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Cure - Wembley Arena, London, 28/3/2008

  by Anthony Strutt

published: 24 / 5 / 2008

Cure - Wembley Arena, London, 28/3/2008


Anthony Strutt watches the Cure play an all consuming, but stunning three and a half hour set to an audience of 12, 000 at the London Wembley Arena

The Cure have always been special to me, and this was a stunning show which was full of Cure magic. Now down to a mere four piece of two guitars, bass and drums and no keyboards but with Robert Smith, of course, on vocals, the sound they made was huge and loud and left everyone at Wembley Arena very happy with their massive 40 song, 3 hour 15 minute set. In addition to this we had a support band, 65 Days of Static, who are moody post rockers whom Robert Smith loves, and got the evening off to a decent start. The Cure came on at 8.10 p.m., and just played pretty much everything you wanted to hear and more as well, adding three new songs, of which one was the new current single,’The Only One’, and another was ‘Freakshow’ will be their next single in June. There were not many special effects, just The Cure and some effective lights, but it worked, The band looked liked you expect them to, but new member, or rather returning member guitarist Porl Thompson looked very Gothic with a spider's web drawn on his bald head. The set was completely all consuming. They played a 120 minute set for the first part of the show, followed by three encores of which I would have happily paid the £40 ticket alone, such was the strength of the songs played. They finally left the stage at 11.30 p.m. just about giving the 12,000 people in the audience time to get their last tubes home. I got home at 2 a.m., tired and very, very happy. Set list. Main Set: Plainsong Prayers for Rain A Strange Day alt. end A Night Like This The End of the World Love Song To Wish Impossible Things Pictures of You Lullaby From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea Hot! Hot! Hot! The Only One The Walk Push Friday I'm in Love In Between Days Just Like Heaven Primary A Boy I Never Knew (New song) Shake Dog Shake Never Enough Wrong Number 100 Years Disintegration Encore 1 : At Night M Play for Today A Forest. Encore 2 : Love Cats Let's Go to Bed Close to Me Why Can't I Be You? Encore 3 : 3 Imaginary Boys Fire in Cairo Boys Don't Cry Grinding Halt 10.15 Saturday Night Killing An Arab

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Cure - Wembley Arena, London, 28/3/2008

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