Saturday, August 27, 2016

Friday, August 26, 2016

Some fun 'Cured' stuff coming soon

Cured - a memoir by founding member Lol Tolhurst

The 22 September will be an exciting day in The Cure community. Lol Tolhurst will be releasing his memoir, Cured with UK publishers Quercus. Lol met Robert Smith when he was just five years old and together they formed one of the most successful bands of their generation.

In Cured Lol threads the genesis of The Cure through his schoolboy years with Smith, the iconic leader of the group, and the bands most successful era in the 1980s. He takes us up to the present day, a riveting forty years since the band's inception.

The band's journey to worldwide success is woven into a story not only of great highs and lows but also of love, friendship, pain, forgiveness and, ultimately, redemption on a beach in Hawaii.

Cured highlights those parts of the creative journey that are not normally revealed to fans, incorporating many first-hand recollections around Lol's personal odyssey. From suburban London to the Mojave Desert, Cured brings an acute eye for the times to bear on a lifelong friendship, with tales of addiction and despair along the way.

Join us for exclusives

Chain of Flowers is working with Quercus and Lol to bring you, the real fans, exclusive material. Starting on 29 August we’ll be offering an exclusive each week on the site including unseen photos of The Cure from Lol’s personal album.

Lol will also be answering any questions you have. Either tweet @CraigatCoF using #AskLolCured or comment on this post with your questions. Look out for his answers on 5 September.

Have you pre-ordered your copy yet? Waterstones have exclusive signed copies available but stock is limited. Order your copy now at Waterstones.

This is the inside story of The Cure.

Note: If you have a question for Lol but don't have Twitter, and can't post in the  comments, just email it to me and I'll post it for you.

Update (Aug. 26th, 2016): Last call for questions for Lol. Will be sending them to him next week, so if you want your question included, post it soon!

Update (Aug. 29th, 2016): Thanks for all of the questions for Lol. They have been passed on, and answers are currently scheduled to be posted on Sept. 5th. Also, those exclusives look like they'll be delayed a bit, but should still start this week. Will post as soon as they send them.

An Evening with Lol in Sheffield

Wednesday September 28th
7:30 - 8:40 PM
The Auditorium
University of Sheffield Student's Union
Western Bank S10 2TG
Tickets: £8.00 /£6.50 (Cons)

Monday, August 22, 2016

'Cured' audiobook up for pre-ordering

From Lol on Facebook:

"So the audiobook version of CURED is now available for pre -order! And In case you were wondering, the narrator "to be announced" is! "

Scheduled for release on Oct. 11th. Get it at Audible.

James Graham on touring with The Cure

From A Music Blog, Yea?:

It’s been far too long since AMBY first spoke with Scottish rockers The Twilight Sad (three and a half years, to be exact). To our delight, the band passed through Toronto while on tour with The Cure to perform a captivating set at Bestival recently, and Alicia had the pleasure of sitting down with their vocalist and charismatic frontman James Graham. Indulge in their conversation as they discuss slowly working on new music, long song titles, arguing over beer, being “miserable”, the best movie ever made, and stories about touring with The Cure.

And check out Bill's great photos of, and Mauro's article about, The Twilight Sad's North American tour with The Cure, at Freakshow. (Thanks Bill)

Win a trip and tickets to the Barcelona show

From WXRT:

Start working on your Catalan because Knauz BMW in Lake Bluff Wants to Send a Lucky XRT Listener to Espana to See The Cure in Barcelona!

Tune into XRT all this week to find the code word and text number to be entered for your chance to win a 4-night trip to Barcelona, Spain, November 24th – 29th, to see The Cure perform on November 26th at the Palau Sant Jordi Hotel. The prize includes roundtrip airfare from Chicago to Barcelona, a 4 night stay in Barcelona’s Old Quarter, two tickets to the show, plus a $500 gift card to spend during the trip! We will pick 4 winners each day to see a private performance in the XRT Performance Stage and one lucky grand prize winner will win a trip to Barcelona to see The Cure!

The Trip is Brought to You by the Knauz BMW Sales Event. Start your shopping. Route 41, Lake Bluff.

Bona sort!

Listen to XRT in the 6A, 8A, 4P, and 6P hours to get the keyword. Once you hear it, text it to 5-9-3-9-3.

Can’t text? No problem! Simply enter in the contest keyword below and enter in the short code 59393.

Standard text and data rates apply, we’ll send you a text message confirming entry, alternate means of entry found on

Click here for official rules

200 Best Songs of the 70s

'Boys Don't Cry' is #47 on Pitchfork's list:

The Cure made countless songs about doomed romance, and “Boys Don’t Cry” is the only one that appears rooted in reality: Boy meets girl, boy treats her like crap, boy loses girl and has no one to blame but himself, boy ends up blaming everyone else, anyway. “Boys Don’t Cry” comes from a time when the Cure were pithy, punchy, and pouty. Its title was also co-opted by pop culture phenomena with far more complex takes on identity and sexuality than its inspiration. These two legacies aren’t in opposition, they’re part of a continuum established on “Boys Don’t Cry” that paralleled the Cure themselves: evolving from angry young men to overseers of an all-inclusive utopia where anyone can cry to their heart’s content. –Ian Cohen
(Thanks @guillaume_g_z)