Hey hey hello! To share a few thoughts from the morning after:
The thing about going to a great concert is that you want to hold and treasure each moment, each song - but just as you are trying to absorb the brilliance of one song, the next is already starting, and so on, until it is just a wash of emotion and echo and heart wrenching ear splitting mind melting music ecstasy.
And then it's over.
Regarding the venue - not my fave. Parking is horrid, seats are tiny, and I would rather go to an outdoor arena if possible. At least it was kept at a good temp though, especially considering it was hot in Boston that day.
Regarding the crowd - filled in late but definitely filled in. It was pretty packed. The whole vibe was fairly relaxed. They got most into (of course) Just Like Heaven, Lullaby and A Forest. My favorite people were in the back of Floor 2, just dancing away. I wanted to be with them.
Regarding the light show - Looked cool in design, but were often so bright that it was hard to see the stage. I had to look away multiple times because the lights were shining like oncoming headlights directly into my eyes.
Regarding The Cure ❤️ - Robert seemed happy and having fun. How can you not smile at his dancing. ???? Reeves was great, Simon was his usual energetic crouching running all over the place excellent self. So glad to have Roger back. The stretch we had a few years ago without keyboards definitely made me extra appreciate them last night. Jason is the solid excellent backbone. The whole band, and especially Robert, really do sound fantastic.
Some highlights for me were songs I love and have never heard live before - Kyoto Song, A Perfect Girl, Doing the Unstuck, Burn, Closedown, The Snakepit. I think Robert particularly got into Doing the Unstuck and really gave new life to that song, and I love his smacking kiss at the end.
Also, From the Edge of thr Deep Green Sea is one of my favorite songs of all time and it was amazing powerful achingly wonderful.
Even though I've heard Pictures of You every time I've seen them, it was still intensely beautiful.
The "nostalgia" encore was definitely a highlight, and M sounded brilliant.
Of course Bird Mad Girl didn't get played but (and I definitely could be wrong) but I really think he switched the lyrics to Burn for one line and referenced the bird mad girl...
Oh and Sinking was brilliant, of course, but I have such strong memories of Sinking from the Dresm Tour with Robert's mic cam that no other version will ever live up to that.
I love The Cure more than ever and thank them for a wonderful night.
Post by pixelpsycho on Jun 17, 2016 21:43:26 GMT 1
Going to have to agree, very fun set and a very fun show! Amazing first experience with seeing The Cure live, especially with such a happy Robert. Definitely hoping that his final words of "see you again" are true.
Post by newenglandmike on Jun 19, 2016 3:40:31 GMT 1
Here is a review from a non-Cure fan posted on the Boston Globe's site. I always enjoy when someone from the "outside" has good things to say about the lads.
>It was a very impressive performance, and that comes from someone who really has no connection to the "alt" scene. I work across the street from the Agganis, and went over to the Box Office at least five times over the past ten days, was told it was always sold out until 75 minutes before the performance I went over one last time and a block of very good seats had just been released.
My impressions, overall a very synth-driven sound, excellent lyrics (which I did not always catch), the band was hypnotic with the groove keeping building and building until it was real celebration of life and joy, despite some dark forebodings enmeshed in the music. You know a good concert when everybody in the room, musicians and audience are all on the same page, after three hours and four extended encores, it was an "altering" experience, to different degrees everyone walked out a changed person. The band was very much a unit with especial liveliness coming from the bass player as noted in the article, he seemed very young-looking for someone who has been in the band all this time. High high praise for a unique and inimitable band, and this coming from a dyed-in-wool Deadhead.<
Post by newenglandmike on Jun 22, 2016 16:45:17 GMT 1
Back from the NYC shows, here are a few of my Boston thoughts.
Agganis at Boston University: Good place to see a show (at least from the seats). The building is small and I don’t think that there is a bad seat in the house. Sound was good from my perspective, at least for the Cure. The sound for the Twilight Sad was not great. Probably because there was still a lot of empty seats and the cement floor for the sounds to bounce off, but that venue didn’t do them any favors. . Song selection. Boston – loved Open & End bookends to the set. Visuals for Open, the lights, the sound…it was overwhelming (in a good way), especially the first time. Loved hearing Closedown again in person. This has always been a favorite of mine and it was really powerful. Fascination Street was also really strong.
The circa 1980 encore w/ M, Play for Today and A Forest was really well-received, and A Forest is getting some of the treatment that it used to get, with Robert improvising a bit more. At least it seemed that way to me.
Snakepit was another highlight. Such a trippy song, especially with the background visuals.
My only real quibble was with The End of the World. Admittedly I am not a huge fan of the song, but it was a real mood killer in Boston I thought. They have so many stronger options in my opinion, but they trot it out there a lot so they must enjoy playing it for some reason.
All in all an awesome show. No problem with the “pop” finale. Although there are a ton of die-hards there, there are still a good number that know them best from Standing on a Beach/Greatest Hits and there is no reason not to let everyone leave on an up note.