CONCERT REVIEW : The Cure – OVO Hydro Glasgow – 4th December 2022

The Cure – OVO Hydro Glasgow – 4th December 2022

The buzz around the OVO Hydro was electric tonight as the queues snaked around the front of the venue with fans arriving early to see Robert Smith and the boys at the venue. This will be The Cure’s first indoor show in years in the city. The band recently played a large open-air event at the cities Bellahouston park in 2019 and Robert keeping to his word have returned to the city tonight.

The show opened with The Twilight Sad from Glasgow that have been on the road with the whole of the tour. The band fronted James Graham, an extraordinary lead singer with excellent stage presence that captures your attention from his first step on to the stage. The band went into their old songs from the off with the excellent Kill It In The Morning followed by Let/s Get Lost. They had the hometown audience that had arrived early enjoying every second of the performance.

The bands fans in the audience enjoyed came to life in full voice during the brilliant That Summer, at Home I Had Become The Invisible Boy. The band were on top form tonight, as the band played an excellent version of Frightened Rabbit track Keep Yourself Warm as the crowd raised their voices singing a long as Grant Hutchinson played the thumping drums that you could feel through your body. It is always so good to hear this song and no better than in the OVO Hydro in Glasgow. The band ended their set with 10 Good Reasons for Modern Drugs. This was an impressive performance from the band for their hometown show. The Glasgow audience gave the band a rapturous applause as they left the stage.

Next up it was time to welcome Robert Smith and The Cure to the stage as the into music was getting played each member of the band made their way to their position on the stage and then started Alone then the emergence of Robert Smith from the rear as he walked to the centre of the stage taking in the Glasgow audience before walking to the left and then right nodding to the fans at the front and as far as his eyes can see. You could see the emotion building up in him before he walked back to his mic at the centre of the stage and began singing as the Glasgow crowd went wild hearing his amazing vocals that rang around the venue.

The noise level in the venue turned up a notch with Pictures of you and great hearing A Strange Day from the epic Pornography album. You could see Robert Smith was having the time of his life as the band played fan favourite Love Song before introducing new material to the audience A Fragile Thing that fitted like a glove between the old songs.

Tonight, was shaping up to be one of those nights that will last for ever in your memories. Robert’s vocals where simply perfect and the Stage presence of Gallup and Reeves Gabrels captured the audience’s imagination as the moved around the stage. The set ended with From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea and Endsong, as the band took a much-needed break.

The band returned for a four-song encore featuring I can Never Say Goodbye before they gave the fans a treble of classics from Faith, then on to One Hundred Years and the epic A Forest, they hit hard, and you would never expect this combination of songs together to close the show. As the band left the stage again you didn’t know if this was the end or not. Some folks around you could see heading for the exit but that changed as the stage lights came on and the images of the band appeared on the large LED screens. They were all back on stage and this was going to be magical as you could feel the energy around the venue.

They opened the second encore with the classic Lullaby with Web’s and Spiders appearing on the large LED screens behind the band the venue was dancing and singing along to the classic song, this carried on as the band continued with The Walk, Friday I’m In Love and Close to Me. This was the hits section of the set as the party in Glasgow continued with In Between Days, Just Like Heaven and ended the show in the only way possible with the classic Boys Don’t Cry, This was just an amazing set of 28 songs that captured all aspects of the bands music with new songs fitting in well along with album tracks and the hits. As the band left the stage Robert Smith stayed on walking from the ones side of the stage to the others taking in every second of the rapturous ovation the Glasgow audience were giving the band and him. This was that special moment when we were honoured to see Robert not taking things for granted and thanking the fans for tonight and their support. This was the moment when boys do cry through all the emotion from an epic evening of music from The Cure.

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