Tuesday, June 26, 2012

New interview with Reeves Gabrels

The Berklee College of Music has a new interview with Reeves. (Thanks Joseph)

How did you and Robert Smith reconnect?
At the end of April, he emailed: "What are you doing this summer? For the whole summer?" I said, "If you're asking what I think you're asking, nothing that can't change." He said, "This is what's going on. I'm the only guitar player and I really miss having a wingman." He said it would only be 30 songs. It turned out to be 52 songs. I think I had just under two weeks to learn them. I got here and I think we whittled those down to a primary core of 40 songs.

What's it like working with Robert again?
Robert has a very distinctive guitar style. He's a very interesting player. For a good portion of the night, I'm in a support role, which is an interesting experience. Usually I'm the guy out on the ledge. Now I'm the guy holding the shirt of the guy on the ledge so he doesn't fall.

What are the set lists like?
It's been across the board spanning the Cure's 30-year history. We've gone very deep into their catalogue, including some B-sides they haven't played live before. When I checked out [their catalogue] album by album, at least a couple of songs on every album went into the mainstream consciousness. The audience is just amazing to see, probably 12-year-olds to people into their '60s, all singing along.

Click the link above for the rest of the interview.

25 comments:

  1. I wonder if Robert said it all in CAPS.

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  3. So, this Reeves Gabrels guy has worked with Robert Smith before? When?

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    1. Seriously? Did you read the interview? I mean this isn't exactly new info. Wrong Number, COGASM, played live with them in 97.

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    2. And how could I leave out Yesterday's Gone from Reeves & Robert!

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    3. Sorry, Muld. Shouldn't have put it like that. You probably only read the highlights I posted and hadn't read the whole interview. No need for me to be like that to you. Bad day for me.

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    4. i didn't even realize that wasn't the whole interview, so thanks for mentioning that i should click the link :)

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  4. Yesterday's Gone, tsssssss! amazing song. Best collaboration by Robert.

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  5. Reeves can, on demand, learn 50 new songs? In two weeks? That's impressive to say the least I can see why Robert called him. Yet Robert gave the boot to Perry. Just because of that one time he made a pass at him during drunken Christmas. Like he didn't want it.

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    1. Paul, where on Earth did you hear this?

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    2. Hahahahaha....I tried to warn him! Only Simon can get away with that. ;)

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    3. Right, at least until Simon made that mistake on 4Tour assuming not be pictured by a jealous Perry sitting in audience:
      http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/580/simonandporl1.jpg/

      Simon tried to ban the publishing of that photo by his own means on the backstage toilet later. unfortunatly Porl was there too, with his own camera...: http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/855/simonperry.jpg/

      So next shows was total desaster which Robert was really not amsued about:
      http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/407/porlignoringsimon.jpg/

      He said, he'd fire one of the guys after the tour as they were squabbling all the time.

      But shortly after, Robert remembered of his real feelings: http://www.flickr.com/photos/robertsmithswashingmachine/6517652575/

      And we all knew what this was meaning for Porl...

      Sad story...

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    4. Right, at least until Simon made that mistake on 4Tour assuming not be pictured by a jealous Perry sitting in audience:
      http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/580/simonandporl1.jpg/

      Simon tried to ban the publishing of that photo by his own means on the backstage toilet later. unfortunatly Porl was there too, with his own camera...: http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/855/simonperry.jpg/

      So next shows was total desaster which Robert was really not amsued about:
      http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/407/porlignoringsimon.jpg/

      He said, he'd fire one of the guys after the tour as they were squabbling all the time.

      But shortly after, Robert remembered of his real feelings: http://www.flickr.com/photos/robertsmithswashingmachine/6517652575/

      And we all knew what this was meaning for Porl...

      Sad story...

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  6. Erm... I think he's joking.

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  7. some b-sides... So we have "Just One Kiss" and...

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  8. In my opionon... this tour is the best one since Dream Tour in 2000!!! The sound is excellent, songs refreshed... Hungry ghost is so powerfull now!!! can´t wait 4frequency fest...

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  9. Also, Kate, how is your day?

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  10. My day is sunny, Tom. How is yours?

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  11. escuse-me i will talk in fresh: j adors reeves ses un tres bon musicien ! mais pour les chansons comme : wrong number et hungly ghost ,push ...ect le son est vraiment a discuté une chance qu il reste juste pour l été !!!

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  12. Its been an ok day - some cloud and a little rain though.

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