Post by AForestFan on Sept 23, 2019 13:41:41 GMT 1
Enjoying the start of 2000 04 28 Oberhausen on this fine monday morning. The 2000 tour ripens like fine wine over time. Nineteen years ago, maybe we were hoping for some more stuff like "Inbetween Days" or "The Figurehead", and this was an album free and devoid of hits. (Although "Maybe Someday" surely deserves to be on easy listening playlists across shopping malls and elevators, my least-favorite track.)
But we didn't get anything better in the years after Bloodflowers. Not a hit against Robert Smith, his music reflects his feelings and life at the time and you can't criticize him for that. But if Bloodflowers represents the creative peak of The Cure's Solo Act phase (and let's face it, this has been Robert's solo act since Wish), then it is a distinct pleasure for me to put one of these shows on in 2019.
Sinking is the throwback highlight of this show, and the audience sounds happy with the playlist. What more can you ask for?
So earlier this year I had replaced all of my car stereo speakers with new JVC speakers. Nothing fancy, there's no subwoofer, no giant amp, I just replaced four speakers that hook into my cheap BOSS digital receiver that cost $20 bucks online. There's no moving parts, it has an SD card and a USB port. The USB port is convenient if I want to listen to a particular album. It crackles between tracks which the SD card does not do, but for $20, who can complain?
So right now I have three setups for my Cure listening. First is on my laptop, I have a twin speaker setup where I am currently listening to the 2000 Bloodflowers tour. My airgapped desktop computer (used for writing) has my full 5-speaker subwoofer setup. For that, I have a "best of" live tour sampler of the 1981 Cure tour that I am currently listening to. Can you get sick of hearing "Funeral Party" and "Splintered in Her Head"? I hope not. Oddly, listening to the 17.10.1981 Metz - Salle Europa (France) show, I like Funeral Party and I never like that song. Sometimes your musical tastes change, you know?
Finally in my car, I am listening to my 2016 Miami show (2nd night) for the first time with all of my car speakers working. With highway road noise and air conditioning, it fits right in with audience noise and a guy next to me screaming "We love you!" after every song.
So that's where I am on the tour, so if I am proceeding a little slowly through the Bloodflowers tour, that's why. Ironically, that 2016 Miami show was a Bloodflowers setlist, the only one I'll get in this lifetime. I am so grateful that was their choice for the 2nd night, as I completely missed the boat on the 200 tour and that's one of my missed opportunities in life. But life goes on, right?
I enjoyed listening to 2000_04_14 Lodz (Poland) Hala Sportowa (now with covers!) late last night. It had a surprise performance of There Is No If, something not played often even on the 2000 tour. Also a rare encore performance of Plainsong which the crowd was hit with while chanting for the band to return onstage. These Polish fans also got the finishing touch of A Forest and Faith to close things out, they got it all and I'm happy for them 19 years later.
The covers were made on the old CCC site, uncredited but it was the regular person who made them.
Listening to one of those astonishing FM broadcasts, 2000-02-25 Vic Theater, Chicago IL (FM). Lots of subtleties there I you sadly don't pick up on an audience recording.
But this is kinda what it's like to our ears when we attend in person. :-)
Hope everyone is having a lovely Sunday.
39 in particular had some detail in there I've never heard before. I am always gratified to listen to the 2000 tour, there's something new each time. A missed opportunity in my life, I was going through a lifeless patch like RS sings about in Sinking. (Not in this show)
Glad to hear this in 2019.
Last Edit: Oct 13, 2019 21:31:40 GMT 1 by AForestFan
I'm putting that show on my car stereo's USB stick to enjoy it while going to work.
Ha! The audio Gods must have been listening to me, this next show has Sinking: 2000-03-31 Valencia, Velodromo Luis Puig (Spain).
The 11th song in the set. One of those I still haven't heard live. The odds are pretty low, but not as low as hearing All Cats are Grey or The Figurehead. RS has a soft spot for these Head on the Door tracks that he claims aren't that good. Then why does he play them so much?!
Last Edit: Oct 14, 2019 14:22:32 GMT 1 by AForestFan