Friday, March 22, 2019

The Cure exhibit at the R & R Hall of Fame

Massive, isnt it? Don't everyone go rushing off to Cleveland at once! See the other displays on the Hall's Instagram.

The Cure, led by Robert Smith, always focused on artistry, not profits, says ex-drummer-keyboardist Lol Tolhurst

An interview with Lol, ahead of the Rock Hall induction. It says (I assume confirmed by Lol) that 8 of the 10 Cure inductees will attend the induction. Robert, Lol, Pearl are said to be going, and I would assume the other 4 current Cures will be there, so that's 7, but who is #8? Perry, Boris, or Michael?

"That’s despite having sued Smith over rights to the name not long after his dismissal. The two have since reconciled their friendship — hence, the reunion shows — which is one reason why Tolhurst will join Smith and six other current or former members of the band on the stage at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on Friday, March 29, when the band is inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2019."

"Perhaps Thompson, who will be part of the entourage on the Barclays stage, was the “only natural musician,” but the entire band shared a love of music that was as much a part of their DNA as their English accents."

Also, and this is just getting silly now, the way these people can't get this simple thing straight, Robert did NOT tell that album news to ME. It was in a radio interview with 5FM in South Africa. You can listen to it here

Update: Heard from Lol and this interview was done just after the inductees announcement was made last year. At the time, he had no idea if any of them would go. So this guy is just speculating on his own, as I doubt he spoke with Robert or Pearl.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

The Cure in Cape Town (03-21-19)

March 21st, 2019
Rock on the Lawns
Kenilworth Race Course
Cape Town, South Africa
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Setlist: Plainsong, Pictures Of You, High, A Night Like This, The End of the World, Lovesong, Push, In Between Days, Just Like Heaven, If Only Tonight We Could Sleep, A Strange Day, Play for Today, A Forest, Primary, Want, Shake Dog Shake, From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea, Disintegration

Encore: Burn, Fascination Street, Never Enough, Wrong Number, Lullaby, Hot Hot Hot, The Caterpillar, The Walk, Let's Go to Bed, Friday I'm in Love, Close to Me, Why Can't I Be You?, Boys Don't Cry.

Thanks to @robertmalice for the setlist help tonight.

Reviews: What's On In Cape Town

Photos: Biz Community

Videos: A Night Like This / Lovesong / A Forest / Burn / Wrong Number / Lullaby / Friday I'm in Love /

The Cure are scheduled to start at 8:15 pm. In the US that will be 2:15 pm eastern, 1:15 pm central, 12:15 pm mountain, 11:15 am pacific. In the UK that's 6:15 pm, and in France, Germany and Spain it's 7:15 pm.

If you're going to the show tonight and wouldn't mind helping me with setlist and show reports, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you and have a great time at the show!

10:30am - doors open
11am - The Robfather DJ set
12:10pm - Diamond Thug
1pm - Hellcats
1:50pm - Opposite The Other
2:40pm - Southern Wild
3:30pm - Karen Zoid
4:30pm - Ard Matthews
5:30pm - Zebra & Giraffe
6:30pm - Fokofpolisiekar
7:30pm - change over to The Cure. The Robfather DJ
8:15pm - The Cure
11pm - curfew

New interviews with Robert

While in South Africa, Robert did two radio interviews. The first was with John Maytham for CapeTalk. This one caused a bit of confusion, as Robert said they had just recorded their first album in 10 years. But when NME picked up the story, they changed "recorded" to "finished", and every other site just copied their inaccurate story, giving the impression that the new album was finished and due out any time now.

The second was with Nick Hamman for 5FM. Robert clarified the new album situation, saying "We've just started, not quite finished, recording our first new album for 10 years".

The Cure are "confirmed" to attend the Rock Hall induction Ceremony

While the Hall says they are attending, there still hasn't been ANY public confirmation from the band. Complete radio silence on this from both The Cure and Trent Reznor. Still, I remain confident that they'll be there and probably play. We'll know for sure very soon.

Mojo and Uncut mention Andy's passing