Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The Cure

For those of you that know my musical taste, you might think that The Cure would be a somewhat odd band for me to see live in concert. For those of you that don't know, my limited concert going experiences include headliners such as Metallica, Korn, Staind and Tool. Actually that encompasses the entirety of the list of concerts that I have attended. However, The Cure happens to be one of the lovely Ms. Florance's favorite bands, so I was more than happy to oblige by picking up tickets to the event.

I only know a handful of The Cure's songs, so I didn't really know what to expect during the course of an entire concert. Additionally, I had never heard any of their music performed live (in person, or on CD) but, I have absolute faith in Megan's choice of music because she has yet to lead me down a path I have not enjoyed. I wasn't worried. Since Megan considered seeing The Cure perform to be one of her "life goals", I was extremely not worried.

I can safely say that Megan and I were the best dressed couple in the entire place. Megan donned a very sleek and sexy, little black dress and I was clad entirely in black as well (black shirt, slacks and shoes) - we were quite "vampiric" in appearance... and we looked damned good. Well, I looked acceptable, but Megan was a knockout - as usual. And the weather was absolutely perfect - warm enough that Megan wasn't freezing in her dress, but cool enough that I wasn't sweating in my attire. It could not have been more perfect.

The set was simple, the lighting was non-distracting, the mixing was done tastefully, which was not too overpoweringly loud (even with understandable vocals!) but strong enough that the audience still feels the drum and bass lines. The focus was entirely on the band and the music. The crowd was loud and responsive and stayed standing for the entire event. Although we paid for seating in the amphitheater, we never touched a seat during the entire concert. I must admit, The Cure rocked as hard as any of the bands I have seen perform.

I enjoyed the entire concert, start to finish, but to make my evening complete, Megan just happened to have made this statement: "It was one of the best nights of my entire life." I could have been run over by a truck after hearing that and the night still would have been considered successful. I am just glad to have been part of it.


kilax said...

I am not sure if I have heard any of their music. What are some of their songs?

I'm happy you had fun! Concerts can be fun... or a pain in the ass ;)

Andrew Skaff said...

Oh, come on. I know that you are just a child... but you're not that young. The Cure. They introduced the entire "goth" era. They were probably at their most popular state in the late 80s to early/mid 90s. Their most known songs are probably "Love Song", "Friday I'm in Love" and "Fascination Street".

They have samples on amazon.com. I'm sure you'll recognize their sound.


kilax said...

Since I was between the ages of 4-8 in the era you described, I am pretty sure I was still listening to Sesame Street... and the occasional ZZ Top, Van Halen, and George Thorogood. The GOOD bands ;)

I'll check it out though :)

Miss Jodi said...

Once again, you are bringing up memories for me! About 6 weeks after we started dating, Jeff was able to get tickets to The Indigo Girls. He wasn't really a huge fan, but he knew I loved them.

It was one of the best nights of my life, too.

Andrew Skaff said...

kilax - Yes, yes, you are extremely young and probably can't even legally vote or drink... Did you recognize any of those songs? What did you think of them? I'm sure that I can get you full versions of most of their library if you so desire.

jodi - What did Jeff think of the Indigo Girls concert? Having similar taste in music with your significant other is a very nice thing - no one suffers... It's quite nice, isn't it?

kilax said...

They sounded vaguely familiar... ;) And sort-of okay. Definitely better than Avril. HA!

Andrew Skaff said...

Knowing your extreme dislike for Avril... your review of The Cure isn't especially glowing.