Thursday, February 7, 2019

Reeves WILL be inducted with The Cure

When it was announced that The Cure had been selected for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the list of Cure members eligible was missing 4 names - Reeves Gabrels, Andy Anderson, Phil Thornalley, and Matthieu Hartley. On Monday it was revealed that the Hall had reconsidered and Reeves will now be inducted with the rest of the band. Before this change was made, I'm told there was a good chance that the band might decide to skip the event, but are now more open to it. Still not confirmed but looking better. Maybe.

Congratulations to Reeves, and Thank You to those who made the change possible! Unfortunately, Andy, Phil and Matthieu are still excluded.

Fun Fact from @NickDBambach: "The Cure is now one of the few bands inducted with 10 or more members inducted. Only Parliament/Funkadelic (16) and The Grateful Dead (12) have more members inducted than The Cure [The E Street Band and The Comets also had 10 members inducted too]."

Rock Hall live simulcast in Cleveland

If you can't make it to Brooklyn for the Rock Hall induction, but CAN get to Cleveland, the Rock Hall will be hosting a live & unedited simulcast at the Hall of Fame. Story from WKYC:

CLEVELAND – Here’s your chance to be a part of rock ‘n’ roll’s biggest night.

If you can’t travel to New York to experience the 2019 induction ceremony in person, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is hosting a special simulcast that night.

Other than sitting in the audience at the Barclays Center, the Rock Hall's simulcast is the only other place in the world you can watch the March 29 inductions live and uncensored. An edited version of the induction ceremony will air on HBO at a later date.

Tickets for the simulcast party are $75, and go on sale to the general public on Friday, Feb. 15 at 10 a.m. Rock Hall members can purchase their tickets a few days early on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 10 a.m. at a discounted price of $50.

Doors for the party open at 6:30 p.m. with the induction starting at 7 p.m.

Simulcast tickets will include access to all Rock Hall exhibits and the entire broadcast of the ceremony. The All-Access Cafe will be open serving up dishes from some of Cleveland's celebrity chefs, and cash bars will be available.

Rock Hall 2019: 30 best albums from this year's class. put together a list of their top 30 albums from this year's Rock Hall inductees, and The Cure had 6 on the list:

2. The Cure – “Disintegration” (1989)

Not only is “Disintegration” the Cure’s creative masterpiece. It’s quite simply one of the greatest rock albums ever made. Not surprisingly, the album became a huge success on the strength of singles like “Love Song” and “Pictures of You.” But it’s the album emotionally devastating material that grounds it. This is gothic rock 101 and the foundation of emo music heading into the 1990s.

12. The Cure – “The Head on the Door” (1985)

It’s the album that made The Cure a big success and remains one of its most enduring (and endearing) bodies of work. And all it took was the band lightening up a bit. On the heels of some truly dark material, Robert Smith embraces pop music more than ever, leading to some of The Cure’s most iconic moments, like “Close to Me,” “Inbetween Days” and “Push.”

16. The Cure – “Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me” (1987)

“Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me” is all over the place, almost always for the better. Robert Smith and company don’t get bogged down in moodiness. In fact, the band doesn’t get locked into one style at all. For every moment of sadness, The Cure goes big with its sound as well, highlighted by the brilliant “Just Like Heaven.”

19. The Cure – “Pornography” (1982)

“Pornography” was a huge leap forward for The Cure, even if the album wasn’t a huge hit. It’s just as dark as “Faith” but with more bite to it. The Cure would surpass it with albums that followed. But “Pornography” was a major piece of the puzzle for future masterpieces.

23. The Cure – “Faith” (1981)

Believe it or not, “Faith” may be a bit dark even for diehard fans of The Cure. But that’s part of its brilliance. Robert Smith was one moody dude. But it’s Simon Gallup on bass that sets the tone. “Faith” is an album steeped in sadness. But there’s beauty within the gloom.

28. The Cure – “Seventeen Seconds” (1980)

The Cure’s debut felt like more straightforward power-pop and pop-driven punk. But the band’s sophomore effort, “Seventeen Seconds,” sits in the darkness. It’s the first true indication of Robert Smith’s emotionally haunting vision, with lyrics about fear, doubts and insecurities. It’s not as gloomy (or quite as powerful) as an album like “Faith.” But “Seventeen Seconds” foreshadows everything great about The Cure in the 1980s.