Dickie Felton

I write about music and football

I recently headed to London to see a concert by goth-rock-legends The Cure at London's Hammersmith Apollo.

I've been a big fan ever since I stumbled upon a live concert on BBC 2 during a rainy Tuesday night in 1988. I gawped at TV to see a strange creature in lipstick delivering songs about goodbyes and loss. "He can't even sing," was 14-year-old Felton's immediate analysis of frontman Robert Smith. But I was transfixed enough to simultaneously press Play and Record on our rental VHS video. The concert film - "The Cure in Orange" - was set in an ancient amphitheatre in France. I watched it over and over. And soon the magic of this fabulous band became obvious.

Four years later I had one of my greatest ever days combining my love of football and music:

Sunday 26 April 1992. Man United came to Anfield chasing their first title in a quarter of a century. But the Red Devils were destroyed by Ian Rush and Mark Walters. "You Lost the League on Merseyside," myself and 40,000 others chanted. It would have been joyous enough to witness a win against our arch rivals. But the day got even better as we went to in to town to watch The Cure play at the Royal Court.

Robert Smith walked on stage fists clenched and shouted into the microphone: "What a great football result today!"

More than a decade later, I combined my Liverpool FC obsession with another Cure gig. This time much farther afield. I flew to America to see the Reds on their 2004 pre-season US tour. Liverpool's game V AS Roma at Giants Stadium, New Jersey, fell nicely on the weekend of The Cure headlining a music festival at nearby Randall's Island.

The concert was amazing. And an outrageous moment of good fortune saw me and pal Ian end up at the official after-show party. Suddenly I was face to face with Robert Smith and asked him about that super Sunday back in 1992.

Me: "I remember you came on stage at Liverpool Royal Court and you were so delighted that Liverpool had beaten United. I never realised you were a Liverpool fan..."

Robert Smith: "I'm not a Liverpool fan."

Me: "So why say it was a great result?"

Robert Smith: "I just can't stand Manchester United!"

Me: "Oh, so who do you support then?"

Robert Smith: "Queens Park Rangers."

GIG UPDATE:

The show at Hammersmith was like a dream. Forty songs, Three and a half hour set, all the greatest songs of this wonderful band. I wore the same Cure tee that I bought at that Royal Court gig 22-years-ago and bumped into a lad wearing the same shirt too!

I can't tell you my fave moment in the show. There was just so many: Pictures of You, Lovesong, Fascination Street, Never Enough, Boys Don't Cry, A Night Like This, Play For Today...

Dickie Felton: Dickie is an author who has written two books about Morrissey fan culture. The Day I Met Morrissey, published in 2009, contains real life stories of fans meeting the music legend. His second tome, Morrissey International Airport, is Dickie's road trip to ten Moz gigs around the world.  

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