Friday, December 18, 2015

Boise tickets on sale today

June 2nd, 2016 - Boise, ID at CenturyLink Arena
On sale: Dec. 18th at 10 am Mountain
Ticket link
Tickets range from $25 - $75 

Boise seems to be aware of The Cure

From the Idaho Statesman:

Band will perform June 2 at CenturyLink Arena
Fan response exceeded already high expectations
More than half the tickets sold during presale

There was never any doubt that The Cure coming to Boise was a big deal. I knew fans would get excited.

Just not quite this excited. “BAAAABR. IM DYING,” commented a particularly pithy user on the Idaho Statesman’s Facebook page. It was among dozens of freakouts and hundreds of shares that piled up after I blogged about the June 2 concert coming to CenturyLink Arena.

Thousands and thousands of page views later, The Cure was Monday’s most-read article at It was nearly twice as popular as the day’s second-place finisher.

At 9:15 a.m., 94.9 FM The River started spinning The Cure songs every 90 minutes. (The British band’s biggest hits are ’80s classics such as “Lovesong,” “Just Like Heaven” and “Friday I’m in Love.”) Program director Tim Johnstone posted Cure videos on his Facebook page.

“My friends are stunned,” Johnstone says. “Stunned.”

So why is it so earth-shattering? Maybe because The Cure has never performed here. At various points an influential part of goth, new wave, alternative rock and other labels eschewed by singer Robert Smith, the group doesn’t tour the United States often. Many Idahoans already had bought tickets for The Cure’s performance June 3 in Salt Lake City — a big deal unto itself.

A relatively miniscule 4,874 seats will be available at CenturyLink. Multiple-night-stands at huge venues in cities such as Los Angeles and New York have sold out in advance.

The public on-sale for Boise is at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 18. But a presale 24 hours earlier sold more than half the arena already. That said, don’t fret: Plenty of great seats were held for the public on-sale.

“The excitement level — I knew it would be there,” says Creston Thornton, owner of Eagle promoter CTTouring. “But this is a monster.”

Luring The Cure to Idaho wasn’t easy. Thornton wrote emails that were forwarded to Smith in an effort to sell him on Boise. The process took a month, Thornton says. (Among the points he made: Downtown Boise is hipper than you think. And Depeche Mode, a British band that shares fans with The Cure, sold almost 8,000 tickets here in 1998. (And that was in Nampa, at the Idaho Center.)

The Cure’s sonic calling card is a gloomy yet accessible sound. It’s the sort of era-driven music that jettisons nostalgic Gen-X brains back through time, straight into college dorms, high-school hallways and middle-school cafeterias.

Thornton says he saw The Cure at 16,000-capacity Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre as a teenager in Orange County. It was 1986. Clearly, bringing The Cure to Boise means more to him than just making a buck as a promoter.

“People are fanatical about this band,” he says. “To see people this pumped, it’s really cool.”

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Tickets on sale Dec. 17th

Nov. 2nd, 2016 - Milan, Italy at Mediolanum Forum
On sale: Dec. 17th at 10 am CET
Ticket link

June 2nd, 2016 - Boise, ID at CenturyLink Arena
On sale: Dec. 18th at 10 am Mountain
Presale: Dec. 17th at 10 am Mountain
Code: heaven
Presale link
Tickets range from $25 - $75 

2nd Milan show added on Nov. 2nd

From the official site:



Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Patrik Sandberg: "In praise of Robert Smith"

From i-D:

in praise of robert smith, patron saint of suburban teen goths everywhere

Growing up, writer Patrik Sandberg thought of The Cure's Robert Smith as something like an imaginary friend.

Robert James Smith was born in Blackpool in April of 1959, a little more than twenty-five years before I was. Both of us were raised Catholic and later became atheists. Both of us wore dresses as kids, were beaten by our male peers, were diagnosed with "personality crises" by our school administrators, and suspended for reasons relating to our attitudes toward religion. I never realized any of this until I began to write this essay. We both took piano and guitar lessons as kids, only he was, apparently, better.

When I was twelve, it was announced The Cure would be headlining a Christmas concert for the Bay Area alternative radio station "Live 105." When my parents forbade me to attend, I locked myself in my bedroom and threatened to commit suicide (it didn't help that Hole and the Smashing Pumpkins were also on the bill). I tried to jump out the window, but I couldn't figure out how to get the screen off.

As a gay, goth adolescent in the American suburbs - furious, skeptical, paranoid, isolated - I was drawn to Robert Smith's unfathomable majesty. He was almost like an imaginary friend.

There is a sense of wonder that originates in early childhood-the first time you see a Muppet open its eyes and speak, or when Roger Rabbit walks out of a cartoon and into a live-action world-which is part of the aura and the mystique that Robert has maintained for me forever. He's like Mickey Mouse, if Mickey's romances and nightmares and torturous, self-inflicted eviscerations could cut like a switchblade into your psyche and break your heart with each goofy cartoon antic, making you feel less at odds with the world-or, even better, more at odds but happier for it.

Working in magazines, my job has entailed tracking down hundreds of high-profile subjects. Each time I've reached out to Robert in an effort to coax him into the light, I am reassured with a promise of never. (Morrissey, on the other hand, never goes away and espouses sanctimonious opinions regularly. Perhaps that's why he feels so millennial. Robert seems to exist in another place and time.)

Reeves & Cure tracks on Strange Currency

From the Strange Currency Facebook: "We’ll hear selections from the self-titled release by Reeves Gabrels and His Imaginary Friends as well as music from The Cure’s Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me."

Monday, December 14, 2015

Perry in Paris tonight

Love Amongst Ruin, Perry Bamonte, La Flèche d'or

Posted by William Soragna Photography on Monday, December 14, 2015

Boise, Idaho ticket info

June 2nd, 2016 - Boise, ID at CenturyLink Arena
On sale: Dec. 18th at 10 am Mountain
Presale: Dec. 17th at 10 am Mountain
Code: heaven
Tickets range from $25 - $75

Boise, Idaho show added on June 2nd!

From The Idaho Statesman:

Rock band The Cure to perform Boise concert
Coming to CenturyLink Arena
Selling out months in advance in larger cities
Tickets go on sale Dec. 18 for $25-$75

By Michael Deeds (

It’s going to be “Friday I’m in Love” this week for fans of The Cure.

Known for its often gloomy yet accessible music, the British rock group is coming to CenturyLink Arena — and tickets go on sale Dec 18.

The concert will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 2, 2016. It marks The Cure’s first trip to Boise, despite tens of millions of albums sold and a career that stretches back to the 1970s.

The show is expected to last four hours. First is an opening set from The Twilight Sad. Then comes a three-hour onslaught from The Cure. Recent setlists have featured 40 or more songs, including hits such as “Boys Don’t Cry,” “Just Like Heaven,” “Lovesong” and “Why Can’t I Be You.”

Tickets will go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Friday for $25-$75 at 208-331-8497,, or at the Centurylink box office. Join a “CTTouring Insiders” list for a Dec. 17 presale by emailing

Driven by frontman Robert Smith’s gothic imagery and instantly recognizable alt-pop sound, The Cure’s music is an iconic part of ’80s culture. So it’s not entirely surprising that next year’s tour is generating buzz nationwide. Multiple nights at large arenas in Los Angeles, New York, New Orleans and Chicago have sold out in advance.

“Some very cool things and stars had to align to have The Cure play Centurylink Arena with only 4,874 seats available for sale,” says Creston Thornton, owner of promoter CTTouring. “We are very excited to bring this amazing artist to Boise in such an intimate venue.”

(Thanks @aluche44)