Thursday, April 25, 2024

Simon to host Pride of Andover awards

From LoveAndover:

The Pride of Andover Awards, sponsored by New Street Dental Care, are thrilled to announce Simon Gallup as the host for their October 2024 event. Gallup, renowned for his role as the bassist in the legendary English rock band The Cure, has been a significant part of the music scene since joining the band in 1979.

The Pride of Andover team is ecstatic to welcome Gallup, whose charisma and stage presence are expected to add a dynamic touch to the awards ceremony. His involvement is anticipated to bring a new level of excitement and energy to the event, enhancing the overall experience for attendees.

“We are honoured that Simon will be joining us,” said a representative from the Pride of Andover. “His experience and enthusiasm are sure to lighten the stage and make this year’s awards truly memorable. We can’t wait to highlight the incredible community of people around us.”

The launch of the awards is set for the 8th of June, marking the official opening for nominations. This event celebrates individuals and groups who have made significant contributions to the community, and having Simon Gallup as the host is expected to draw even more attention to the outstanding work being done in Andover and beyond.

Robert to sign letter in support of ticket reform

From Rolling Stone:

BILLIE EILISH, LORDE, Green Day, and Fall Out Boy are among the hundreds of artists to sign an open letter asking Congress to pass the Fans First Act, a bill that takes aim at “deceptive” and “predatory” ticket resellers.

The letter, organized by the Fix the Tix Coalition, was also signed by a range of artists across all genres, from Becky G, Chappell Roan, and Darlene Love to Graham Nash, Goose, Pixies, and Finneas. 

Addressed to Sens. Maria Cantwell and Ted Cruz — both members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation — the group said the bill would make ticket buying more transparent as well as eliminate illegal bots that “scoop up face value tickets ahead of fans in order to resell at inflated prices on the secondary market.”

“We are joining together to say that the current system is broken: predatory resellers and secondary platforms engage in deceptive ticketing practices to inflate ticket prices and deprive fans of the chance to see their favorite artists at a fair price,” the letter states. 

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Japanese Whispers reissue

 From Amoeba Music:

"Japanese Whispers," The Cure's compilation of singles and B-sides from Nov 1982-1983, is getting reissued on vinyl! It will be available June 7th on clear vinyl and housed in a special Transclear sleeve with a printed inner bag.

Pre-order it here:

Cure in The Gig List book

 From The Norwich Evening News:

The Gig List book celebrates 60 years of UEA gigs in Norwich

Sixty years of live music at one of the city's top gig venues is being celebrated in a special book.

The Gig List: The Nick Rayns LCR, 60 Years of Live Music 1963-2023 ranges from Pink Floyd and Genesis to Blur and Pulp in the 90s and Coldplay, The Killers and Amy Winehouse in the noughties.

The book explores all the events that have taken place at the UEA since it was established in 1963. The LCR did not come into use until a decade later but artists including The Who played in the Assembly Hall.

Stills exclusive at Rough Trade

From Rough Trade:


'Stills' follows the changing faces of one of The Cure during the post-punk and new-wave movements of the late ’70s and ’80s.

Over 200 colour and 75 black-and-white images with accompanying captions written by front man Robert Smith.

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Lol on What Difference Does It Make podcast

From What Difference Does It Make:

Founding member of The Cure, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member, and author, Lol Tolhurst joins us this week to talk Goth, the eclipse, sunny California, his current tour, and much more.

Friday in Fortnite

The Cure's Friday I'm in Love added to Fortnite. From iFireMonkey on Twitter:

If the party’s over, start it back up again with these four unlockable Jam Tracks in the Premium reward tier:

Maroon 5 - “Maps”

The Cure - “Friday I'm in Love”

5 Seconds Of Summer - “Youngblood”

Billie Eilish - “Oxytocin”