PHOTOS: The Cure Floods Vancouver With A Sea Of Emotions

On Friday, Vancouver fell in love with The Cure. Again.

Fans of all ages and stages of their goth-hood congregated at Rogers Arena, ready for a night of tears – both of joy and sadness (it is The Cure after all).

With a set list that felt handpicked by their biggest fans, The Cure played everything from their radio hits and most visceral ballads to deep cuts that haven’t seen the stage since this tour started, or even longer. The band gifted us with 2 hours and 45 minutes that truly did feel, Just Like Heaven.

It wasn’t just the lineup of post punk hymns that brought us all to tears at one point or another, but the delivery. The fact that the songs were performed flawlessly by the band, which included Reeves Gabrels (you might know him for his work with David Bowie) and Robert Smith’s loverlorn wails commanding our hearts. The performance truly brought back the same breathlessness felt upon the first time experiencing The Cure.

While the sublimity of the instrumentation was a major highlight, it was the palpable connection amongst the sold out crowd of fans, and the musicians, that truly made the night magical.

You could look in any direction, at any given moment, and feel as though you were next to a friend. Someone who understands you and your life, without even knowing you, because you have that one thing in common— a love of The Cure.

It was a truly unforgettable experience, whether it was your first time seeing the band or your 100th.

Photos by Paradox Visuals

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