Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Cure in New Orleans (05-10-16)


May 10th, 2016 - New Orleans, LA
UNO Lakefront Arena
Doors at 6 pm, Twilight Sad 7:20 - 8, The Cure 8:35 - 11:07
Tickets still available / Parking is $10 (cash only).

Setlist: Tape / Open, alt.end, All I Want, Push, In Between Days, From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea, Step Into The Light, Sleep When I'm Dead, A Letter to Elise, High, The Walk, Lovesong, Just Like Heaven, Trust, Want, The Hanging Garden, One Hundred Years, End

1st Encore: At Night, M, Play for Today, A Forest

2nd Encore: Dressing Up, Piggy in the Mirror, Shake Dog Shake, Give Me It

3rd Encore: Burn

4th Encore: It Can Never Be the Same

Reviews: Nola.com

Photos: New Orleans Local

Articles: RadioX / Entertainment Weekly / Vanyaland / Stereogum / Billboard / Rolling Stone / Radio.com / Diffuser / NME / Pitchfork / The 405 / CoS / GigWise / Crack / Overblown

Videos: From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea 1 - 2 / From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea & Step Into The Light & Sleep When I'm Dead & A Letter To  Elise / Step Into The Light / A Letter To Elise / The Walk / Lovesong / A Forest /Give Me It / Burn 1 - 2 / It Can Never Be The Same / 1 hour 3 minutes of the show (Deep Green Sea to Give Me It) / 1 hour 45 minutes of the show 

Clips: Robert talks about playing different songs both nights / Robert tells a joke about his shirt /At Night 1 - 2 / Trust 1 - 2 - 3 / A Forest 


Opening night of The Cure Tour 2016 is finally here! If you are going to line up early, we would appreciate occasional updates on how long the line is. Will post more info throughout the day.

One big request/plea from me...if you are out there and hear soundcheck, please do not post the songs in the comments, or email/tweet them to me! This is my one chance to be completely surprised by the setlist, and I don't want any spoilers until after the 2 NOLA shows. If you have the soundchek info, I do want it, but send it in after Wednesday night's show. Thank you so much!

And another request for those up front or with good cameras, we need photos of the new guitars if they new stickers. Robert's, Simon's, and Reeves' if he has any new ones.

As always, I'll be posting the live setlist on Twitter, connection permitting, and they should show up here in the widget above. And I will get everything updated when I get home from the show. I will get photos/prices of all the new merch as soon as I get in and will post as soon as I can.

From Lakefront Arena:

ALL RESERVED SEAT TICKETS DO NOT HAVE FLOOR ACCESS.
FLOOR TICKETS DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO RESERVED SEATS.

Those guests with a Floor / General Admission ticket should enter under Ramp 4 at the Ground 4 entrance. Guests with reserved seats can enter up Ramp 1 or 4.

A wristband will be distributed upon entering the building to patrons with FLOOR tickets. Patrons must be present to receive a wristband. Both a wristband and floor ticket are required for floor access. When a wristband is received, the ticket will be punched, designating that a wristband was issued for this ticket. Wristbands will not be "re-issued" for any reason.

113 comments:

  1. Enjoy you lucky people. Here's hoping for a brilliant gig, some new songs but most of all spending time with a great band and fan base x

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  2. Kick off to what is sure to be an amazing tour. Bummed I won't be seeing them this time around, have fun everyone who is.

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  3. Wish~ing you all a brilliant Cureshow! X

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  4. Have a wonderful time tonight, all of you! And thank you again for making the band feel so alive through your website Craig! You rule!

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  5. have fun, I will have to wait a long time until Wembley but will enjoy all the reviews/setlists in the meantime

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  6. Europe waiting for news; have fun!

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  7. Have a great time Craig! I'm so jealous that you are getting to see the opening night show. I have to wait until NYC. You know these shows are going to be amazing and there will be lots of surprises....The Cure never disappoint.

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  8. Enjoy! So excited for the tour to start . I don't think I've posted since the last tour but I read every single post in my feed since then!! happy to be home at COF :). I'll be at the Hollywood shows .

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  9. I'm going to the show tomorrow night. Long drive ahead of me from NW Arkansas.

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  10. I'm in line now, and there 6 people including me at the moment!

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    1. ...I'm on my wayy too "Yewww'ters Bob'AYE☆~!"

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  11. Thanks Craig ! enjoy the show !!!!

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  12. this link is claiminga live streaming for tonight... i guess it is fake:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlmSp9Mtk6g&feature=share&app=desktop

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    1. Yes, as I said on Twitter, there are no official streams of the show. Those YouTube streams look very sketchy to me. Want to send you to a link that will "activate" you and "log" you.

      Be very careful with stuff like that. Read everything and think!

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    2. Should I open a Periscope add link it y'all but I don't think it's allowed though...

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    4. https://www.periscope.tv/w/agEwWzFXTEtSZWVBZHZPUWJ8MVJEeGxwenBaTWx4TNq9uWkWbTxQ8cFGVOrIvskhlXV9VZXCliZ25C9B6C4J. Otay buckwheat... here we go...! Nola night #1 The Cure☆~!

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  13. I wish you a Perfect concert ;)
    I can feel with you. Enjoy ;)

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  14. Checking in for the live show thread!! I hope you get Burn again tonight, Craig!

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  16. Big big night! Enjoy anyone periscoping the event ?

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  17. once again, the merch is awful. :(

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  18. Looks like more "Fibonacci Numbers" on the merch.....there is definitely a theme happening.

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  19. I was holding out hope for new CD's.
    I guess that's not going to happen?

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  20. Hopefully RS and company will make the show extra special just for Craig! He certainly deserves it considering his hard work with keeping fans updated over the years. I agree with poster above...merch doesn't look appealing but at least prices are (somewhat) reasonable.

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  21. Hopefully RS and company will make the show extra special just for Craig! He certainly deserves it considering his hard work with keeping fans updated over the years. I agree with poster above...merch doesn't look appealing but at least prices are (somewhat) reasonable.

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  22. I agree, Rob could introduce 'burn' for Craig (wouldn't it be nice, Craig? :)
    And merch is not so great, as usual, still I'll buy a t, I always have to, y' know...

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  23. Have fun everyone. I'm jealous but very happy for you guys that are attending tonight.

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  25. the standing light stands are the same. they've added the pillar and screens.

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  26. The world is so much better when The Cure is wandering all around.

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  27. So, there's pics of a reed flute / recorder. I wonder if they will play LaMent or something like that.

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    1. I meant to say - a reed flute / recorder attached to Robert's mic.

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  28. The Cure☆~! NOLA night #1 liveth...

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  29. https://www.periscope.tv/w/agEwWzFXTEtSZWVBZHZPUWJ8MVJEeGxwenBaTWx4TNq9uWkWbTxQ8cFGVOrIvskhlXV9VZXCliZ25C9B6C4J

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  30. fab job Craig & much appreciated :D

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  31. Holy cats, new Cure song!! ***SQUEEEEE!!***

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  32. https://www.periscope.tv/w/1BdxYDqkaWzJX

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  33. What do you think of the setlist (so far)?

    (Kinda quiet)

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    1. Strange mainset. Very Wish focused (6 songs) and only 2 songs from "before 1985" era

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    2. Seemed short? 18 songs...am I crazy?

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    3. I think they play 3 hours: mainset 1h 30', 1st encore 30' 2nd encore 30' and 3rd encore 30'

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    4. All i want, Hanging garden, a letter to elise, at night, m. Good stuff. Oh and a new song, finally! Wish there were 7 though.

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    7. Open
      High
      From The Edge
      Trust
      A Letter to Elise
      End

      are 6...

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    9. Seemed like a fantastic show with a wonderful ending!

      Can't wait to experience the show myself.

      Thanks for the updates Craig!

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  34. Burn! please play this everywhere!

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    1. Agreed! It can't be just a New Orleans track!

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  35. How were the two new songs?

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  36. The ending had me in tears what a scorcher!

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  37. Re: 4th encore was an incredible new song! Without you nothing can ever be the same.

    see the words on RS new guitar "it can never be the same"

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  38. Fantastic setlist with 2 new songs!! Can`t wait to hear these ones. Thanks Craig for the reports!

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  39. https://www.periscope.tv/w/1gqxvDjMRzlGB

    Burn and new song 2 (Christmas without you)

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  40. New songs but the drum patterns are nothing special... all boring. Also the way Robert is singing is the same as he's used to for the past 8 years.

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    1. drum patterns are not a problem.

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    2. So are you wanting Robert to change the way he sings? This is the way I remember him singing since I started listening to the Cure 24 yrs or so ago

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    3. All boring? Wow, I can't see thinking the second song was boring, but if that's what you think... I thought it was exactly the reason I love the Cure. Drums and bass recall Bloodflowers and that's not a bad thing in my book. The first song... meh, I'm sure it will grow on me.

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    4. Yeah, because the drum patterns on classic songs like A Forest, At Night, M and Three Imaginary Boys were sooooo special and original.

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    5. Yeah, because the drum patterns on classic songs like A Forest, At Night, M and Three Imaginary Boys were sooooo special and original.

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  41. Sounds like a great night, thanks for the updates Craig...looking forward to hear the new tracks soon!

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  42. Holy fuck. Those 2 new songs sounded so special, that last one in particular was a joy to watch, they obviously enjoyed playing them.

    That set list was so surprising in a great way, I'm so excited at the thought of tomorrow night now. Can anyone else smell a Disintegration and or Faith encore??

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  43. One of the better shows I've seen. Thanks for making me cry, Robert. I also had some of the best neighbors I've had in a long time. I was to the right of this gorgeous French girl, but I never even caught her name. We danced side by side, and it seemed just perfect to leave it that way.

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  44. Seems like 'it can never be the same' will become a fan favourite.

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  45. Just heard "It can Never Be The Same" & it's beautiful. Had me in tears straight away, affecting me in a way only The Cure can. So excited for more!

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  46. Just heard "It can Never Be The Same" & it's beautiful. Had me in tears straight away, affecting me in a way only The Cure can. So excited for more!

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  47. I really hope by the time the tour reaches the UK the band can start a concert without using Open,Plainsong or SDS. Its just boring and predictable. And only 2 new songs on a first night? "Ever get the feeling you've been cheated"? Come on Smith and Co. Pull your socks up.

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  48. Seriously? Can't we all just be grateful? I hope I never become a jaded fan. At every encore i was hoping for Plainsong/Disintegration. I'd literally beg to hear Plainsong again. Pull your socks up.

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    1. Was it the "must see show of the year"? I don't think so. By the time London comes, as was my original point, things will be different I hope. Not jaded Lara, just left with a feeling of deja vu........Socks are pulled up ,thank you.

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    2. With you there Lara. It's not inevitable that you end up jaded. 35 years since my first gig on the Picture Tour. I'm planning to fly over for NYC MSG and I'm looking forward to the 3 London nights as much as any time I've seen them even if it is the NOLA setlist all three times. If people are getting bored, perhaps they could transfer their affections to Biffy Clyro? ;)

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    3. I don't think people need to complain, but there's no reason people have to "just be grateful". I think the fans who declare every show "the bestest show EVER!" are just as aggravating as the ones who are never happy. Believe it or not some shows are better than others. At 11pm est last night I was fuming because I thought we were getting more of the same, but Burn and the final song won me over.

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  49. I'm glad to see some really bad songs disappear from the setlist (hopefully for good...) and the addition of very good ones. It's never enough, people will never be fully pleased. It wasn't a goth masterpieces (sic) setlist, but it wasn't a greatest hits either. They didn't even play BDC.

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  50. I wonder if It Can Never Be The Same has had its title changed and it was actually Christmas Without You from the 4:13 sessions? Robert described that one as being extremely sad.

    http://craigjparker.blogspot.com.au/2013/04/robert-interview-with-uol.html?m=1

    'Christmas Without You' (which is said to be about the death of a close friend) was recorded during the '4:13 Dream' sessions. In this Blender interview from 2008, Robert called it “one of the most unhappy things we’ve ever recorded”

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    1. Both the two songs seem to be belong to that session. I like both.e. You know, it's live..so something is missing. But the bass and the voice are great.

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    2. I wondered the same. If not, he wrote Without You, Christmas Without You and now this....so he obviously has something he wants to say. But honestly, listening to what words I can make out, the song has a somewhat hopeful vibe.

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    3. Also, I find it crazy that in 1991 it took me 8 months from the day they were played until I could finally track down a copy of the new T&C2 songs but now I was able to get these new songs in just over an hour from them having been played. I know, I just dated myself with that one ;)

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    4. Are you guys old MFC'ers? Your names look familiar.

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  51. i can't understand what Robert says about his shirt, can someone write it to me please?

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    1. I think he said someone told him he should tell a joke so he mentioned that he was wearing the same shirt he had worn on the Prayer Tour and he's not sure if that's really good recycling or sort of gross. And then he mentioned the buttons around the waist don't fit as well as they did

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  52. Daaaaamn! Two new songs and the only song in my personal top 25 that I've never heard live (All I Want). Wish I'd been there.

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  53. It's not a bad first night set, I am impressed with the lack of hits. Watching the twitter feed it seemed like this was the 'Wish' tour, lol... I've seen everything in the main set so was not missing much.

    First encore, while still great, it the same as the 4Tour. The instant I saw 'At Night', I knew the next 3 songs. RS should shake it up and throw in 'Secrets' or something else to shake things up.

    2nd encore, I've seen it all before as well, but nice to see 'Piggy in the Mirror' back in the USA again. It's been 20 years since I saw it, so would be welcome to me!

    'Burn' shows that RS gives a shit about his New Orleans fans. Period. To play it again truly shows it.

    New songs? First one... eh? Second one (encore) really solid.

    I think it was a good start, only real surprise in the first set was 'All I Want'..

    I was surprised they are still focusing on the 'Top' songs, it's been 3 years of that...

    We'll see what tonight brings.

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    1. You have a good point.

      It's only the beginning of a massive tour, so I don't want to come off as complaining.

      The setlist looks to be their best since this lineup began in 2012. I hope it continues with more surprises...hoping for more rarities, b-sides, etc. ...and of course new songs.

      So glad to see they didn't play certain songs they've seem to have on repeat (core setlists since 2012). Glad to see some change up in the main set! What a surprise to end the show with Burn and that new song! PERFECT!!

      Let's see what tonight brings. I was hoping for a new opener and closer for the main set...as if they are touring to promote a new album. That's not saying I wouldn't love to hear Open/End or Plainsong/Disintegration.

      I don't want to take away the joy of those who went last night and who are going tonight and so on. I'd be lying if I didn't say I wish they play more deep cuts from KMKMKM, THOTD, Bloodflowers...and oh how I WISH they surprise us with those incredible b-sides from KMKMKM and WISH eras. It's only natural to be WANTING MORE.

      BOTTOM LINE...
      THIS IS OFF TO AN AWESOME START!!!!

      EVERYONE GOING TO THESE SHOWS...

      HAVE

      FUN!!!!!!

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    2. My bet is we'll see a larger focus on Disintegration tonight, would love to see New Orleans get a proper 'Pornography' encore, it's been 16 years since one of those...

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    3. That's my prediction but still holding out for a surprise opener/ending and of course a rarity or two and new songs.

      CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THEM IN NYC! CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THE UPDATES TONIGHT!!

      THANK YOU CRAIG!!!

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  54. What is the 12-string guitar Robert is using? Is that made by Schecter???

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  55. Anybody got a comment to make on hoe The Twilight Sad went down.

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    1. I wasn't there but they were awesome.

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    2. I WAS there, and yes they were! Starting with There's A Girl in the Corner set the perfect tone for the rest of the night. Loved them.

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    3. Cheers Zamboni/Craig. Really glad to hear that. Really good band. Robert has top taste with this support act. Anyone that is taking in the cure on this tour will really miss something special if they don't get there to see them. Tnx again.

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    4. That reads confusing. I mean you'll seriously miss out if you don't go see the Twilight Sad. I'm not their agent by the way.

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  56. I'm really trying to dig Twilight Sad, but I really am struggling...is it that they are better live?

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    1. Listen to "no one can ever know" album on headfones lights down,bottle o wine etc. Cracking album.very atmospheric with hints of pornography or is it seventeen seconds. IMHO

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  57. Craig the attendance of the first night???

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  58. Craig the attendance of the first night???

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