In Between Sets: The Cure at UIC Pavilion [Review]

They say time travel is impossible, but last night I swear I took a trip back to 1988. The Cure rocked through a career spanning set last night at UIC Pavilion that even the casual fan would marvel at.

They use their giant catalog to their advantage, as they pluck different deep cuts for each and every show. After going to a music festival last weekend, it was nice to hang out with a more mature audience.

Robert and company (longtime David Bowie guitarist Reeves Gabrels joined this decade) played a 3 hour set, but it never seemed to drag once. I was expecting “Plainsong” as the opener which they traditionally do, but they were throwing 12-6 curveballs all night long; and nobody seemed to mind.

There was a noticeably clear difference between two types of concert-goers. Tons of hardcore Cure fans decked out in shirts, and couples on date night that met at a bar in 1986 as “Just Like Heaven” played in the background. Robert didn’t disappoint fans by busting out the makeup and hairspray, and of course dressed in all black. An above average light show accompanied the band, even complete with spiderwebs for “Lullaby”.

Check out two highlights below and their complete (very long) setlist. Although if you’re going tonight, expect a pretty different set.

In Between Days:


Songs by album:
The Head on the Door – 6
Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me – 5
Disintegration – 4
The Top – 3
Wish – 3
Japanese Whispers – 2
Join the Dots: B-sides – 2

Shake Dog Shake
Kyoto Song
A Night Like This
All I Want
Pictures of You
Like Cockatoo
The Perfect Girl
The Walk
Charlotte Sometimes
Just Like Heaven
Jupiter Crash
From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea
One Hundred Years
Give Me It

The Top

Encore 2:
Never Enough
Fascination Street

Encore 3:
The Exploding Boy
In Between Days
Doing the Unstuck
Friday I’m in Love

Encore 4:
Let’s Go to Bed
Close to Me
Why Can’t I Be You?
Boys Don’t Cry<</I mioa not

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