The Cure Wrap Up Their Largest Euro Tour Since 1989

Cure fans are accustomed to doom, gloom, and eventual giddiness, which is why the three year hiatus the band was forced to experience segued into the biggest tour the British legends ever embarked on.

Once restrictions were lifted, Robert Smith and his not-so-merry gang blazed a path entitled The Lost World 2022 European Tour. The epic journey accounted for 46 gigs in 19 countries to over a half million fans.

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The Cure live debuting "A Fragile Thing" in Italy last month.

Best of all, as usual, the band left little on the table. On average 27 songs were played on a typical night starting with one of the many new tunes they showcased, "Alone," from the forthcoming Songs Of A Lost World (an album that was due in October but, whoops?) and concluding with the classic "Boys Don't Cry" which they live debuted in December of 1978. 

The only album that was more represented than the new one was their 1989 classic Disintegration.

Now that's some cool concert posters

The Cure is one of those rare bands whose hits and deep cuts are equally well-received live, thus they can mete out two-to-three songs from almost any of their 13 studio albums to the delight of the audience.

Like a Whitman Sampler, expect to hear cuts from nearly every album (and sorry, no covers) when you see the Cure in concert.

The soaring guitars, adorable and often melancholy vocals, backed with swirling keyboards are a delight from any era during the comprehensive 2 1/2 hour set.

Perks of being a star: you get to travel with your pillow. Imagine the beautiful dreams that thing has caught.

How many bands can deliver 4 tracks from 3 albums, 4 from an unheard new record, and 16 from 10 other LPs in the largest venue in the country to the total satisfaction of the audience?

The list is tiny.

"Pictures of You" from Disintegration

As a reward to the attendees of its final show of the tour, their third night at Wembley in London, The Cure added two hits they hadn't played in a while.

At the end of their final encore they served up "10:15 Saturday Night," the 43-year-old head-nodder the band had only played 8 times since 2014. 

And then they performed the equally old "Killing an Arab" which also needed to be dusted off.

The band will take a much needed break for the holidays. Fans across the pond are hoping Santa puts tickets on sale soon for a summer festival tour. Perfect inspiration not to be naughty.

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Last updated: 19 Jun 2024, 15:32 Etc/UTC