The Cure thrill capacity crowd at Hollywood Bowl

Robert Smith and co crank out a marathon set

The Cure thrilled a capacity crowd at the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday night (May 31) by performing a marathon three-hour set.

Frontman Robert Smith and longtime bassist Simon Gallup, drummer Jason Cooper and guitarist Porl Thompson ran through hits including ‘In Between Days’, ‘Pictures Of You’ and ‘Love Cats’ as well as more obscure numbers.

The band also previewed new material from their forthcoming album, which is due out in the US on September 13 and will be preceded by the release of a new single on the 13th of each month.

Smith hardly said a word during the set, but he seemed to bask in the crowd’s adoration, scooping up flowers that were thrown onto the stage by audience members and smiling beneath his mass of black hair.

Huge singalongs were inspired by ‘Just Like Heaven’ and other hits, and crowd members danced in the aisles of the seated venue throughout the night.

The evening culminated with no less than four encores, which ended with the crowd-pleaser ‘Boys Don’t Cry’.

The Cure played:

‘Underneath The Stars’

‘Prayers For Rain’

‘A Night Like This’

‘The Walk’

‘The End Of The World’


‘Sleep When I’m Dead’

‘To Wish Impossible Things’

‘Pictures Of You’


‘From The Edge Of The Deep Green Sea’

‘The Perfect Boy’

‘Hot Hot Hot!!!’

‘The Only One’


‘Friday I’m In Love’

‘In Between Days’

‘Just Like Heaven’

‘A Letter To Elise’

‘Never Enough’

‘Wrong Number’

‘One Hundred Years’

‘Baby Rag Dog Book’

‘If Only Tonight We Could Sleep’

‘The Kiss’

‘At Night’


‘Play For Today’

‘A Forest’

‘The Lovecats’

‘Let’s Go To Bed’


‘Close To Me’

‘Why Can’t I Be You?’

‘Boys Don’t Cry’

The Cure will continue their extensive US tour throughout the month, concluding with a performance at New York‘s Radio City Music Hall on June 21.

–By our Los Angeles staff.

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