Saturday, June 30, 2012

The Cure at Les Eurockeennes 2012

Photo by Stijn Van Minnebruggen
Setlist: Plainsong, Pictures of You, High, The End of the World, Lovesong, Push, Inbetween Days, Just Like Heaven, From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea, Sleep When I'm Dead, Play For Today, A Forest, Bananafishbones, Lullaby, The Walk, Mint Car, Doing the Unstuck, Trust, Want, The Hungry Ghost, Wrong Number, One Hundred Years, Disintegration

1st encore: The Kiss 
2nd encore: Close To Me, Friday I'm In Love, Why Can't I Be You?, Boys Don't Cry.

Show started at 23:15, about 45 minutes later than planned, due to storms at the festival. Ended at 01:39.

Photos: Sophie Hébert / Boby / Alan Kerloc'h / William Soragna / Robert Gil / Fons / SoulNovocaine / Discordance / Zegut / Wannabes / Gigwise / Laurent / Robert 1 - 2 - 3 (by Melanie & Franck) / Plainsong (by Stijn Van Minnebruggen) / Robert 1 - 2 - 3 (by Magalie Delle-Vedove from l'Est Républicain)

Videos: Plainsong 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 / Pictures of You 1 - 2 / High 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 / The End of the World / Lovesong 1 - 2 - 3 (Direct Star) - 4 - 5 / Push 1 - 2 / Inbetween Days 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 / Just Like Heaven / From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea / Sleep When I'm Dead / Play For Today / A Forest 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 / Bananafishbones 1 - 2 / Lullaby 1 - 2 - 3 / The Walk 1 - 2 / Mint Car / Doing the Unstuck 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 / Trust 1 - 2 / Want 1 - 2 - 3 / Wrong Number / One Hundred Years 1 - 2 / Disintegration 1 - 2 / The Kiss 1 - 2 - 3 - 4  - 5  - 6 / Close To Me / Close To Me & Friday I'm In Love / Friday I'm In Love & Why Can't I Be You? / Why Can't I Be You? / Boys Don't Cry 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 / Compilation of clips 1 - 2 / French TV report with Cure fans 1 (Philippe Alenda of - 2 (David Sanchez of

Reviews: Street Generation (English) / Discordance (English) / Sylvain / L'est Republicain (English - Newspaper photos) / David Fargier / La Voix Du Nord (English)

Articles: L'Alsace (English) / Liberation (English) / France 3 (English)

Thanks to @fons36, Pierre, Sylvain (and his girlfriend's phone) for the live reports. Also thanks to Olivier (in Belfort) for trying. Special thanks to Olivier (in California) for all of the help with weather and news translations.

Robert interview in XL

Update (6/30/12): Scans of the article here and a rough translation below. (Thanks Pierluigi and Gianfranco)


And whether or not Robert Smith of The Cure protagonist of the bizarre cult-film Sorrentino? XL reveals it from page 40 ... This Must Be The Man

As a boy he did not know who or what he wanted to become. Today, aged 53, continues to be the same questions. And, on the eve of the Italian dates of what could be his last tour, Robert Smith bestowed an exclusive interview to XL. Very intimate... and dark.

Close Encounters in Belgium

"I'm Alexandre from Brussels. I've met the band just before & after the show in Werchter. Here are the pics. It was amazing! Robert was soooo friendly with fans! Unbelievable!"
(Thanks Alexandre)

Paleo Festival schedule

The schedule for Paleo Festival is out. The Cure plays from 20:45 - 22:35. (Thanks Mars)

Friday, June 29, 2012

One Hundred Years at Werchter 2012

The Cure - One Hundred Years (Werchter 2012)
That's for you, Юра Тріобчук. :)

Robert interview post Werchter

Here's a brief interview with Robert after the Werchter show, though it appears to be region locked.

Update: looks like the clip has been removed, but I asked Vicky about what he said in it: "I remember he said he played every festival gig pretending the audience would have never heard of them. And that it’d been a long time he’d been so hot on stage, he was dripping with sweat from the moment he walked on (and yes, that was rather clear to see on the big screen close ups. and he wasn’t alone, it was SO hot and humid! Very un-Belgian weather)." (Thanks Vicky)

Interview with Eurockeennes organizers

Jukebox (English) has an interview with the organizers of Eurockeennes, and they talk a bit about how they got The Cure booked for the show and how long they'll play:

"Again this year, there are big headliners like The Cure or Jack White. How did you manage to get them?

Kem: For The Cure , we have booked his coming to the end of the last festival. Two years ago, we had already asked the group to come for the 2011 edition. They said that there were no dates scheduled for 2011 but in 2012 a tour would be in the program. They were asked to keep our offer for the 2012 edition. It was therefore in competition with all the festivals in Europe. But the history of the festival, their first coming in 1995, which was a huge success, programming, who would play before and after them, the entrance fee, drinks ... they have decided to come to Belfort.

JP: We are especially honored by the fact that it was Robert Smith who chose to come. He announced a huge concert nearly 2:30, which is not really normal for a festival. It is expected a very strong moment that will mark this edition but also the history of Eurockéennes." (Thanks David)

Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Cure at Rock Werchter 2012 webcast

The Cure at Rock Werchter 2012 (Thanks Heron/@HaloCure13)

Update: Here's the source video (mp4 177.12 MB), and the audio in FLAC & MP3. (Thanks Heron/@HaloCure13)

The Cure at Rock Werchter 2012

Setlist: (Tape), Open, High, The End of the World, Lovesong, Push, Inbetween Days, Doing the Unstuck, Just Like Heaven, From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea, Pictures of You, Lullaby, The Walk, Bananafishbones, Play For Today, A Forest, Primary, Shake Dog Shake, The Hungry Ghost, Wrong Number, One Hundred Years, End

Encore: Friday I'm In Love, Boys Don't Cry.

Audio: SummerCure

Videos: Complete webcast / Push / Inbetween Days 1 - 2 - 3 / Just Like Heaven / From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea 1 - 2 / Pictures of You 1 - 2 / The Walk / Bananafishbones / Play For Today / A Forest 1 - 2 - 3 / One Hundred Years / End / Friday I'm in Love & Boys Don't Cry / Friday I'm In Love / Boys Don't Cry

Photos: fotojokko / Olivier (Holly Nab) / Rock Werchter / Jverlant / Vicky / ProximusgoformusicLaurent_vdk / Pure FM  / Official setlist / Studio Brussel / Mark Hoppus (Blink 182) / Fons

Reviews: RTBF (English) / Moustique

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

HD video of The Cure at Primavera 2012

The PrimaveraSoundTV channel on YouTube has added some great HD clips from The Cure webcast - High / Lovesong / The End of the World / The Hungry Ghost / A Forest / Bananafishbones

Win tickets to SummerCure shows

Enter here for your chance to win tickets to see The Cure at Heineken Jammin' Festival. (Thanks Fabio)

Win tickets to see The Cure at Les Eurockeennes.
(Thanks & )

Direct Star (English) is giving away backstage VIP passes for the Vieilles Charrues show, and a chance to meet The Cure (maybe). (Thanks David)

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.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Roger writes about his touring keyboard set up

From Roger on Twitter: "All you ever wanted/needed to know about my on stage keyboard set up but were afraid to ask? Special guest is Lottie"
This is fantastic! Thank you, Roger!

Nick Carter covers 'Plainsong'

So unbelievably stupid and wrong, that I had to post on the main page. Nick Carter (from the Backstreet Boys) starts his show with an instrumental cover of 'Plainsong'. I now demand that Robert Smith enter the stage in a spacesuit for this song. Maybe even get special rigging so he can "fly" in. :)
(Thanks, I think, to Steven for finding this)

Vote for Wish as favorite record of 1992

"The German VISIONS magazine has started an online poll "1992 - Vote your favourite record" and Wish is among the candidates.

Though the magazine is basically ok, they seem to have a little problem with the Cure, they pretty much never write anything about them (not a single word about Reflections, just some pointless sideline on Robert's looks for the Hurricane gig...)

So I'd love to see all Cure fans out there pushing Wish to no. 1 - the album definitely deserves it :) The poll is open until July 8."

You rate each album with points from 1-12, so you want to give Wish a 12, not a 1! Then click on "Bewertung abgeben" at the bottom of the page to submit your vote. You can also click on "Nicht bewerten" to leave out individual albums. (Thanks Nadja)

Heineken Jammin' Festival schedule

The schedule is out and The Cure starts at 21:45. (Thanks Michele and Fabio)

Win VIP backstage passes for Vieilles Charrues

Direct Star (English) is giving away backstage VIP passes for the Vieilles Charrues show, and a chance to meet The Cure (maybe), starting today. (Thanks David)

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Primary at Southside

The Cure - Primary (Southside 2012) (Thanks Sven)

Southside Festival 2012 webcast

The Cure at Southside Festival 2012 (Thanks @TheCureMexico)

Update: The Dasding webcast will be airing Best of The Cure at 23:25 tonight (Sunday). Note: They only aired 3 songs - Lovesong, Push, Inbetween Days.

Also, EinsPlus will be airing a Southside 2012 special (English) tonight (Sunday) from 18:00 - 23:45. Note: They aired the same songs as the Dasding highlights listed above. (Thanks Clemens)
Here's the video (MP4 - 126MB) (Thanks Andreas)