Saturday, April 6, 2019

Trailer for HBO's R & R HoF broadcast

Roger's interiew and new song debut on Lust for Lists today (April 6th, 2019)

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

New version of 'Pictures of You' in Dead Good documentary

Andy Anderson Forever!

Roger will be on Lust For Lists this Saturday

The Sirius XM interviews

While in NYC for the Rock Hall induction, Robert, Roger, and Lol did interviews with Sirius XM. Here they are:

Poe Dameron is a Cure fan!

Carrie Keagan talks about her infamous interview with Robert on the red carpet

More backstage interviews

The Cure's Induction Video

This is the video that played just before Trent came on to induct them.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Robert talks about the new album & Disintegration shows in the US

From Rolling Stone:

When the Cure’s Robert Smith took the stage during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Barclays Center on Friday, he kept things succinct. “As Trent [Reznor, who introduced the band] said, it’s 40 years since our first album came out. It doesn’t seem like that. And in that time, there’s obviously been a lot of people who’ve played a part in the Cure story, for better or worse. And I’m not going to stand here and read off a load of names because that’s… I shouldn’t say too much, really, but that’s quite tedious. And I’m no good with stories. I’m a very bad communicator.”

Smith was more forthcoming when Rolling Stone caught up with him backstage, with the goth/post-punk veteran discussing his initial reservations with the awards show, the upcoming 30th anniversary of his Disintegration and a new Cure album that’s currently in the works.

How does it feel to be in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?

I should know by now [to] have a glib answer to offer. There are so many people who have done that I actually admire hugely and inspired me and the band that I think my reservations, such as they were, were kind of pretty immaterial, as it turns out.

What were your reservations?

When we came to the building and we did the red carpet thing, my initial response, because I hadn’t quite thought it through [was] I was a bit glib and said despite my best efforts at being alternative, we’d been subsumed into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. There’s an element of truth to that, but to fight against it would be slightly churlish. It doesn’t change how we do, or how I think about, what we do.
Simon [Gallup] said we should do it because people will see us onstage, know who we are, and we’ll play songs for them. That’s kind of what the band does. He made the band come back down to Earth and stop theorizing about what it really means and what it represents. We’ll just play some songs to people. They’ll either like us or they won’t. Then we’ll go and have a beer. He’s a much more down to earth character than I. I think sometimes I worry too much.

How’s the next album going? A lot of people are excited about it.

Because it’s the anniversary of Disintegration, I was thinking about how we did that, and how we turned that into something and what my mindset was. A key part of it was everyone being away from home, being away from everything they loved and being in one place at the same time. So for the first time in 20 years, we went into a studio — we actually went into the studio where they did “Bohemian Rhapsody,” funnily enough. It’s a great studio in the middle of nowhere. We just played music for three weeks. And it’s great. I know everyone says that. But it really is fucking great.
It’s so dark. It’s incredibly intense. And I’ve waited 10 years to do something that means something. It’s going to work really well. I’m not sure how much of it we’ll play this summer at festivals. It’s not really festival music. The songs are like 10 minutes, 12 minutes long. We recorded 19 songs. So I have no idea what to do now. The others are saying, “Triple album!” I’m saying, no let’s not. I’ll pick six or maybe eight songs and do like a single album. But I think it will delight our hardcore fans. And probably really, really infuriate everyone else. At my age, I’m still doom and gloom.

When do you want to put this out?

We’ll finish it before we start in the summer, and it’ll be mixed through the summer. And then so release date, I don’t know, October? Halloween! Come on!

Are you gonna do Disintegration in the U.S.?

It’s inevitable, I think. When we did the last festival, I said, “this is it.” But once we’ve rehearsed it, I know it’s going to be really good. We’re holding home theaters in New York and Los Angeles. But I kind of feel like we should do it in a bigger venue. I’d like to a big show with it, really. It’s a bigger album. I think when we did the first three albums we did three nights at the Beacon in New York. It was much more punky. We were trying to recreate that vibe. But I think Disintegration is just big. So we need to do somewhere that’s just big. But probably about Christmas time we’ll come back.

This year is your 40th anniversary. What does that mean to you?

It means I’m fucking old!

The Cure have become a legendary band. You could do three nights at Madison Square Garden.

I think it’s because we haven’t changed that much in a funny way. I know Radiohead talked about integrity and authenticity and stuff. It’s kind of like an unspoken thing with us. We don’t bang on about it. But that’s why we retain so many fans, I think. Because they know we’re not pretending what we do. It doesn’t change the world, but it’s everything. Those five songs, I’m just there. It’s good being in the band, in the Cure at the moment. It’s such a wonderful thing to have this lineup; and for me to be this age and still love it.

Mary at the Rock Hall induction ceremony!

So wonderful to see Mary on Friday night! And to see her enjoying the show! We love you so much, Mary!

Backstage interviews

In Loving Memory of Andy Anderson

Andy was in everyone's thoughts on Friday night at the Rock Hall Induction Ceremony. It's fucking ridiculous that he wasn't included with the other Cures, but Robert made sure he was a part of the Ceremony, and at least the Hall included him in the In Memoriam video.

Talks about Andy at 1:46 in. "The band played a medley that began with “Shake Dog Shake,” which Smith explained backstage was specifically chosen in memory of Anderson. “It’s a weird choice maybe for people who don’t know The Cure, but because Andy Anderson died recently, and he was the drummer on that album and he’s known for that song in particular, it was a tribute to Andy.”

The Cure's set at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

The Cure red carpet interviews

Robert's induction speech

Trent Reznor's Cure induction speeh

Thursday, March 28, 2019

The Cure at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
March 29th, 2019
Barclays Center
Brooklyn, NY
Doors at 5:30 PM / Show at 7 PM

Setlist: Shake Dog Shake, A Forest, Lovesong, Just Like Heaven, Boys Don't Cry.

Videos: Shake Dog Shake 1 - 2 - 3 / A Forest 1 - 2 - 3 / Lovesong 1 - 2 - 3 / Just Like Heaven 1 - 2 / Boys Don't Cry 1 - 2 - 3   

Reviews: 1 - 2 / Billboard / Rolling Stone / Digital Journal

Photos: Getty Images / WKYC

Red carpet arrivals and interviews will be streamed live on the Rock Hall's Website, Facebook and YouTube channel. It starts at 5:30 PM eastern.

The Hall will post live updates, photos, and videos on this page

Putting this up early as I might not have time tonight or in the morning. I'll be at the event and hope to provide as much info as I can, signal willing. But the blog won't be updated until I get home, so please follow along on Twitter.

Here's the info we know at the time of this posting:

Who's inducting them? Trent Reznor.

Are The Cure attending? Yes! While the band haven't confirmed it, the Hall has. We just don't know how many of the 10 will go.

Which Cures are confirmed to be attending? Lol, Roger, Simon, Robert, Jason, Reeves, Perry, Pearl. And there will likely be other ex Cures, too

Are The Cure playing? We assume so, and I've been led to believe they will, but again, no confirmation from the band or the Hall. Update: Yes, they are playing!

How long are they playing? Bands are usually given a 3-4 song set, so expect that.
Update: They did 5 songs at soundcheck, so maybe they get a 5 song set?

What will they play? This is an easy one...Cold, Charlotte Sometimes, Last Dance, and Faith. You know what they say, if you're going to dream, dream dark. :)

Where can I watch? Live at Barclays Center, or the live simulcast at the Rock Hall in Cleveland, or the edited highlights on HBO April 27th. There's no official live stream, though there might be fan scopes and streams.

The Cure play Paleo Festival on July 25th

Friday, March 22, 2019

The Cure exhibit at the R & R Hall of Fame

Massive, isnt it? Don't everyone go rushing off to Cleveland at once! See the other displays on the Hall's Instagram.

The Cure, led by Robert Smith, always focused on artistry, not profits, says ex-drummer-keyboardist Lol Tolhurst

An interview with Lol, ahead of the Rock Hall induction. It says (I assume confirmed by Lol) that 8 of the 10 Cure inductees will attend the induction. Robert, Lol, Pearl are said to be going, and I would assume the other 4 current Cures will be there, so that's 7, but who is #8? Perry, Boris, or Michael?

"That’s despite having sued Smith over rights to the name not long after his dismissal. The two have since reconciled their friendship — hence, the reunion shows — which is one reason why Tolhurst will join Smith and six other current or former members of the band on the stage at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on Friday, March 29, when the band is inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2019."

"Perhaps Thompson, who will be part of the entourage on the Barclays stage, was the “only natural musician,” but the entire band shared a love of music that was as much a part of their DNA as their English accents."

Also, and this is just getting silly now, the way these people can't get this simple thing straight, Robert did NOT tell that album news to ME. It was in a radio interview with 5FM in South Africa. You can listen to it here

Update: Heard from Lol and this interview was done just after the inductees announcement was made last year. At the time, he had no idea if any of them would go. So this guy is just speculating on his own, as I doubt he spoke with Robert or Pearl.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

The Cure in Cape Town (03-21-19)

March 21st, 2019
Rock on the Lawns
Kenilworth Race Course
Cape Town, South Africa
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Setlist: Plainsong, Pictures Of You, High, A Night Like This, The End of the World, Lovesong, Push, In Between Days, Just Like Heaven, If Only Tonight We Could Sleep, A Strange Day, Play for Today, A Forest, Primary, Want, Shake Dog Shake, From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea, Disintegration

Encore: Burn, Fascination Street, Never Enough, Wrong Number, Lullaby, Hot Hot Hot, The Caterpillar, The Walk, Let's Go to Bed, Friday I'm in Love, Close to Me, Why Can't I Be You?, Boys Don't Cry.

Thanks to @robertmalice for the setlist help tonight.

Reviews: What's On In Cape Town

Photos: Biz Community

Videos: A Night Like This / Lovesong / A Forest / Burn / Wrong Number / Lullaby / Friday I'm in Love /

The Cure are scheduled to start at 8:15 pm. In the US that will be 2:15 pm eastern, 1:15 pm central, 12:15 pm mountain, 11:15 am pacific. In the UK that's 6:15 pm, and in France, Germany and Spain it's 7:15 pm.

If you're going to the show tonight and wouldn't mind helping me with setlist and show reports, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you and have a great time at the show!

10:30am - doors open
11am - The Robfather DJ set
12:10pm - Diamond Thug
1pm - Hellcats
1:50pm - Opposite The Other
2:40pm - Southern Wild
3:30pm - Karen Zoid
4:30pm - Ard Matthews
5:30pm - Zebra & Giraffe
6:30pm - Fokofpolisiekar
7:30pm - change over to The Cure. The Robfather DJ
8:15pm - The Cure
11pm - curfew

New interviews with Robert

While in South Africa, Robert did two radio interviews. The first was with John Maytham for CapeTalk. This one caused a bit of confusion, as Robert said they had just recorded their first album in 10 years. But when NME picked up the story, they changed "recorded" to "finished", and every other site just copied their inaccurate story, giving the impression that the new album was finished and due out any time now.

The second was with Nick Hamman for 5FM. Robert clarified the new album situation, saying "We've just started, not quite finished, recording our first new album for 10 years".

The Cure are "confirmed" to attend the Rock Hall induction Ceremony

While the Hall says they are attending, there still hasn't been ANY public confirmation from the band. Complete radio silence on this from both The Cure and Trent Reznor. Still, I remain confident that they'll be there and probably play. We'll know for sure very soon.

Mojo and Uncut mention Andy's passing

Saturday, March 16, 2019

The Cure in Johannesburg (3-16-19)

March 16th, 2019
Rock on the Lawns
Carnival City
Johannesburg, South Africa
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Setlist: Plainsong, Pictures Of You, High, A Night Like This, The End of the World, Lovesong, Push, In Between Days, Just Like Heaven, If Only Tonight We Could Sleep, A Strange Day, Play for Today, A Forest, Primary, Shake Dog Shake, From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea, Disintegration

Encore: Burn, Fascination Street, Never Enough, Wrong Number, Lullaby, The Caterpillar, The Walk, Friday I'm in Love, Close to Me, Why Can't I Be You?, Boys Don't Cry, Jumping Someone Else's Train, Grinding Halt, 10:15 Saturday Night, Killing an Arab

Reviews: ENCA

Videos: Bits of the first 3 songs / Pictures of You / In Between Days / Just Like Heaven / A Strange Day / Play for Today / A Forest 1 - 2 - 3 / Shake Dog Shake / From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea / Burn  / Lullaby / Close to Me / Boys Don't Cry / 10:15 Saturday Night 

10:30am - doors open
11am - The Robfather DJ set
12pm - Diamond Thug
1pm - Hellcats
1:50pm - Opposite The Other
2:40pm - Southern Wild
3:30pm - Karen Zoid
4:40pm - Ard Matthews
5:30pm Zebra & Giraffe
6:30pm - Fokofpolisiekar
7:30pm - change over to The Cure. The Robfather DJ
8:15pm - The Cure
11pm - curfew

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame updates

The Rock Hall has announced who will be inducting this year's class:

Trent Reznor for The Cure
Harry Styles for Stevie Nicks
Brian May for Def Leppard
David Byrne for Radiohead
Janelle Monae for Janet Jackson
Simon Le Bon and John Taylor for Roxy Music
Susanna Hoffs for The Zombies

They also announced that the edited HBO broadcast will premiere on April 27th.

And there will be a live stream from the red carpet.

The Cure play Glastonbury on June 30th

The Cure play Pinkpop on June 9th

DrowningBoy 2nd single & 2nd show

Friday, March 15, 2019

Cure Tour far

Update (March 28th, 2019): Paleo Festial added on July 25th.

Official rumor: In this interview, Roger says they are talking about playing North American shows in Autumn 2019, and that the tour will probably end in South America.

March 16th, 2019 - Johannesburg, South Africa at Rock on the Lawns.
Tickets on sale now.

March 21st, 2019 - Cape Town, South Africa at Rock on the Lawns.
Tickets on sale now.

May 24th, 25th, 27th, 28th - Sydney, Australia at the Sydney Opera House
Disintegration 30th Anniversary shows.
Sold Out!

June 8th, 2019 - Dublin, Ireland at Malahide Castle
Tickets are Sold Out! But keep checking, as some keep popping up.

June 9th, 2019 - Landgraff, Netherlands at Pinkpop Festival
Tickets on sale now

June 14th, 2019 - Nickelsdorf, Austria at Nova Rock
Tickets on sale now.

June 16th, 2019 - Florence, Italy at Firenze Rocks
Tickets on sale now.

June 21st, 2019 - Neuhausen Ob Eck, Germany at Southside Festival
Tickets on sale now.

June 23rd, 2019 - Scheessel, Germany at Hurricane Festival
Tickets on sale now.

June 24th - 26th, 2019 - Zagreb, Croatia at INMusic Festival
Tickets on sale now.

June 28th, 2019 - Werchter, Belgium at Rock Werchter
Tickets on sale now here and here.

June 30th, 2019 - Somerset, England at Glastonbury Festival
Sold Out

July 4th, 2019 - Novi Sad, Serbia at Exit Festival
Tickets on sale now.

July 6th, 2019 - Roskilde, Denmark at Roskilde Festival
Tickets on sale now.

July 11th, 2019 - Lisbon, Portugal at NOS Alive
Tickets on sale now.

July 13th, 2019 - Madrid, Spain at Mad Cool Festival
Tickets on sale now.

July 17th, 2019 - Athens, Greece at Ejekt Festival
Tickets on sale now.

July 20th, 2019 - Ostrava, Czech Republic at Colours of Ostrava
Tickets on sale now.

July 22nd, 2019 - Bucharest, Romania at Rock the City
Tickets on sale now.

July 25th, 2019 - Nyon, Switzerland at Paleo Festival
Tickets on sale April 3rd at noon.

July 28th, 2019 - Naeba Ski Resort, Japan at Fuji Rock Festival
Tickets on sale now.

August 3rd, 2019 -Moscow, Russia at Afisha Picnic
Tickets on sale now.

August 7th, 2019 - Oslo, Norway at Oya Festival
Tickets on sale now.

August 8th - 10th - Gothenburg, Sweden at Way Out West Festival.
Tickets on sale now.

August 9th - 11th - Helsinki, Finland at Flow Festival
Tickets on sale now.

August 16th, 2019 - Glasgow, Scotland at Summer Sessions
Tickets on sale now.

August 23rd, 2019 - Parc de Saint-Cloud, France at Rock en Seine
Tickets on sale now.

And more to be announced soon.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Awful news from Andy Anderson

From Andy on Facebook:

Hi guy’s, I am and I have Terminal 4 Cancer, and their is no way of returning back from that, it’s totally covering the inside of my body, and I'm totally fine and aware of my situation I've gone for a no resuscitation, with that, I have a next of kin, in place and there is no way I would want them to be looking me as a vegetable, if I were to survived a resuscitation, because it may well involve the possibility of sustaining cracked ribs and Brain Damage, and I would hate to lay that on anyone. Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy will be discussed over the next few days, hopefully I’ll be able to get back to get to you in the next few days about the outcome, and please, No Boo, Hooing, here, just be positive, for me it’s just another life Experience and Hurdle, that one has to make yet another Choice in life, be cool, I most definitely am and positive about the situation , well that’s it for now, good folk, and thank you all for the well wishes I love them all, and are held very, very close to my heart dearly, and will stay with me for ever, any way, stay well yourselves and chat soon. Ax.

Andy, we all love you so much!  Your dignity and strength in facing & battling this is truly inspiring. We are all sending you positive thoughts and all the love in the world to help you in this fight. I hope you know how many people out here care about you and are hoping this goes as painlessly as possible. I truly am at a loss for words over this. All the best to you, Mr. Anderson. And thank you so much!

Update (Feb. 26th, 2019): Unfortunately, the bad news is true. Andy Anderson has passed away. Confirmed with Lol.
This is hard. We knew this day was coming, but I wasn't expecting it so soon. The one good thing is it wasn't prolonged with years of pain. We don't know the details and might never know, but I like to think it went quickly, and Andy was spared too much suffering.
I didn't know Andy & sadly never had the chance to meet him, though I wanted to so badly. But I cherished every interaction I had with him. Every tweet, DM, and email, he was always so kind & always in such good spirits. He was a joy to talk to. Always a laugh & a virtual smile.
So we've lost our first Cure, and it hurts. Badly. But remember what Andy told us above. So be sad for a bit, but remember the great man & all of the music & good times he gave us. We loved and still love you, Andy. Thank you! Now go make your "special tea" for the spirits. :)

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