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El Paso gets its first dose of The Cure

Veronica Enriquez
Robert Smith (vocals/guitar)

Thursday night, the legendary English gothic rock band, The Cure, performed in El Paso for the first time in the band’s history. As the band members readied their instruments, Robert Smith stood on stage reserved like a shy boy, looking at a loud, multi-generational, cheering crowd at the Don Haskins Center. More than 7,500 tickets were sold for the concert.


It’s not just Chippendale dancers who have to ability to rumble an audience with their dance moves. The Don let out a roar every time Smith did his quirky dancing on stage. Fans in different sections of the Don would hail to keep Smith’s attention anytime his eyes landed in their area.

Another lively figure in the show was Simon Gallup (bass guitar) who jumped around in adrenaline. He’d let his bass guitar hang to his side when he wasn’t playing. When the band came on stage, Gallup was squat down with a grave stare toward the audience in the front.

The band performed for about three-and-a-half hours, shuffling through favorites such as “Just Like Heaven,” “Friday I’m in Love” and “Lovesong” early in the set.

Smith sang “Pictures of You” in the middle of a glowing white screen of smoke,  setting a dreamy feel through most of the performance.

After 37 years, Smith was spotless and sounded just like he does in any of the 13 albums of the band’s catalog. It appears his voice hasn’t changed with his age.

Several times, Smith spoke to the audience but it was hard to understand what he said with his mumbling, English accent. His smile, however, was a sign that he was enjoying the night.

The band teased the crowd with three encores, each with a big ovation from the audience. Their encore sets included songs such as “Boy Don’t Cry,” “A Forest” and “The Lovecats.” The night wrapped up with “Killing an Arab.”

Overall, The Cure gave El Paso a great show, nostalgic for most.

About the Contributors
Kristopher Rivera, Copy Editor
At the beginning of Kristopher Rivera’s sophomore year, he was sitting in a psychology course, pondering his future in regards to a career. He questioned if he really wanted to pursue a career in psychology, which was his major at the time. Feeling uncertain, he began to think of how one decision at that moment would shift everything about his future. He seemed to do well when it came to writing, and he enjoyed reading about bands in magazines such as Alternative Press, Rolling Stone and SPIN. So then he did some research and found that journalism was the way to go. Now, Rivera, senior multimedia journalism major, is scheduled to graduate this fall. It’s also marks his third year with the Prospector. He’s covered stories in sports, entertainment and news. In between some time at the Prospector, Rivera landed two internships. He spent his fall 2012 semester in Washington D.C. as an intern reporter for the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire. Many UTEP students like him have had the privilege to go experience living at the nation’s capital. He covered stories in the area, and saw political figures such as President Barack Obama, Sen. John McCain and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Rivera also had a nice opportunity to see the Who at the National Press Club, where they talked about their organization to help children with cancer. This summer Rivera was in Sacramento, Calif. working as an intern reporter for the Sacramento Bee newspaper. He had the opportunity to cover all kinds of stories such as a homicide, community events, major league baseball games—specifically the Oakland A’s and the San Francisco Giants, and he had some opportunities to work on some music features. He interviewed Ellie Goulding, Cedric Bixler-Zavala (the Mars Volta/At the Drive-In), Randy Ebright of Molotov and a few other artists. Rivera said he’s been blessed to have these opportunities, and it all started at the Prospector. Rivera is also a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity.
Veronica Enriquez, Photo Editor
Veronica Enriquez is a senior at the University of Texas at El Paso majoring in multimedia journalism with a minor in art. Currently, she is working as the photo editor at The Prospector and helps out at her church with the youth. Coming from a family of photographers and journalists she grew an interest for photography from a very young age and during her sophomore year at Franklin High School she began to have an interest for journalism. Veronica simply loves telling people’s stories through photography, print, audio or video. Some of her hobbies include going on overseas mission trips, playing music, helping out at her church, spending time with her fiancée, friends and family.
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