Setlist: The Cure @ Pasadena Daydream at Brookside on 08.31.19

I’m actually going to do a more in-depth post on the Pasadena Daydream festival. But I need to get some footage, as well as my thoughts, sorted out before I can embark on that task. In the meantime, I’m going to kick out a few playlists from some of the standout performances of the day. For starters, let’s go right to the top with The Cure, celebrating their 40th anniversary, headlining the fest, as well as curating the day’s supporting acts.

Without getting into too many details, let’s just say that this was a near perfect Cure set, or as perfect as can be for an abbreviated festival set, keeping in mind that a shorter setlist still amounts to 2 hours and 20 minutes. The Cure are known to play for 3 or more hours, if its their own standalone show. For the sake of numbers, they played 7 from “Disintegration,” 4 from “Head on the Door,” 3 from “Wish,” and a smattering of hits, singles, and some long absent oldies.

Some of those include “Play for Today,” “Primary,” “The Caterpillar,” “The Walk,” “Why Can’t I Be You?,” “Just One Kiss,” Never Enough,” “39,” to name a handful. Plus, there’s all the usual suspects that never get old, “In Between Days, “Pictures of You,” “Just Like Heaven,” “Fascination Street,” “Boys Don’t Cry.”

It’s kind of crazy to think that The Cure have been around for 40 years. I remember a time when they were just this underground alternative goth rock act … or at least, that’s how they were pigeonholed. Now, everyone knows all the songs, even the obscure ones, often singing along. That’s quite a feat, with 27 songs on offering. And they probably could’ve played another 2 to 3 hours, and still not covered everything you’d want to hear. It’s downright inspiring, considering they’ve never compromised their music in all this time.

Here’s the setlist for The Cure’s Pasadena Daydream headline set on 08.31.19.

I’ll have some footage from The Cure’s performance, as well as a few other acts, in the days ahead.