Riot Fest Denver 2014

The Cure opened its set boldly with the “Disintegration” album track “Plainsong,” a move that could have alienated a casual fan. But the song’s lush soundscapes were warmly received. Singer Robert Smith and his bandmates quickly worked up to “Fascination Street,” and it was then immediately clear why the Cure, nearly 35 years after the release of “Boys Don’t Cry,” are still headlining the world’s biggest music festivals. Ah, the power of nostalgia.

“In Between Days” was quite possibly the best musical moment of the day, with a heavily backlit Smith assuredly working his way through the song’s complex pop rhythms. While the band didn’t give the crowd a full-on festival set, packed with hits and popular B-sides, they did sprinkle the goods throughout their almost too-long set. And “Just Like Heaven” and “Friday I’m in Love” were the crowd pleasers you would expect them to be.

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