Friday, November 4, 2016

The Cure in Basel (Nov. 4th, 2016)

St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland
Doors at 5 / The Twilight Sad 7 - 7:46 / The Cure 8:20 - 10:45
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: Tape / Open, A Night Like This, The Walk, Push, In Between Days, Boys Don't Cry, Pictures of You, High, Lovesong, Just Like Heaven, Trust, From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea, alt.end, One Hundred Years, End

1st encore: 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, Close to Me, Why Can't I Be You?

Thanks so much to , , and for setlist help tonight! And thanks to Petr @thecureCZ for review & photo links!

Reviews: Tages Woche / Badische Zeitung / Laut

Photos: Jose / EPA / Badische Zeitung / usgang / Guyomes

A photo posted by The Twilight Sad (@thetwilightsad) on


  1. Again only 27 songs (and basically no rare/special one). Hopefully everybody in the band is doing fine.And hopefully the next shows will be a return to form (or standard).

  2. To be honest there was no highlight in the set but the whole show was great fun. The band was very cheery. I loved it. Entering the venue was a nightmare. The fans waiting the longest came in last as their door wasn't open at first...

  3. Not every show can be extraordinary. Sometimes the band just want to deliver what their mood will allow.

  4. This was the first of six gigs me and if was a great start- slightly shorter than I'd have liked but Robert sounded fantastic, Simon was particularly bouncy and the band in general were tight. Yes there was nothing 'special' but I got to hear burn for the first time and that alone made the trip from the uk worthwhile! It was fantastic to be there, the venue was full the atmosphere great so now onto Stuttgart!

  5. Quite a let down... as Cure veterans we brought our kids to a concert for the first time, but the sound was very distorted on the back rows + the set list was much too much on the noisy instrumental side... I developed quite jealous of previous concerts ;-( i don't if RS voice needs some relief? It however sounded great

  6. Thanks Craig for keeping us informed about these shows during your jaunt around our nation's Capitol. The photo of the White House almost looks like the calm before the "storm." LOL. No I am not implying anything politically. �� Side note - If you haven't already checked out the simple yet fascinating The Awakening sculpture it may be worth it just for the photo opportunity, especially if you're able to fit inside the man's mouth.
    Rather than A Man Inside Your Mouth, it's more like Yourself Inside a Man's Mouth. Haha. The lyrics are especially appropos in this instance. The sculpture's old location at Potomac Park with its wide open spaces was a better setting and more effective at conveying the depth of the man's pain. �� As you crouch inside the mouth, if you encircle your arms around the man's lips and you feign a look of helplessness or pretend to struggle, the visual effect echoes the unforgettable image of RS being swallowed up by the giant spider in the Lullaby video. In the former case, however, it is still possible to "climb out the way I fell in."

    Going back to the topic at hand, I was also a little surprised by the recent trend with the abbreviated set lists. 2.5 hours is still relatively lengthy by most standards but we've now been "conditioned" to expect 3 hour shows. It's an amazing feat to pull off night after night (and that's assuming one feels up to the task!). As mentioned earlier, hopefully these shorter sets are intended to expedite RS's recovery. I'm selfishly hoping it doesn't become the norm. As for the content it did seem a bit "vanilla" this time around (at least on the surface, haven't checked out any videos yet). I assume it will probably be spiced up once RS feels better.

  7. It really does look like a Halo, good observation.��
    I assume these look better in person, especially with the foil effect. If you squint or stare hard enough (especially at the magenta one) you can make out a pattern in the background. It appears somewhat Japanese inspired (at least in my eyes). That pattern is ubiquitous in Japanese designs.

  8. It doesnt seem really fair that some setlists are better/longer than others. I really hope that by the time they reach London Robert hasnt burnt himself out. No new songs played either on this night - strange...I know the album-tour-album-tour routine can be monotonous for bands, but I would have thought more new songs would have been introduced by now like the last tour, but I am still hoping..

  9. Indeed some people seem to say that it's better if the set is shorter if that helps Robert keep his voice safe. I understand some other people would have a few tracks longer set. I guess the best would somewhere between these options, I mean juste two-three tracks longer... Also I will be frustrated if i don't get to hear the two new tracks!

  10. Its a bit sad when the tour is announced to play unreleased and rare songs, which was not to be happen in Basel after a 10 hours train trip : (((

    But the sound was such great and fantastic, especially Reeves and Roberts guitars sounded amazing. And this time the crow was hearable at the beginnig of Burn. Also I like to hear Tape as long as possible, which was quite stretched this time at the beginning : )

    Unfortunately the band did not take notice of their fans while boarding the bus after the show.

  11. If they want to do something special its very simple. With "Drowning Man" + "Strange Day" + "Faith" + "Pornography" just 4 songs all :( change to :)

  12. Oops the comment above about the Halo was supposed to be under the post about the new imaginary boy prints. I am not sure what happened, I was looking at the images of the prints and right before I typed the comment I think I accidentally swiped to the right leading me to place the comment under the subsequent post. It's why I hate typing on the phone, it's too sensitive to the slightest movements. Sorry for any confusion.

  13. Craig, I noticed that you haven't been linking the setlists of the European shows in the column on the right. Why the change?

    1. Very busy, trips, events, spending as little time as possible online. Everything should get back to normal by the end of this week.

  14. Bring back Pornography and The Top rarities.

  15. The shorter the set become, the more they play pop songs. Mah.

  16. Milan 2nd night was short but not pop

  17. Was there. Happy to see the Cure, once again. Great night, a lot of energy, emotion and fun. I particularly liked Trust, Burn, One Hundred Years, End, Want, Shake Dog Shake, etc.. The audience was singing and dancing. The Twilight Sad was great too. Thanks to all of them!

  18. Was there too, in the front row. Great concert, the band seemed in good mood and shape. But not a single rare or new song in the setlist. I felt quite disapointed about that.

  19. setlist diff :
    - All I Want
    - Bloodflowers
    - Closedown
    - Kyoto Song
    - Out of This World
    - Play for Today
    - Step Into the Light
    - The Baby Screams
    - The Last Day of Summer
    - The Lovecats
    - The Perfect Girl
    - Three Imaginary Boys
    + A Night Like This
    + End
    + Fascination Street
    + High
    + Hot Hot Hot!!!
    + One Hundred Years
    + Open
    + Shake Dog Shake
    + The Walk
    + Trust
    + Wrong Number
    + alt.end