Saturday, June 9, 2012

Heineken Jammin' Festival billboard & poster

Huge billboard spotted in Milan. (Thanks @easycure96)

Poster spotted in the Milan subway. (Thanks Andrea)

Moscow show update

"Here's the schedule:
13:00 Doors open
14:00 Everything Is Made in China (25 min)
15:05 She Wants Revenge (45 min)
16:30 Everlast (60 min)
18:10 Noel Galagher's High Flying Birds (75 min)
20:05 The Cure (175 min)
also the latest news: it seems that beer will be allowed :)"
(Thanks Eduard)

So in the US, this is going to be an early show on Monday morning/afternoon. Start times are 12:05 pm eastern, 11:05 am central, 10:05 am mountain, 9:05 am pacific. And unless I've missed something, no plans for a webcast from this show.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

The Caterpillar at Primavera 2012

The Cure - The Caterpillar (Primavera 2012) (Thanks Sven)

Cure poster sale

Sean is moving, so he has to sell a bunch of his Cure stuff. If interested, take a look at his list of items for sale here (sale is over). He will be posting updates in the comments.

Update (5/27/12): Photos of the posters have been added. 
Update (6/7/12): Bidding will end on Friday.

Chris Parry Cure collection for sale

Chris Parry is selling some of his personal Cure collection and more coming soon: "More Gold Discs, Platinum Discs, Silver Discs And Tour Posters Coming Soon." (Thanks @mlindenuk)

From Sweet Memories Vinyl on Facebook: "I met Chris Parry (Founder of Fiction Records) today who signed and produced The Cure and produced The Jam, The Associates and many others. Sweet Memories Record Shop in Fratton Road, Portsmouth, is now the official seller of Cure records, Acetates, Gold Discs and tour posters from the private collection of Chris Parry."

Update (5/27/12): Chris is now auctioning off some rare Cure memorabilia.
Update (6/7/12): Some of the auction items are ending in the next 24 hours.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Mark Hoppus on The Cure

Mark Hoppus of Blink-182 talks a bit about The Cure and how Robert inspired him. (Thanks )

Best of Pinkpop broadcast

Best of Pinkpop, with Cure highlights, airs on Nederland3 at 23:30 this Saturday, June 9th.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Primavera audio downloads

Update (6/7/12): Complete audience recording. Here's the data: Sony MD MZ-NHF 800 + Sony ECM 907 > mic: Sonicstage > WAV > AUDACITY (split tracks, fade in, fade out) > TLH > FLAC (level 8). Recorded from the audience, left of the stage. (Thanks lapsang)

Update (6/5/12): Brent has put together the "Definitive live webcast audio" from Primavera.
*Original 360p .flv video file extracted from live You Tube webcast (not re-encoded) - thanks to 'Tomer Anonyless' for the video extraction.
*I have extracted the audio file from the original 360p .flv file to lossless WAVE, this is an extraction of the original audio not a recording!

SummerCure tote bags

"There were tote bags for sale at Primavera that they were not selling at Pinkpop. Here's a photo of them."
(Thanks Antti)

Monday, June 4, 2012

Van Gosse on The Cure's first US tour

From Van Gosse: "Way back, when I started writing about music (thanks to Davitt Sigerson), I interviewed lots of people and occasionally taped shows, so I could listen to them again. April 1980, Melody Maker gave me a big assignment to trail The Cure on their first US tour, and write about them.  Their publicist, Rhonda, took me to their US debut, at Emerald City in Cherry Hill, NJ, and I taped the attached.   Pretty great stuff!  They were releasing "A Forest," but still played all the original stuff, including "Killing an Arab" as the encore.  The MM went on strike and my piece never ran, but it was a good time.  I remember what a hard case was Robert Smith, very determined, nothing sentimental or artsy about him. Below are my two pieces that did run, in the Voice and a short live review in the MM.  And the show itself, thanks to SFJ for compressing and cleaning up." (Thanks Anna)

Note: Some are getting a Malware warning when trying to download this. I downloaded it, didn't get any warnings, and it scans clean for me, but use extreme caution.
If you don't want to chance it, though it honestly seems safe, just listen to it at Slicing Up Eyeballs.

In case you don't get it, this is a newly discovered tape of The Cure's very 1st show in the US - The Cherry Hill, NJ show on April 10th, 1980!

So the very first US Cure setlist was Seventeen Seconds, Play For Today, Three Imaginary Boys, Fire In Cairo, Grinding Halt, In Your House, Subway Song, M, 10:15 Saturday Night, Accuracy, At Night, Boys Don't Cry, Jumping Someone Else's Train, Another Journey By Train, A Forest. Encore: Secrets, Killing An Arab. But the tape ends there, so we don't know if there was more.
Update (6/5/12): According to the actual stage setlist posted at A Foolish Arrangement, this recording is complete.
(Thanks to Andreas @ the excellent Cure Concerts Guide for the info)

Update (6/6/12): Need More Cure 1980 shows to download? Try here & here. (Thanks )

HD version of Just One Kiss at Primavera 2012

The Cure - Just One Kiss HD version (Primavera 2012)
(Thanks Sven)

New Robert Smith Interview

Robert did a new interview for the Russian show. It's real, not fake like the Belgian one. Read it here. English (sort of) here. If anyone wants to provide a better translation or summary of it, please do. Now Robert is never directly quoted as saying this, but the caption under the photo says that the new Cure album (the 2nd half of '4:13 Dream') will be out later this year. But the really important question the interviewer asks, why does Robert merely speak about "Peace in the Ass", but never sing about it? : ) (Thanks Eduard)