The Cure Night 3 at The Hollywood Bowl
The final night of The Cure at the Hollywood Bowl was a perfect evening of music and meeting up with old friends. The evening started with a small reunion of my WEA family (old co-workers from Warner Music days). From there, my wife and I made our way to our Terrace Box Seats. These were by far the best seats of the three nights. The crowd in the Terrace Boxes were dancing all night with great energy flowing all around!! We had a great view of the band and plenty of room to get our dance on. Robert and crew opened the show with two songs from Bloodflowers; “Out of This World” and “Watching Me Fall”. If you read my last blog, you know that I already predicted these opening songs. “Out of This World” started the show with a backdrop of an image of Earth from space. From there, The Cure rocked through a 33-song setlist. Highlights were “Doing the Unstuck”, “(I Don’t Know What’s Going) On”, “The Walk”, “The Last Day of Summer” (set to an image of a lonely tree on a hill), “Bloodflowers”, “Us or Them” and “The Perfect Girl”. They finished the night with three encores; one of which focused on rock and the final encore focused on pop. It sounds like The Cure now have the encores set. The rock encore is a perfect way to bring energy back to the crowd, and ending with the pop encore creates a happy sing-a-long. Pop encore favorites were “The Perfect Girl”, and “Friday I’m in Love”.
For those of you who are as obsessed as I am, you’ll be happy to know the following stats over three nights at the shows:
– 99 Cure songs performed
– 35 songs were played only once
– 22 songs were performed more than once
– 19 songs were played on all three nights
– 3 B-Sides were played
As a super-fan of the Cure, it’s never enough. I’m always wanting more. Overall, I’m happy with all three shows. Many people have asked me what night was my favorite and I just can’t choose. Every night was unique and there were spectacular highlights for each. Just when I think I’ve figured out my favorite, I change my mind and start to name another. I’ll have to keep replaying the shows over in my mind until I can decide.
I’ve been looking forward to the Cure shows for so long and now that they are over I don’t know what I’m supposed to do. I’ll probably have to find a way to make it up to my wife and dogs. My wife was a super trooper. She attended all three shows with me, took time off of work to ensure that we made it to every show on time, and didn’t once mention the drain on our bank account. Our dogs were also neglected as we left them home alone to rock out every night. Thankfully, they handled it well and didn’t destroy any of our belongings. Thanks, girls!
There are still opportunities to see The Cure as they close out their North American tour. Buy your Cure tickets now!
The Cure Night 2 at The Hollywood Bowl
Getting around LA on a Monday night is no easy task. Due to time constraints, we skipped the picnic and instead headed over to Spice. This is a very small, Italian restaurant located in the Best Western hotel one block from the Hollywood Bowl. An evening of pizza and beer with a series of hits from The Cure was the right start to the evening. After a quick dinner, we headed into the Bowl for another sold out night of The Cure. For night two, we had some great seats. We were in Section H, or, the Super Seats. What makes them so super? These seats are directly center to the stage and have actual seats – no bleachers for us!
The Cure came on stage at 8 p.m. and rocked through a 33-song setlist. This time, they opened with two songs from the Wish album; “Open” and “High”. There are so many songs that stand-out from last night’s playlist. Robert played two B-Sides, “This Twilight Garden” from the”High” single, and “The Exploding Boy” from the “In Between Days” single. Two B-Sides in one night? Thank you, Robert. My favorite songs of the night were, “A Letter to Elise”, “Screw”, “The Caterpillar”, “If Only Tonight We Could Sleep”, “The Edge of the Deep Green Sea”, and, “The Snakepit” (a perfect song for the cloudy, dank California air that even Robert made a joke about). It’s hard to pick which night has been the best but the crowd was really into the performance of the second show. The final pop encore had the crowd on their feet with a big sing-along to finish the night.
The only disappointment for me was that most everyone in our section was sitting for most of the show. To quote my friend, Cat, “This is a concert, not the symphony!”. As we head into tonight’s show, I’m hoping that the crowd will be there to dance. I expect The Cure to open the show with “Out of This World” and to pepper in some Bloodflowers songs after that. An encore featuring songs from “Seventeen Seconds” would be pretty awesome too.
For those keeping tally, The Cure has played a total of 65 songs during two nights at the Hollywood Bowl. Of those, 25 songs were entirely different, three songs have been B-Sides and 20 songs have been played twice.
Tonight’s show is sold out so I hope you’ve already purchased your tickets. Maybe I’ll see you there. Off to the show now.
The Cure Night 1 at The Hollywood Bowl
The 1st night of three Cure shows at the Hollywood Bowl was just amazing. Every event starts with getting there and in Los Angeles that can be a struggle. In an effort to relieve stress, we have a plan when attending events at the Bowl. I always park at the Hollywood and Highland structure where it’s only $15 to park and includes a nice walk back after the show. One of my favorite things about going to the Hollywood Bowl is the picnic area at Highland Camrose Park. There are a large number of tables where you can enjoy a picnic meal before the show. Not only is it a fun way to celebrate before the show, it saves tons of money since you won’t need to buy food and drink inside the Bowl. As an added bonus, the park also provides clean restrooms for your use while on site.
After dinner we headed into the venue. The night started with The Cure taking stage at 7:35PM, having to start early because of a strict curfew of 10:30PM. The show opened with the first three tracks from the Disintegration album. Two of these songs hold a special meaning for me. “Plainsong” was played during the intro to my wedding ceremony and my wife walked down the aisle to “Pictures of You”. From there The Cure played a 3-hour, 32-song setlist full of hits and rarities. Highlights for me were hearing the song “2 late”, a B-side from the “Lovesong” single, “Closedown” and “Last Dance” from Disintegration, a beautiful extended version of “Trust”, and, Roger taking the lead with an awesome piano solo. The images on the back screen and lights fit the mood of each song; from gigantic spider webs on “Lullaby”, to bigger than life silluettes of the band during “Shake Dog Shake”. The 32-song setlist included four epic encores which The Cure themed well. There was a rock encore including the songs “Shake”, “Burn” and “All I Want”, and the closing encore was a bit more pop with fan favorites “Lovecats” and “Boys Don’t Cry”.
The whole night was a blast. If you haven’t seen The Cure before or have been thinking about seeing them, Go!! Tickets for The Cure at The Hollywood Bowl are still available. You can check out The Cure tour schedule to see when they play in a city near you.
Next up for me? Night two! I can’t wait to see what The Cure has in store for tonight.