Film Review: The Cure - Eurockeennes de Belfort 2012
Eurockeennes de Belfort 2012
When I was still a little guy in the 1980’s, I remember hanging out with my best childhood friend and how his older sister would always be sitting us down and playing records of the band’s she was listening to at the time: Depeche Mode, U2, The Smiths, Joy Division, and The Cure.
Years later when I was getting into alternative music, The Cure re-entered my realm in 1994 through the movie The Crow with their song “Burn,” and I was quick to add that soundtrack to my growing collection of music along with their 2003 live album Show.
Their melding of different styles pulls the listener into songs that are layered with deep lyrics and memorable pop sensibilities, which are just some of the reasons that catapulted them to such a storied career leading to an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019.
Now, thanks to Amazon Prime, we get a slight peak inside what makes the Cure so great as they give us a look at their 2012 performance from Les Eurockeennes de Belfort festival in France – one of the country’s largest!
The band doesn’t take too much time between songs to jib jab with the crowd, only sticking to a quick merci (thank you in French) here and there. The usage of several strobe lights and different lighting elements gives this show an overall vibe, but the songs are the true focal point and clearly speak for themselves.
From chart-success hits such as “Love Song,” “Just Like Heaven,” and “Mint Car,” to deeper cuts such as “From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea” and “Bananafishbones,” The Cure leave it all out of stage; giving the crowd songs they want to hear, while intermingling with songs the band wants to play. The close-up shots of Robert Smith brilliantly showcase his true passion and emotions for each song.
The Cure always put on a great show and this one was certainly no exception. However, please do note that what you get on Amazon Prime is not the full set as it excludes songs such as “Pictures of You” and “High,” but it does give us a very solid taste to wet our whistle and make us want to see more.
FULL SET LIST (as aired)
1. The End of The World
2. Love Song
3. Just Like Heaven
4. From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea
5. A Forest
7. The Walk
8. Doing the Unstuck
11. Wrong Number