NME Awards Big Gig
Feb. 26th, 2009 -
London, England (O2 Arena)
The Stars, From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea, The Perfect
Boy, The End of the World, Sleep When I'm Dead, A Forest, Three
Imaginary Boys, Shake Dog Shake, Maybe Someday, The Only One, Inbetween
Days, Just Like Heaven, Primary, Want, The Hungry Ghost,
Disintegration, One Hundred Years, It's Over.
Encore: Boys Don't Cry, Jumping Someone Else's Train, Grinding Halt,
10:15 Saturday Night, Killing An Arab.
11:24pm - Show is over. 110 minutes.
Robert (before The Perfect Boy):
"We're going to play a few songs that we didn't play last year. Quite a
9:34pm - Cure on stage.
- Heron: "FF over, they rocked. Robert and the guys have been spotted
several times watching the other bands sets from stage left. In between
stage deejay before the ff set - "this is one to get you cure fans all
ready for the show" we looked at each other, anticipating a cure song.
He played "smells like teen spirit". Then there was a metallica song.
9:05pm - Olivier: "Btw, on the
t-shirt, it's intended as a play on word on the name of the venue. It
spells like the O2:
O :09 DREAM
- Olivier: "You could also buy the 2009 Cure calendar. £5 regular
£10 signed by the band (there were only a few of those). "
- Olivier: "Merchandizing... There's a new Cure T-shirt for this event.
It says "THE CURE 02:09 DREAM" and is based on the album sleeve. Franz
Ferdinand opened with "The Dark of the Matinée"."
Olivier: "Just got inside the venue. I had not realized row C meant
first row, I couldn't be both seated and closer to the stage!
Everything's on schedule, Crystal Castles went off the stage and an
annoying DJ is attempting to entertain the crowd before Franz Ferdinand
follows. The venue reminds me of MSG in NY, huge and steep. It's
getting full but not packed yet."
8:05pm - Heron: "I had NO idea
what I was in for! OMG SO BAD. I'm conserving battery for the cures
set. I will send another update after ff."
7:58pm - Heron:
"White lies was really good, said what an honor it was to open for the
cure, they have finished and crystal castles is so bad their singer has
to roll around on stage as a distraction, much to the consternation of
the pit photographers. Hopefully their set is almost over."
Heron and Olivier will be providing
live reports from tonight's "journey through time". : )
(Thanks to Olivier and Heron for the setlist, ticket scan, live
reports and photos)
Guardian / The
Independent / The Final
Word / This
Is London / The
My 5th Cure concert since 2004 and
without a doubt the best of the bunch. The last gig i reviewed on this
website, Wembley 2008, was almost an angry dissillusioned one, i was
still annoyed about the lack of keyboards and Porl struggling to
recreate them on his guitar and plus i was stuck in the balcony with
all the "casuals" who just wanted the hits. Thankfully, this year, i
was second row and completely blown away by the band, it was the most
powerful, passionate and eclectic Cure gig i've ever been to, blowing
away the likes of Franz Ferdinand (who were so bloody repetitive) with
ease. Highlights were Want (never thought i'd get to see/hear this
live!), Maybe Someday, Inbetween Days and the 3IMB encore. I'm not so
sure the thousands upon thousands behind us in the balconys were that
into it, maybe a bit too obscure for them, but it was mayhem down the
front, great atmosphere. So all in all a great week, NME Award for
Godlike Genius, Oasis get booed at the same event and a kick ass
concert at the O2. I always knew the Cure would find their way back :)
Also, thank you so much to Britain Kitten, the kindest and coolest Cure
fan i have ever met, i love you :)
I arrived at the venue just in
time to see White Lies, a great new band with a good sound, dark
lyrics, and a great voice. I must admit that I didn't really
understand the second band, Crystal Castles, who played a
sort of weird dance music. Their performance wasn't helped by the
fact that their singer seemed to be battling problems with her
microphone and looked like she had drunk more than a cup of tea,
judging by the way she was rolling around the stage. Franz
Ferdinand, on the other hand, were quite professional and played a
mixture of old songs and songs from their new album. By that
point in the evening I thought the crowd would be a bit more energetic
than they were, but Franz Ferdinand's songs only received
The Cure came on just after 9.30pm and
started with a very powerful version of Underneath the Stars. I
have now heard this song three times live and I think it sounds better
live than on the album. It is also my favourite song on 4:13
and a great opening track. The set then carried on with a
good mixture of old and (quite a few) new songs. I particularly
enjoyed hearing Three Imaginary Boys, Shake Dog Shake, Jumping
Someone Else's Train and Grinding Halt. I also enjoyed
hearing Inbetween Days and Just Like Heaven, not only because it
got everyone to their feet, but also because it reminded me (and
everybody else) of how good some of The Cure's pop songs can be.
The choice of setlist was very
interesting but at the same time rather surprising. As
this was not a typical Cure gig in front of a typical Cure crowd, the
obvious choice would have been to play a "greatest hits" kind
of set. A lot of the audience members were very young and seemed
a bit lost during songs like From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea and
Want, but I suppose it would be fair to say that the setlist was a
balanced representation of what The Cure really are.
Audience participation was relatively
limited throughout the gig, except during Inbetween Days, Just Like
Heaven and the encore. Maybe it's the size of the venue or the
choice of setlist, but at times it felt as though the band were not
able to fill the space very well. In addition to that, where I
was standing (about 20 metres from the stage), I also felt that
the sound mix was not good because Robert's voice and Porl's
guitar seemed a bit weak.
As usual, I couldn't really understand
what Robert was saying, although he did say something like "thanks for
making this a fucking special night" right at the end. I
suppose I would sum it up in just about the same way...
- Fab G
So, how was it for you?
I had a blast, we had to rush to catch
White Lies cos the traffic into Greenwich was total gridlock as usual.
Really enjoyed their performance. Caught up with some old friends and
fellow Cure-followers while Crystal Castles and Franz Ferdinand played
and got all vibed up for the main event.
AND WHAT AN EVENT
UTS (finally in the UK!!!) was a
beautiful opener and when they followed with FTEOTDGS, we knew it was
gonna be something different than a "greatest hits" set. Hearing A
Forest so high up in the set was quite weird, but in a good way, we're
all used to the running order cos we've been spoilt by those 3+hr sets..
A couple of my friends were grumbling
cos they wanted a "greatest hits" set with Pictures Of You, Close To
Me, Lovecats ~ but they got all that at Wembley last year! They haven't
listened to the new album, which left them a bit frustrated, but hey,
it's their fault for being so behind the times...
"Want" and "Maybe Someday" sounded
lush ~ and, after a while, it dawned on us ~ Bobert had made sure to
select at least one song from every studio album (so no "Just One Kiss"
or "Lament" then...) ~ such a simple stroke of genius and a lovely way
to enhance the new tracks which sounded ace, especially The Hungry
FOOKIN Ghost. His world-weary vitriolic last cry/mumble of "i can't do
this anymore" brought a tear to the eye, but then of course he returned
with a mischievous grin to deliver a perfect 3IB encore set and a
promise of "see you again......."
My 25th Cureshow and a real
barnstormer, and a lovely O2:09 Dream tee to commemorate, along with
sore old knees from all the jumping around!
You know if you can, you'll see them
in Vegas/Coachella (if i win the Lottery, i'll be there!) and the view
will be beautiful and yours alone tonight...