The Cure kicked off their 2022 world tour in Latvia on October 6th, debuting two new songs and welcoming guitarist and keyboardist Perry Bamonte back to the band. Check out footage and the setlist below.
The icons, supported by now-regular touring partners and one of frontman Robert Smith’s favourite bands The Twilight Sad, began their long run of 2022 dates with a show at Arena Riga in Riga this evening – airing two new songs fans assume are from their long-awaited new album, ‘Songs Of A Lost World‘.
The band played for a very long time as they boasted a 25 song set – where they were also joined by Bamonte, returning to the band having been a member between 1990 and 2005 – The Cure started with the sprawling and bittersweet ‘Alone’; a tender track that saw Smith begin with the line: ‘This is the end of every song we sing‘.
At the end of the first set, which included classics and fan favourites such as ‘Pictures Of You’, ‘Trust’,
‘Fascination Street’ and ‘In Between Days’, The Cure debuted another new song ‘Endsong’ – a much more sombre number where Smith lamented how ‘it’s all gone‘ repeatedly, in a life with ‘no hopes, no dreams, no love – I don’t belong‘.
The band then returned for more more encores, delivering the likes of ‘Plainsong’, ‘Close To Me’, ‘Friday I’m In Love’ and ‘Boys Don’t Cry’. The crowd were very happy to have heard all of the songs in the length set and reviews on the shows that the band have been putting on have truly been positive and a treat to read.
As of right now, there’s no word on if the band are releasing a new album soon or if they will just be putting out singles for time to come. We will have to see what feels right for them.
Special thanks to NME.