After heroic battles with Ticketmaster to refund fans due to “unduly high” fees, the Cure finally kicked off their 2023 tour last night. Despite playing festivals over the past few years, the band haven’t properly toured North America since 2016, so the run marks a welcome return for the English goth-rock pioneers. During the first night of the run in New Orleans, the Cure pulled out sheer classics (“Pictures of You,” “Just Like Heaven,” “Friday I'm in Love”). They even played "A Thousand Hours"from Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, which they hadn't performed since 1987.

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Check out the setlist from their tour kickoff below, courtesy of

The Cure’s May 10, 2023 setlist

"Pictures of You"
"A Night Like This"
"And Nothing Is Forever"
"The Last Day of Summer"
"A Fragile Thing"
"Fascination Street"
"Play for Today"
"Shake Dog Shake"
"From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea"

"I Can Never Say Goodbye"
"A Thousand Hours" (First time live since 1987)
"At Night"
"A Forest"

Encore #2:
"Six Different Ways" (first performance since 1987)
"The Walk"
"Friday I’m in Love"
"Doing the Unstuck"
"Close to Me"
'In Between Days"
"Just Like Heaven"
"Boys Don’t Cry"

Every the Cure album ranked

In celebration of the Cure’s dynamic-but-steadfast character, we decided to tackle the arduous task of ranking their albums to date. Note, this was definitely not an involved excuse to escape the suspense surrounding the upcoming album with an 11-hour musical deep dive. That would be ridiculous…