I think the re-invention of songs in a live setting can be very rewarding if done well but The Cure's was ham-fisted - making their whole 30 year oeuvre sound like it came from their 2004 "rock" album.
What if Picasso was in the middle of one of his latter periods and decided to use that new style to go back and redo all of his earlier works? That was what the Cure were like last night.
The Cure's eponymous 2004 album was rocked up by nu-metal producer Ross Robinson and he has a lot to answer for as Robert Smith has gone back and applied a rock sheen to every single song in the back catalogue. There was no nuance at last night's concert. All of the originals' keyboard melodies were turned into gigantic guitar riffs that destroyed the song - where was the keyboardist anyway? It was foot-to-the-floor rock all the way through - except during the best bit of the show, The Three Imaginary Boys encore.
When an artist massacres their own song-book so thoroughly it's probably time to hang up the guitar.
I don't know a lot about how the Press Council works - if they in fact have any powers [I''m much more familiar with the BSA] Could it be worth laying a complaint with them?
Walter Stokman is at the launch of the channel tonight but not sure if he's doing any other speaking.
I was going to go for Do you Realise by the Flaming Lips
Do You Realize
That everyone you know
Someday will die
And instead of saying all of your goodbyes
Let them know
You realize that life goes fast
Nice song, a little cheesy, sure to bring a tear to the eye. But then everyone had that as their song and of course I'm a unique and individual snowflake so I've changed mine to Madonna's Hung Up so that everyone can have a little dance instead...
Don't cry for me
'cause I'll find my way
you'll wake up one day
but it'll be too late