The Cure The Top World Tour

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The Top World Tour
Tour by The Cure
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Associated albumThe Top
Start date31 January 1984
End date17 November 1984
The Cure concert chronology
  • The Top World Tour
    (1984)
  • The Head on the Door World Tour
    (1985)

In April 1984, The Cure embark on the Top World Tour following the success of The Caterpillar. Smith, Tolhurst and Anderson bring Phil Thornalley and Porl Thompson on board during the tour. In January to February 1984, The Cure featuring Norman Fisher-Jones (bassist) performed at two venues (Munich & Zurich) prior to the release of the album or single.

Setlist[edit]

30/01/1984 – 01/02/1984 (Early Tour)
  1. "M"
  2. "Shake Dog Shake"
  3. "Primary"
  4. "Piggy in the Mirror"
  5. "One Hundred Years"
  6. "Bananafishbones"
  7. "Wailing Wall"
  8. "The Empty World"
  9. "10:15 Saturday Night"
  10. "Play for Today"
  11. "Give Me It"
  12. "A Forest"
  13. "The Top"
  14. "Pornography"
  15. "Forever"
25/04/1984
  1. "Shake Dog Shake"
  2. "Play for Today"
  3. "The Drowning Man"
  4. "M"
  5. "Primary"
  6. "Wailing Wall"
  7. "Piggy in the Mirror"
  8. "The Empty World"
  9. "The Hanging Garden"
  10. "Cold"
  11. "Three Imaginary Boys"
  12. "Bananafishbones"
  13. "One Hundred Years"
  14. "Give Me It"
  15. "A Forest"
  16. "The Top"
  17. "The Caterpillar"
  18. "The Walk"
  19. "10:15 Saturday Night"
  20. "Killing an Arab"
  21. "Forever"
26/04/1984
  1. "Shake Dog Shake"
  2. "Play for Today"
  3. "The Drowning Man"
  4. "M"
  5. "Primary"
  6. "Wailing Wall"
  7. "Piggy in the Mirror"
  8. "The Empty World"
  9. "The Hanging Garden"
  10. "Cold"
  11. "Three Imaginary Boys"
  12. "Bananafishbones"
  13. "One Hundred Years"
  14. "Give Me It"
  15. "A Forest"
  16. "The Top"
  17. "Happy the Man"
  18. "The Caterpillar"
  19. "The Figurehead"
  20. "10:15 Saturday Night"
  21. "Killing an Arab"
  22. "Forever"
27/04/1984
  1. "Shake Dog Shake"
  2. "Play for Today"
  3. "The Drowning Man"
  4. "M"
  5. "Primary"
  6. "Wailing Wall"
  7. "Piggy in the Mirror"
  8. "The Empty World"
  9. "The Hanging Garden"
  10. "Cold"
  11. "Three Imaginary Boys"
  12. "Bananafishbones"
  13. "One Hundred Years"
  14. "Give Me It"
  15. "A Forest"
  16. "The Top"
  17. "Happy the Man"
  18. "The Caterpillar"
  19. "The Walk"
  20. "10:15 Saturday Night
29/04/1984
  1. "Shake Dog Shake"
  2. "Play for Today"
  3. "The Drowning Man"
  4. "M"
  5. "Primary"
  6. "Dressing Up"
  7. "Charlotte Sometimes
  8. "Piggy in the Mirror"
  9. "The Empty World"
  10. "The Hanging Garden"
  11. "Three Imaginary Boys"
  12. "Bananafishbones"
  13. "One Hundred Years"
  14. "Give Me It"
  15. "A Forest"
  16. "The Top"
  17. "The Caterpillar"
  18. "Forever"

Notes[edit]

  • From November 1982, Smith was a member of Siouxsie and the Banshees, but after the release of Hyæna, Smith left the group in May 1984.
  • During the Japanese leg, Smith fired Anderson from the band after destroying a hotel room.
  • Vince Ely temporarily replaced Anderson for 11 concerts (22 October 1984 – 4 November 1984).
  • On 7 November 1984, Vince Ely left the band and Boris Williams remained the as The Cure's drummer from 1984–1994.
  • On 22 October 1984, The Cure released a live album Concert: The Cure Live.
  • The "Concert" album was recorded on 5 May, Oxford and 9–10 May, London.
  • In February 1985, The Cure released a VHS called "The Cure Live in Japan" which contained backstage and performance footage of the concert on 17 October 1984 at Nakano Sun Plaza, Tokyo, Japan.
  • There is a known video recording of the concert on 25 August 1984 at the Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow, Scotland.
  • Norman Fisher-Jones was The Cure's temporary bassist (January to February 1984) when Thornalley was unavailable.
  • Shortly after the tour, Phil Thornalley left the band and was replaced by former bassist Simon Gallup.
  • The setlist has a few changes depending on the concert.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City/Town Country Venue
First leg
Europe (Early Tour)
30 January 1984 Munich Germany Alabamahalle
1 February 1984 Zürich Switzerland Volkshaus
Europe
25 April 1984 Newcastle England City Hall
26 April 1984 Edinburgh Scotland Edinburgh Playhouse
27 April 1984 Glasgow The Apollo
29 April 1984 Birmingham England Odeon Theatre
30 April 1984 Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
1 May 1984 Liverpool Royal Court Theatre
2 May 1984 Manchester Apollo Theatre
4 May 1984 Bristol Colston Hall
5 May 1984 Oxford The Apollo
6 May 1984 Portsmouth Portsmouth Guildhall
8 May 1984 London Hammersmith Odeon
9 May 1984
10 May 1984
13 May 1984 Brussels Belgium Ancienne Belgique
14 May 1984 Lille France Palais des Sports
15 May 1984 Paris Le Zénith
16 May 1984 Lyon Palais d'Hiver
17 May 1984 Marseille Marseille Stadium
18 May 1984 Nice Théâtre de verdure
20 May 1984 Bologna Italy Teatro Tenda
21 May 1984 Milan Teatro Tenda Lampugnano
22 May 1984 Zürich Switzerland Volkshaus
24 May 1984 Munich Germany Kronebau
25 May 1984 Düsseldorf Philipshalle
26 May 1984 Hamburg Musikhalle
27 May 1984 West Berlin Metropol
30 May 1984 's-Hertogenbosch Netherlands De Maaspoort
31 May 1984 Utrecht Muziekcentrum Vredenburg (two shows; 16:30 and 22:00)
25 August 1984 Glasgow Scotland Barrowland Ballroom
30 August 1984 Amsterdam Netherlands Jaap Edenhal
1 September 1984 Alsdorf Germany Freizeitpark
2 September 1984 Marl JahnStadion
Oceania
30 September 1984 Wellington New Zealand St. James Theatre
2 October 1984 Auckland Logan Campbell Centre
4 October 1984 Brisbane Australia Festival Hall
5 October 1984 Gold Coast Bombay Rock
6 October 1984
7 October 1984 Newcastle Workers Club
9 October 1984 Melbourne Palais Theatre
10 October 1984
11 October 1984 Sydney Hordern Pavilion
12 October 1984
Asia
15 October 1984 Osaka Japan Sankei Hall
16 October 1984 Tokyo Nakano Sun Plaza Hall
17 October 1984
North America
22 October 1984 Vancouver Canada Commodore Ballroom
23 October 1984 Seattle United States of America Paramount Theatre
24 October 1984 San Francisco Kabuki Nightclub
25 October 1984
26 October 1984 Los Angeles Hollywood Palladium
27 October 1984 Irvine Crawford Hall
29 October 1984 Salt Lake City Fairgrounds Coliseum
31 October 1984 Denver Rainbow Music Hall
2 November 1984 Austin Opera House
3 November 1984 Dallas Arcadia Theater
4 November 1984 Houston Numbers
7 November 1984 Minneapolis First Avenue
9 November 1984 Chicago Bismarck Theatre
10 November 1984 Ann Arbor Michigan Theater
11 November 1984 Buffalo Buffalo State College, Student Union Social Hall
12 November 1984 Toronto Canada The Concert Hall
13 November 1984 Montréal Le Spectrum de Montréal
14 November 1984 Boston United States of America Orpheum Theatre
16 November 1984 Washington Ontario Theater
17 November 1984 New York City Beacon Theatre

Band members[edit]

Robert Smith: vocals, guitar, violin, recorder, harmonica

Porl Thompson: guitar, keyboards, saxophone

Lol Tolhurst: keyboards

Phil Thornalley: bass

Norman Fisher-Jones: bass

Andy Anderson: drums

Vince Ely: drums

Boris Williams: drums

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