The Cure, one of the most influential and beloved bands of the last few decades, is set to bring their unique blend of post-punk and new wave to Blossom Music Center on June 11. This iconic venue, nestled in the scenic Cuyahoga Valley National Park, is sure to provide the perfect backdrop for an evening of music that spans the band’s storied career.
Frontman Robert Smith, along with longtime bandmates Simon Gallup and Jason Cooper, will take the stage to deliver a setlist that will include classic hits like “Just Like Heaven,” “Friday I’m in Love,” and “Lovesong.” Fans can also expect to hear deep cuts and rare tracks from throughout the band’s extensive catalog, as The Cure is known for mixing up their setlists to keep things fresh.
Beginning with their second album, ‘Seventeen Seconds’ (1980), the band adopted a new, increasingly dark and tormented style, which, together with Smith’s stage look, had a strong influence on the emerging genre of gothic rock as well as the subculture that eventually formed around the genre.
After the release of the band’s fourth album, ‘Pornography’ (1982), Smith introduced a greater pop sensibility into the band’s music, and they subsequently garnered worldwide mainstream success. Their singles compilation ‘Standing on a Beach’ (1986) sold four million copies worldwide by 1989, and they reached their commercial peak with the albums ‘Disintegration ‘(1989) and ‘Wish’ (1992). The Cure has released 13 studio albums, two EPs, over 30 singles, and has sold over 30 million albums worldwide. The Cure was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019.
But beyond just the music, a Cure concert is a full sensory experience. The band’s signature sound, characterized by Smith’s haunting vocals and lush guitar textures, is often accompanied by stunning visual displays that enhance the mood and atmosphere of each song.