THE CURE @ SLEEP TRAIN AMPHITHEATRE
When Robert Smith announced late last year that The Cure “would explore 37 years of Cure songs, mixing hits, rarities, favourites and as yet unreleased tracks in a brand new stage production,” for their 2016 tour, we had no idea exactly what that would entail. It must be a daunting task to decide which songs to play each night from a massive catalog of quality songs.
During a near full moon under dark cloudy skies, the Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista was packed with fans from all over the world on Friday night as the band tore through an exceptional set list and played their hearts out for those in attendance. Those privy to their recent shows are aware The Cure has been digging deep by playing B sides and changing the set lists every night since starting the tour in New Orleans.
The band is comprised of the one and only Robert Smith (stronger than ever on vocals/guitar), bassist Simon Gallup, (who was his usual bad ass self on “A Forest”), drummer Jason Cooper (on fire during “The Walk”), Roger O’Donnell on keys (and shaking the occasional tambourine) and guitar master Reeves Gabrels (ripped on “The Edge of the Deep Green Sea” and “The Hungry Ghost”). The visuals/lights were stunning and props to that team.
Gems that were dug up like “Jupiter Crash,” “Last Dance,” “This Twilight Garden,” “The Exploding Boy,” and “Burn” were polished and given new light. Instead of the usual “This is a new song” that is generally a signal for people to tune out or get beer, “It Can Never Be the Same” was a stand out as the first encore. The title of the beautiful new song is emblazoned on one of Smith’s guitars.
We all got happy with four encores and an evening where possibly a few fell in love.
Whether you are a diehard fan or someone who is only familiar with the radio hits such as “Friday I’m in Love” and “Pictures of You,” the songs sound brand new and played by a band that is timeless. If you don’t have a ticket to at least one of the three sold out Hollywood Bowl shows starting tonight, try to get one.
Opening for The Cure on this tour is The Twilight Sad who play a headlining show at The Teragram Ballroom May 25th.
Pictures of You
This Twilight Garden
A Night Like This
All I Want
The End of the World
A Letter to Elise
The Hungry Ghost
From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea
It Can Never Be the Same (new song)
Play for Today
Step Into the Light (new song)
Us or Them
The Exploding Boy
In Between Days
Doing the Unstuck
Friday I’m in Love
Just Like Heaven
Boys Don’t Cry