The Cure at the Pantages Theatre Last Night
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Forty-five songs, three classic albums spanning three-plus hours constituted one unforgettable night with the Cure. If you don't have tickets to the show tonight, you may wanna scalp some or book your flight now to see them in New York at the Beacon Theatre on November 25, 26 and 27.
Eschewing his usual Schecter custom guitar, Smith opted for the era appropriate guitar in the form of a Fender Jazzmaster for the reverb staccato notes of "Grinding Halt." Smith's voice was flawless throughout the evening and giving the songs like "Object" a greater sense of urgency. Jason Cooper's drumming was rock solid throughout the evening nailing the steady beat of "Fire In Cairo."
Raking his guitar strings for a whirlwind of noise, Smith's guitars gave way to Gallup's distinctive bass line for "The Forest" as the stage lights pulsed with green flashes. The whole evening continued to be surreal as they closed out the album with its title track.
Barely taking a few minutes rest before the first of three encores, the band soldiered on, re-visiting B-sides "World War" and "I'm Cold," which Smith said he felt they were equally as good as the A-sides.
Personal Bias: One of my first concerts was seeing The Cure at the Rose Bowl in 1992. Random Notebook Dump: Chino Moreno from the Deftones was rocking out the whole night two rows ahead of me.
Overheard In The Crowd: "Get back to your seat!" The ushers had their hands full trying to scoot patrons back to their original seats as many tried to come up front to take cell phone pictures of the band.
"10:15 Saturday Night"
"Fire In Cairo"
"It's Not You"
"Three Imaginary Boy"
"The Weedy Burton"
"Play For Today"
"In Your House"
"The Final Sound"
"The Holy Hour"
"All Cats Are Grey"
"The Funeral Party"
"The Drowning Man"
"Boy's Don't Cry"
"Killing An Arab"
"Jumping Someone Else's Train"
"Another Journey By Train"
"Splintered In Her Head"
"The Hanging Garden"
"Let's Go To Bed"
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