Setlist History: The Cure Live Debuts 11 Kiss Me Tracks in Canada

The Cure smothered their fans at the kick off of their Kissing Tour with 11 live debuts on July 9, 1987, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Supporting the album Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, the gig that night at the Expo Theater in downtown Vancity could have been nicknamed New Song, New Song, New Song. From the opening number through the second encore, Robert Smith and his suddenly merry men bombarded the Canucks with material from the recently released double album including one of their biggest hits, "Just Like Heaven."

The 1980s were a plentiful decade for Smith and the Cure. From '79-'89, the group released nine studio albums, 6 EPs, a box set, three compilations, and a live album.

So had The Cure peaked in creativity by '87? Just the opposite. After releasing their still-wonderful greatest hits collection Standing On The Beach in '86, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, was so chock full of fun, not only did it exceed the capacity of a double LP, but the track "Hey You!!!" wouldn't even fit on the 74-minute CD. You had to buy the cassette to hear it.

So excited and proud for this excess of new material, Robert Smith love bombed the capacity crowd at the now-paved-over outdoor Expo Theatre with 15 of the 17 tracks that did make it to the album on the opening night of The Kissing Tour, starting off, just like on the record with the lush, dramatic, romantic "The Kiss."

The concert opener is nearly three minutes of musical foreplay building and building until Smith finally lets it out.

Kiss me, kiss me, kiss me
Your tongue is like poison, so swollen it fills up my mouth
Love me, love me, love me
You nail me to the floor and push my guts all inside-out
Just get it out, get it out, get it out
Get your fucking voice out of my head
I never wanted this, I never wanted any of this
I wish you were dead, I wish you were dead

It is the darkest, most paradoxical love song from one of the best in the genres and it is merely the beginning of the 25-song show.

Despite the fact the adorable anthem "Why Can't I Be You" was the lead single off the album, even in June, a month before The Kissing Tour began, The Cure were lip-synching to "Just Like Heaven" on Euro TV because they knew. Everyone knew.

Decades later people would call "Just Like Heaven" The Cure's greatest song.

How great was it? Months after Kiss Me... was released, Dinosaur Jr. covered it and put it out as a 7" single in The Cure's very own UK... and the noisy tribute peaked at #78 on the charts.

"J Mascis sent me a cassette," Smith said, "and it was so passionate. It was fantastic. I've never had such a visceral reaction to a cover version before or since."

Sometimes you go to a show and you only want to hear the hits, some times you go and you want to hear new tunes. Hopefully those in Vancouver really liked the Kiss Me album, which had only dropped the month before because 60% of the gig was new tunes. Some which were rarely played in any further tours.

Only two albums had more than one song performed that night, while the remaining tunes were one-offs from LPs or singles.

Although no video exists from the BC show in July, the Frankfurt, Germany gig a few months later gives you an idea of what the band looked and sounded like on that tour.

One of the songs performed in Canada 37 years ago was "The Forest," which is the first video created for the band's new collection called The Cure - Acoustic Hits.

You might remember it from the lyric that goes: Again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and AGAIN!!!

The band is not touring this summer, so enjoy the Acoustic Hits via your favorite streaming services.

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Last updated: 21 Jul 2024, 15:28 Etc/UTC