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The Cure play insane 40 song Hammersmith show

Band play first of three nights for Christmas Hammersmith Apollo residency


The Cure Hammersmith Apollo shows begin with epic 40 song setlist Photo: WENN

The Cure dazzled fans by performing an epic 40 song, near-three hour set at London's Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith last night (Sunday 21 December, 2014). See the full setlist and footage below. 

Robert Smith and co kicked off the first of their three-night residency at the venue, in a gig where they promised "songs drawn from their entire 37-year-old catalogue, including deep cuts, pop songs, fan favourites and surprises galore."

That's certainly what they delivered. Alongside the alt-rock classics of 'Close To Me', 'Lullaby', Just Like Heaven', 'Pictures Of You', 'One Hundred Years', 'The Lovecats', 'A Forest' and 'Boys Don't Cry', the band also delighted their more hardcore fans with the live debut of 'A Man Inside My My Mouth', as well as playing 'Wailing Wall' and 'The Empty World' for the first time since 1984, and a smattering of many more fan favourites and rarities. 

As if that wasn't enough, they also played four encores. FOUR. 

The Cure played:

Shake Dog Shake
Kyoto Song (First time since 2008)
A Night Like This
Wailing Wall (First time since 1984)
The Caterpillar
The Walk
A Man Inside My Mouth (Live debut)
Close to Me
Birdmad Girl
Just Like Heaven
Pictures of You
Before Three
Like Cockatoos (First time since 2004)
From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea
The Hungry Ghost
One Hundred Years
Give Me It
The Empty World (First time since 1984)
Charlotte Sometimes
The Top
Encore 2:
Dressing Up
Piggy in the Mirror (First time since 1997)
Never Enough
Wrong Number
Encore 3:
Three Imaginary Boys
Play for Today
A Forest
Encore 4:
The Lovecats
Let's Go to Bed
Why Can't I Be You?
Boys Don't Cry
Hey You! (First time since 2004)

Watch The Cure play 'Close To Me' below

Watch The Cure play 'The Top' below

Watch The Cure play 'Charlotte Sometimes' below

Watch The Cure play 'Wailing Wall' below

The Cure play Hammersmith Eventim Apollo again tonight (Monday 22 December) and tomorrow. 

Below: Photos of The Cure, Graham Coxon and more live at Leeds Festival

Andrew Trendell

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