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1979-11-29 Portsmouth - Polytechnic (England)
 

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Robert Smith
Simon Gallup
Laurence Tolhurst
Matthieu Hartley
Day of the week: Thursday
Tour: 'Future Pastimes'

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the story of the gig, killing an arab was out on small wonder records and the original boys don't cry was doing the rounds so the cure were getting a name for themselves., I am not sure about the disco ( ! ? ) and I am unsure if there was a support band, (MY AGE & MEMORY LOSS) but what I am sure is that the very young BAND THE CURE played about an hour and went down a storm to all the 200 people there., In fact, and this is absolutely true, Robert Smith announced they had no more songs to sing, especially as an encore, so they played the whole set again !! ........TRUE.
from Brett C.
Anyway we tried to get tickets to the gig, but couldn't for some reason. Maybe it was sold out? I remember it being rammed. Or maybe it was because we were too young - aged just 16 - and clearly not Poly students!
So we managed to somehow get in to the SU bar and hung about a bit thinking we might find tickets. While we were there we (with a handful of other people) watched the band set up and soundcheck and ended up chatting. They asked if we were watching that night. We explained that we couldn't get tickets, I think genuinely not intending to blag our way in. I remember then Robert Smith saying that we should just hang with them so we could stay and watch. So we did and spent the afternoon with them in the 'green room' chatting, I think jamming a bit and almost certainly drinking. They were nowhere at the time, but good guys and we had a real laugh. I remember that they had badges with the Three Imaginary Boys album cover and we were asked to hand them out around the audience, which we did. There were some left, which we tried then to give away at school, but no one knew who The Cure were and nobody wanted them. Probably highly collectable now!
So we ended up staying to watch the gig. I didn't remember them playing the full set twice, but reading this, I do think that is what happened.
What I do remember, very clearly, is that they closed the set with final encores of Killing An Arab and then Robert Smith saying something like, 'we don't have anymore songs and its late, so we are going to play 10:20 Saturday Night'... and then playing 10:15 double time.
An electric gig. Frenzied audience. I don't think anyone in the room, least of all the band, believed what that was almost the start of.
Anyway, just a footnote to a say in history that few others and probably not the band either, will remember.
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The Cure
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