LIVE: The Cure

The Cure headlined Sleep Train Amphitheatre on May 20 -- and it was "Just Like Heaven."

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Friday, we're in love: The Cure headlined Sleep Train Amphitheatre on Friday, May 20, 2016.
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It was the UK goth/rock band’s first show back in San Diego since they played Cox Arena in 2008.
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Suffice to say, their return was a must-see event for local fans – and they didn’t disappoint with a career-spanning, 34-song setlist.
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They opened with, what else, “Open,” followed by “High,” “Pictures of You,” “Closedown,” “This Twilight Garden”…
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… “A Night Like This,” “All I Want,” “Push,” “Jupiter Crash,” “Last Dance,” “Lullaby,” “The End of the World,” “Lovesong,” “A Letter To Elise,” “Fascination Street”…
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… “The Hungry Ghost,” “From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea,” and “End.”
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Their first encore consisted of “It Can Never Be the Same.”
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Encore No. 2 featured “At Night,” “M,” “Play for Today,” and “A Forest.”
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The third (!!!) encore was comprised of “Step Into the Light,” “Us or Them,” “Burn,” and “Wrong Number.”
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The band’s fourth and final encore brought a few of the band’s most well-known hits: “The Walk,” “The Exploding Boy,” “In Between Days,” “Doing the Unstuck,” “Friday I’m in Love,” “Just Like Heaven” and “Boys Don’t Cry.”
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The Cure perform at Sleep Train Amphitheatre on Friday, May 20, 2016.
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The Cure formed back in 1976 in Crawley, West Sussex, England.
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The Cure perform at Sleep Train Amphitheatre on Friday, May 20, 2016.
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The band has gone through several lineup changes but the only constant member since its inception has been singer/songwriter/guitarist Robert Smith.
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The Cure perform at Sleep Train Amphitheatre on Friday, May 20, 2016.
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Their debut album, “Three Imaginary Boys,” put them smack in the middle of the burgeoning UK post-punk/new wave scene at the time.
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The Cure perform at Sleep Train Amphitheatre on Friday, May 20, 2016.
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They soon became known as the leading band in the “goth rock” genre.
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The Cure perform at Sleep Train Amphitheatre on Friday, May 20, 2016.
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However, after 1982’s “Pornography” album, Smith started incorporating a pop sensibility into the band’s music.
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The Cure perform at Sleep Train Amphitheatre on Friday, May 20, 2016.
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That change in direction resulted in some of the band’s biggest hits: “Let’s Go to Bed,” “Just Like Heaven,” “Lovesong,” and “Friday I’m in Love.”
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The Cure perform at Sleep Train Amphitheatre on Friday, May 20, 2016.
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The Cure are estimated to have sold more than 27 million albums (as of 2004) and have released 13 studio albums, 10 EPs and over 30 singles.
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The Cure perform at Sleep Train Amphitheatre on Friday, May 20, 2016.
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The band’s latest album, “4:13 Dream,” was released in 2008.
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The Cure perform at Sleep Train Amphitheatre on Friday, May 20, 2016.
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Current members aside from Smith include Simon Gallup (bass), Roger O’Donnell (pictured, keyboards), Jason Cooper (drums), and Reeve Gabrels (guitar).
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The Cure perform at Sleep Train Amphitheatre on Friday, May 20, 2016.
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The Cure perform at Sleep Train Amphitheatre on Friday, May 20, 2016.
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The Cure perform at Sleep Train Amphitheatre on Friday, May 20, 2016.
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The Cure perform at Sleep Train Amphitheatre on Friday, May 20, 2016.
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The Cure perform at Sleep Train Amphitheatre on Friday, May 20, 2016.
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The Cure perform at Sleep Train Amphitheatre on Friday, May 20, 2016.
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The Cure perform at Sleep Train Amphitheatre on Friday, May 20, 2016.
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The Cure perform at Sleep Train Amphitheatre on Friday, May 20, 2016.
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The Cure perform at Sleep Train Amphitheatre on Friday, May 20, 2016.
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The Cure perform at Sleep Train Amphitheatre on Friday, May 20, 2016.
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The Cure perform at Sleep Train Amphitheatre on Friday, May 20, 2016.
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The Cure perform at Sleep Train Amphitheatre on Friday, May 20, 2016.
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