Time Warner Cable Arena
June 16, 2008
By Anita Overcash
The Deal: British rockers The Cure visit the Q.C., performing a lengthy show full of hits from various eras.
The Good: This was one of the longest live shows Ive ever seen. The Cure kept going and going, playing a galore of hits including Lovesong, Pictures of You, Lullaby, Just Like Heaven, Boys Dont Cry and more. In his all-black attire and make-up (red-lipstick and all) front man Robert Smith delivered a stunning performance, his vocals showing no sign of wear and tear (as he nears the age of 50) he was as good as ever. The Cure played around a 3-hour show of 36 songs, including my personal favorite, the electro-spastic rock song Wrong Number. Other highlights included 10:15 Saturday Morning from 1979s Three Imaginary Boys, The Holy Hour, Other Voices, The Drowning Man, from 1981s Faith, One Hundred Years from 1982s Pornography, Shake Dog Shake, from 1984s The Top and a mix of other songs from their albums. New songs The Perfect Boy and Sleep When Im Dead were tested on the crowd (Hopefully these will be on The Cures 13th album, which is set for release in September). All night long The Cure was tight, filling the arena with impressive explosions of chaotic/melodic blended rock.
The Bad: Its kind of hard to say anything was bad about this show. The Cure didnt play Friday Im In Love, probably because theyre sick of the well-known, radio friendly song. Either way I wanted to hear it, as well as Strange Attraction off 1996s album Wild Mood Swings.
The Verdict: One of the best shows I have ever seen. It was definitely a show that had fans leaving with the feeling their money was well spent. Robert Smith presented a humble attitude during the entire show and he even exited the stage looking like he wished he could play longer.