The Cure have embarked on the mammoth 2016 world tour, which will see them through the rest of the year, including a headline set at Splendour in the Grass and four headline performances around Australia.
On Wednesday May 10th, the band kicked off their international expedition in New Orleans gig at the Uno Lakefront Arena. For those curious about what the tour will have in store, here’s what went down.
The Robert Smith-fronted group presented fans with an incredible twenty-eight song long career-spanning set, equipped with four encores. While it can’t be easy to pick and choose from thirteen albums, the band clearly worked their magic, as they’ll continue to do for some seventy performances across the remainder of 2016.
As well as many of their biggest hits (though notably Friday I’m In Love was missing), three tracks that haven’t been played in years made appearances – All I Want received its first performance since 1987, A Letter to Elise had not been heard since 2008, and At Night since 2011.
But perhaps the most exciting news came when Smith and co performed two brand new songs, which fans have deemed to be titled Step Into the Light, and the second, which served as the outro, during the final encore, is believed to be It Can Never Be The Same. Watch the recordings below.
The Cure Tour 2016 will continue through its North American leg in the upcoming months, followed by dates in Italy, Australia, Germany, Poland, Italy, and Spain among others.
Open, alt.end, All I Want, Push, In Between Days, From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea, Step Into the Light, Sleep When I’m Dead, A Letter to Elise, High, The Walk, Lovesong, Just Like Heaven, Trust, Want, The Hanging Garden, One Hundred Years, End
At Night, M, Play for Today, A Forest
Dressing Up, Piggy in the Mirror, Shake Dog Shake, Give Me It
It Can Never Be the Same
The Cure Australian Tour Dates
Monday July 25: Qudos Bank Arena (Formerly Allphones Arena), Sydney
Thursday July 28: Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Friday July 19: Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide
Sunday July 31: Perth Arena, Perth
You can find a full list of international tour dates here.
Image: Monique Wuestenhagen