So, I went to see The Cure last night in Boston. They played at the Agganis Arena. I'd seen Wilco there a few years back and thought the sound was okay. I'm not gonna give you a song by song review of the show because that would take forever. The show lasted over 3 hours, which in some ways is awesome, but also made the crowd a little restless and tired.
I've always wanted to see The Cure live as I really dig their records. Robert Smith is a good songwriter. I was disappointed that they are only touring as a quartet, and didn't have any keyboards. I missed hearing some of the very cool synth/key parts. Not that I expected Robert Smith to be bouncing around the stage or jumping off of amplifiers, but I also thought the show lacked a certain energy one comes to expect from seeing a live show. The band for the most part, stayed fairly stationary. That kind of bugs me. It wasn't until one of the encores that Smith finally grabbed a microphone and walked from one side of the stage to the other, serenading the peeps in the cheaper seats.
Let me rant a bit about the crowd... They SUCKED the life out of this show... I felt like I was attending an operatic performance of Carmen... The people on the floor stood for most of the performance, but the people in the upper sections sat on their asses. You're at a fucking rock n roll show, if you want to sit down and enjoy the music, put on the CD or watch the Trilogy DVD!!! Concerts are meant for you to get off your fat, lazy ass and do a little dancing, rock out a little, do ANYTHING that makes it look like you give a shit that a band is performing on stage. I just don't get it. When did people stop letting music move them?
All in all, I had a good time at the show. I heard some great old Cure tunes with a few new ones mixed in. I'm very psyched I was able to score a last minute ticket on Craigslist, and grateful to the dude who waited on the street for me to arrive, as I hauled ass to get there before showtime. Thanks dude. I'm very happy that I was able to see a band I have liked and respected for many, many years. Here's the setlist:
prayers for rain
a night like this
the end of the world
sleep when i'm dead
pictures of you
the perfect boy
from the edge of the deep green sea
hot hot hot
the only one
signal to noise
just like heaven
us or them
one hundred years
close to me
why can't i be you?
play for today
boys don't cry
jumping someone else's train
10:15 saturday night
killing an arab
Sophia Cacciola and Michael J. Epstein
Michael J. Epstein
Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling [Music][Press][Blog][Facebook][Twitter][Youtube] bass/drum duo based on The Prisoner
The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library [Music][Press][Blog][Facebook][Twitter][Youtube] Indie ensemble
Darling Pet Munkee [Music][Press][Blog][Facebook][Youtube] garage/surf songs about items sold in comics
Space Balloons [Music][Press][Blog][Facebook][Twitter][Youtube] Children's space-traveler music
The Motion Sick [Music][Press][Blog][Facebook][Twitter][Youtube] Indie rock with emphasis on song
Neutral Uke Hotel [Press][Facebook][Blog][Twitter][Youtube] Uke based Neutral Milk Hotel sing-a-long