The Cure circa 2013

We’ve been marveling at the length of The Cure’s sets on the band’s just-completed Latin American tour, but last night’s concert in Mexico City took the (birthday) cake: Celebrating his 54th birthday, Robert Smith led the band through a 50-song set that lasted 4 hours and 16 minutes — all after a 5.9-magnitude earthquake rattled the Foro Sol stadium.

According to Chain of Flowers, the band played a 25-song main set, then came back for four encores totaling another 25 songs — including variations of the Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me-, Disintegration- and Pornography-themed encores the band has been rotating in and out of its shows, and a 12-song final encore that included a pair of extremely rare Smith solo performances (“Three Imaginary Boys,” “Fire in Cairo”).

Marvel at the epic setlist below — and check out a few video clips from the show.


Setlist: The Cure, Foro Sol, Mexico City, Mexico, 4/21/13

1. “Open”
2. “High”
3. “The End of the World”
4. “Lovesong”
5. “Push”
6. “In Between Days”
7. “Just Like Heaven”
8. “From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea”
9. “Prayers for Rain”
10. “Pictures of You”
11. “Lullaby”
12. “Sleep When I’m Dead”
13. “Play for Today”
14. “A Forest”
15. “Bananafishbones”
16. “The Walk”
17. “Mint Car”
18. “Friday I’m in Love”
19. “Doing the Unstuck”
20. “Trust”
21. “Want”
22. “The Hungry Ghost”
23. “Wrong Number”
24. “One Hundred Years”
25. “End”

26. “The Kiss”
27. “If Only Tonight We Could Sleep”
28. “Fight”

Encore 2:
29. “Plainsong”
30. “The Same Deep Water as You”
31. “Disintegration”

Encore 3:
32. “Shake Dog Shake”
33. “Cold”
34. “A Strange Day”
35. “The Hanging Garden”
36. “Fascination Street”
37. “Charlotte Sometimes”
38. “Primary”

Encore 4:
39. “Dressing Up”
40. “The Lovecats”
41. “The Caterpillar”
42. “Close to Me”
43. “Hot Hot Hot!!!”
44. “Let’s Go to Bed”
45. “Why Can’t I Be You?”
46. “Three Imaginary Boys” (Robert Smith solo)
47. “Fire in Cairo” (Robert Smith solo)
48. “Boys Don’t Cry”
49. “10:15 Saturday Night”
50. “Killing an Arab”


The Cure, “A Forest,” Mexico City, 4/21/13


The Cure, “Trust,” Mexico City, 4/21/13


The Cure, “Cold,” Mexico City, 4/21/13


The Cure, “Three Imaginary Boys,” “Fire in Cairo,” “Boys Don’t Cry,” Mexico City, 4/21/13


The Cure, “10.15 Saturday Night,” “Killing an Arab,” Mexico City, 4/21/13






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