Tomorrow evening I’m off to see The Cure at the Hammersmith Odeon. (not called that anymore but we all know it’s still called the Hammersmith Odeon really)
The original announcement for these gigs promised “a 150 minute show playing songs drawn from their entire 37 year old catalogue including deep cuts, pop songs, fan favourites and surprises galore.”
So I thought I’d have a go at writing a setlist that’s about the same length and includes as many as possible of the songs I want to hear Bob & the gang play.
I’ve been a fan for about 30 of those 37 years, having first encountered the band doing “The Caterpillar” on Top of the Pops (still my favourite song now). Tomorrow will be the 2nd time I’ve seen them. The first time was at the Move Festival at Old Trafford Cricket Ground in 2004 but it should’ve been more times. One of my schoolmates bought me a ticket to see them at Wembley Arena on the 1987 “Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me” tour. But then about a week before the gig he tstarted going out with some girl and decided to take her instead. So let me take this opportunity 27 years on to state publically FUCK YOU JASON LEWIS and FUCK YOU LUCY WHATEVER-YOUR-NAME-WAS!! I was also at Glastonbury in 1995 when The Cure headlined and played a blinder by all accounts. But at that particular Glastonbury I got a bit too “caught up in the festival spirit” and by the time The Cure were on I was having a little recuperative lie down in a hedge.
So having not actually seen them live much before, my setlist leans heavily on the “pop songs” and “fan favourites” bit and doesn’t really delve much into the more obs-Cure recesses of their back catalogue.
Here’s hoping they play plenty of these tomorrow.
See you down the front.