The Cure’s Robert Smith forced to perform solo set after band’s equipment fails – video

Robert Smith performed a very rare acoustic set after some technical difficulties

The Cure frontman Robert Smith was forced to play an impromptu acoustic last night (July 12) at Spain’s Bilbao BBK Festival after his band’s equipment failed.

The band were headlining the festival and were due to begin their set when keyboardist Roger O’Donnell’s equipment failed. Undeterred, Smith treated the crowd to extremely rare acoustic renditions of ‘Three Imaginary Boys’, ‘Fire In Cairo’ and ‘Boys Don’t Cry’, telling the crowd: “While they fix it, I’ll sing something to you.”

After the performance, which you can see at the bottom of the page in a video, Smith asked the rest of the band to return and they played the rest of their set as normal.


The band then went on to play a 38-song set, which include a string of hit singles from across their career, including ‘The Lovecats’, ‘Just Like Heaven’ and ‘Why Can’t I Be You?’.

The Cure are touring across Europe this summer and are booked to headline this summer’s Reading And Leeds Festivals alongside Kasabian and Foo Fighters.

The Cure played:

‘Three Imaginary Boys’
‘Fire In Cairo’
‘Boys Don’t Cry’
‘The End of the World’
‘Sleep When I’m Dead’
‘In Between Days’
‘Just Like Heaven’
‘From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea’
‘Pictures of You’
‘The Caterpillar’
‘The Walk’
‘Play For Today’
‘A Forest’
‘Shake Dog Shake’
‘The Hungry Ghost’
‘Wrong Number’
‘One Hundred Years’
‘The Same Deep Water As You’
‘Dressing Up’
‘The Lovecats’
‘The Blood’
‘Just One Kiss’
‘Let’s Go To Bed’
‘Friday I’m in Love’
‘Doing the Unstuck’
‘Close To Me’
‘Why Can’t I Be You?’
‘Boys Don’t Cry’