Saturday, July 30, 2016


THE CURE | SYDNEY  | 2016  

Robert Smith | Vocals and Guitar  

Tonight  was  always going to be, one of those memorable nights, where it went way beyond, just getting the photograph a performance.  I was attending with a close friend, who we've been to many shows and long term fans of the band.  We also got to experience, some of the unexpected moments, for example where a couple, offered to share there table in the eatery and then we shared stories as fans of the band, as well as music in general. Its moments like this, that are special and something that you can never plan, but need to embrace.  

Photographing:  It was a joy to photograph the first three songs of performance, partly because I am along term fan and partly because the venue security, other photographers and production crew, interacted in a professional manner.  Creatively, you always have to make the most, of the amount of time, shooting vantage point (That is, the 'pit' area, between the audience barrier and stage) and awareness of where the band members are, something you can connect with at show and/or researching clips from current tour.  

The Band  
Robert Smith | Vocals and Guitar 

Simon Gallup | Bass 

Roger O' Donnell | Keyboards and Tambourine 
Jason Cooper | Drums and Percussion 

Reeves Gabrels | Guitar 

The Show 

Sound and lighting each song had its own unique combination, of lighting design, live camera projection, film and/or backdrop. In many ways, from the way I experienced it, was production design, was more an extension of each song and less about a show, with a set narrative running through it.  

Audience was an eclectic group of people, spanning age groups, lifestyles, cultures and relationships. I expected nothing else, from a The Cure show and where it only adds to the experience, of being at a live show.  

Unexpected moment[s] It was during Love Song, that a member of the audience, moved next to where I was standing and was wearing a wedding dress.  Which immediately reminded me, of the song Just Like heaven video clip The next song started and it was that very song!.  I was during the piano solo, that I turned and saw them dancing, swirling around and the swoosh of the dress, to the rhythm of the music. A few songs later, they had disappeared and so one of the more surreal moments that night.  

Set list

Plainsong | Pictures of You | Closedown
A Night Like This
All I Want
In Between Days
Like Cockatoos
The End of the World
Just Like Heaven
From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea
The Hungry Ghost
One Hundred Years

Encore 1:
It Can Never Be the Same
A Forest

Encore 2:
Shake Dog Shake
Fascination Street
Never Enough
Wrong Number

Encore 3:
Hot Hot Hot!!!
Let's Go to Bed
Sleep When I'm Dead
Friday I'm in Love

Encore 4:
The Lovecats
The Caterpillar
The Walk
Close to Me
Why Can't I Be You?

Boys Don't Cry

 Thanks to and all those that contribute to creating such lists.  

Robert Smith and Simon Gallup 

Post Script

It's a testament to a band, where they can play 36 songs, all of which I knew and where there were still songs, I'd loved to have heard. However, having seen a band many times, have heard most songs before.  


Date 25th July 2016

Location:  Qudos Arena, Olympic Park, Australia

Tour Promoter | Live Nation  all the people I interacted with, could not have been, more helpful, friendly and fun.  Special thanks to 'Primary International International'. 

Equipment:  Camera Canon 5D and Lens 70-200mm f2.8 IS 


TBC | PART 2 : The Band   


  1. Exceptional photos and blog, of a great band, THE CURE !! Well done David!

    1. Thanks very much, I really appreciate it : )

  2. I looked for you but didn't see you. Glad you enjoyed it. When RS announced the last song I thought I was going to cry. Love the photos! Kerry xxx

    1. Thanks for looking, only I was floating around the GA, for most of show and perhaps hard to see? Thanks very much about photos! And it indeed felt, quite emotional at the end, but what a show! : )