The Cure at Coachella
April 19th, 2009 -
Indio, Ca. (Coachella Music Festival)
Underneath The Stars, Prayers For Rain, A Strange Day, alt.end, The End
of the World, Lovesong, To Wish Impossible Things, Pictures of You,
Lullaby, From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea, The Perfect Boy, Wrong
Number, Push, Inbetween Days, Just Like Heaven, Primary, Shake Dog
Shake, The Hungry Ghost, Disintegration, One Hundred Years, It's Over
1st encore: If Only Tonight We Could
Sleep, The Kiss
2nd encore: At Night, M, Play For
Today, A Forest
encore: Three Imaginary Boys, Fire In Cairo, Boys Don't Cry (PA system
cut off), Jumping
Someone Else's Train, (all
power cut off) Cure try to play
Grinding Halt (Cure forced to end
Show started at 9:50pm. Forced to end
2:46am - Me(Craig): "Fucking legendary
show! Thanks for trying, Robert! Cure forever!"
- Paivi/Spiggy: "They did cut Robert off. He continued playing and
singing up until he dropped the guitar to the pit. On some VIP I think.
He was in very good mood until this cutoff."
12:44am - Andy: "I
shouted 'FUCK ROBERT PALMER FUCK ROCK N ROLL!' the cure would not go
down without a fight, Robert is a saint! im walking back to the car, I
blame wrong number!"
12:43am - "they were still playing
monitors were cut but only jason could be heard at that point. he tried
so hard. i truly believe he would have given us faith."
Andy: "robert sang grinding halt to the crowd. I was wrong about it
being played earlier. robert made a gesture as "i gave it my best".
threw his guitar on the floor"
12:41am - Heron: "That was so hardcore"
12:40am - Andy: "God bless his soul"
12:39am - Andy: "they pulled the plug
it seems, sound is coming from stage monitors. now monitors are cut."
- Andy: "fans are singing for robert as im sure the festival cant hear
him. screens are off and so is music only hearing from monitors on
stage Goldenvoice has fucked up"
Plug has been pulled, Robert
refuses to stop playing!
12:33am - Andy: ""three
imaginary boys and he said they told him they could only play one more
song, he said "ha" to that"
12:25am - Andy: "simon ended A Forest
as he should! Robert improvised the ending and even danced as simon
ended the song"
11:18pm - Heron: "The sound is
excellent tonight, great mix and very clear."
10:51pm - Heron: "Robert really likes
this song (Wrong Number). He was dancing and smiling during the intro."
10:15pm - Heron: "No tech glitches so
10:10pm - Heron: "Before alt.end,
Robert said I eternally love you"
10:00pm - Heron: "Robert wearing the
fur collar hoodie he swore he wouldn't wear again LOL."
9:58pm - Heron: "Simon rocking the
very tight phts tonight. Sound is perfect and eyeryone looks happy and
9:50pm - Heron: "Here come the waves"
9:46pm - Andy: "simons tech did a
sweep on the audience with a small camera. good to know its for the
cure and not coachella"
- Andy: "its cooled off significantly but doesn't seem to help to have
thousands of people around you with no shoulder room"
9:35pm - Andy: "simon's tech while
checking simon's bass played a bit of 'its over'"
9:31pm - Andy: "at simon's side, no
cure peeps just new ones. really squished"
9:16pm - April: "I am side porl 3
peeps deep i am packed like a sardine"
- Andy: "loudest concert in the world they have been screeching nonstop
for the past 15 mons it feels. its just noise, feels like an
earthquake. i havent texted because my fingers were in my ears, this
text now hurts. I so so so underestimated peoples precautions"
8:58pm - Heron: "MBV VERY VERY EFFING
- Xuan: "OMG I'm so glad I brought earplugs. MBV sounds like Enya with
a jet engine. It's an endurance test to see the cure."
8:26pm - Andy: "I'm really enjoying
this, they are just too loud."
- Andy: "Getting to the rail was like climbing a building, its better
if you don't look down. There are probably thousands behind me."
- Andy: "My bloody valentine on now and yes they are loud. Not
necessarily at rail, but close, met some cool people. One from costa
rica. Gonna smoke some weed with them. Yes!"
6:28pm - Andy: "I'm in!"
6:06pm - Andy: "Just got here with
walking to the gate, hot already. This is the total opposite of the
Kimmel show on Dec 15th."
(Thanks to Jen/Vanilla Smile, Andy, Heron, and Paivi/Spiggy for the
setlist, photos, and live reports, and to Heron for the ticket scan)
It's so late, and we
have far to travel in the morning but I have to say just a few things
about tonight - they pulled the plug on the big speakers first so you
could barely hear the Cure play. That was during Boys Don't Cry. The
crowd sang along to the whole song anyway. They turned off the big
video screen during Boys Don't Cry but the Cure kept on playing and we
kept on singing. Then when they started JSET we sang along as well.
When they finally cut power to their monitors during Grinding Halt,
that's when they quit. We have video from the crowd of all this, I am
so sorry that I won't be able to upload it all before we get home. We
have a long drive ahead of us, but I will get everything we have up
online just as soon as I can when we get back home. I am SO glad we
came to Coachella and that was the most punk, hardcore thing I've seen
them do. It was brilliant and I love the Cure so much for what they did
on Friday and tonight. Both shows were excellent and well worth the
trip. I spoke to both Darren and Keith afterward and Darren promised
that he would give it to Robert as soon as possible. So it is in safe
hands and I am confident of it's destination. Long live the Cure and
thanks a million once again to Craig and all the CoF peeps that make
these shows so special to attend.
there. Couldn't update on my phone. Insane end to a show. This was my
11th Cure show and I have never, ever seen anything like the end of
this show. Robert & Co. just didn't give a fuck about the curfew.
It was awesome. The PA system was cut off during BDC. We sang it for
Robert! We could just hear the drums and the guitars from the monitors
on stage. Then we all sang Jumping as well (have to admit that I didn't
know all the lyrics but I was trying my best.) Then he started another
song which I now know was Grinding Halt, but at that point the video
screens were cut and then they cut the monitors. Robert kept playing it
for a bit and then gave up. Epic! Too bad they cut the power. I think
he was going to come back for a Faith encore after the old school one!
At least we were hoping in my area.
Coolest thing about the gig? We were
standing right next to Amanda Palmer, who was singing along to every
word. She was super nice and super fun to rock out to The Cure with
(and her set yesterday was badass.)
Good night. No real surprises in the
setlist for me, but UTS was gorgeous. POY was delightful. And I don't
think I've ever seen TIB live before. Good show! (and yes, WAY better
than May 2, 2004 at Coachella.)