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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Funeral Party

Interesting tweets from Roger today. Black clothes and a tambourine? Must be going to a Funeral Party. ; )

rogerodonnell - Alright thats it, Im off out to buy some new black clothes... Sadly no Helmut Lang!....
rogerodonnell....and a new tambourine....

Hahaha...Roger reminds me that he has an upcoming gig at WGT, which he says is the biggest goth festival in Europe, and that the tambourine is just a present for his brother's birthday. And I suppose that his googling about the water flow in Australia is due to his new plumbing business in Oz. : )

108 comments:

  1. :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

    ITS ABOUT FUCKING TIME!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. so....it´s finally true....faith album (at least)live!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  3. Craig you tease, you should leave the non-twitter folk blind ;)
    hehe

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  4. the 05-09 shows have been so empty without him.
    i am overjoyed.

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  5. It's great news, certainly, but don't jump to conclusions. It might only be for these shows.

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  6. I hope it is long term, I am going to Bestival!
    We just need RSX to get on twitter and/or the official site. Maybe he has forgotten his login details? xD

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  7. I casually broached the subject of rejoining to Roger a couple of weeks ago..
    I think his exact words were 'Surely you don't expect me to answer that!'
    I took that as a no.. ?

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  8. I guess time heals all wounds.

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  9. BTW.. l'm unsure where all these hints at a Faith anniversary show have come from.. apart from the obvious 30 year milestone, of course.. :p
    Can anybody clarify?
    Craig??

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  10. great news and please put out a new album or a dvd of the show at least!!!!

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  11. Eric: That's the understatement of the year. : )

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  12. notherbob: Just everyone guessing.

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  13. I think I know where you are coming from Craig...

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  14. wtf.
    the cure playing "faith" album live?
    why only in australia and not in austria :((

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  15. I heard a rumor that the "tambourine" means we'll be hearing Wendy Time.

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  16. I would never have thought he would!

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  17. Aaron: It's nice to see everyone getting along and being able to play together again. Some really nice moments coming up at the end of the month. I envy those who will be there to see it all.

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  18. craig, please no hints, justs hard facts ;-)

    who can play together again ?
    roger, lol, boris, simon,porl, robert ?

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  19. @ craig, i have forgotten his mobile-phone number. can you mail it to me?

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  20. Hahaha...sure, I'll send it in an email. : )

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  21. you can´t say i did´nt try it.

    oh man, i am so excited !!!!!

    what really happens, and when.

    Please Robert release us from this pain of not-knowing !!

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  22. I'm gonna go full-on Dan Brown here:
    (with tongue firmly planted in cheek, mind you.)

    Recent CoF headlines... Always Keep the Faith, Secrets, The Funeral Party... (Allusions to two albums.)

    Excerpts from the "Always Keep the Faith" message:

    "just an IMAGINARY concept"

    "its EFFECTS seem so fleeting."
    (short-term, if you will)

    "Merely lasting SECONDS, not YEARS."
    (17 or 100?)

    If you hold a mirror to the center of the cover of Pornography the image becomes a message that says "Lol is not dead"...

    coincidence? PROBABLY!

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  23. Have you tried playing 'Not In Love' backwards? Robert reveals the upcoming 5 year plan for The Cure! : )

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  24. And a recipe for a really ripping lentil soup.

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  25. yet another Crumb...

    RSX please just SPILL IT?!

    thx - love ya!

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  26. Also going to Bestival & can't see them playing the whole of Faith. whilst I'd love it, there'd be thousands who wont' know a song.

    I was in Berlin for the 1st night of the 'Trilogy' and that venue was perfect. Just can't see it working at a festival, if indeed that is the plan.

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  27. If not faith, how about KMKMKM? I recall Roger saying he'd like to play the whole album live. Not that would be good!

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  28. Oh...this is such a tease!! I can't wait to know what is really happening!! Australia and Bestival may not be in the cards for me...but maybe some other place/country?!?!

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  29. so online petitions really DO work? what have i been doing with my spare time if not making up petitions for the cure to play my living room?!
    i want the top, kiss me x3 and wish!

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  30. well i do remember reading somewhere that either roger complained that he played tambourine for mint car or that robert mocked at him for that.

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  31. so i just googled "vivid live." apparently vividlive.com is some sort of porno webcam site, haha. oops.

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  32. I really don’t care WHAT they play... just do a show!

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  33. Fatpie: I think you might be a bit confused. : ) We are not talking about them playing Faith at Bestival. No one thinks that. We are talking about these special shows in Sydney.

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  34. If they perform Faith or Seventeen Seconds or both with original band members, keyboards, and real guitars, this will be better than trilogy shows.

    Contrarily, let's hope that they don't play these records with Schecters and no keyboards. Imagine the new arrangement of All Cats Are Grey!

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  35. Any idea when we could hear something from Robert Craig? Tonight? Or any time during the week?

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  36. Beau: I really don't. Thought we might get something today. But I still say there will be something before this week is over.

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  37. Perhaps they will play Happily Ever After...
    lol...

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  38. shivering with antici-
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    pation!!!

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  39. Also, is anyone else compulsively refreshing thecure.com?

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  40. Lindsey: This is the Vivid Live site you want. : )

    http://vividlive.sydneyoperahouse.com

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  41. how do you know what she REALLY wants? ;) hahaha

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  42. Hahaha...fair point, Zap. : )

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  43. Rev: Yeah, me too. Refreshing every chance I get!

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  44. I've been refreshing here. I want to hear it from Craig, not some intern at Universal.

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  45. I think Robert might handle this one himself, J. : )

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  46. I wish he would hurry up with it mind! He's probably gone to sleep now though.

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  47. I heard he only handles emails twice a week, maybe he does the same with web updates??

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  48. just asked roger on facebook about aus ........his reply was ....not that i know off ...come on rob

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  49. Isn't Smith notorious for sleeping all day and staying up all night?

    Either way, he had better announce something before someone else leaks this 'news.'

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  50. Well here's confirmation that they are playing, but still no news as to what they are doing...?

    http://www.liveguide.com.au/Festivals/683765/Vivid_Live_2011

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  51. No one can spill until the ink is on paper. There is no rush in that regard.

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  52. Damon: Not really confirmation, just a listing. It isn't confirmed until The Cure and/or Vivid make the official announcement.

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  53. too late, it's already spilled:

    http://www.liveguide.com.au/Festivals/683765/Vivid_Live_2011?event_id=683765#details

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  54. Craig:
    With all these little leaks, I'd say the confirmation is coming today from all camps :)

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  55. For the life of me I just don't get the ongoing Roger love-in on COF. There is nothing less cool in the rock music bizz than a full-time key player on stage ...

    I just saw The Pixies last week and they rocked - no key player ...

    The Cure 2008 - awesome show - no key player ....

    It is great to hear that Robert and The Cure are coming back out into the world again, but frankly I could do quite nicely with The Cure sans Roger.

    I gather this means that Porl is gone for good. Damn shame!

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  56. And to think Robert is blissfully sleeping away as the rest of us sit and stare at our many windows of information on the net refreshing repeated, hoping to see a change with THE CURE written all over it!

    I'm in the room without a light
    The room without a view
    I'm here for one more treacherous night....
    waiting for some news!

    do you think he is humming and laughing:
    "Its torture, but I’m almost there...”

    Please don’t make us wait another day! :)

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  57. Rob: Maybe some of us don't care about a band being "cool", and just love the music. Keys are a vital part of The Cure sound for many of us. You disagree? Fine. You got what you wanted from 05-09. Now let us enjoy our keys for a few shows. : )

    And no announcement has been made about Porl. Or about Roger, either.

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  58. These songs were conceived with keys. Most just don't sound good w/o them.

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  59. Rob: Would you say that you have more of a dislike for Roger, or just keyboards in general? What if Lol was playing them? Or what about a guitarist/keyboardist like Porl or Perry? Would that be more to your liking? Or do you not want keyboards at all? I'm just curious.

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  60. Most of The Cure music sounds better with keys in them, the 2004 album really had none so it was easy for Robert to dismiss him, it was his latest baby and he didn't need a keyboard player, 4:13 Dream would have been great with keyboards, Porl did a great job creating sounds with the guitar, but it wasn't the same, as nice as a guy that he was, Perry was really the only expendable one, I am not a fan of Rogers solo stuff, but he is needed in the Cure, I like Porl in the mix as well, a little less Wah pedal, but I would like him their as well, if this "Dark" album ever sees the light of day, I really hope there are keys in it, I play both guitar and keyboards and they both add to the emotion of a song, a few years ago Robert Smith stated that a keyboard player is not necessary, but i think we know that they are needed.

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  61. Keyboards add another layer to the overall sound, and accent nicely as well. Even straight piano has a wonderful sound, but many different voices or effects can be used with keys to create pleasant results. I always thought the Cure had just the right amount of keys and guitars, and although I think 4:13 dream is great, I miss that sound...

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  62. Roger, Robert, Boris, Porl, Simon
    Please let it be so

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  63. That was the best band ever.

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  64. I think I have to agree with you there, Craig and Flyingdeer Records. :)

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  65. if you add Perry to that band it would be more awesome...

    Remember Perry's the head of songs like Trust, This is a lie, Anniversary, really good songs. When he replaced Roger, he did a great job, his guitar sound was great to. Remember those feedback's, all those little sounds, plus, he is (for me)the other guy that can pull of the fender bass VI

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  66. I think that The Cure are best with part time keyboards. The 1991-1992 era was great because the keyboards were not over the top and were more subtle, but were still there.

    I think that this was the most effective incarnation too: Robert, Porl, Boris, Simon and Perry. Just listen to Play Out or Paris.

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  67. @craig yep, i found it, haha

    @rob i sort of agree. keys... they have a time and a place, i guess, and i love several keyboard-driven songs (plainsong, etc.) but ideally i would prefer a guitar-driven cure, especially live. i think that there was a lot of potential for the four piece band. for the most part, i think they lived up to it, but i admit that they didn't always do the best to rearrange songs with vital keyboard parts (and the increase in backing music has me worried). and i have utmost respect for roger and would be happy to see him in the band. but the idea itself of the cure really focusing on guitar is much more appealing to me, and if it were done just right i would love it.

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  68. and on that note

    tell me who is playing guitarrrrr. this has been bugging me since all the "flux" months (actually, a year and a half?!) ago. i need to know! :)

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  69. Who's playing guitar? Robert Smith, of course. : )

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  70. what i already said: it's the first time i wish the mix up between austria and australia would come true;-)

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  71. Well, my dream is always a trio.
    Robert, Simon, Lol
    without anybody else.
    keyboards? Why not.
    pedal keyboards or shared with bass or guitar (see the 1981-1982 tours).
    This will meant they can play only stuff from the early era? Well, this is the thing i desire more;)

    dreams are admitted;)

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  72. Really?

    I don't understand where all the love for teddy comes from.

    He's a decent guitar player, but the burden definitely shifts onto Robert when he's the other guitar. Unfortunately, that then leads to baking tapes for guitar parts, and oh dear... Not again.

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  73. Without keys i would not like The Cure..NEVER...it's so easy as that...The best Cure sounds in Tour & in studio are with keys & the best Albums from The Cure are with the keys...So my best Wish for this year & i Pray hard for this ..it's a Full The cure band with the return of the Keys (and roger) in STUDIO & in Concerts!!

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  74. hi all... maybe quite off-topic... but found this interview with Roger (from last December)... so he is still "in touch" with Robert...

    http://indiemusic.co.uk/MagSitePages/Article.aspx?id=5818

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  75. Monghi: Roger and Robert have been on good terms again for over a year now. It was Roger's "Disintegration memories" article that broke the ice.

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  76. Tweeted(?)Roger yesterday evening in response to confirmed shows ~ asked if any shoes "further away" and he very kindley replied ~ "sorry to dissappoint but no... nothing confirmed.."

    Still leaves it open I guess?!

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  77. Thanks craig - i was replying to this comment, but didn't make it at all clear.

    "curedtc (Aaron) said...
    I hope it is long term, I am going to Bestival!"

    my older brother went to see them on the Faith Tour at the Oxford Apollo (cost £4.50) and he gave me the the black & white programme (just a collections of pics from the Carnage Visors piece)

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  78. No problem, fatpie. Just didn't want you to get your hopes up for Bestival. Still, they have said The Cure are playing for 2 & a half hours there, so I'd say that's pretty good. : )

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  79. "Monghi: Roger and Robert have been on good terms again for over a year now. It was Roger's "Disintegration memories" article that broke the ice."

    :) that's interesting to know!

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  80. WGT is definitely the biggest goth fest in Europe, stretching over three days and multiple venues throughout. Am actually heading there to see my partner's band IKON, which may result in missing the potential Sydney Cure show. :(

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  81. I'm dying to hear something new from the Cure in studio???

    .......@GrAig ...can u shake your contacts to get some news???

    Pleazzzzzzzzzz!

    ;) stephan

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  82. RSX PLEASE TELL US TODAY!!!

    I will be MIA all day tomorrow and some of Friday finding my way up NORTH to Victoria BC to see the Pixies.

    Planes, ferries and buses O’MY!

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  83. FWIW, Hispacure is saying the announcement is coming today.
    They did not say what the source is, we shall see.

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  84. Like I said before, it will most likely happen this week, though it has been delayed before. But if no announcement today, just be assured that very good things are happening today. : )

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  85. The party just gets better and better?

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  86. No announcement today, guys. You can relax.

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  87. Damn just my luck. In that case I hope they wait until this weekend when I have full internet again! :/

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  88. Gotta get down on Friday.......
    Whatever the line up, keys/no keys/porl/no porl/roger/no roger and whatever they play faith/17 seconds/i'm a cult hero (ha), do you think this event will officially filmed Craig?

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  89. Will you have email access, Kel?

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  90. NO b/c My business email is Yahoo business and I can’t get to it Via my phone or anything Mac. :/

    I guess I could try to use my old Hotmail. Why?

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  91. Was going to offer to send you any crucial updates via email.

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  92. No announcement today? ok, so I can go to sleep then, goodnight
    (from France, it past 23:00, i don't go to sleep in the middle of the afternoon).

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  93. No announcements today :(

    They are really drawing this out (even though it has only been a week), but who knows what goes on behind the scenes

    Re: configuration of the band. I think everyone here will agree to disagree on their favourite lineups and the merits of former band members

    My 2 cents:

    Boris was/is great - no question. He was a key player during the band's most successful period, and his inventive playing certainly heightened many songs. And, at other times, his playing was very straight forward.

    Roger had a very large part in helping make Disintegration and Bloodflowers the beautiful albums that they are. His talents are underused in the band, but the keyboard parts used in the Cure are often understated and for the most part only call for minor flourishes at best (e.g, “Last Day Of Summer”, “Homesick” or “Trust” live).

    Porl – undoubtedly brilliant player also reined in by the “less is more” ethos of the band. 4tour – he made some songs breathe with new life (e.g, “The Walk” never sounded so good), whilst others songs (and I’m not saying this is Porl’s fault) sorely lacked keys (“Lullaby” anyone..?).

    Perry always came across to me like Robert’s little brother – similar styles of guitar playing. Loved the 3 guitar attack he helped provide during the Wish period, and able to jump onto keys where needed. A more than capable player once he stepped into a more permanent guitar role, although obviously not as “off the cuff” when it came to his leads, unlike Porl. Would love to see him involved in the band again.

    Jason has been the band's longest serving drummer, and is an excellent musician. Doesn't he do some soundtrack work too? Hats off to anyone that can consistently pull off 3 hour shows on long tours.

    Lol – I always wondered just how much he contributed once he moved to keyboards..? Sorry...

    Robert & Simon – obviously irreplaceable.

    I think it’s been this push and pull of the various members and their respective capabilities that has made the band what it is.

    In saying... this is my ideal lineup:

    Gary Biddles or Frank Bell – vocals
    Derek Thompson – bass
    Louis Pavlou or Ronald Austin –drums
    Special guest Reeves Gabrels – guitar

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cure_personnel

    ;)

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  94. Not much longer to wait, now. Like I keep saying, you will know everything before the end of this week. Just hang on a bit longer.

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  95. Also, to everyone who has sent in other stuff for posting, I promise I will get to it soon. Just want to keep the focus on this for now.

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  96. One of Australia's biggest festivals Splendour In The Grass went on sale this morning here. So I'm guessing this will push the annoucement back to Friday morning Oz time :(

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  97. theseashallnothavethem: Thank you so much for posting that. So nice to see someone talk about the differences between the members of the band without needing to slag them off, or say how horrible one is compared to the other. Very refreshing.

    We all have our favorites, but I am so grateful and thankful to each and every one of them, for contributing something to a band that I love, and for helping to create music that has enriched my life so much.

    Cheers to each and every member of The Cure! Past, present, and future.

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  98. Amen, Craig & theseashallnothavethem.

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  99. " Past, present, and **FUTURE** " ???


    Sooooo.... you're saying for sure that there's a former member that is returning ?? Or that there's going to be an entirely new member ?!?!




    :))

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  100. Nope. Just saying a heartfelt thanks to all of them.

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  101. another interesting twitter news from roger: "Oh I do like to be beside the seaside, oh I do like to be beside the sea... Staring at the sea, wearing a kiss me quick hat ah the memories!"

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  102. and also an old twitter mesage from lol - another hint? "I had a little chat with Steve Kandell at Spin magazine about the past. Its in April's edition. A taste of things to come..."

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  103. Totally agree theseashallnothavethem. Very lovely :)

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  104. Heeeyy!!! Craig please let know Roger i still have his Tambourine!!! he gave it to me in the last show in Mexico in 2004!!! whooo!!!!

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