Who Woulda Thunk It, The First Three Concerts Robert Smith Attended

Robert Smith/The Cure on iTunes.

robert smith

by Walter Price


My calendar alerted me that today was to be a quote from The Cure’s Robert Smith published here at The GTC. Fair enough, The Cure, one of my favorite teenaged obsessions. So sitting on a train this morning I started reading old interviews with the former Siouxsie and the Banshees guitarists turned Godfather of popular-goth. As usual, I found a 2004 Rolling Stone Q&A that showed a lighter more personal side of Mr. Smith.

And it was the first question Kirk Miller asked that had me scratching my noggin in shock and pure delight. Well, ‘shocked’, may a bit string but I was totally intrigued. The question was about the first concert Smith went to as a kid. To which he replied, “The very first concert I ever went to on my own was actually Rory Gallagher. In a one-month period in 1973 or ’74, I saw him, Thin Lizzy and the Rolling Stones. I wasn’t really a big Rory Gallagher fan, but I thought his guitar playing was fabulous. But Thin Lizzy, they were fabulous. I saw them probably ten times in two years. The actual sound of them live was just so overpowering, it was better than drinking.”

Sure, Rory Gallagher does seem like an odd one but my first concert was Journey, so who am I to judge. Anyway, It was Thin Lizzy that really had me at hello. Then I started to think about it and I came up with the theory that there are Lizzy elements in several Cure tracks over the decades. I didn’t say it was a good theory…so, rock n roll is rock n roll. And all is good and I thought it’d be a treat to dig up three songs from those first three bands Robert Smith first saw live and would conciousöy or not form one of the most fascinating bands of all time.



the cure


Rory Gallagher – Walk On Hot Coals


Thin Lizzy (live)


The Rolling Stones – Live in Cologne



support great artists, buy music




Leave a Reply