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The Cure – August 12, 2004

August 13th, 2004

The Cure concert last night rocked! We got to the venue around 8ish and headed over to the second stage but I have no idea who was playing. So we went inside and found our seats before Interpol came on. The place wasn’t packed, but it felt crowded because our row and the surrounding rows were full of people.

Interpol was rather crappy, if you ask me. I couldn’t understand a word the guy was singing. Everyone I know who has heard of this band talked them up like no tomorrow, but it sounded like a bunch of noise to me. So after a couple of songs we got up and headed over to the restrooms and hung out over there for awhile until The Cure was due to go on.

Instead of going back to our seats, we sat in the third to the last row in our section. It was completely empty in the last five rows or so which was nice. Plus I think the sound is best in the back. I had no qualms about not being closer to the band. Unless I’m going to be in the first few rows, I’d much rather be in back where the sound isn’t too loud or distorted and I have room around me.

I wasn’t entirely thrilled with their setlist:

Lost, Plainsong, Labyrinth, Facsination Street, From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea, High, The End of the World, Anniversary, Lovesong, Inbetween Days, Just Like Heaven, Pictures of You, Closedown, Before Three, Disintegration, One Hundred Years, The Promise

Encore: Close To Me, The Lovecats, Why Can’t I Be You, Boys Don’t Cry

Don’t get me wrong, I was pretty happy until the encore even though they didn’t play alt.end which is one of my favorite songs from the new album. They did play FTEOTDGS, though, which is another favorite, plus Joe got to hear “his” song, 100 Years.

I was really hoping to have a Seventeen Seconds encore (M, Play For Today, A Forest), however. I figured since they did the happy encore in Michigan, we might get A Forest, but I guess it wasn’t meant to be. I just don’t understand how they can’t end a show with A Forest. I have to double check, but I think all the other shows I’ve seen always ended with A Forest. If I had to pick a favorite Cure song, that one ranks right up there in the top five.

Robert seemed to be in a happy let’s-play-silly-songs, mood last night. He was cute dancing around on stage, so I’ll give him that, but Lovecats sounded totally out of tune. We ended up sitting through the encore even though I did enjoy Why Can’t I Be You?.

My absolute favorite part of the show was when they played Just Like Heaven. Say what you want about how “lame” it is to play all the hits, but there’s nothing more fun than bopping around, belting out the lyrics along with the whole stadium. I don’t recall quite so much audience participation at the other shows I’ve seen. We were practically drowning out Robert Smith for JLH and a few other songs. It was awesome!

All in all, worth the $135 I spent. I can see the appeal of following the band around the country to see more than one show. If I had the time and money, I’d love to see them again this year, but I don’t think that’s very likely. I guess it will be another four years, then. ;)

P.S. And no ex-boyfriend sightings. LOL!

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