Kenilworth Racecourse played host to a filly of another kind as a swollen, yellow moon settled over the final act of Rock on the Lawns on Human Rights Day. A red-lipsticked Robert Smith, grey hair teased skywards, led the rest of his indie-pop/rock outfit The Cure as they pulled out of the starting gates with ‘Plainsong’, followed by the crowd-favourite ‘Pictures of You’.
Their setlist, with a plethora of hits, kept a chilly wind at bay, although there were a few brave punters who showed a steely resilience in their determination to be scantily clad. The Goths were there too which gives a good idea of the average age of the crowd. It was delightful to see many of the ‘older’ generation accompanied by an ‘adult’ child.
The Cure’s music and instrumentation is timeless and has been since the release of Three Imaginary Boys in 1979. Mr Smith is not much of a talker. He even said, mid-way through their set, “I’m not much of a talker.” He’s a guitar man though. And The Cure is tight. Every member knew exactly what was asked of him. Smith’s signature flailing hand movements were less frequent than in music videos, but nevertheless, appreciated and mimicked.
The band closed the set with favourites ‘The Caterpillar’, ‘Friday I’m in Love’, ‘Close to Me’, ‘Why Can’t I be You’ and ‘Boys Don’t Cry’. This reviewer did fear for the eardrums of those who faced the stage to the left-hand side. The reverb was off the chart.