Saturday, December 20, 2014

Ready for tomorrow!

Thanks to RodGueX for the photo.

Cure London shows update

Note: Lots of people selling tickets in the comments section, so if you're looking to buy or sell, take a look.

From Eventim: "Please note that the shows are scheduled to start at 7.15pm, slightly earlier than the time printed on your ticket. Doors will open at the scheduled time of 6.30pm." (Thanks Lars)

And all reports from fans getting their tickets from Ticket Factory say that they do NOT have names printed on them. The Eventim tickets DO have names printed on them.

Update (12-05-13): "I have a friend who works at Ticket Factory. i mentioned to him that there was no name on The Cure tickets I got via them and he has told me that I need to take the address docket that came with The Ticket Factory tickets with me on the night." (Thanks Adam)

And as it says on the Ticket Factory website: "Lead bookers names will appear on The Ticket Factory receipt enclosed with tickets; lead bookers will need to provide matching ID on the evening of the performance to gain access to the venue. "

So for those with Ticket Factory tickets, you will need to bring your ID and the receipt with your name on it, not just your ticket.

Update (12-11-14): Here's the email Ticket Factory sent out a few days ago:

Thank you for booking tickets for The Cure with The Ticket Factory!

With the shows being just around the corner we thought we would remind you of the following important information to make your visit a lot smoother:

• All customers will need to bring ID (photo ID or proof of address), which matches the name and address printed on The Ticket Factory receipt enclosed with the tickets.

• There will be a lot of people collecting tickets on the event days so we would advise that you arrive early in plenty of time

• Tickets can only be collected by the person who made the original booking, and are available to pick up only on the day of the show

•Letters authorising others to collect tickets on your behalf will not be accepted
(Thanks Benj)

Times have been announced for the shows, via And Also The Trees on Facebook:
6:30 - Doors
7:15 - 7:45 - And Also The Trees
8:15 - 11:00 - The Cure

Hackney Colliery Band with Robert

'Always Look on the Bright Side of Life'


Robert joins in on the finale at Brian & Robin's Christmas Compendium of Reason show on Dec. 19th, 2014, as Eric Idle sings 'Always Look on the Bright Sid of Life'. (Thanks @waswasere)

KGR and lesser deities

Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas Compendium Of Reason shows

Brian & Robin's Christmas Compendium Of Reason
Dec. 18th & 19th, 2014
Eventim Apollo in London, England
All Profitable proceeds go to the MSF and Sophie Lancaster Foundation

Dec. 19th Show
Doors at 6 / Show at 7 / Cure at 10:38 / Ended at 10:53

Setlist: The Lovecats (Hackney Colliery Band with Robert singing and Brian Cox on piano, not part of The Cure's set), Friday I'm in Love, Just Like Heaven, Boys Don't Cry. Close To Me.

Show finished with Eric Idle doing Always Look on the Bright Side of Life. Robert was onstage for it, but didn't sing with him. Or did he? Conflicting reports.

Videos: Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

Photos: Robert and Brian doing Lovecats 1 - 2 / Robert on stage at the end 1 - 2 - 3 / 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 -

(Thanks to @waswasere for the setlist reports)


Dec. 18th Show
Doors at 6 / Show at 7 / Cure at 10:47 / Ended at 11

Setlist: The Lovecats (Hackney Colliery Band with Robert singing and Brian Cox on piano, not part of The Cure's set), Let's Go to Bed, Close to Me, Why Can't I Be You?, Boys Don't Cry.

(Thanks to @chriswhite65 and Vicky (via @christinefalls) for the setlist reports)

Videos: The Lovecats / Boys Don't Cry 1 - 2 

Video clips: Lovecats 1 - 2 / Close to Me /

Photos: Robert & Brian doing Lovecats / 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 - 11 - 12 - 13 - 14 - 15 -

Brian Cox: "One of my great moments... Johnny Marr playing acoustic 'There's a light...' Not as great as playing 'Lovecats'." (Thanks Warren)

As I've said on Twitter, this has to be the coolest, geekiest, and most interesting event that The Cure have ever been a part of. Wish I was there!

"The Cure will be performing a small clutch of 'Happy Hits'. How many in a clutch? We think around 3 or so... never quite sure until we count though... and in the act of counting..."

If you're going, and wouldn't mind sending the setlist, photos, videos, thoughts on the show, etc, I'd greatly appreciate it. Thanks, and have a great time at the shows!

"Let's get happy!"




Looking for something to do in London Sat?

"this might be of interest for people in London this weekend: On Saturday evening I'm fronting a one off Cure tribute act called The Prevention for Retrospectacular '89, a special event celebrating the year 1989 in music, at the Windmill in Brixton. We'll be doing most of the Disintegration album! We're on early, at 7.30, later on there'll be a full live playback of the Pixies' Doolittle and live karaoke of some of the hits of 1989. The Windmill is a short bus ride from Brixton tube station up Brixton Hill, you can also walk it in about 15 minutes, and is a unique and well loved venue, the Retrospectacular parties there tend to be really good good fun. Anyway, details here, maybe some of you can come along to help us feed the spiderman ;) "
(Thanks Thomas)

Rumor: Tour of Germany in May 2015?

Ticketbande has listings for a 9 date Cure tour of Germany next May. Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hanover, Cologne, Leipzig, Mannheim, Munich, and Stuttgart. A mistake? A leak? Wishful thinking? Just a rumor for now. German friends, is Ticketbande a reliable site or do they usually make mistakes? (Thanks Yvonne)

Okay, consensus from emails and tweets is that this is most likely false. They are a ticket reselling website and post lots of bad info and false shows. Also, Karsten Jahnke, longtime Cure promoter in Germany, says no plans for 2015 shows at this time, and that Ticketbande is not a reliable source.
(Thanks @ganzernsthaft and anonymous)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Help with the Christmas shows?

If anyone can help me with the reports from the 2 Christmas Compendium of Reason shows and/or the 3 London Cure shows, please let me know. Mainly looking for the live setlist reports, but all reports are appreciated. Updates via Twitter, email, Facebook, or WhatsApp would be best, but can do whatever works best for you. Thanks!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Richard Bellia photo exhibit in France

From Richard Bellia on Facebook: "Du 8 janvier au 6 février 2015. Exposition à Rouen. Voici le visuel. Une affiche va être éditée."

Photo exhibit in Rouen, France from Jan. 8th - Feb. 6th. (Thanks @guillaume_g_z)

Update (12/18/14): Richard has added 4 photos of Porl Thompson to his Facebook page.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Cure playing Christmas Compendium Of Reason!

The Cure are one of the surprise guests at Professor Brian Cox's Christmas Compendium Of Reason on Dec. 18th & 19th at the Eventim Apollo in London. Get tickets here.
Doors 6pm / Show Starts 7pm
All Profitable proceeds go to the MSF and Sophie Lancaster Foundation. (Thanks @GigiBurgdorf)

Update: They are playing both nights, 18th & 19th. From the official site - "The Cure will be performing a small clutch* of 'Happy Hits' at 'Brian and Robins Christmas Compendium of Reason' on Thursday 18th and Friday 19th December - Two great nights of science, music, comedy and wonder, including charm quarks, strange quarks and confusion, plus Very Special Guests - A few tickets still remain - Medecins Sans Frontieres will benefit - So please get them HERE and NOW!

*How many in a clutch? We think around 3 or so... never quite sure until we count though... and in the act of counting..."


Saturday, December 6, 2014

"Thirty Three and a Third and a Third" art show

Dave Quiggle

From Gallery 1988:
"Our next show, "Thirty Three and a Third and a Third," opens at G1988 (East) and is curated by artist Dana Lechtenberg. It opens THIS FRIDAY, December 5th, and you don't want to miss it. Over 100 illustrators and designers reinterpret existing classic album covers in their own styles. This is the 3rd annual show, but the first at G1988.

Some incredible artists will be participating, and we'll be giving out an artist list as the show gets closer. ALSO, Donut Friend will be providing special donuts at the reception, which runs 7-10 PM.

Gallery1988 (East)
7021 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Here are a few images from the show, and stay tuned this week for more sneak previews..."

Dave confirmed on Instagram that it's an edition of 50. On sale Friday at the gallery, then if there any left, they should go on sale Saturday on the Gallery 1988 website.

Update (12-06-14): On sale now for $20 here. There's also a 'Boys Don't Cry' painting by Dan Christofferson for $275 here.

Friday, December 5, 2014

'Beautiful Noise' out digitally today!

"Happy Friday! Beautiful Noise Home Video release begins today!
Digital Downloads are now going out to our Kickstarter Backers who pledged for the Digital Download reward level and will also be available for sale worldwide via vimeo.com/ondemand/beautifulnoise and via www.beautifulnoisedocumentary.com. We are also in the process of launching the store, which will include DVD's (NTSC & PAL), Blu-Rays and other goodies... which will ship out following the Kickstarter Reward copies, first come first serve. Cheers!"

"Vapour Trail, it's one of the best fifteen second intro's of all time." - Robert Smith in Beautiful Noise

Upcoming shows for The Curse

Almost Acoustic Cursemas
Dec. 6th, 2014 - Fullerton, CA at The Slide Bar
Facebook Event Page

Prayer Tour Dodger Stadium set
Jan. 17th, 2015 - Long Beach, CA at Harvelle's Downtown
Facebook Event Page

The Cureheads Gothgasm 2015



Wednesday, December 3, 2014

More 'Beautiful Noise' screenings

Dec. 10th, 2014 - Perth, Australia
Dec. 14th, 2014 - Santiago, Chile (In Edit)
Jan, 31, 2015 - Melbourne, Australia

And great news for those of us who supported the project on Kickstarter, email received last night says the DVD/Blu-rays will shipping soon. And it looks like there will be a limited general release as well. Will post ordering info as soon as details are released.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

'Art of McCartney' special on Sky Arts 1

"For UK Sky subscribers, there is a show 'The Art of McCartney' available on catch-up from Sky Arts 1 (not sure if Virgin, BT etc carry this channel).

There's a little bit about The Cure, literally a minute or so, with Ralph Sall (the album's producer) talking about the band's contribution and showing clips from the Hello Goodbye video.

There really isn't much information sadly, many of the other artists actually appear themselves discussing their song. Basically Sall said he called Robert himself to ask them to take part, that. Robert is a huge and very knowledgeable Beatles fan and Robert chose Hello Goodbye himself.

May be worth a watch for anyone interested in the other songs." (Thanks Dave Ace)

Sunday, November 23, 2014

New interview with Reeves

From Trebuchet:

The Cure have been recording for well over 30 years. Have you learnt the entire back catalogue?

No, I had two weeks to learn 54 songs when I started playing with them in 2012. That was just going to be for the summer because they had become a four piece at that point. Then at some point they asked me if I wanted to join and I said, “Are you kidding?!” I think we’re up to 100 songs now but we do have a habit of playing festivals that force us to only play for two and a half hours. I don’t think that promoters know what to make of a band that’s trying to push for more time. Mexico City last year we did four hours and twenty minutes and we still didn’t play everything. The next newest member of the band has been there for 19 years so I’m trying to catch up and they enjoy watching me squirm. I have a thick binder where I chart everything out in case something gets called in rehearsal.

So to what extent are you allowed to put your own spin on it or are you playing it faithfully to the original versions?

Well with a band that has that many hits, The Cure makes The Cure style music and you have to think of it from the fans’ point of view. To me it seems obvious which parts of a song need to be played true to the original but you also want to breathe new life into it; you don’t want it to be a greatest hits thing even though it is a greatest hits catalogue. About half the set I’m sticking to the parts and then maybe a quarter of it I’m embellishing it and trying to keep it fresh and then the other quarter of the material, Robert trusts me to know what to do. You have to leave your ego out of it and do the right thing. But also what I enjoy is when I feel the band go “ooh” because I’ve found a new spot on the back of their neck to give them some goose bumps. When I look back, I think one of the reasons why people have asked me to play their songs is because I seem to be able to bring a little bit of the unexpected and make it a little bit dangerous, or make it surprising but still not ruin it for the fans. Although I’m sure a bunch of people who came to see Tin Machine would feel otherwise! But then that was all original material; it was all stuff we wrote together. 

Are there any plans for you to write some new material with The Cure?

Things like that with The Cure, there are always plans to do stuff but that question is for Robert to answer. I know the fans always think it’s the last time but I don’t think they have to worry. It’s alive and well, it’s just not my place to talk about those things. Robert likes to; it’s his band. I don’t want to be “that guy” (laughs).

Monday, November 17, 2014

'The Art of McCartney' is out today


'The Art of McCartney', The tribute album to Paul McCartney, is out today and features The Cure's cover of The Beatles' 'Hello Goodbye' and Robert Smith's cover of Wings' 'C Moon' (Amazon exclusive in the US).

Personally, I love Robert's cover of 'C Moon'. Wonderful! Much better than the 'Hello Goodbye' cover. For those of you who say you can't buy it in your country, here it is on YouTube. But if you like it, and can buy it, please do so. Don't steal it. Support Robert and The Cure!

Credits for 'C Moon' - Robert Smith: Producer, Robert Smith: Voice and all instruments, The Bunny Lake Experience: Other Voices, Recording Engineer: Robert Smith, Assistant Engineer: Bunny Lake, Mixer: Robert Smith. Recorded at Robert Smith's home. Mixed at Robert Smith's home. Words and music by Paul McCartney & Linda McCartney. (Thanks Tina)

Pearl's 'Spheres' on '2 Unite All' benefit album


Pearl Thompson (with Finbar O’Hanlon) have contributed their song, 'Spheres', to the '2 Unite All' benefit album, which is out now. (Thanks Justin)