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The Cure’s ‘Shows of a Lost World Tour’ opening night setlist in New Orleans

‘Shows of a Lost World Tour’ is The Cure’s first U.S. tour since 2016.

‘Shows of a Lost World Tour’ is The Cure’s first U.S. tour since 2016.
Gary Mather

The Cure has just embarked on their ‘Shows of a Lost World Tour’ at New Orleans’ Smoothie King Center, their first stop on the 30-date tour, which also marks their first tour in the U.S. since 2016.

The tour, though met with excitement from fans, also highlighted Ticketmaster’s controversial ticket fees and the problem of scalpers reselling tickets at marked-up prices to die-hard fans.

And despite the band’s efforts to keep prices low, even going so far as to have fans refunded a portion of their ticket fees, and reporting thousands of scalped tickets canceled, the band is still fighting against lawmakers who aim to make fan-to-fan ticket reselling a lot harder.

The Cure’s dedication to fairly priced tickets

Reeves Gabrels, who’s played with The Cure live since 2012, recently spoke with Ultimate Classic Rock and Culture about the upcoming tour and the band’s stance on scalpers.

“So for as long as I have been in the band, it has been an issue about how tickets were handled in terms of just scalping and what people were willing to pay to see us ... and we’ve been fighting for years to make the ticket prices as low as possible,” Gabrels said.

“Since 2012, the band has always tried to have tickets that were under $50. So we’ve been taking that approach for a long time, and we’ve kind of stuck to our guns.

“And what’s nice about that is it’s all about the fans. There’s no bigger Cure fan in the world other than Robert [Smith]. He thinks about it like a fan,” Gabrels said about The Cure frontman, Robert Smith, who has kept fans updated on the ticket situation since March.

A mix of classic and new Cure songs for opening night

The setlist for the New Orleans show opened with ‘Alone’, an as-of-yet unreleased track set to appear on their upcoming ‘Songs of a Lost World’ album, which has quickly become a fan favorite.

From there the band played a number of hits including ‘Friday’, ‘Lovesong’, and ‘Fascination Street’, an homage to New Orleans’s Bourbon Street.

Other unreleased tracks played by the band included ‘And Nothing Is Forever’, and ‘I Can Never Say Goodbye’.

‘Shows of a Lost World’ opening night setlist:

1. ‘Alone’

2. ‘Pictures of You’

3. ‘A Night Like This’

4. ‘Lovesong’

5. ‘And Nothing Is Forever’

6. ‘The Last Day of Summer’

7. ‘A Fragile Thing’

8. ‘Cold’

9. ‘Burn’

10. ‘Fascination Street’

11. ‘Push’

12. ‘Play for Today

13. ‘Shake Dog Shake’

14. ‘From The Edge Of The Deep Green Sea’

15. ‘Endsong’

First Encore:

16. ‘I Can Never Say Goodbye’

17. ‘Want’

18. ‘A Thousand Hours’

19. ‘At Night’

20. ‘A Forest’

Second Encore:

21. ‘Lullaby’

22. ‘Six Different Ways’

23. ‘The Walk’

24. ‘Friday I’m In Love’

25. ‘Doing the Unstuck’

26. ‘Close to Me’

27. ‘In Between Days’

28. ‘Just Like Heaven’

29. ‘Boys Don’t Cry’