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The Cure perform historic 40-song set at London Christmas show

on December 21, 2014, 8:33pm

Photo by Debi Del Grande

This evening in London, The Cure played the first of three Christmas shows at the Hammersmith Eventim Apollo. Upon the shows’ initial announcement, the band promised two-and-a-half-hour sets featuring “songs drawn from their entire 37-year-old catalogue, including deep cuts, pop songs, fan favourites and surprises galore,” and they certainly delivered.

The setlist spanned an astonishing 40 songs and featured four separate encores. Highlights included the live debut of The Head on the Door B-side “A Man Inside My Mouth” and the first performances of “The Wailing Wall” and “The Empty World” in 30 years. Other live rarities included “Kyoto Song”, “Like Cockatoos”, “Piggy in the Mirror”, and “Hey You!”.

Below, watch a few fan-shot videos from the concert and see the full setlist.

Setlist:
Shake Dog Shake
Kyoto Song (First time since 2008)
A Night Like This
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Wailing Wall (First time since 1984)
Bananafishbones
The Caterpillar
The Walk
A Man Inside My Mouth (Live debut)
Close to Me
Lullaby
High
Birdmad Girl
Just Like Heaven
Pictures of You
Before Three
Lovesong
Like Cockatoos (First time since 2004)
From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea
Want
The Hungry Ghost
One Hundred Years
Give Me It

Encore:
The Empty World (First time since 1984)
Charlotte Sometimes
Primary
The Top

Encore 2:
Dressing Up
Piggy in the Mirror (First time since 1997)
Never Enough
Wrong Number

Encore 3:
Three Imaginary Boys
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Play for Today
A Forest

Encore 4:
The Lovecats
Let’s Go to Bed
Why Can’t I Be You?
Boys Don’t Cry
Hey You! (First time since 2004)

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