Monday, June 23, 2008

a long term effect. [or]- boys shouldn't cry when robert smith is close enough to see the expression on his face.

The Cure. Night Two. June 21, 2008 live in New York City.
Left Side Orchestra Section, Radio City Music Hall.

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set list: Adagio For Strings (Intro), Out of This World, Want, alt.end, The Baby Screams, The End of the World, Lovesong, A Letter To Elise, The Big Hand, Pictures of You, Lullaby, Catch, The Perfect Boy, Kyoto Song, Other Voices, The Only One, Hot Hot Hot, Sleep When I'm Dead, Doing The Unstuck, Push, Inbetween Days, Just Like Heaven, Charlotte Sometimes, The Hanging Garden, One Hundred Years, Bloodflowers.

1st encore: Freakshow, Close To Me, Why Can't I Be You?
2nd encore: Boys Don't Cry, Jumping Someone Else's Train, Grinding Halt, 10:15 Saturday Night, Killing An Arab
3rd encore: A Forest, Forever.

notable songs played at Radio City that weren't played at MSG: catch, a forest, letter to elise, hanging garden, other voices.
most happy to hear: a forest
most surprising to hear: catch, hanging garden
disappointed to hear: too much crap from the last few albums
songs i wanted to hear that weren't played but have been played on previous dates for this tour: play for today, plainsong, strange day.
really obscure song on first album i admit i didn't know: grinding halt. didn't know what the hell it was, as it sounded very un-cure like.
wierdest songs to play: kyoto song, grinding halt.

Another resonating performance. best thing about this tour is that they really mixed up the set lists from show to show, which, considering they play for three hours, is truly extraordinary. as many of us were physically closer to the cure than we ever would be in our life and with robert smith walking up to the balconies, i know a lot of people there would agree that this last night of the tour was magical and surreal. this all cancelled out the dullness of most of the main set. sorry, but it's the last nite of the tour and they could have done a little better than alt.end, baby screams or end of the world. and bloodflowers to end the main set? come on. when robert smith went up the walkways/stairs (?) to the mezzanine though, i was like, wow wow wow. he just...kept going up. and every time he went up another level the crowd went more nuts. he did speak a handful of times, not that we could make most of it out, but when the cure finished the song when smith was at the top of the opposite side he said, in the most endearing way, something like "why did you fucking let me up here." awww, he must have been scared. that was high up there!

from the end of the second encore to the last encore, i said screw it, and went up as close as i could get. and that's when they played "a forest" and i freaked out and danced with a few people right behind me. i turned around and we all sang "i'm running towards nothing; again and again and again and again and again!" shit, i hope i didn't piss people off. truly, though, a once in a lifetime event.

opener 65daysofstatic tearing sh*t up.

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