They're only promised 2 1/2 hours, so it's going to be a shorter set. I'm sure the pop stuff will remain and the edgier stuff will get tossed out. Hopefully, they'll surprise me. They do play Faith quite a bit in Washington ('96, '97, '04) and ending with the Faith, A Forest encore like they did at The Gorge during The Swing Tour would be a fantastic finish to close out the night.
It seems not much being said about this show..
Sounds like the crowd wasn't much into it and Robert's voice was still faltering.
How would you rate it compared to the other shows?
For me, the expectations weren't that high being that it was a festival and not a Cure show. It certainly wasn't a Cure crowd. Just look at some footage (if there is any on youtube) of Michael Frenti and Spearhead, who were on just a few hours before The Cure. Thank goodness Death Cab bridged the gap and got people in the right mind set for what was about to come.
Opening with Underneath The Stars was great. That one was just a perfect opener in that venue on that night. Some of you guys have been to The Gorge and know that it isn't just some ordinary amphitheatre. With the dark skies and stars overhead, it couldn't have been sweeter. As expected, lots of singles followed. Since we knew about the shorter time frame to work worth I was a bit surprised to still get so many songs in the mainset. They easily could have left out Elise, Shake Dog, and one or two others. Glad they didn't, though. And I almost thought Deep Green Sea had been removed, but it was just played late in the set.
As for the crowd, after every group of hits, more people would leave. It had been a long day for most, the beer stopped flowing by the time The Cure hit the stage, and again, this wasn't a Cure crowd. There were small sections in the pit that really seemed to be enjoying the show. Not sure about anything behind me. I looking straight ahead all night.
The performance was nice. Obviously, Robert was still having vocal troubles. He did sound worse than in Morrison and WVC. At the beginning he sounded pretty good. His voice just began to deteriorate as the show progressed. Musically, they were great and really seemed to be enjoying themselves. At one point Robert even joked about bringing a whole table of beers out for so that his crew wouldn't have to keep bringing them out. Ah, RS in festival mode
When they came out and started E1 with A Forest i was sure they'd follow it up with Faith. A nice dreamy version to tuck away the campers into their sleeping bags. But no, they just left, so that was disappointing. E2 was pretty standard other than the keyboardist from The Dandy Warhols was dancing and playing tambourine on stage during BDC. Ha, take that Roger! You've been replaced
No E3, but then a pretty jam packed festival set.
For the casual concertgoer or even the average fan that doesn't go to multiple shows, I'd say it was a pretty decent gig (as long as you get past Robert's voice). Like I said, I wasn't expecting much and did enjoy hearing the new stuff, Elise, and Porl. Glad I went, but even more glad I went to more shows.