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Monday, July 25, 2016

The Cure in Sydney, AU (07-25-16)

July 25th, 2016
Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia
Tickets still available / Box Office opens at 5 pm
External Doors 5:30 / External Doors for GA 6 

The Cure 8:18 - 11:18 / No opening band
Start times in the US are 3 am Pacific, 4 am Mountain, 5 am Central, 6 am Eastern Monday morning

Setlist: Plainsong, Pictures of You, Closedown, High, A Night Like This, All I Want, Push, In Between Days, Primary, Like Cockatoos, The End of the World, Lovesong, Just Like Heaven, From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea, Want, The Hungry Ghost, One Hundred Years, Disintegration

1st encore: It Can Never Be The Same, Burn, A Forest

2nd encore: Shake Dog Shake, Fascination Street, Never Enough, Wrong Number

3rd encore: Lullaby, Hot Hot Hot, Let's Go To Bed, Sleep When I'm Dead, Friday I'm In Love

4th encore: The Lovecats, The Caterpillar, The Walk, Close To Me, Why Can't I Be You?, Boys Don't Cry

Thank so much to Lara, & for set reports under tough conditions! And to & for scope links.



Reviews: Sydney Morning Herald / Noise 11 / Music Feeds / Howl and Echoes / Daily Mail / News

Photos: Linda (show / soundcheck 1 - 2 - 3) Qudos Bank Arena

Videos: Closedown / High / All I Want / In Between Days / Primary 1 - 2 / Like Cockatoos / Just Like Heaven / Want / It Can Never Be The Same 1 - 2 / Burn 1 - 2 / A Forest 1 - 2 - 3 / Shake Dog Shake / Shake Dog Shake & Fascination Street / Lullaby 1 - 2 - 3 / Friday I'm in Love 1 - 2 / Boys Don't Cry  / Short clips 

Periscopes: Plainsong - Primary - Boys Don't Cry

Clips: Let's Go To Bed - Close to Me - Lovesong - Reeves on Deep Green Sea

31 comments:

  1. As mentioned to you on Twitter, I can do updates via Twitter. I tried to send you this DM on Twitter but you're not following me so I'll post it as a comment here.

    'Hi @CraigatCoF, so what do you need me to do. Is just just a quick tweet with the song? As a DM or tweet? Or pics here and there too? I'm guessing you repost or do a new tweet because you have a larger following etc. Let me know. I must go listen to alt.end because it's probably the only song I can never manage to sing in my head when I read the setlists. Haha! Must mean I don't like it that much. I'd be much happier for them to play The Figurehead or A Strange Day or FAITH instead! Wouldn't we all? CR

    I'm @crawleyrocket on Twitter (all welcome to follow me)

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  2. I wonder about Robert Smith's introduction to song Like Cockatoos: "Here's a song we don't play often, inspired by someone who lived not far from here, one of Australia's best writers."
    Who is the writer?

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    1. is there a novel in particular or just his collective works?

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    2. I was wondering exactly the same thing...you took the question right out of my mouth, so to speak. Thanks so much (jj606) for providing the author's name. Wow, I didn't realize the song not only had literary origins but was written by a Nobel laureate. (guess it's not really too surprising since many of the band's songs are, in fact, based on literature). I couldn't help but run a quick search of the author's name out of sheer cure-iosity. It appears that White wrote a short story (part of a larger collection with the same title) called The Cockatoos. The story apparently centers on an aging couple whose strained relationship gradually starts to re-blossom with the sudden arrival of a flock of cockatoos in their neighborhood. The concept of the story seems to "dovetail" (pardon the pun?) perfectly with the song. Now that I understand the origins behind the song, it gives it an entirely new dimension and meaning...though the song is noticeably naughtier, with its deft use of double entendre, not only in the content but potentially in the title? :D Don't want to go into too much detail, otherwise this might drift (hover?) into NC-17 territory... I'd previously touched upon the band's subtly steamy songs of seduction...It dawned on me that I'd completely overlooked not only this song but All I Want, which also seems to fit the sensual theme (but in a much more raw, aggressive way). These are probably just the "tip of the iceberg"? The sheer number of songs that could fall into this category is potentially "mind-blowing" to say the least!(No pun intended?).

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    3. the lovecats is also inspired by on eof his works ,, he is a fantastic novelist highly recommend the vivisector one of my favourite books, but any of his works are great

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    4. Patrick White is amazing btw. The Vivisector is my favourite too.

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    5. Patrick White is amazing btw. The Vivisector is my favourite too.

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    6. Also worth mentioning he has a book called the hanging garden

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    7. Also worth mentioning he has a book called the hanging garden

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    8. Wow...I'm completely blown away by the posters above and their knowledge of the stories behind the songs. White must be a favorite author of RS, since he appears to have based (at least) 3 songs on his writings. I'll definitely have to look into White's work.

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    9. Check out Charles Baudelaire as well flowers of evil has influenced the cure and dead can dance and if I remember correctly cocteau twins

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    10. Check out Charles Baudelaire as well flowers of evil has influenced the cure and dead can dance and if I remember correctly cocteau twins

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    11. It was lovely to hear Robert refer to Patrick White in his intro to the song and also that they'd selected it for inclusion in the setlist while in Australia. It did make the Aussie locals giggle to see Lorikeets or Rosellas in the video projection for the song instead of cockatoos but I suppose even though those birds are not cockatoos, they are 'Like Cockatoos'. It was great to hear the song and it was one of the highlights for me. Thanks, The Cure. CR

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  4. Awesome show tonight - it is always such a privledge

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  5. What an incredible setlist!!!!

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  6. miami 1 & 2 have been the best sets imo

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    1. Yeah but I went to those and the shows weren't the best!!! Maybe on paper...not best audio quality...not horrible but not the best...

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    2. Yeah but I went to those and the shows weren't the best!!! Maybe on paper...not best audio quality...not horrible but not the best...

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    3. Miami had stunning audio quality! So much better than an indoor arena could have.

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  7. http://musicfeeds.com.au/gig/cure-qudos-bank-arena-sydney-250716/#/slide/1

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  9. Great Show last night in Sydney the best by far I've seen. Good venue, awesome sound. Robert seemed to be enjoyinh himself doing lots more Robert "dancing" than usual

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  10. Shitty piece as per usual by the Daily Mail but in the press none the less..

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3707725/The-Cure-perform-Qudos-Bank-Arena-Sydney.html

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  11. I was looking at the soundcheck photos, and it looks like RS was wearing a shirt with some sort of phrase or saying on it. Then when I looked at the other photos (actual performance) it appears he'd changed into some other black shirt (with no quote on the front). Wonder if anyone caught the quote on the shirt at soundcheck. (Or maybe I'm just seeing things?) LOL. He also talked briefly about the perception of colors. Didn't catch what context it was in. Wonder what that was all about?

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    1. http://youtu.be/alZydC5aoA4

      ...I too had wondered what about the talk of colours etc. just stumbled upon video of it, before 1st encore...
      "Anyway, it all takes place inside my head. None of it's real..."

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  12. Just a random comment but today (july 27) is the 30 year anniversary of my first Cure concert. I was 13. An unforgettable night..to say the least.

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  13. some great videos...thanks.

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