Last Night in Cleveland: The Cure

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In alt-rock, one thing is certain: you can’t count out that bloke in the Ruby Woo MAC lipstick and frightwig ‘do. Robert Smith has led The Cure – arguably one of the greatest alt-rock acts of all time – over the course of 30 years and a dozen studio albums. His band’s induction into the Rock Hall is inevitable, even if the supporting cast playing behind the long bum-rapped Gloomy Gus hasn’t been. No matter. Smith and his current Cure lineup – Porl Thompson (guitars), Simon Gallup (bass) and Jason Cooper (drums) – proved themselves serviceable last night at Cleveland State’s Wolstein Center. They managed to cater to the tastes of hardcore Cure fans and the Come-Latelys, and without the alienating, “backward-looking” greatest-hits show that artists seem to lean on once they hit 40. ...