I'm not sure if the shitty bunker, they call Forum, suddenly decided to behave itself, or if we were just pretty damn smart to choose the balcony, but the sound at where we saw the concert from, was actually remarkably fine for this shithole venue. A pleasant surprise indeed. They had also listened to lots of complaints and had added more bars and more toilets. Much credit for that.
The Twilight Sad was support, and they are described as a post-punk indie rock band and that description fits the band well. They sound like a lot of older bands, so it's hard to see why we really need them when the original bands did it better than this Scottish "jam-band" does. Not bad, just kinda meh.
Last time I saw The Cure was 2 magical nights in London in December 2014. They were insanely great back then, so I had no reason to believe they would disappoint here in 2016, and they most certainly didn't. It is impossible to predict a setlist by The Cure these days, because they change it completely from day to day, with tons of older and newer songs being added, removed and shifted around. My only fear was to get a light-weight pop setlist, but I had no reason to fear. The marathon gig featured a lot of darker material, including no less than 8 songs from their 1989 masterpiece "Disintegration". It even included one of my all-time favorites "Closedown". The last half hour of the setlist (or Encore 3) was more dedicated to the casual The Cure fans, with some of the band's best known pop tunes.
The Cure is not a show and dance band with a huge production and a lot of gimmicks. They are rather static on stage, with the exception of bassist Simon Gallup, who still has the coolest bass pose in town and the longest arms. He never stands still for more than 2 seconds and his bass playing is über-worldly cool. Combined with Robert's distinctive voice, Gallup's bass defines The Cure. Robert seemed to be in a mighty fine mood this evening, and he was unusually talkative. The band seem to be genuinely loving what they do, and I can assure them, that I love it too.
The crowd was rather sad to watch from above though. I don't know what it is with Danish The Cure crowds, but if you have seen and heard a London The Cure crowd then you know what I mean. I guess some of the casuals were disappointed with the somewhat darkish setlist, either that or they had forgotten their sing-along and party mood at home. It didn't stop the band from delivering a mighty fine performance though, and it's quite possible that The Cure have never sounded better than they do today. When people talk about The Cure as a nostalgic trip, they clearly have no idea what they are talking about. The back catalogue sounds as fresh as ever, and Robert and his boys can outperform most bands half their age without even trying.
Could the setlist have been made even better? Surely it could. They could have added tracks from "Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me" or "Pornography" or "4:13 Dream", but honestly, I'm not allowed to complain with such gems as "Closedown", "All I Want", "Charlotte Sometimes", "Disintegration", "A Forest", "Shake Dog Shake" in the setlist. It was a fucking brilliant setlist.
The only new song "Step Into the Light" sounded like a fine melodic addition to the catalogue, and we can only dream that we'll see a new album soon. It's been 8 years since the excellent "4:13 Dream" album was released in 2008, and I hope the war between Robert and his record company has finally come to an end by now. Time will tell what happens, The Cure fans are mighty patient beings.
Plainsong, Pictures of You, Closedown, High, The Walk, Push, In Between Days, Sinking, All I Want, The End of the World, Lovesong, The Last Day of Summer, Charlotte Sometimes, Just Like Heaven, From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea, Prayers for Rain, Disintegration.
Step Into the Light, Want, Burn, A Forest.
Dressing Up, Shake Dog Shake, Fascination Street, Never Enough, Wrong Number.
Lullaby, Friday I'm in Love, Doing the Unstuck, Boys Don't Cry, Close to Me, Why Can't I Be You?