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Thursday, June 16, 2016

The Cure in Boston (06-16-16)

June 16th, 2016
Agganis Arena in Boston, MA
Sold Out! / Doors at 6:30 PM Eastern
The Twilight Sad 7:30 - 8:06 / The Cure 8:35 - 11:15
Get there early for The Twilight Sad! They're excellent!

Setlist: Tape / Open, Kyoto Song, A Night Like This, Push, In Between Days, Sinking, Pictures of You, Closedown, Fascination Street, Hot Hot Hot!!!, The Walk, The End of the World, Lovesong, Just Like Heaven, From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea, End

1st encore:  It Can Never Be the Same, The Snakepit, Burn

2nd encore: M, Play For Today, A Forest

3rd encore: Lullaby, High, Doing the Unstuck, Friday I'm in Love

4th encore: The Perfect Girl, Let's Go To Bed, Close to Me,Why Can't I Be You?, Boys Don't Cry

Reviews: Improper Bostonian / Boston Globe

Photos: Metro

Videos: Twilight Sad - Reflection of the Television / Open 1 - 2 / Kyoto Song / A Night Like This / Push / Sinking 1 - 2 / Pictures of You 1 - 2 / Fascination Street 1 - 2 / Lovesong / Just Like Heaven 1 - 2 / From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea 1 - 2 - 3 / It Can Never Be The Same 1 - 2 / The Snakepit 1 - 2 / Burn / Robert intros the 2nd encore / M / A Forest 1 - 2 / Doing the Unstuck / Friday I'm in Love 1 - 2  / Let's Go to Bed / Close to Me / Boys Don't Cry 

Periscopes: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 /

Clips: Twilight Sad - It Never Was the Same / The Snakepit / Robert intros 2nd encore / Play For Today / High /



Need help with the setlist reports tonight! So if you're going to the show and wouldn't mind sending in the live setlist or anything else, please let me know. Twitter, email, text, Facebook, whatever works best for you. Thanks!

If you're still looking for tickets, I will be posting any last minute offers on Twitter (I'm @CraigatCoF) and here.

Guests with floor tickets (Section FLR 1 & FLR 2) - Enter at Gate F doors on Harry Agganis Way.
Guests with reserved seating bowl tickets (Sections 101-115) - Enter at the main lobby on Commonwealth Ave.
Note: Guests with floor tickets FLR 1 & FLR 2 may begin lining up at 9:00 AM on event day on Harry Agganis Way.

84 comments:

  1. So excited! It seemed like forever since Chicago. Looking forward to another mind-blowing Cure show. And don't miss The Twilight Sad :)

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  2. I'd like to believe there is a crossover in taste and that some of the guys from NKOTB are going to tonight's show. My wife loves them and I've seen them twice with her.

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    1. I had to see them also. Wives.

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    2. There is no reason whatsoever to mention THEM here in this forum....and you guys simply lie when you blame it on the wives....as if

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    3. LOL. They're from Boston, that's why I mentioned it.

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    4. Oh and NKOTB MY ASS!!! THEY'RE The New Kids on the Block for Fuck's sake....lol!!!

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    5. Oh and NKOTB MY ASS!!! THEY'RE The New Kids on the Block for Fuck's sake....lol!!!

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    6. I thought they were NWOBHM...

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    7. NKOTB?? On a hardcore Cure fansite of all places, that's almost a cardinal sin....LOL. Almost but not quite tantamount to mentioning a certain "M-------y" in the same sentence as the "other" Smith...haha.
      Surprised all the boy band haters didn't come out of the woodwork (and there are probably many on a site like this). Even more surprised we're in 2016 and New Kids are still around(?)! Embarrassed to admit I loved them as an (unenlightened) child, along with other poppy artists like Debbie (ahem, Deborah) Gibson, Paula Abdul, Janet Jackson, Expose, Stevie B, and yes even Milli Vanilli. Much of the NKOTB "catalogue" has not stood up well over time (Hangin Tough, Step by Step??...all cringe worthy), but I still like their cover of Didn't I Blow Your Mind This Time.

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    8. Nowadays they're Busy blowing something else

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    9. Nowadays they're Busy blowing something else

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    10. Oh no...let's keep this PG-13... this is borderline NC-17....😯 HAHAHA

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    11. Oh no...let's keep this PG-13... this is borderline NC-17....😯 HAHAHA

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  3. Construction on 93 wasn't too bad. But come 3 PM, trying to get into Boston will take awhile.

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  4. I'm across the street at Sunset Cantina....the Guiness is great!

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  5. We're waiting to get in, in the sun, on brick pavement facing the opposite side of the street, in the shade..... the good news is if you've got floor tickets tge line is short right now, 3:24 pm. About 25 people here.

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  6. We're waiting to get in, in the sun, on brick pavement facing the opposite side of the street, in the shade..... the good news is if you've got floor tickets tge line is short right now, 3:24 pm. About 25 people here.

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  7. I have a feeling Boston will see and hear the debut of 'Mr. Pink Eyes'. Just a feeling...😎

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  8. Traffic in Boston is the worst!!!!!!

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  9. Apparently sold out, yet tons of space on the floor?

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  10. Looks like the scalpers took it on this one. I don't understand why the venues allow it, they must lose hundreds of thousands on concessions and the fans have to pay 4 times face value to get a ticket. Looks like a total loss for the scalpers here, I'm glad that they finally took one. Sorry for the cure playing to an empty stadium, they were probably excited to play to a sold out crowd.

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    1. So was it still empty or is this just a half empty arena before the show?

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    2. Filled up nicely. Problem was heavy traffic, then a nightmare parking scenario. Lot of fans missed the start of the show, some not getting in until more than an hour after the start.

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    3. I parked illegally and won. No boot, no ticket, no tow. Went in the exit of a closed, unattended parking lot and squeezed into the last spot. It took 2 hours to get the last 1.7 miles of traffic, parking and entry done. Walked onto floor in the 1st minute of Open. Another Cure concert miracle :)

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  11. I can feel the music. I wish I was there!

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  12. I know this is a pretty silly thing to ponder, and a long shot at that...but here goes.....


    Has anyone been keeping track of when/where Robert says "see you again"??
    I have never given it too much thought but when he recently stated "we have very special plans"
    It gives me reason to suspect that the "see you again" might actually mean something....


    obviously the next tour or "plans" will be what they will be...
    However, after seeing many Cure shows I know that it is definitely not a given that they will come back to a specific location.
    Hence the fact that sometimes he does NOT say "see you again"....


    ahhh silliness I know

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    1. I have been to almost all US shows so far and he has said it every time. Although at one of the L.A shows it seemed more like a question

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    2. At the first New Orleans show he said something like "Dare I say...see you again!?" and at the Sasquatch disaster he said "Cheers" and left. I'm hoping they never play The Gorge again but do make it back to Washington State again. He did say "See you again" after Vancouver (B.C.).

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    3. For the first week of shows, it was a "See you again?" with a bit of a questioning shrug. Then that changed into a declarative "See you again!".

      He did not say it in Ridgefield or at Sasquatch. And then Bestival Toronto got the first definitive statement that there will be another North American tour.

      As for when that will be? Not sure. They are supposed to be playing a bunch of shows next year, but things can change. Wait and see, but not out of the question that whatever the "something special" is, it could be in 2017.

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    4. Thanks for all of the replies, you guys ARE paying attention! I saw 10 shows (so far) and it was NOT said at 2 shows that I attended...again who ever knows what any of it means

      There is also a business side to these things that can impact decisions. Its just a curious thing to ponder now that we have learned that there are already plans to come back.

      Thanks again for all of the replies!

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  13. Thanks to all of the periscopers who broadcasted the Boston show. I was able to see the whole show switching between all of the broadcasters. Seeing the concert was bittersweet as I have never missed a Cure concert in Boston before. The set list was really inspired (particularly the encore with The Snakepit and Burn) and the band sounded amazing! I can't wait for the Miami shows and hope for some rarities!

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  14. Damn that is one big block of tHotD songs. There were several blocks tonight: 5 HotD (and a 6th song later on) followed by 3 Disintegration, then 3 Seventeen Seconds and 3 Wish. Very odd indeed. Albums like Pornography, Wild Mood Swings, Faith, Bloodflowers, 413 Dream and the Top (surprisingly enough) got no love at all. And aside from Burn and ICNBtS, no real b-sides/new/rare tracks. Very unpredictable these shows- and not always in a good way.

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    1. I suppose we all have different views on setlists. I LOVE Head on the Door so so much, so that would have been heaven from my perspective. Add To The Sky in there and I would have been floating away

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    2. The negativity some continue to spew towards this tour, these sets, these shows, just blows my mind. Granted it comes from a very small minority of fans, mostly the usual suspects, but it still begs the question, WTF are some of you expecting? WTF will actually satisfy you?

      FFS, stop sitting here judging the shows from afar, get your asses to more shows and enjoy this fantastic tour!

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    3. I am thinking the same thing. Every moment of this tour has been magical. Every song. Every note. I feel so lucky that The Cure has been my #1 for over 30 years and have given me so much more than I could have dreamed. Thank you to The Cure! You are so special. My heart is filled.

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    4. yep, unpredictable/bad, predictable/bad....they just can't win..pfft..

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    5. "Mostly the usual suspects"....LOL. I hope some of the posters in this forum don't get blacklisted merely for expressing their honest opinion. I did not interpret Cyril's comment as being negative, it was probably just his or her (unfiltered) opinion. I'm not saying I necessarily agree with it, but it's shocking to me how every perceived slight gets blown out of proportion. Anyone who dares to express any semblance of a "critical" remark is immediately castigated and knocked around like a piñata.

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    6. Then you clearly don't read this blog frequently enough to know, that yes, there are some usual suspects, and yes they all annoy the fucking shot out of us cause they're never happy about the setlists.

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    7. Piggywigee, go back and read every actual show and setlist post and you'll see a very specific set of names (eg. the 'usual suspects') crop up in every one, bitching and whinging about safe setlists, predictable setlists, how they're pissed at The Cure for not going to their city or playing some random b-side that's never been played, etc, etc, etc. Never mind that, as the OTHER cross section of fans point out, here is a fucking awesome band who's been around for forty years and they are still touring in bloody 2016, long after the most of the bands that were their peers (and hell, even bands they gave birth to) have disappeared. If these people aren't happy with this tour, they'll NEVER be happy. But hey, it's at least funny to think about how miserable they must be every day. ;)

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    8. Craig, they must want a join the dots tour where the "album" is played in full because they never toured for it.

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    9. I think there's a lot of fans here that remember the pre-Internet times when the only way we knew what a band played while on tour was through going to shows and word of mouth.

      Anyone know if there was a Cure BBS?

      Cherish we have an awesome band touring and playing extremely strong!

      Boy have we've gotten spoiled and some dare I say entitled?

      I can hardly contain myself for the only show I am able to attend: Sunday, NYC night #2! 😬😳😬😳😬

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    10. Simple fact is different people go for different reasons. I stand by what I said, though I don't see it as bitching. See, it's one thing to compare one show to another and all the shows you've seen in the past and it's another to just gush over any show just because. By my definition you're no better just because you are just happy to be there. This is a tour where some really amazing songs are being played and some of us will be disappointed at times- sorry if I can't love every time I see In Between Days. I don't know if I'm included in "the usual suspects" and frankly I don't much care, shows can be assessed critically like anything else- they can have good points and bad points, highs and lows, and I enjoy discussing those points. Would it be far better if everyone just guffawed like idiots about how wonderful everything the band does is? For a fan to hope they will play some really rare songs on a tour where they are playing really rare songs is hardly being entitled.

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    12. also, I hardly see how unpredictable = bad, but again, if I'm not one of the mindless "they're the bestest band ever!" people, I guess I must be bitching, right?

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    13. It is acceptable to be a little bit critical and still love every moment of whichever show you happen to be attending. It does not make a hardcore fan any less so. On a side note, I noticed a certain Dr. Fishbones has been quiet lately. I hope he didn't feel pressured to suppress his opinions, even if they weren't popular.

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  15. Sending you the vibes necessary for your marathon Miami show!!

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  16. Another excellent show! Not crazy about the venue. Looking forward to NYC.

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  17. no words needed for the complainers here. simply: If you expect someone to perform your favorites from such a prolific catalogue, then look up the dictionary meaning of catalogue...prolific, entertaining, subjective, projective, needy, asshole. and, then imagine yourself as the most ignorant self-consuming person in the universe....there..now you have a Your concert.

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  18. Wow...was not sure if Sinking would ever make another appearance and here it is. Hopefully someone was able to capture it on video. The last time this was played I searched YouTube/Vimeo for the video but one never surfaced. It may have been on one of the periscopes but the scopes are not user friendly (but they are definitely better than nothing). Fast forwarding a scope to find what you want can be tedious, especially if it's a very lengthy scope.

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  19. Standouts from main set for me were Sinking (!!!!), Closedown & Fascination Street. The encores were the show. The 1st one was slow (and awesome - Snakepit!) and audience came alive in 2nd encore to end of show (from what I could tell). Off to NYC tomorrow for my 30th Cure show!

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  20. The set lists are very good and interesting to be fair but personally I'm disappointed there's no new album. 2 'new' songs one of which sounds like a cast off from the last album (which was quite bad) doesn't cut it. The Cure have become something Robert would have abhorred back in the day that is a nostalgia act. New album please, show us you can still produce good new music, get a decent producer in, restore some faith!!! Those that are happy with these nostalgia tours need to be questioned as much as those complaining!

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    1. "The Cure have become something Robert would have abhorred back in the day that is a nostalgia act." Just noting this part because as Robert introduced the 2nd encore last night, he said something regarding "for fans of nostalgia, like me." or something to that effect. Last night was a party. If Simon didn't play so well, I'd swear he was on coke. That guy was all over the place. Love him.

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    2. But I agree on wishing there was a new album.

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    3. You would leave your name as "Unknown". Get over yourself. The Cure have a great enough legacy. I don't even need a new album. I would be cool if they released some standalone singles like they did with "Charlotte Sometimes" back in the day.

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    4. Yes a new album would be perfect but are you kidding? Restore some faith? The guy is almost 60 years old! The quantity and quality of music he's given us is mind boggling! Are you saying that if this was the last thing he did, you would not be satisfied?

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    5. ^^^^^YES! (what shakinglikemilk said)

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    6. Its not nostalgia. True artists don't stop, they can't they love it too much. Tell David Gilmour to do something new and quit playing Wish You Were Here. Quit belly aching and enjoy it you half assed Cure fan.

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    7. David Gilmour has recently come out with an album

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  21. The Gigs and setlists have mostly bgone down very well and i have a few freiends who have attended some of the shows
    Yes we would all love the Cure to do another album but
    I would be happy with some stand alone single and if the did a trilogy of wild mood swings.self Titled album and 4.13 dream ( which some people see as lesser albums id would be Chomping at the bit
    I Can understand how some people are frustrated if they are only getting to one or two Shows and they dont get some of the songs that they have read on set list
    I am chomping at the bit see them but wont do untill the come to Europe
    all i can say is i hope everyone that is still to see them has an excellent time and celebrate the fact that they are still putting on shows with lots of songs that are unpredictable enjoy every one

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  22. Every album is different from the previous. Thats why the new Cure album will be nostalgic and dark. And likely will be the last Cure album and Robert want to do something special and delay.

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  23. Finally made it to NYC! Thanks to JuJu and my couch surf buds. We are on 5,745 miles around America! I love America! I love The Cure! Can't wait for tomorrow! :) :)

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  24. Hijacking the comments to show everyone that Los Angeles based Cure tribute band have covered "It Can Never Be The Same" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36fg_uYZk3o

    I was not in attendance but it was performed in Vegas on 6/11/16.

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  25. I am actually enjoying the dialogue/banter over the set lists. Because there is no new album tied to this tour, I think the set lists are "fair game" to be examined as they are somewhat of the band's choosing as the song choices are not tied to promoting a specific album.

    That being said, I would imagine that there are about 5-6 songs (fan favorites) that are the building blocks for the show. Those are the songs that pinned The Cure in music history. We all know them well - Love Song, Boys Don't Cry, Just Like Heaven, Why Can'I Be You, In Between Days, etc...I would think there is a certain homage that they feel they would need to pay to those staple songs. To not play those favorites could alienate some of their audiences who may not have had exposure to The Cure's vast discography. I also would gander that some songs are ritualistic like Open opening most concerts. I'm also guessing that set lists are chosen by the strength of the current band line up. There is formula in the layout of the set lists, but I think we all enjoy those twists and surprises of hearing a long lost friend. I know I do.

    We fans HAVE been spoiled by the extensive body of work created by The Cure. It is only "normal" to want to hear that 1 song that wasn't played at any other venue. It makes our concert experience feel "special" and less cookie-cutter.

    I would be fascinated to know the "ideal" concert set lists of each of the bandmates if they had free reign to choose from The Cure's discography (excluding outside projects/collaborations) - free from any external (or internal) pressures. Which songs do they really enjoy playing? Which songs do they never tire of playing? Which songs challenge themselves musically?

    Viva The Cure!


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    1. There is a great recent interview where Robert talks about picking the set-lists, the reasons, and how Simon likes to play the pop stuff more, and Robert enjoys the more emotional songs.

      I cant seem to find it right now.
      My 2 cents= The 10 shows I have seen have been amazing and I loved each and every one. The lighting, the production, the sound, the "performances" have all been top notch. No complaints except with 3 nights in LA I expected something a little more diverse. However, that's my fault for having expectations.

      I'm so glad they are touring and giving the fans what they want, and they even seem to be enjoying it.

      To me The Cure has a level of integrity and professionalism which is unrivaled. So glad to be on this journey with them for 30+ years. I chose well as a grasshopper. So much/many have come and gone but The Cure can still write a good song and put on an excellent show!

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    2. Guitar Player magazine made mention of Simon's pop tendencies in 1992. It has always been a running joke.

      http://www.musicfanclubs.org/cure/press/I10.html

      The article is interesting especially reading it again in the year 2016.

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    3. I enjoy it too. I don't know why people think that saying one show is better or worse than another is bitching, would they prefer everyone just post "that was a great show!" every day? Actually, I KNOW certain people would prefer exactly that.

      I had a friend who went to the Boston show and he was very excited- he saw all the setlist and saw some of his favorite songs being played and for the days leading up he talked about how he couldn't wait to see if they played 2 Late or Exploding Boy or Pornography and I shared in his excitement, so as I watched the setlist unfold last night, I was disappointed he didn't get any of the songs he'd hoped for. Yes, he got some great songs, he got Burn and ICNBtS, and that's great, but I know, compared to some of these setlists, that it fell short of expectation.

      And that is the only show he can attend this tour.

      Aside from that, I found the setlist very odd- that's NOT a bad thing, as Craig and others seem to think from an earlier post, it is an observation. A comment based on years of watching the Cure live and never really seeing them do a huge block of songs from an older album in the main set. I like the songs they played, but it was a strange thing for the band to do. And they did it a few more times, mainly as encores (which makes more sense expectation-wise).

      I think you said it best; any shortcomings I see are "my fault for having expectations", but that doesn't make every observation a bad thing. Sometimes you can find something strange or unpredictable and still like it.

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    4. Cookie cutter is a duran duran Depeche mode and new order show where they play 20-23 songs and lol only have 25 rehearsed

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    5. Cookie cutter is a duran duran Depeche mode and new order show where they play 20-23 songs and lol only have 25 rehearsed

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    6. Cyril, I agree with most of what you've said, I'd love to talk Cure with you sometime. People do tend to get real excited about the set lists but there's not much discussion about how the songs are played. I wasn't happy about them not playing my city this time around but I have been incredibly impressed with the quality of most of the shows. This is easily the best I've heard them play at any time since Reeves joined the band. It seems he has finally been fully integrated into the overall 'Cure sound' and I'm excited about the future. I always hope for the 'darker' tunes and was happy to see 'Same Deep Water' back again although I guess they felt it wasn't working and dropped it? Hope not. Always want 'Drowning Man' and 'Strange Day' and 'Cold' and 'Other Voices' and 'At Night' and 'M' and on and on and on. They played 'Faith' at 42 straight shows in 1989 and now it's unheard of, so things come and go but I always have these songs in the back of my mind. I keeping hoping to hear 'The Funeral Party'!

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  26. I brought my niece last night (25 yo). She had Disintegration and knew other songs from radio, spotify, etc. Her main comment last night was, "Now I get it." It's all about them live.

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  27. My original post was balanced and fair yet some of the replies are like a load of petulant kids!
    I just think we're overdue some new music from this band we ALL love that's all. Disagree with Robert having nothing to prove, one relatively poor album in 11 years....even he has said in interviews he still has ambitions to make the perfect Cure album. I'm sure you CAN Robert!!! Sorry for the people who didn't appreciate me wanting some new music from my all time favourite band...I will reiterate the fact I think these latest setlists are interesting and very good.

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  28. It would be interesting if the next album was produced by Trent Reznor

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