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The stars bring the last week of the special War Child pub gigs to a thunderous climax...

The Darkness and THE CURE brought the last week of WAR

CHILD charity shows to a thunderous climax over the weekend.

Both bands appeared at London’s Camden Barfly as part of the

‘Passport: Back To The Bars’ shows that also featured Ash

and the Pet Shop

Boys playing to audiences far smaller than their

usual scale.

The two shows, last night (March 7) and Saturday respectively, were the most

in-demand of all, with tickets given to winners through SMS

competitions and a handful changing hands over ebay for thousands of pounds.

The Cure show saw more of a ‘greatest hits’ set than recent appearances, treating the lucky crowd to favourites including ‘Love Cats’, ‘Close To Me’ and ‘Boys Don’t Cry’.

One fan said of Saturday’s show: “It was hot and sweaty, 200 people in there, very intimate. They were a little ramshackle, in that Robert (Smith) forgot the words occasionally and they missed their place in their songs a bit but it all added to the fun.

“Overall the set was upbeat and punky – very few of their trad gothicky numbers, and plenty of outings for upbeat songs they don’t normally play. Marvellous!”

While the band left the stage before the encore, singer Robert Smith

remained onstage for an audience Q&A during which he revealed

that they had completed 20 tracks for a new album which should be

out in June.

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far smaller repertoire. “I felt very special to have been part of last

night,” said one fan who won a ticket. “It was an exhilarating and

fascinating gig, probably the best I have been to. Its intimacy

increased the atmosphere and turned it into a very special evening.

I felt cathartic afterwards, as if I had just experienced a moment in

rock’n’roll history.”