21st – 23rd December 2014
Review by Jarod Lawley
As the final date in a trio of Christmas shows from The Cure, Tuesday sees the band pack out once again the historic venue’s near 5,000 capacity. With old school Goth punks, long-time die hards and those who just came to hear “Friday I’m in Love”, the crowd is an eclectic mix and a testament to not only the band’s huge appeal, but also to the longevity of the songs.
The sole support band, ‘And Also The Trees‘ are a poetic mix of lush harmonies and dark atmospheres. Historically, the six piece has a long standing history with the Cure, having previously supported them during a 1981 tour; 2 years beyond their 1979 formation. Although they struggle for stage space, the figures move gently and enchantingly in front of an interested audience, as they chime through tracks from albums such as “Farewell to the Shade” and “The Millpond Years”.
To an extremely excitable crowd, ‘The Cure‘ emerge slowly, as the current line-up of Simon Gallup, Roger O’Donnell, Jason Cooper and Reeves Gabrels precedes the enigmatic and tremendously loved Robert Smith. Opening with “Shake Dog Shake” from their 1984 album “The Top”- of which they are celebrating the 30th anniversary of tonight- the swirling guitars provide a thick layer for the teased haired frontman to give his signature tenor cries above.’
On Stage, the band seems to be at home. Having played Hammersmith for the first time 30 years ago, the band’s set list is a relaxed shuffle through the bands back catalogue, packed with crowd pleasers and of course plenty of tracks from the LP they are celebrating, which sees the inclusion of rarities such as “Dressing Up” and “Piggy in the Mirror”.
Showing different sides to the seemingly everlasting band, melancholic songs “One Hundred Years” and “Charlotte Sometimes” offer great diversity, but slow the momentum for those who just crave the hits tonight, of which many are in attendance. However, as Bob and co agree to pay the curfew fine and push the set around three hours twenty minutes, old classics such as “Boys Don’t Cry” and “Hey You!!!” resonate loudly and all are left satisfied, if not over satisfied.
Lou Reed once famously said, “Leave them wanting less”, and that’s a mantra The Cure certainly live up to tonight. The slow, relaxed pace of the evening neither crawls nor flies, but leaves a blurred impression on many as they exit the Apollo.
Robert Smith “It’s been fun. I know I’m not supposed to say that, but it has.”
Shake Dog Shake
A Night Like This
Sleep When I’m Dead
A Man Inside My Mouth
Friday I’m In Love
Doing the Unstuck
Pictures of You
Just Like Heaven
From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea
One Hundred Years
Give Me It
1st encore: The Empty World, Charlotte Sometimes, Primary, The Top
2nd encore: Three Imaginary Boys, M, Play For Today, A Forest
3rd encore: Piggy in the Mirror, Never Enough, Fascination Street, Wrong Number
4th encore: Dressing Up, The Lovecats, Close To Me, Why Can’t I Be You?, Boys Don’t Cry, Hey You.