The Cure In Orange: Anniversary

Started by dsanchez, August 09, 2005, 18:19:52

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Just few days for the anniversary of the greatest Cure concert ever

19 years ago the best band of the world gave one of their best concerts ever. Filmed by Tim Pope, the concert in the french city Orange (close to Avignon) was one of the mast enigmatic and loved by Cure fans throught the years.

The venue could not be even more perfect. The unbelievable nice  "Theatre Antique D'Orange" was the perfect place for the perfect band. And as never, Robert Smith shows a short hair since years. In words of him, he wanted to show that "the music is most important than how you looks like".

The setlist couldn't better, and the hightlights could be the unbelievable nice versions of PUSH and A NIGHT LIKE THIS.


The Cure play a string of festivals in Spain and France. The last, on August 9, at the Roman Amphitheatre in Provence, is filmed in it's entirety by Tim Pope, the first rock concert at the venue since Dire Straits two years previous.

"We wanted to film it ... because every concert we do now reaches a point that has seemed unattainable in the past and I wanted it captured for ever, before we move on or give up. I don't think it's a risk working with Pap because he isn't really a director. We could have got in some proper director to make a film of any old concert but he wouldn't know what the band was about and I want this to be a Cure film about The Cure." ...

Tim Pope: "This one's absolute psychedelic madness." To heighten the obvious comparsions with Pink Floyd's Live At Pompeii, the band play 'Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun' at soundcheck. And, reports Melody Maker, they play it perfectly.

"The risks, of course, are many. Because of the limited budget, all the live filming had to be done on Saturday, at the concert, with close-ups following during Sunday's mock up. Rain on one or both days would have scuppered the whole thing - ?150,000 literally down the rain because they couldn't comprehend their cheapest insurance quote: ?50,000. I didn't rain until Monday."


09.08.1986 Orange - Theatre Antique D'Orange

shake dog shake, piggy in the mirror, play for today, a strange day, primary, kyoto song, charlotte sometimes, inbetween days, the walk, a night like this, push, one hundred years, a forest, sinking,
E1: close to me, let's go to bed, six different ways,
E2: three imaginary boys, boys don't cry,
E3: faith, give me it, 10.15 saturday night, killing an arab


THE BAND (probably the best Cure line-up)

Robert Smith, Simon Gallup, Porl Thompson, Boris Williams, and Laurence Tolhurst

2022.10.06 Riga
2022.10.08 Helsinki
2022.10.10 Stockholm
2022.10.12 Oslo
2022.10.14 Copenhagen


what to say? amazing show, amazing band, amazing line-up, amazing place... divinal moment. 19 years ago... I was 1 year-old.


i prefer trilogy and show. i don't really like the cure live between '85 & '87.

but when the video came out i was very fascinated...


When I could return back the time I wish I was in this place. Then I could die, happily. What an unbelievable concert!!!!!!

Quote from: smithawhat to say? amazing show, amazing band, amazing line-up, amazing place... divinal moment. 19 years ago... I was 1 year-old.
2022.10.06 Riga
2022.10.08 Helsinki
2022.10.10 Stockholm
2022.10.12 Oslo
2022.10.14 Copenhagen


I remember here in peru a private tv station channel 27  aired the whole video concert in 1987, i have memories of this videojockey showing the video tape and playing the whole show hours after hours! days after days!!  wow!!

but after all i consider ENTREAT is the best live recording released by the cure and it deserves a video release!!


I remember that time and the feelings so well... I was 15 and The Cure was something dark, strange, unknown and even forbidden amongst my school-mates, hahaha! This thread just made me remember the flyer we created back in may 1988 when we showed "The Cure In Orange' for the first time in our local lighthouse.. It was also the first time I saw that movie myself and I remember when I saw Simon lifting Robert's "hair", or the thing with the cable of the mic on 'Close To Me'.. GREAT! By the way, I made I scan of this flyer for you:

Can anyone imagine doing things like this WITHOUT a computer??
And the entrance cost was DM 6 !!! This is less than ? 3 nowadays, unimaginable...

All in all feelings and memories I will never forget!!

... see you next year ...


I never fully appreciated this concert until recently. I had always favored Show and the stuff from around that era, but I now find "Orange" to be incredible. As others have said, it was the perfect sound, perfect place, perfect lineup... everything!

They had such an awesome sound back then. But the way Robert's guitar sounds... Just listen to the part in the middle of A Strange Day where he plays by himself. You can just hear the smooth sound fill the stadium. It's breathtaking. His guitar doesn't sound like that at all anymore... :cry:

So much more I could say, but you all know how it is...

I'm going to watch this show later tonight to celebrate the anniversary! :P


Everything was perfect at this concert. Even Robert's entry on a stage...  :wink:

(Imagine that they play there only songs from Pornography...).

Tristan Berlin

Quote from: lorretineAh....
Everything was perfect at this concert. Even Robert's entry on a stage...  :wink:

(Imagine that they play there only songs from Pornography...).

I don't want to imagine that because then they had played only 8 songs  :wink:


The "In Orange" show brings to me good memories. I saw it for the first time in 1990. In fact, at that time virtually all my schoolmates loved The Cure. So. me and some friends  made a little reunion to watch the "In Orange" show of  and we were astonished by the strenght of the performances. Even someone stood up and played his air-guitar during "Push". This makes this show extra special to me  :)
i'm running out of time i'm out of step and
closing down


In 86 i was 12 years old, when they played in Orange i was in the south of France, not so far from the amphiteatre...i just discovered the cure, but...with my best old friend, an old cure fan too, years after we spend night looking to the record, drinking, dancing, smooking, falling down...a real dream...a sunny warm movement. Cheers


I've always loved this concert... in my opinion it beats the pants off of Show (in both sound and setlist... although Show's version of "A Forest" is marvelous).  Trilogy is obviously the best live release... besides the point!  The Cure "In Orange" is just an incredible Cure performance at an incredible venue.
"... sleeping less every night"


i would rather celebrate the 16th anniversary of leipzig 1990.  :-D


I remember when it came out in the movie theatres in 1987 I saw it a few times and could't wait for it to come out on vhs, I think it came out on vhs in 1988, I played it many times when I first recieved it, I cant believe it is allready 20 Years old, Faith is incredible also a night like this, When a venue   :D  :D  :D


I saw this concert in cinema and it was sold out. This concert is still one of my favourites from the band and the version of Play For Today is one of the best versions I?ve ever heard.