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The Cure Rock San Diego County With Massive Show

Review by Jordan Salfity (originally posted on Metal Assault)


May 20th 2016, Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Chula Vista CA: English rock veterans The Cure generated a large amount of hype and excitement among fans in North America with their 2015 announcement of a headline tour in this part of the world in 2016, selling out shows at rapid rates, including multiple gigs in major cities. The Cure embarked on this tour in May, promising to bring an extensive set list spanning their entire 37-year discography, and made their way to San Diego County for a gig at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista. Our writer Jordan Salfity was in attendance to review the show for us. Read his review below:

The Cure has been one of my favorite bands for a long time. In addition to their impressive discography and ability to incorporate a lot of influences into their own unique style, they have had an important influence on some of my favorite genres, such as goth rock, doom metal, and post-rock. Having missed them in 2004 and again in 2008, I knew I had to make an effort the next time they announced a tour. I finally got that chance this year, and anxiously waited for May 20th 2016.

I had to drive down to San Diego, because they had sold out three consecutive nights at The Hollywood Bowl. I was excited, however, because I had never been to The Sleep Train Amphitheatre before. After being stuck in heavy Friday afternoon traffic, I finally arrived around 8 PM. Unfortunately, after parking and walking to the lawn, I had missed the opening act, The Twilight Sad from Scotland. From what I heard while walking, they sounded exactly like what I would expect opening for The Cure, with a combination of ’80s post punk, indie rock, and a little bit of shoegaze, ambient, and electronic influence. However, I cannot give their set a fair review, because I did not actually get to see them.

The Cure began their set at 8:30 PM, and treated fans to an incredible 34-song setlist, complete with four encores. I was well aware of how long their sets could be, and this was one of the main reasons I wanted to see them so badly. One of the most amazing things about the band is how they are able to go from song to song so effortlessly. They are able to make songs from different parts of their career flow together. It did not matter what style a song was. It all felt like one complete experience. From the moody first song “Open” from their classic ’92 album ‘Wish’, to the extremely poppy ‘High’, to fan favorite ‘Pictures of You’, the band kept knocking out great song after great song, not playing one of their most popular hits ‘Lovesong’ until 13 songs in. All the while, The Cure carried themselves with a simple grace that kept the focus on the music. The light show and visuals were subtle but effective. Frontman Robert Smith made a joke here and there, but made sure to show his appreciation and gratitude to his fans. The set included some of my favorite songs, such as ‘All I Want’, ‘Push’, and ‘A Letter to Elise’. During the encores, the band threw in other classics such as ‘A Forest’ and ‘Burn’ from the soundtrack of the movie The Crow. Finally, after 31 songs, the band concluded with a trio of hits , ‘Friday I’m in Love’, ‘Just Like Heaven’, and ‘Boys Don’t Cry’, which made everyone get up and start dancing.

The Cure finally departed after an incredible set that would leave any other band and any other fan base exhausted. However, this is expected with a band like The Cure, and the crowd could only shout out for more. It is truly a testament to how good a band is when after 34 songs people are still screaming for other songs they did not play such as ‘The Lovecats’, or in my case, ‘Want’. The lights eventually came on, and the 20,000 fans that had been respectful to the band all night shuffled out of the venue feeling perfectly content with what they had just witnessed. If you have never seen The Cure live, do yourself a favor and catch them on the remainder of this tour or the next time they come around.

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Set List:
01. Open
02. High
03. Pictures of You
04. Closedown
05. This Twilight Garden
06. A Night Like This
07. All I Want
08. Push
09. Jupiter Crash
10. Last Dance
11. Lullaby
12. The End of the World
13. Lovesong
14. A Letter to Elise
15. Fascination Street
16. The Hungry Ghost
17. From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea
18. End
19. It Can Never Be the Same
Encore 2:
20. At Night
21. M
22. Play for Today
23. A Forest
Encore 3:
24. Step Into the Light
25. Us or Them
26. Burn
27. Wrong Number
Encore 4:
28. The Walk
29. The Exploding Boy
30. In Between Days
31. Doing the Unstuck
32. Friday I’m in Love
33. Just Like Heaven
34. Boys Don’t Cry


Remaining North American Tour Dates:
5/26 — Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
5/28 – Ridgefield, WA @ Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
5/29 – George, WA @ Sasquatch Music Festival
5/31 — Vancouver, BC @ Festival Lawn at Deer Lake Park
6/02 – Boise, ID @ Century Link Arena
6/03 — Salt Lake City, UT @ Maverik Center
6/05 — Englewood, CO @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
6/07 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
6/08 — Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre
6/10 — Chicago, IL @ U.I.C. Pavilion
6/11 — Chicago, IL @ U.I.C. Pavilion
6/12 — Toronto, ON @ Bestival
6/14 — Montreal, QC @ Bell Center
6/16 — Boston, MA @ Agganis Arena At Boston University
6/18 — New York City, NY @ Madison Square Garden
6/19 — New York City, NY @ Madison Square Garden
6/20 — New York City, NY @ Madison Square Garden
6/22 — Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
6/23 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
6/24 — Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheater Lakewood
6/26 — Miami, FL @ Bayfront Park Amphitheater
6/27 — Miami, FL @ Bayfront Park Amphitheater
7/16 – Honolulu, HI @ Neal S. Blaisdell Arena
7/17 – Honolulu, HI @ Neal S. Blaisdell Arena