Posted in music on June 23, 2008
The Cure's Robert Smith @ RCMH, NYC - June 22, 2008 (katdlr)
At Radio City Music Hall on Saturday night the band methodically laid out each part of its musical patterns: drumbeats from Jason Cooper, bass lines from Simon Gallup, overlapping guitar hooks from Porl Thompson and Mr. Smith. The band relies on the orderliness shared by Minimalism and dance music, letting Mr. Smith's voice smudge and puncture the musical grids. In its current four-man lineup, the Cure can pound and drive like a punky new wave band, particularly in the songs it has been releasing as previews of its 13th album, due in September. More often it lets the guitars reverberate, with the music swelling to match the yearning in Mr. Smith's lyrics. [NY Times]The Cure played MSG one night earlier - the same night My Morning Jacket was playing Radio City. The Cure Radio City setlist below....
June 21st, 2008 - New York, NY (Radio City Music Hall)
Adagio For Strings (Intro), Out of This World, Want, alt.end, The Baby Screams, The End of the World, Lovesong, A Letter To Elise, The Big Hand, Pictures of You, Lullaby, Catch, The Perfect Boy, Kyoto Song, Other Voices, The Only One, Hot Hot Hot, Sleep When I'm Dead, Doing The Unstuck, Push, Inbetween Days, Just Like Heaven, Charlotte Sometimes, The Hanging Garden, One Hundred Years, BloodflowersCompare that to the MSG setlist.
1st encore: Freakshow, Close To Me, Why Can't I Be You?
2nd encore: Boys Don't Cry, Jumping Someone Else's Train, Grinding Halt, 10:15 Saturday Night, Killing An Arab
3rd encore:A Forest, Forever
Total = 35 songs.
Soundcheck: The Hanging Garden, Out Of This World, The Holy Hour, Bloodflowers.
65DOS started at 8:01 / ended at 8:35.
The Cure started at 9:05 / Main set ended at 11:12.
North American 4Tour ended at Midnight.
[A Chain of Flowers]