The Cure to Play First Three Albums in One Show at Pantages Theater

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The Cure at Coachella 2009

Ever since the Cure performed their first three albums--Three Imaginary Boys (1979), Seventeen Seconds (1980) and Faith (1981)--in a 44-song, nearly four-hour concert last March at the Vivid Festival in Sydney, fans have been waiting for news of a world tour.

If you are a fan (as I am, and always have been), the announcement that the goth prototype is bringing the show (called "Reflections") to their only West Coast appearance will make your head explode with joy. (And even if you are a fan of only the British band's early work, the news that they're playing three shows from November 21-23 at The Pantages Theatre in LA will make you do a special happy dance.)

This is akin to Radiohead only doing Pablo Honey and the Bends, or U2 performing Boy, October and War in one show. It may have been done before, but would still be interesting to watch.

Tickets for the  LA shows will go on-sale Monday, Oct. 31 at 10 a.m. and are available online at Ticketmaster.com and at all Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets are 65 to $105 each.

To whet your appetite, here's a report of what went down in Sydney, and the set list:

SET 1 (approx 40 minutes)
'THREE IMAGINARY BOYS' (1979)
The Cure Trio - ROBERT SMITH: Voice & Guitar / SIMON GALLUP: Bass / JASON COOPER: Drums
>approx 15 minute changeover interval

SET 2 (approx 40 minutes)
'SEVENTEEN SECONDS' (1980)
The Cure Quartet - ROBERT SMITH: Voice & Guitar / SIMON GALLUP: Bass / JASON COOPER: Drums / ROGER O'DONNELL: Keys
>approx 15 minute changeover interval

SET 3 (approx 40 minutes)
'FAITH' (1981)
The Cure Quartet - ROBERT SMITH: Voice & Guitar / SIMON GALLUP: Bass / JASON COOPER: Drums / ROGER O'DONNELL: Keys & Percussion / LAURENCE TOLHURST: Keys & Percussion
>approx 5 minute interval

SET 4 (approx 30 minutes)
'ENCORES' of the period...


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