On June 27, English rock band The Cure spent their last night in Bayfront Park Amphitheater with The Twilight Sad as their opener. It was their second consecutive night performing in Miami.
The concert was one of the last stops of the band’s North American tour before they traveled to New Zealand. Their July 26 and July 27 performances in Honolulu, Hawaii was their final stop. The band originally planned to play on June 26, but because tickets sold out the moment they went on sale, a second concert date was added.
People of all ages filled the amphitheater. There were parents accompanied by their children, groups of young adults and fans who have followed the group since they first rose to fame. Throughout the duration of the concert, the entire audience did not stand still. A few people simply swayed to the music while others danced unabashedly.
Audiences were able to see frontman Robert Smith’s signature wild black hair from all around the amphitheater.
The band performed in front of a large screen that displayed various images that differed from song to song. There were images of an ocean, childish drawings similar to the artwork from their 2004 self-titled album The Cure, a rose, a spiderweb and silhouette images of the band. Each song was also accompanied by synchronized lights that went along with the rhythm and tempo.
The band played a variety of their songs, including popular melodies such as “Just Like Heaven,” “Lullaby,” “Lovesong,” “Close to Me” and “Boys Don’t Cry.”
Unlike most musicians, Smith’s age has not caught up with his voice. He sounded exactly the same as he did when the band was first starting out.
Smith rarely stopped to speak, instead playing songs one right after the other. The few moments that he did speak, his words were drowned out by the loud screams from the audience. Only the two times he cursed were heard.
The band walked off the stage three times before coming back to perform more, giving the audience a total of three encores.The concert ended at 11 p.m.
The band first formed in 1976 in Crawley, England, though originally called The Easy Cure. It consisted of Smith as vocals and guitar, Michael Dempsey on bass and Laurence Tolhurst on drums. They were soon discovered by an A&R representative at Polydor Records, Chris Parry. By that time, they already changed their name to The Cure.
In 1993, The Cure was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Performance due to their album Wish. Their album Bloodflowers got them nominated again for the same category in 2001.
The Cure are mostly identified with the goth rock genre, though the group has shown to reject that classification. They are better described as being a post-punk, new wave,’80s pop rock band.
The group will continue touring until Nov. 15 when they perform at Paris.