The Cure – 2016 Tour Madison Square Garden

The Cure MSG

It’s been 16 years since my last Cure show and the wait (for lack of a better word) was well worth it!

Just as a side note, you must know that I’ve been Cure obsessed ever since I was introduced to Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me as a kid. I was only 9 years old but I still remember hearing it in its entirety and felt it was “the future” of music! Robert Smith’s vocals were unapologetic and unpolished, not the usual thing you take in at such a young age yet I was hooked.

Fast forward 13 years and I was still obsessed and still in awe of Mr. Smith’s howling vocals. I saw The Cure on their Dream Tour on a hot May evening in Dallas, TX. I had seen them live a few times before this show but now I was old enough to really take it in. (I saw The Wish Tour at Texas Stadium while I was still at the ripe age of 14)

For those who haven’t seen The Cure play live, it’s not just a concert, it’s an experience you’ll never forget. Seeing them live makes you realize they’re not in it for the glory of being “Just another band on tour”. They give their fans an impressive and solid set of songs spanning their decades-long catalog.

When the 2016 tour was announced I knew I had to see it. No questions asked. It might be morbid but after the loss of David Bowie hit me hard, I knew that I couldn’t take any artists/bands for granted. Especially if they were still performing live.

The Cure hit the audience hard with a 3 song Disintegration opening! Like I said, they give the fans what they want. They then jumped from 1986’s The Head On The Door to 1992’s Wish then dove into Like Cockatoo’s from 1987’s Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me. Even throwing non-album tracks like Burn from the 1994 film The Crow.

Nearly 2+ hours into the set they departed the stage, only to return for 4 encores. Starting the first 2 encores with new tracks. Encore 3 was a Disintegration assault on the audience. But it was encore 4 that took me back to my 9 year old self hearing the Kiss Me album for the first time and why I fell obsessed with this band in the first place. Starting the encore with The Perfect Girl and ending it with their classic single, Boys Don’t Cry.

After the nearly 3 hour set I was left on a high I couldn’t remember feeling since I was 15 years old. Not only did they entertain but they gave the audience a show full of hits and everything in between. Until next time……