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With each show, The Cure’s setlist is getting more and more insane

Including rare live performances of "Screw", "The Exploding Boy", "This Twilight Garden", and "The Perfect Girl"

The Cure, photo by Lior Phillips
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    Last week, The Cure launched their latest US tour with a jaw-stopping set in New Orleans. The show spanned 28 songs and four encores, including the debut of two new tracks in “Step Into the Light” and “It Can Never Be the Same”. It also featured a handful of rarities, some of which hadn’t been played live in some three decades.

    The band has played five more shows since then, and the setlist have gotten more and more nuts. During their second shows in New Orleans, Robert Smith & co. dusted off “Screw”, from 1985’s The Head on the Door, for its first live performance in 30 years. The Disintegration tracks “Closedown” and “Last Dance” also appeared on the band’s setlist for the first time in over a decade. What’s more, “This Twilight Garden”, the b-side to the 1992 single “High”, received its live debut.

    In Austin, The Cure performed their 1985 b-side “The Exploding Boy” for the first time in 30 years, and also waxed nostalgic with rare live renditions of “Bloodflowers” and “Out of This World”. Meanwhile, in Houston, they dusted off “The Last Day of Summer” after 14 years.

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    Perhaps most impressive was the set given in El Paso. Amid a 35-song, five-encore set (!), the band  rolled out “The Perfect Girl” for the first time in 26 years, as well as “(I Don’t Know What’s Going) On” for the first time since 2004. Additionally, Smith led the English outfit to unearth “Watching Me Fall” for the first time since 2007 and “The Snakepit” for the first time in 16 years.

    Fan-caught footage of “Last Dance” has surfaced and can be seen above. Below, watch them play “Screw”, “Closedown”, “Last Dance”, This Twilight Garden”, “The Perfect Girl”, and “The Snakepit” via YouTube user edgeofthewind. The full setlists for each show can also be found below.

    “Screw”:

    “Closedown”:

    “The Twilight Garden”:

    “The Perfect Girl”:

    “The Snakepit”:

     

    New Orleans #2 Setlist:
    Plainsong
    Pictures of You
    Closedown (first performance since 2004)
    A Night Like This
    The End of the World
    Lovesong
    Doing the Unstuck
    Just Like Heaven
    Last Danceb(first performance since 2002)
    This Twilight Garden (live debut)
    Lullaby
    Fascination Street
    Hot Hot Hot!!!
    Screw (first performance since 1985)
    Want
    Us or Them (first performance since 2008)
    The Hungry Ghost
    Prayers for Rain
    Disintegration
    Encore:

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    The Same Deep Water as You

    Encore 2:
    Other Voices
    Charlotte Sometimes
    Primary

    Encore 3:
    Step Into the Light
    Never Enough
    Wrong Number

    Encore 4:
    Burn
    It Can Never Be the Same

    Encore 5:
    Boys Don’t Cry

    Austin Setlist:
    Out of This World (first performance since 2008 )
    Pictures of You
    Closedown
    A Night Like This
    All I Want
    Push
    Last Dance
    Lovesong
    Just Like Heaven
    This Twilight Garden
    Lullaby
    Fascination Street
    Screw
    The End of the World
    Want
    Us or Them
    The Hungry Ghost
    Prayers for Rain
    Bloodflowers (first performance since 2008)

    Encore:
    Step Into the Light
    Shake Dog Shake
    Never Enough
    Wrong Number

    Encore 2:
    Hot Hot Hot!!!
    Close to Me
    The Exploding Boy (first performance since 1985)
    In Between Days
    Doing the Unstuck
    Friday I’m in Love

    Encore 3:
    Burn
    It Can Never Be the Same

    Encore 4:
    A Forest
    Boys Don’t Cry

    Houston Setlist:
    Open
    High
    A Night Like This
    Lovesong
    Pictures of You
    Lullaby
    A Strange Day
    Push
    In Between Days
    Just Like Heaven
    The Last Day of Summer (first performance since 2002)
    At Night
    M
    Play for Today
    Want
    Shake Dog Shake
    The Hungry Ghost
    From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea
    One Hundred Years
    End

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    Encore:
    Burn
    It Can Never Be the Same

    Encore 2:
    Step Into the Light
    Fascination Street
    Never Enough
    Wrong Number

    Encore 3:
    The Lovecats
    Close to Me
    The Caterpillar
    The Walk
    Let’s Go to Bed
    Why Can’t I Be You?

    Encore 4:
    A Forest
    Boys Don’t Cry

    Dallas Setlist:
    Plainsong
    Pictures of You
    Closedown
    A Night Like This
    alt.end
    The Walk
    Sleep When I’m Dead
    Lovesong
    Just Like Heaven
    Trust
    Last Dance
    Lullaby
    Fascination Street
    From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea
    Want
    Us or Them
    The Hungry Ghost
    Prayers for Rain
    Disintegration

    Encore:
    Charlotte Sometimes
    Push
    In Between Days
    Primary

    Encore 2:
    Hot Hot Hot!!!
    Close to Me
    Let’s Go to Bed
    Why Can’t I Be You?

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    Encore 3:
    Step Into the Light
    Shake Dog Shake
    Never Enough
    Wrong Number

    Encore 4:
    Burn
    A Forest
    Boys Don’t Cry

    El Paso, TX Setlist:
    Out of This World
    Watching Me Fall (first performance since 2007)
    Pictures of You
    Closedown
    High
    Lovesong
    Push
    In Between Days
    Just Like Heaven
    A Letter to Elise
    The Snakepit (first performance since 2000)
    Lullaby
    Fascination Street
    Want
    Shake Dog Shake
    39 (first performance since 2004)
    Bloodflowers

    Encore:
    Other Voices
    The Drowning Man (first performance since 2011)
    Charlotte Sometimes
    Primary

    Encore 2:
    If Only Tonight We Could Sleep
    Catch
    The Perfect Girl (first performance since 1990)
    Why Can’t I Be You?

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    Encore 3:
    Hot Hot Hot!!!
    (I Don’t Know What’s Going) On (first performance since 2004)
    Let’s Go to Bed
    Close to Me

    Encore 4:
    Step Into the Light
    Never Enough
    Burn
    It Can Never Be the Same

    Encore 5:
    A Forest
    Boys Don’t Cry

    The Cure 2016 Tour Dates:
    05/19 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Chelsea Theater at the Cosmopolitan *
    05/20 – Chula Vista, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheater *
    05/22 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl *
    05/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl *
    05/24 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl *
    05/26 – Mountain View, CA @ Shorline Amphitheatre *
    05/28 – Ridgefield, WA @ Sunlight Supply Amphitheater *
    05/29 – George, WA @ Sasquatch! Music Festival
    05/31 – Vancouver, BC @ Festival Lawn at Deer Lake Park *
    06/02 – Boise, ID @ Century Link Arena *
    06/03 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Maverik Center *
    06/05 – Denver, CO @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre *
    06/07 – Saint Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center *
    06/08 – Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre *
    06/10 – Chicago, IL @ UIC Pavilion *
    06/11 – Chicago, IL @ UIC Pavilion *
    06/12 – Toronto, ON @ Bestival Toronto
    06/14 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre *
    06/16 – Boston, MA @ Agganis Arena *
    06/18 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden *
    06/19 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden *
    06/20 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden *
    06/22 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion *
    06/23 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion *
    06/24 – Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheater Lakewood *
    06/26 – Miami, FL @ Bayfront Park Amphitheater *
    06/27 – Miami, FL @ Bayfront Park Amphitheater *
    07/16 – Honolulu, HI @ Neal S Blaisdell Arena
    07/17 – Honolulu, HI @ Neal S Blaisdell Arena
    07/21 – Auckland, NZ @ Vector Arena
    07/23 – Byron Bay, AU @ Splendour in the Grass
    09/08 – Isle of Wight, UK @ Bestival
    10/07 – Helsinki, FI @ Hartwall Arena *
    10/09 – Stockholm, SE @ Ericsson Globe Arena *
    10/11 – Oslo, NO @ Spektrum *
    10/12 – Gotenburg, SE @ Scandinavium *
    10/14 – Copenhagen, DK @ Forum *
    10/17 – Hamburg, DE @ Barclaycard Arena *
    10/18 – Berlin, DE @ Mercedes-Benz Arena *
    10/20 – Lodz, PL @ Atlas Arena *
    10/22 – Prague, CZ @ O2 Arena *
    10/24 – Munich, DE @ Olympiahalle *
    10/26 – Vienna, AT @ Marxhalle *
    10/27 – Budapest, HR @ Papp Lazlo Sports Arena *
    10/29 – Bologna, IT @ Unipol Arena *
    10/30 – Rome, IT @ Palalottomatica *
    11/01 – Milan, IT @ Mediolanum Forum *
    11/02 – Milan, IT @ Mediolanum Forum *
    11/04 – Basel, CH @ St. Jakobshalle *
    11/06 – Stuttgart, DE @ Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle *
    11/07 – Frankfurt, DE @ Festhalle *
    11/08 – Leipzig, DE @ Arena *
    11/10 – Cologne, DE @ Lanxess Arena *
    11/12 – Antwerp, BE @ Sportspaleis *
    11/13 – Amsterdam, NL @ Ziggo Dome *
    11/15 – Paris, FR @ AccorHotels Arena *
    11/17 – Lyon, FR @ Halle Tony Garnier *
    11/18 – Montpellier, FR @ Park & Suites Arena *
    11/20 – Madrid, ES @ Barclaycard Center *
    11/22 – Lisbon, PT @ MEO Arena *
    11/24 – Bilbao, ES @ BEC *
    11/26 – Barcelona, ES @ Palau St Jordi *
    11/29 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Arena *
    12/01 – London, UK @ SSE Wembley Arena *
    12/02 – London, UK @ SSE Wembley Arena *
    12/03 – London, UK @ SSE Wembley Arena *

    * = w/ The Twilight Sad

     

     

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