2. "In 2004, I think we knew RS was FOS"...LOL. A little harsh but funny. Had to think about what FOS meant for a second.
      I hope you're right...I hope we will just continue getting the bait and switch indefinitely w/ no concrete plans to end the band.

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  36. i've missed the 'thank you' - thank you

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  37. Just saw The CURE last night in El Paso for the 54th time.....I don't know how many shows ago it was 'supposed go be the last time'.,..but you have to just take what they give us..el Paso suxxxx balls...boring not much going on...although it's the premiere border town/city in America this city has been fortunate to recently get the bands attention in which they have played longer than other cities' sets with a longer show, more surprises, and the crowd eats it up!! All from a city that did not know of the CURE until disintegration came out???? If you want surprises and a long dark show come to this city aka hell Paso because apparently the cure bring the devil out here and play him all night long😈👿👹👺👻💀. As for the dude crying about Phoenix over el Paso... phx in 2004 and 2008 do not compare with EP 2013 and 2016!!! There's your reason why!!!

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  38. Just saw The CURE last night in El Paso for the 54th time.....I don't know how many shows ago it was 'supposed go be the last time'.,..but you have to just take what they give us..el Paso suxxxx balls...boring not much going on...although it's the premiere border town/city in America this city has been fortunate to recently get the bands attention in which they have played longer than other cities' sets with a longer show, more surprises, and the crowd eats it up!! All from a city that did not know of the CURE until disintegration came out???? If you want surprises and a long dark show come to this city aka hell Paso because apparently the cure bring the devil out here and play him all night long😈👿👹👺👻💀. As for the dude crying about Phoenix over el Paso... phx in 2004 and 2008 do not compare with EP 2013 and 2016!!! There's your reason why!!!

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    1. I'll be there. It's in my favorite venue and probably has the lowest capacity of the tour but it is waaay sold out. They sold standing room tickets which i have never seen. I cannot wait.

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  40. With It Can Never Be The Same already being omitted twice, I wonder if that means the lead single off the new album will be Step Into the Light.

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  41. top 22
    (songs with more than 50% chance of being played):
    A Forest; A Night Like This; Boys Don't Cry; Burn; Close To Me; Closedown; Fascination Street; Hot Hot Hot !!!; In Between Days; It Can Never Be The Same; Just Like Heaven; Lovesong; Lullaby; Never Enough; Pictures Of You; Push; Shake Dog Shake; Step Into The Light; The Hungry Ghost; The Walk; Want; Wrong Number

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  42. I really want to hear The Figurehead in NYC! That and the Blood will be my top two!

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  43. For those of us who can make it to only one show, I wonder if past set lists help to define what might be played this time around. For example maybe the Mountain View show got new stuff because they did not have those songs in the past, whereas because LA usually gets multiple shows it makes it hard to find songs that had not been played there recently? Personally, I should be getting my first rarity (Burn), but hoping for some Top and Bloodflower tracks this time around.

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  44. Like Cockatoos wasnt played in Ridgefield ?? setlist fm is wrong.

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    1. How is it wrong? Like Cockatoos wasn't played in Ridgefield, and it was never listed there as having been played.

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  45. I need to see Same Deep Water... in NYC

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  46. Please play Forever at Merriweather Post, Maryland!!!

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  47. Might suggest removing Sasquatch from the numbers when calculating songs played at every show?

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  48. They have rehearsed 97 songs, so we will have 17 debut more in this tour.

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  49. They have rehearsed 97 songs, so we will have 17 debut more in this tour.

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  50. I am done with my Cure NA tour (dallas, Denver, NYC night 2 and 3) and I just did my own tally:
    128 songs played, 24 only played once through out the 4 shows and 14 songs I had never heard live before the 4 shows...saw them 9 times before the start of this tour.
    Best Set was NYC night 2
    Best show was Denver...as I was in the front row.
    So happy to finally hear Pornogrpahy, This Twilight Garden, At Night, Cold, The Snake Pit, All I want, Burn, The Hanging Garden, Catepillar and Bananafishbones.
    Really wanted to hear The Exploding Boy, Give Me It (prefer w sax)and The Top, Perfect Girl, The Drowning Man.
    Everyone at work thinks I am a weirdo for going to so many shows...well I think they are weird for going to so little.

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