From Consequence of Sound:
With each show, The Cure’s setlist is getting more and more insane
Including rare live performances of "Screw", "The Exploding Boy", "This Twilight Garden", and "The Perfect Girl"
Last week, The Cure launched their latest US tour with a jaw-stopping set in New Orleans. The show spanned 28 songs and four encores, including the debut of two new tracks in “Step Into the Light” and “It Can Never Be the Same”. It also featured a handful of rarities, some of which hadn’t been played live in some three decades.
The band has played five more shows since then, and the setlist have gotten more and more nuts. During their second shows in New Orleans, Robert Smith & co. dusted off “Screw”, from 1985’s The Head on the Door, for its first live performance in 30 years. The Disintegration tracks “Closedown” and “Last Dance” also appeared on the band’s setlist for the first time in over a decade. What’s more, “This Twilight Garden”, the b-side to the 1992 single “High”, received its live debut.
In Austin, The Cure performed their 1985 b-side “The Exploding Boy” for the first time in 30 years, and also waxed nostalgic with rare live renditions of “Bloodflowers” and “Out of This World”. Meanwhile, in Houston, they dusted off “The Last Day of Summer” after 14 years.
Perhaps most impressive was the set given in El Paso. Amid a 35-song, five-encore set (!), the band rolled out “The Perfect Girl” for the first time in 26 years, as well as “(I Don’t Know What’s Going) On” for the first time since 2004. Additionally, Smith led the English outfit to unearth “Watching Me Fall” for the first time since 2007 and “The Snakepit” for the first time in 16 years.
Fan-caught footage of “Last Dance” has surfaced and can be seen above. Below, watch them play “Screw”, “Closedown”, “Last Dance”, This Twilight Garden”, “The Perfect Girl”, and “The Snakepit” via YouTube user edgeofthewind. The full setlists for each show can also be found below.