The Cure debuted a handful of new songs on the European leg of their Shows From a Lost World Tour last year, but they’ve been coy about that current North American stage. Until now. Tuesday saw the first of three Hollywood Bowl shows and in the middle of their main set, Robert Smith and the rest of the band performed the new song “Another Happy Birthday” for the first time.
It probably won’t come as a surprise to learn that the birthday in question isn’t happy at all, as Robert sings about someone he’s lost, “And your birthday is the worst day / I’m singing to a ghost / ‘Happy Birthday ‘” / I forget how to do it.
You can watch the video of Another Happy Birthday below.
As for the rest of their Hollywood Bowl Night 1 set, the 29 songs were all the ones they played that year, including “Six Different Ways” and “A Thousand Hours” (which haven’t been performed since the ’80s) . current tour), new songs “Alone” and “End” and a whole range of classics, including “Pictures of You”, “Charlotte Sometime”, “Primary”, “A Forest”, “The Walk”, “Friday I'” “m in Love”, “Close to Me”, “Boys Don’t Cry”, “Lovesong”, “In Between Days”, “Just Like Heaven” and more.
Check out the full Hollywood Bowl Night 1 setlist below, as well as more fan-captured videos and Instagram images.
The Cure tour is coming to NYC for three shows Madison Square Garden on June 20th and 22nd.
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SETLIST: The Cure @ Hollywood Bowl 05/23/2023
pictures of you
A night like this
And nothing is forever
The last day of summer
A fragile thing
Happy birthday again
From the edge of the deep green sea
I can never say goodbye
It can never be the same
Six different ways
Friday I’m in love
Do the loosening
close to me
Between the days
Like in heaven
boys don’t cry