The Perfect Imperfect

The Cure played a full 2 hours and 45 minute set in Forum Copenhagen this friday. 30 years on top of their game and they’ve still got it.

Forum (Copenhagen) has always been challenging for the most established bands. The gray concrete block with the tacky neon sign on the front, has been repeatedly guilty of ruining numorous concerts the last 10 years, but not this time. This was some how very different experience, it actually sounded nice. The sound of the venue was far more tight, then I have ever heard it. The Cures sound fitting in well.

Starting out with the fairly slow and beautiful song “Plain Song” taken from the album “Disintegration” moving on to the haunting and emotional song “Pictures Of You”. Robert Smith shining like the star he is, sang with passion and performed the set to perfection. Although none of the songs from the “Pornography” record made it to the everchanging setlist, the set was a good mashup spanding from early to newer material.

The melancholic grandfathers of post punk played with an energy and a presence that young bands could learn a thing or two from. Charismatic bass player Simon Gallup moving around on stage, was a strong contrast to keyboard player Roger O´Donnells pale ghostly, majestic look. Guitarist Reeves Gabrels was some how underplayed in the right extend.

The former David Bowie guitarist has always been one of my favourite guitar players because of his amazing talent and the abillity to fit into different constallations. The Cure still seem like they enjoy standing on stage, this is why I think they are still relevant and interesting. A beautiful set stage and the well organized lighting, complimented the music all the way through.

It was a well played 2 hours and 45 minutes. Halfway into the set, the long instrumental parts dominated. This is not a new thing for The Cure, some call it boring, but if you were expecting something else from The Cure, yes you would be dissapointed. All in all, people had a great time enjoying the music.

They managed to get the crowds full attention, when they finished off with hit songs like “Lullaby”,”Friday I’m In Love” and “Boys Don’t Cry”. The Cure played exceptionally well and still have a special place in my heart, it was a lovely, nostalgic trip down memory lane.

Set list

  • Plainsong
  • Pictures of You
  • Closedown
  • High
  • The Walk
  • Push
  • Inbetween Days
  • Sinking
  • All I Want
  • The End of the World
  • Love Song
  • Last Day of Summer
  • Charlotte Sometimes
  • Just Like Heaven
  • From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea
  • Prayers For Rain
  • Disintegration
  • Step Into the Light
  • Want
  • Burn
  • A Forest
  • Dressing Up
  • Shake Dog Shake
  • Fascination Street
  • Never Enough
  • Wrong Number
  • Lullaby
  • Friday I’m In Love
  • Doing the Unstuck
  • Boys Don’t Cry
  • Close To Me
  • Why Can’t I Be You?