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Relive The Cure’s remarkable performance of ‘A Forest’ live in Leipzig, 1990


There’s no live experience in the world quite like The Cure. Despite releasing their first record over 40 years ago, the band are still a formidable live act who are operating firmly in their own lane as they proved with this rendition of ‘A Forest’ live in Leipzig from 1990, a show that is a perfect example of their unparalleled prowess.

The track represented a series of firsts with the band and, without the success of this track, who knows if The Cure would have gone on to enjoy such an esteemed career. The song was the band’s first entry in the top 40 of the UK Singles Chart, an effort which helped The Cure secure their first top 40 album with the remarkable Seventeen Seconds landing at number 22 in the UK.

Seventeen Seconds was a make or break moment for the band, one which could have gone one of two ways due to tough financial constraints that the band were lumbered with after their, label Fiction, provided a budget of £2,000 and £3,000. The Cure recorded and mixed the classic record in and mixed in seven days, working 17 hours a day to get the album made.

Smith stated that as a result, ‘The Final Sound’ was planned to be much longer than the 53 seconds it ended up becoming because the tape ran out while recording, a factor which prevented The Cure from re-recording the effort. By 1990, they had become an unstoppable force that had become renowned as innovators across the world following perhaps the greatest hat-trick of consecutive records in the mid-80s with The Head On The Door, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me and Disintegration.

Their set at Leipzig’s Festweise was an iconic show, one that saw The Cure put on a beautiful spectacle with a 27-song performance with a mind-bending rendition of ‘A Forest’ proving to be a major high point/

Watch the beautiful performance of the track below which encapsulates exactly why The Cure is one of the most vital British groups of all time that have done everything exactly on their own terms.