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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The Cure in Vienna (Oct. 26th, 2016)

Marxhalle in Vienna, Austria
Sold Out! / Doors at 6
The Twilight Sad 8 - 8:40 / The Cure 9:12 - 11:52
US start times for The Cure are 3 PM Eastern, 2 PM Central, 1 PM Mountain, and Noon Pacific
Get there early for The Twilight Sad! They are excellent!

Setlist: Plainsong, Pictures of You, Closedown, High, A Night Like This, The Walk, The Baby Screams, Push, In Between Days, Sinking, Charlotte Sometimes, Lovesong, Just Like Heaven, Primary, From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea, Prayers For Rain, Disintegration

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

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

3rd encore: Lullaby, Hot Hot Hot, Friday I'm in Love, Boys Don't Cry, Close to Me, Why Can't I Be You?

Thank you so much to Dominik for the stelist reports tonight and to Petr @thecureCZ for the review links!

Reviews: Der Standard / Music News / Heavy Pop / Krone / Pravda / Wiener Zeitung / Kleine Zeitung / ORF / FM4 / Kurier /

Videos: Bunch of videos on Bibiana's YouTube / Sinking 1 - 2 / Charlotte Sometimes / Lovesong / Primary / Prayers For Rain 1 - 2 - 3 / It Can Never Be The Same / A Forest / Lullaby / "Fucking Extraordinary" / Twilight Sad - Don't Move  

20 comments:

  1. Dear Robert, please, please play the Disintegration-Set this evening in Vienna! It would mean so much to me and my friends...

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  2. Thanks, Craig, for posting the setlist updates on Twitter in the midst of your haunted holiday. That’s true dedication! Without COF/Twitter updates we would all be in the dark. This may sound crazy, but the setlist seems more shrouded in mystery when it’s gradually “unveiled” bit by bit via Twitter, as opposed to seeing the entirety of the set listed on the blog. I usually check both. There’s less perception of “predictability” when it’s viewed exclusively on Twitter. Maybe it’s because the overall picture/pattern isn’t as apparent when each song is slowly revealed one by one? Sometimes the way things are presented greatly impacts perception even if the content/substance is the same! In any case, this was a fantastic set. Charlotte Sometimes, which previously only “sometimes” surfaced on the sets, appears to be nudging its way onto more and more setlists. No complaints here. Charlotte even managed to nudge her way into my dreams just the other day. A dream about someone else’s dream? Very eerie indeed!

    This prompted me to take a deeper look at the song. I thought I knew it well after hearing it so many times, but after all the years of “hearing” the song, I never truly “listened” to it. The line “She was crying and crying for a girl who died so many years before” really hit home hard after listening to the song more carefully. It reminds me of myself, and the increasing jadedness and disillusionment that grows with each passing year. Indeed, “the further I get from the things that I care about, the less I care about how much further away I get” (to borrow a line from another beloved song). One of the last few lines of CS: “Charlotte sometimes crying for herself...dreams a wall around herself"...also hits very close to home, especially as it pertains to the theme of alienation. Invisible walls tend to be built in our day to day existence, many times subconsciously and without our realizing they are being erected.
    Finally, I was recently startled to discover a strange coincidence. The single for CS was released precisely on my birthday, which means Charlotte and I are exactly the same age. Very eerie indeed.

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    1. Piggy dear, this is a lovely post!

      Regarding 'Charlotte Sometimes': If you've not read the corresponding book, I highly recommend that you do so. I say this because the song took on greater meaning after I became familiar with the inspiration behind it.

      Oh, and keep up the good work! Your pen is indeed a very fine one!

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    2. You do know the song is based on a book, right?

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    3. Yes! Excellent book! Loved it as a kid and even still as an adult.

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    4. Beautiful description of your new feelings to Charlotte Sometimes. We named our daughter according this great song..

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    5. Thank you very much for the kind thoughts :) I probably went a little overboard with the above, it's sometimes hard to contain my excitement when it comes to all things Cure-related. Yes, I am aware that the book inspired the song. There was a blog post by Penelope Farmer back in 2007 or so recounting her experience discovering the song and ultimately meeting RS during the Swing Tour. Her description of the way he approached her was priceless. He had a marked up, dog-eared copy of the book for her to sign and nonchalantly mentioned that he "nicked" a few lines from the book. I haven't read the book yet, but it's on my ever growing reading list. I am still working through Lol's book at the moment. I don't want it to end!

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  3. definitely it was Primary. I was there, great show! Robert cries during Disintegration ...

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    1. I've seen Prayers for Rain & Burn on Youtube. Robert seems to have has sore throat or at least some problems with his voice

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    2. I wonder why RS cried during Disintegration? He usually doesn't shed tears on this song (at least not that I'm aware of).

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  4. Setlist diff to Munich:
    - All I Want
    - Bloodflowers
    - Other Voices
    - Out of This World
    - The Hungry Ghost
    - The Last Day of Summer
    + A Night Like This
    + Disintegration
    + It Can Never Be the Same
    + Plainsong
    + Prayers for Rain
    + Sinking
    + The Baby Screams

    Setlist was most similar to Copenhagen (and Lodz):
    - All I Want
    - Doing the Unstuck
    - Dressing Up
    - Step Into the Light
    - The End of the World
    - The Last Day of Summer
    + A Night Like This
    + Hot Hot Hot!!!
    + It Can Never Be the Same
    + Primary
    + The Baby Screams

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  5. What a beautiful setlist (my view anyway, I know there are many different views). The Baby Screams, Sinking, and Prayers for Rain (to name a few) ...love...
    Am I the only one to wonder if there could be any connection between The Baby Screams and Scream Like A Baby (Bowie) ?

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  6. ...from the titles I feel like there should be some connection, but can't quite see it so much in the lyrics.
    I love the lyric "Waiting here for nothing at all" ... a gem of truth placed humbly without it calling for attention, just a few words within a verse...

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  7. yes, he always missed a few lines inbetween. guess robert's voice needs a bit of a rest!

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  8. I love Reeves and what he has brought to the band. However, I prefer the original version of Prayers for Rain, a little softer around the edges.

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  9. charlotte sometimes had special moments for me as did primary..innocent forever, in a song forever...how so very sweet.

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  10. Fantastic set, a lovely crowd and amazing venue with a somewhat crappy organization. 1+2 small washrooms for 10 000 fans so you can imagine how the line up looked:). Charlotte Sometimes, Sinking and Disintegration were my absolute favorite songs. The new song, It Can Never Be the Same and Burn were the other two highlights of the show. Robert is still a master and magician who brings you on a long journey to an other word and back without noticing it till the end of the concert. Koszi Robert and szia:)

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  12. Vienna was 'f**king extrodinary' 😊 for lots of reasons. The venue was small and all standing - it used to be a slaughterhouse so was basically just like a big shed. Robert was obviously feeling really ill. He said that he felt like someone was trying to drive a pickaxe through his head and that if he could pass one law it would be that people put their hands in front of their mouths. I did feel sorry for him, especially when he turned his back to audience and held his head in his hands. Reeves even gave him a pat on the back after the last song. Robert apologised and promised to sing better next time he was in Vienna, bless him. As disappointing as it was to travel all that way (from the UK) to not hear his voice at full pelt, I felt honoured that he carried on and still gave a great concert. Here's hoping that he's feeling better now and I can't wait to see him in London on December 3rd 😊😊

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