Concert Review: The Cure

Date: May 14, 2016
Location: Toyota Center, Houston, TX

When someone mentions “The Cure” your mind may automatically picture a pale, made up, big-haired guy named Robert Smith who sings depressing lyrics. However, this is just the surface. Beneath the hair, makeup, and melancholy lyrics, lurk iconic lines and melodies provided by a unique and unmistakable voice. There is no doubt that The Cure has made an impression on the music industry throughout the decades, influencing people of all generations.

What has always drawn me to The Cure (as most other bands) were the lyrics. Some were so relative, while others were quirky and didn’t make sense. In addition to that, the actual music (guitar, synthetic beats, piano, etc.) paired so perfectly with the words, that it was hard to not be a fan! Being a teenager in the early 2000’s, The Cure was a band not many people in my neck of the woods had heard of or listened to. I felt like The Cure was a little piece of gold in my mine of music.

“Remembering you, standing quiet in the rain
As I ran to your heart to be near.”

It had been raining most of the day in Houston, which seemed appropriate and even welcoming.The last time The Cure was in the city was in 2008, also at the Toyota Center. Despite their absence, they returned with as much energy as a band who just stepped onto the scene. You have to understand, Smith is 57 years old and has been in the music industry for 30+ years! Maybe he’s thoroughly conditioned, but he is still able to command an audience with his musical talent.

The audience itself contained a variety of people. A range of ages and races alike joined in on the inevitable thing that brings society together: music. Though The Cure’s music is older than I am (24), many people my age, or even younger, can still appreciate and respect the band’s influence on music and culture alike.

“Show me, show me, show me, how you do that trick!”

The setlist was balanced, as far as distribution of well known hits and rarities go. They played many of their singles in the first half of the set, then lesser known tracks the rest of the show up until their first encore. Yeah – you read that right – their first encore, meaning there were more. I have never been to a concert where they have more than one encore. The Cure, however, had a total of four, equaling out to 34 songs. It’s safe to say everyone got their money’s worth.

Favorite Performance: “Burn” from The Crow soundtrack. (If you haven’t watched that movie, do it. Amazing soundtrack.)

Me Being A Creeper: Noticed a young couple dancing to “The Lovecats”. I thought it was sweet.

Outfit: Short, black dress with mesh sleeves, black wedges, a top-notch cat eye and dark lipstick. Travis noted that I definitely looked like I was going to a The Cure concert. I take that as a compliment.

Overall Impression: Though the show was long (I’m an old woman at heart), I thoroughly enjoyed The Cure’s performance. Despite having a seat, I spent the majority of the show on my feet dancing my way through the songs that comprise most of my 80’s playlist, making it easy for me to experience my wishful past-life of being a young adult in the 80’s. The enthusiasm and positive vibes were contagious, as a greater part of the audience was also dancing and singing along, creating a night no one could ever forget.

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
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

ENCORE 1
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

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My Zombie Apocalypse Playlist

In response to today’s daily challenge prompt, I’ve decided to finally post an entry I’ve been saving for about a month.

Several weeks ago, the Season Two premiere of the series Fear the Walking Dead aired. After this show, as well as the original The Walking Dead, they have a talk show featuring Chris Hardwick called Talking Dead.

One question Hardwick asked the guests a few weeks ago was: “What would be on your zombie apocalypse playlist?” This intrigued my interest, because I often think about what music I would listen to (given the choice and ability) while killing zombies. I compiled a playlist of 10 songs, ranging from different genres and themes. Some I included because of pure enjoyment of the song. Others, simply because it relates to zombies/vampires/monsters/mythical creatures.

Zombie Apocalypse Playlist:

  1. “More Than a Feeling” – Boston
    Okay, so I chose this because it is mine and Travis’ “song” and it was also featured on an episode of The Walking Dead. It’s such a beautiful song I would never get tired of rockin’ out to.
  2. “Dragula” – Rob Zombie
    Obviously, I gotta have some Rob Zombie in mix. I mean, his last name is Zombie! Also, when I was in college and played Call of Duty in zombie mode, I would crank up some Rob Zombie and start shootin’. I always did much better at the game when I had music playing, so maybe this would apply in a hypothetical real-life zombie attack?
  3. “Even Flow” – Pearl Jam
    This track always gets me pumped up. Whether I’m driving in my car with the windows down, running outside, or playing darts with my friends. My body count of zombies would definitely increase if this song is in the background.
  4. “Zombie” – The Cranberries
    For obvious reasons, I chose this song because of the title. Though there are political meanings behind this track, I do feel that they could apply to a zombie apocalypse, especially when one remembers the first few episodes of Fear the Walking Dead. There were tanks, and their bombs, and their guns (are you singing it in your head yet?). But, yes, I do believe that there would be some extreme government involvement. However, I don’t believe all of us would be lucky enough to be safe.
  5. “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites”  – Skrillex
    There’s really only one line of lyrics in this song. “You don’t need to hide, my friend, for I am just like you.” The feeling of loneliness would definitely resonate during an apocalypse. So, any kind of friendship or bond would be valued. Applying these lyrics to an apocalypse, I interpret them meaning that everyone is in the same situation together. Everyone would need to contribute in order to survive. Also, zombies would be some pretty “scary monsters” to envision, but this song is upbeat enough to want to get a head shot in.
  6. “Hunger Strike” – Temple of the Dog
    I imagine in a zombie apocalypse that food would be scarce, thus me being hungry. Although this song has a different metaphorical meaning (see The Sound of Seattle), I’m using it literally for this playlist. I often watch survival shows in order to gain a better understanding of what it would take to survive, and I think that food would be my biggest issue. I love steak, burgers, fries, and ICE CREAM way too much to just not have it in my life anymore. I could probably live a while eating some things found in nature, but there is no way in hell I’m gonna eat a spider.
  7. “Bullet with Butterfly Wings” – Smashing Pumpkins
    The first lyric of this song is “The world is a vampire.” When I hear this, I interpret it as the world just sucking the life out of you. I believe that this feeling would be existent in a zombie-infested society (see #5). Plus, the song is badass and angsty (and SP is one of my favorite bands).
  8. “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” – Tears for Fears
    “Welcome to your life / There’s no turning back…” I chose this song because of the political factors that would possibly evolve in a group of people. If you watch The Walking Dead, you know what I’m talking about. The Governor, Rick, Neegan, etc. It’s a power struggle. Thus, everybody wants to rule the world. Aside from that, this is also a song I wouldn’t mind listening to everyday.
  9. “Aenema” – Tool
    This song is definitely about the end of the world. The speaker discusses how the world is already in pieces, and that maybe an Armegeddon or apocalypse would be good for society in order to “flush away” the toxicity. Hence, the punny title. I always listen to this song when I become frustrated with the ways of the world and I usually feel better and enlightened after listening to this track.
  10. “Change” – Deftones
    I chose this song because of the title. In TWD, different groups have different terms they use for when people die and become “zombies”. I feel like the word “change” pretty much encompasses the transformation. “I watched a change in you / It’s like you never had wings / Now you feel so alive / I have watched you change.”

So, tell me. What would be on your zombie apocalypse playlist?