May 15, 2016
American Airlines Arena
Miami, FL USA
Review by Mike DiQuinzio
Photos by Brian Ullrich
Just Like Heaven
I was never a big Cure fan in high school. I was - and still am - a total metalhead that never really understood the goth kids. As I got older, though, I came to really appreciate the Cure's music and their lasting effect on the lives of their fans, many of whom packed the American Airlines Center in Dallas to see their heroes perform.
I consider myself to be a casual Cure fan at best, and looking around the arena it became abundantly clear that I was in the minority. The multi-generational crowd provided one of the best people-watching experiences in recent memory as hundreds of Robert Smith look-alikes passed from every direction, each one with meticulously blown out hair and perfect makeup. If the show inside turned out to be as good as the one outside, it would be a great night.
The Cure took the stage with "Plainsong," the first of many selections from their 1989 classic Disintegration, and they didn't stop until well over three hours and four encores later, hitting every album along the way. For a career spanning nearly 40 years, Robert Smith's voice has held up remarkably well. Radio classics like "Lovesong" and the timeless "Just Like Heaven" were perfectly recreated, with the crowd's singing nearly upstaging Smith's on the latter.
Although the movement onstage was minimal and the crowd interaction almost non-existent, the lights and video screens created an atmosphere to match every song. Every fan, casual or otherwise, was completely captivated and on their feet the entire time.
What made this show special for me was that while I was hearing many of these songs for the first time ("alt.end" is now on my to-buy list), everyone around me was having an emotional experience. Everywhere I looked, I saw people remembering where they were when they first heard these songs. I could see it in their faces, in their movements, and in their reactions to the beginning of each song. The Cure means a lot to a lot of people, and although I went in knowing the bare minimum, I will definitely be doing a lot of brushing up for next time.