The Cure For What Ails Thee (+ Photos)

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The Cure For What Ails Thee (+ Photos)

Decades into their career, it’s safe to say that fans of The Cure span multiple generations. More than 30 years in, the band’s sold-out show at Maryland’s iconic Merriweather Post Pavilion created enthusiasm and excitement for an assembly of almost 20,000 people, proving the enduring relevance of their art.

Fair warning: I’m a multi-decade fan who had previously never had the opportunity to see the band perform; it was a bucket-list experience. As they performed song after song of personal favorites, I sat on the edge of my seat, attempting to anticipate their next move. No matter their selections, each song created an increasingly enhanced state of euphoria.

Robert Smith, Simon Gallup, Roger O’Donnell, Jason Cooper, and Reeves Gabriel — the current iteration of The Cure — brought down the house, taking listeners back through the soundtrack of their lives and times, revisiting specific memories accompanied by once fresh tracks. Think: “Pictures of You,” “The Walk,” “Lovesong,” “In Between Days,” “Just Like Heaven,” “A Forest,” “Burn,” “Hot Hot Hot!!!,” “Let’s Go to Bed,” “Close to Me,” “Boys Don’t Cry.”  These recognizable tunes comprised a fraction of the iconic music they delivered to an amped-up fanbase of multiple generations. Seasoned performers, their lights and backdrops were complemented with appropriate visuals, like, giant spiders during “Lullaby,” or, those that appropriately summoned up a dark, forested Blair Witch Project-vibe during “A Forest.”

They played for over three hours — and had FOUR encores!  With stamina to spare, The Cure performed with skill and energy, delivering the passion and emotion that have made them an enduring, beloved, and idiosyncratic presence in the history of rock music. Throughout the evening, Robert Smith, The Cure’s original and indispensable band member, showed his affinity for the fans that have supported the band for over three decades, never seeming disinterested or anything less than an artist who retains the unique capabilities required to please his audience.

For this long-time fan, it had been years in the making — decades, actually — but ultimately, it was more than worth the wait.

 

All Photos | Katherine Gaines
Merriweather Post Pavilion, June 26, 2016, Columbia, MD

 

 

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Merriweather Post Pavilion, June 26, 2016, Columbia, MD

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