Friday, August 10, 2007
The Cure Sydney Entertainment Centre Aug 9 '07
Im not a professional reviewer, in fact I probally suck as a reviewer - but here it is, GREAT SHOW!!!!!
Where to start? It was my first time at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, and I must say, its not a venue for music, is it? Acoustically its...terrible! Its well run and clean, the center staff know what they are doing. Its just a pity that they are a bit of a buzz kill while doing it. Id have liked to get up and dance a bit, more than I could manage in my seat. And I wish Id brought my camera! Although the tickets and many signs at the venue say 'no recording devices' I saw hundreds of them. It perplexes me that that sort of thing wasnt enforced, while major efforts were made to keep everyone tight to thier seat. (I got these shots with my camera phone.)
But I still had a fantastic time! The Cure have some unreal sound equipment - the last time every fibre of my being vibrated like that, the military was involved. Amazing! Loud to the very edge of pain - that didnt matter either! Too swept away by the passion for thier music coming from them! Even with all that great equipment, it amazes me how four individuals communicate intimately with a huge crowd...amazes me!
Who did the lighting? Ive never seen colours so clean - razor sharp pure colours, deployed very artfully. Being a colour lover - I seriously dug the lights as well as the music. They also used alot of light out over and onto the crowd, which really left me feeling like I was a part of the show. Nice bonus!
Numbers spanned thier career, and I admitt, its the old old stuff that excites me most. I guess thats to be expected after 28 years of grooving to Three Imaginary Boys. It was great to see people young enough to be there with a parent - and BOTH of them enjoying the gig! Makes me reflect on how much has changed since the first time I dyed my hair purple and learned to play the bass - amplified by the fact that I cant play the bass anymore....I guess I finally understand the value of 'nostalgia'.
Id hoped to hear 10:15 Saturday Night, and The Most DH was hoping for Killing an Arab. And in the final encore - we got our wish. I swear its like they knew what Id come for! And they played for over three hours - how cool is that?!