Yes, poor Porl!
It was extremely hot in the arena by the time they got to the encores... a couple of 'standing' fans at the front, pressed right up by the barriers, had to be pulled out, and the security guys were handing out big cups of water to those right at the front.
Perhaps Porl got a bit overheated? I did notice that it looked like he'd taken a top layer of clothing off when he came back out again... Must be awfully hot dancing about for over 3 hours, in those big boots and heavy kilt!
Me and my hubby were probably some of the oldest ones there, but we had a great night, and the group rocked.
I thought it was especially touching at the end - the other three all went off stage, but Robert stayed there alone for quite a few minutes. Just smiling at the crowd and holding his hand to his heart. He walked over like that to every corner of the stage. I thought that was very 'heartfelt', actually, like he was saying thanks to us all for being there and supporting them.
Sure, maybe the set list was a bit lame in places, and sure, maybe they could have played this or that, instead of the other, but we really enjoyed it. There was a grey-haired lady in the next row to us, and she was really bopping and enjoying herself. Fun!
I know a lot of the pop hits don't sound so great the way they're played now in 2008, but the majority of the crowd really lapped it up. Let's face it - The Cure have got 30 years of music to cover, and they can't play every single thing they've ever done. I think they've tried to play something to please everyone. But here's always someone who'll complain, I guess.
There was a young couple sat behind me, actually, who were being very annoying. The guy was talking very loudly to his girlfriend all the way through the concert, so loud that I could hear every word right in my ear, and it was mostly all negative. All night... As far as he was concerned, everything was 'awful'.
As far as I was concerned, I'd paid good money to listen to my favourite band, and it had cost me a lot of money to travel all the way from Norway to do it, and I certainly hadn't paid to listen to his loud, negative, running commentary for three hours. Yeah, everyone is entitled to his/her opinion, but was that really necessary? It almost spoiled the show for me.
But what made the show for me, was that the band looked like they were having a good time themselves. Robert looked very relaxed, and was interacting with the audience a fair bit.
I've been a fan since 1978, and I feel very honoured to have been there last night... I'm back home in Norway now, and it all feels like a dream.