My husband Bryan and I were married 20 years ago this May in Denver. We’d only lived here a short time and had not met many people yet, so most of the guests flew in from Maryland (where we grew up) and Germany (where my family is from). Since everyone came from afar, we postponed our honeymoon for many months to enjoy their company.
What does this have to do with The Cure?
The band was playing a concert in June that year, 1996, at Fiddler’s Green. It was a great concert and the first time we had seen a show at the venue that would change names many times before settling back to its original moniker. At that very show, we met a guy named Jeff who quickly turned into our best friend for life.
Five years later, his now-wife Danielle entered the picture and then their son came along so my singleton would have a pseudo-brother. These are the guys we spend holidays with, go on vacation with, and everything else in between.
So when The Cure announced they were returning to Denver, in 2016, at Fiddler’s Green, almost to the day we met Jeff… we knew we were going. I was lucky enough to be approved to shoot (although this was the only other concert to fall victim to my data loss) and we made a super-duper adult date night out of it.
The band did four encores which sound excessive, but when you are The Cure, you can do any damn thing you want and be awesome doing it. Robert Smith warned us as he started the first one, “This part will be as long as that last bit.” (See the full setlist from Denver below photos.)
After many lineup changes, the band came back to bassist Simon Gallup, keyboardist Roger O’Donnell, drummer Jason Cooper and guitarist Reeves Gabriels. Gallup was all over the stage, almost to the point of stalking the crowd, while Cooper sat back behind a huge drum set and pounded out the beat. Robert Smith was… Robert Smith.
I was most amazed when I went back to my lawn seat and watched the show from that vantage point – because the lights and video techniques being used were stunning. It was truly beautiful from the first mournful note through the medley of hits we were gifted with all night.
Certainly, a great way to celebrate 20 years of music… and friendship.
The Cure – Denver Concert Photos
The Cure – Denver 2016 Setlist
Out of This World
Pictures of You
Just Like Heaven
The Last Day of Summer
A Strange Day
A Night Like This
In Between Days
The Hungry Ghost
It Can Never Be the Same
Shake Dog Shake
Play for Today
Hot Hot Hot!!!
Let’s Go to Bed
Close to Me
Why Can’t I Be You?
Boys Don’t Cry