When it was announced last year that the Cure would grace Miami with its grim presence at Bayfront Park Amphitheater, we were pleasantly surprised. Shortly thereafter, upon learning that Robert Smith and company's time in our fair city had been extended to a two-night performance, we were positively shocked. The subsequent announcement raised more than a few questions: What was the Cure, an act with one of the most bashful collections of songs in popular music, doing in the loud, decidedly un-bashful city of Miami? Had the band, or its booking agents, ever spent time here? Above all else, is a city that deals primarily in excess and artifice ready for the raw, melancholic sincerity of the Cure?
Regarding past travels, in the case of the Cure members themselves (the jury is still out on their agents), the answer is a resounding yes. A cursory Google search will remind fans of the group's last South Florida show at the BankAtlantic Center in 2008, the year of the group's previous North American tour. Beyond that performance, a deeper plunge into the Cure concert catalog — courtesy of the obsessive acolytes at cure-concerts.de — tells of a band that has never shied away from Miami audiences.
Since 1992, Smith and his ever-changing cast of musicians have performed in Miami no fewer than five times. In addition to playing thrice at the now-demolished Miami Arena, the Cure performed as a headlining act at Ultra Music Festival in 2007, a booking that has grown only more bizarre with the passage of time.
Considering that the Cure has existed in some form or another since 1976, nearly two decades before its first Miami gig, the group's history with the city is a relatively recent one. It's our belief that, if Smith could stomach the
There's a strong possibility we're looking at this through a skewed lens: After all, despite the band's reputation for the morose and Smith's continued insistence on wearing more smeared makeup than a rejected cast member of The Bachelor, the Cure has never been as wholly depressing
Although many a moody young man would insist otherwise, the Cure has always been a pop act. On the whole, Miami residents might not be jumping at the chance to run their hands through Smith's (probably) crunchy hair as readily as they would the (surely) smooth mane of Justin Bieber, but the kinship is still strong enough for two consecutive sold-out performances. The Cure's music has always been better suited for a dim, candle-lit room than an ostentatious stadium, but next Sunday and Monday, Smith and fans will have to make do with the Miami skyline.
The Cure with the Twilight Sad. 6 p.m. Sunday and Monday, June 26 and 27, at Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-358-7550; bayfrontparkmiami.com. Tickets cost $25 to $125 plus fees via livenation.com.