Thursday, April 20, 2017

Very kind words from Perry

From Perry on Facebook:

"Let's be honest, growing old is not good -
- unless you're a Cure song.

I'm sure it's just a sign of age when I say I can't find any new music that's any good (if you know different, let me know) but Cure songs just get better and better. With each passing year I appreciate them more, I hear more meaning in the lyrics, I'm amazed at the compositional skill, I'm reminded over and over of the emotional depth and still find new meaning and resonance in them.

Tomorrow is Robert's birthday - wish him a happy one, but maybe you should also say thank you. He has given us immeasurable pleasure. His gift to the world is immense and continual. Be grateful!"

What Perry said x 100. Thank you, Perry.

Happy Birthday, Robert! None of us can thank you enough for all you've given, but THANK YOU SO MUCH! Cheers and have a brilliant day & a better night!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Where to find Greatest & Acoustic Hits

Note: Sorry I never got around to updating this! The blog is on a bit of a hiatus, but will return soon! Until then, I am still updating on Twitter, and will tweet any RSD info I'm sent on Saturday. Good luck getting the Cure albums and anything else you're looking for!

Starting a list of stores confirmed to be carrying one or both of the Record Store Day limited edition picture discs. Please let me know if you find them listed anywhere.


Resident (Brighton) - in store only on April 22nd. Any leftover stock goes online at midnight on April 29th. (Thanks, Benj)


Amoeba Music (3 locations in California - Hollywood, Berkeley, San Francisco) - In store only on April 22nd but they also put all extra stock online after RSD. (Thanks, Ryan)

Bull Moose (several locations in Maine & New Hampshire) - in store only on April 22nd but they release extra stock online the next day or Monday. (Thanks, Ryan)

Mills Record Company (Kansas City, MO) - in store only on April 22nd. The owner herself personally told me she ordered many copies of both albums. (Thanks, Ryan)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Greatest & Acoustic Hits vinyl for RSD 2017

A few days ago, Universal Italy had a link to their ftp site posted, and listed two Cure vinyl releases for Record Store Day 2017 (April 22nd, 2017). One was a remastered picture disc of 'Greatest Hits', the other a picture disc of 'Acoustic Hits'. They've since been removed, but looks good that they will actually get released this year. Thanks, @marsworld.

Update (March 20th, 2017): Confirmed by The Future Heart.

Cure, The – Greatest Hits [2LP] (Picture Disc, remastered, on vinyl for the first time, limited to 3250, indie-retail exclusive)

Cure, The – Greatest Hits Acoustic [2LP] (Picture Disc, limited to 3250, indie-retail exclusive)

Thanks, Carl.

Update (March 21st, 2017):  And the official US and UK lists are now posted, also confirming the release.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Depeche Mode mention The Cure's long sets

Depeche Mode held a TimesTalk interview tonight, and the subject of why DM doesn't play longer sets came up, and of course, The Cure got mentioned (at 45:30).

Fletch: "We physically can't play everything. Unless you're The Cure and Robert Smith. But Robert stands still and plays his guitar, our boy is a natural dancer."

You can also watch the interview on Facebook. Cure part is 58 minutes in.

Simon's new UltraBass now available

Schecter now has Simon's new UltraBass up for ordering (US only).

Note: The photo shows the black bass with yellow graphics, while the description says it's the yellow with black graphics. Not sure which is correct, but have contacted them about it. Will update if I get an answer.

Update (March 8th, 2017): Matthew finally got a reply about this, and it IS the yellow version, NOT the black as pictured. Here's the reply - "The one that will be available will be yellow with black graphics. We have the black one pictured because we don’t have the yellow one ready yet. There will most likely be a black version available later on." Thanks, Matthew.

The Cure in Orange with Lol Q & A

From Cindy Tolhurst on Facebook:

"Join us on April 21st @7:30 pm for a Special Screening of THE CURE IN ORANGE on 35 mm at the Egyptian Theatre located at 6712 Hollywood Blvd. Lol will be there for a Q & A and to sign copies of his memoir CURED . Event hosted by cinematic void. Look forward to seeing everyone for a fantastic evening!"

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Rumor: Cure play South America in June?

This is just a rumor, no confirmation that this is real.

Popload says The Cure will be playing Brazil in June as part of a new South American tour. But at the end it mentions that the tour could slip to 2018. La Rata and Rockaxis have picked up the rumor.

And while we are talking rumors, there's still this one that claimed the band would be playing South Africa, Japan, and South East Asia this year as well. And there was also a rumor, supposedly from Robert, of a show in Scotland. Absolutely none of this is confirmed. So again, don't get your hopes up. Great if it happens, but we'll see.

Thanks, @RosaReyesRomero and @TheCureMexico.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

'Wish' 25th anniversary tribute in Sydney

April 15th, 2017
The Factory Theatre
105 Victoria Road, Marrickville, New South Wales 2204
Tickets / Facebook Event Page

"In April 1992 The Cure released their 9th album WISH.
To celebrate the 25 year anniversary of this iconic album - lots of Sydney acts will come together to play and sing the entire album plus many many other songs off their previous 8 albums before its release.

Steve Kilbey (The Church), The Exploding Boys, The Hummingbirds, Jamie Hutchings, Peter Fenton (CROW), Dave Challinor (Sounds Like Sunset), J M S Harrison, Christine Jane + many more!"

Thanks, @crawleyrocket.

Lol in Detroit, MI Feb. 8th & 9th

A photo posted by Lol Tolhurst (@lol.tolhurst) on

Feb 08, 2017 - Detroit, MI
Book Reading and Signing at 7:30pm
Lo! & Behold Records and Books
10022 Joseph Campau St, Hamtramck, MI

Feb 09, 2017 - Detroit, MI
DJ Set w/Thirstwave DJs at 9 PM
Zeke’s Rock and Roll BBQ
240 W 9 Mile Rd, Ferndale, MI

Cure photos in Punk+

"Thought I’d let you know about this – we’re stocking a few titles from an independent publisher friend of ours called First Third Books. One of which is called ‘Punk+’ – a punk inspired photography book by the renowned photographer Sheila Rock.

Included in the book are many portraits of bands from the late 70’s punk movement, including some of Siouxsie & The Banshees and of course, The Cure. I’ve attached a couple of snaps I’ve taken from the book.

Note that the book features many bands and is an insight to the of punk movement – the bands, the fashion, the impact on society etc.. so please don’t think this is solely about The Cure! The photography is truly brilliant throughout it and I’d never come across this book or it’s images before.

The book is available as a standard and special edition all signed and numbered, all from an original pressing of 2000. The special edition of 300 also includes a 10×7.5" hand printed archival silver gelatin print of The Clash in 1976 signed and numbered by Sheila Rock.

Also, here’s a link to other books in the First Third Range."

Thanks, Matthew.

Also, Amoeba has restocked Tom Sheehan's 'In Between Days' book. Of course you can also still get a copy at The Flood Gallery.

London review/photo in Rock & Folk

"There's a full-page picture & short review of The Cure's 3 London shows in the Feb. 2017 issue of French magazine Rock & Folk." Thanks, Sylvain.

Jason Interiew in Batterie

"There is a 5 page interview with Jason in issue 141 of the French "batterie magazine" ("drum kit magazine"), along with the main drumming parts of all the songs played at the Paris show on 15th november. Well guessed, the interview is in French! Mostly technical stuff, but also Jason says "it can never be the same" comes from the unreleased songs of 4:13 dream. The interview was done in Paris on Nov 15th. Some pictures attached. "

You can buy a copy of the issue here.  Thanks, Sylvain.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

'Faith' in Paris 2008

This was thought to have been previously unreleased, but as JC posted on The Cure Press Cuttings, this 34 minute clip was uploaded 2 years ago, and it was included there.
Thanks to @AaronLaw92 and Perfect.Murder.

New 'Cured' events for 2017

Update (Jan. 31st, 2017): Final events for this leg of the tour added in Fort Lauderdale & Miami, FL.

Update (Jan. 23rd, 2017): Events added in Boston, Philly, DC, and Rhode Island.

Update (Jan. 20th, 2017): Lol has added a reading & signing in Lyon, France on Jan. 26th.

Lol has posted an update on his website, with some new 'Cured' events for 2017, and more dates will be announced next week:

Jan. 26th, 2017 - Lyon, France
Book Reading and Signing at 4:30pm
Gibert Joseph Lyon
3 Quai Gailleton

Jan 27, 2017 - Paris, France
DJ Set at midnight
9 rue Biscornet
Get Tickets!

Jan 28, 2017 - Paris, France
Book Reading and Signing at 4pm
Gibert Joseph Saint-Michel
26 Boulevard Saint-Michel

Feb 08, 2017 - Detroit, MI
Book Reading and Signing at 7:30pm
Lo! & Behold Records and Books
10022 Joseph Campau St, Hamtramck, MI

Feb 09, 2017 - Detroit, MI
DJ Set w/Thirstwave DJs at 9 PM
Zeke’s Rock and Roll BBQ
240 W 9 Mile Rd, Ferndale, MI

Feb 10, 2017 - Toronto, CA
DJ Set at 10 PM
550 Queen St W

Feb 12, 2017 - Toronto, CA
Book Reading and Signing at 2pm
Sonic Boom Records
215 Spadina Ave

Feb. 17th, 2017 - Boston, MA
Book Reading and Signing, and DJ set at 6:30pm
1271 Boylson St.
Free with RSVP on Do617!

Feb. 18th, 2017 - Providence, RI
DJ set at 10pm
Midday Presents Dusk
301 Harris Ave

Feb. 19th, 2017 - Providence, RI
Book Reading and Signing at 4pm
Books on the Square
471 Angell St

Feb. 21st, 2017 - Washington, DC
Book Reading and Signing
Songbyrd DC
2477 18th St NW

Feb. 22nd, 2017 - Washington, DC
DJ set at 9pm
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Little Miss Whiskeys Golden Dollar
1104 H Street NE

Feb. 23rd, 2017 - Philadelphia, PA
Book Reading and Signing at 7pm
Barnes & Noble
1805 Walnut St.

Feb. 24th, 2017 - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Book Reading & Signing at 6pm
Radioactive Records
845 North Federal Highway
*Book Purchase required for signing

Feb. 24th, 2017 - Miami, FL
DJ Set - VIP Pre-Party at 11pm
176 NW 24th Street

Feb. 24th, 2017 - Miami, FL
DJ Set at 1am
176 NW 24th Street

Friday, January 27, 2017

Reeves playing in East Nashville tonight

Lol in Lyon, France (Jan. 26th, 2017)

Thanks to Sylvain for the photos.

30 Iconic Records Turning 30 in 2017

1987 was a great year for music, and Paste is looking back at 30 of the most iconic albums released that year:

17. The Cure, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me

While The Cure dabbled with stateside success throughout the early 1980s, it was their musically diversified double LP Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me that solidified their mainstream surge, especially in America. With four chart-impacting singles—“Why Can’t I Be You?,” “Catch,” “Just Like Heaven” and “Hot Hot Hot!!”—the album went platinum in the U.S. and landed The Cure in the Top 40 for the first time. With its radio success and memorable music video, “Just Like Heaven” became an immediately recognizable, pop culturally defining song for the band. Multiple artists have designated “Just Like Heaven” as their favorite Cure song, with many of them going on to cover the song as well. Of all of the versions out there, Cure frontman Robert Smith has often acknowledged Dinosaur Jr.’s as his personal favorite.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Win a copy of Tom Sheehan's 'In Between Days'

The Quietus has a contest to win a copy of Tom Sheehan's 'In Between Days - The Cure in Photographs 1982 - 2005'. Contest ends at midday tomorrow, Jan. 27th. They also have an interview with Tom.

How many photos were unseen until this book?
TS: I’d probably say around two thirds of it has never seen the light of day. I met a lot of big Cure fans from all over the world at the book launch who said there was stuff they’d never seen I syndicated a modicum of work with strict embargos but a lot of it was under wraps until now. 98% of it was shot for Melody Maker, as well as some things just for Robert and a couple of bits for Uncut. There’d be a spread picture, a cover picture then a couple of snaps and they might use one down the line for a news feature, but there’s still lots more [that don’t get used]. I like seeing the one shot that was used then two or three others that weren’t because it gives context to that one picture, you can see how it grows.

Read more at The Quietus.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

50 Best Post-Punk Albums Ever

From Pop Matters:

#33 The Cure Pornography (1982)

The Cure, despite being one of the bands most commonly associated with the post-punk label, expanded way beyond those horizons quite quickly during their adolescence. A vast majority of their most highly appreciated work (1989’s Disintegration in particular; Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me and The Head on the Door to a lesser extent) came well after their precarious post-punk beginnings, when their sound had drastically evolved to be more dulcet and pop-oriented. Up to that point, they had been a far darker and less approachable band, limited to the mournful fringes of post-punk’s conventional architecture.

Pornography is the masterpiece of the first stage of their career, stark and ominous in ways they would slowly leave behind for more sentimental textures. Post-punk was still coursing through their veins in ‘82; the drums feel mechanical and industrial, the guitars jagged and cacophonous, and Robert Smith’s melodies more sinister than gothic-romantic. Pornography, like Echo & the Bunnymen’s Porcupine, showed a band reaching the peak of their youthful exuberance before entering an age of artistic maturity that would justifiably push their popularity into another realm entirely. But the thrusting forward charge of “The Hanging Garden”, the cavernous gloom of “One Hundred Years”, and wonky dirges like “Cold” and “Siamese Twins” would remain the pinnacle of the band’s sound for many fans. Separated from the initially cold reaction it received upon release, we can now see exactly how critical Pornography was in the expansion of goth rock and, by extension, the cultural reach of post-punk as a whole.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Schecter Guitars at NAMM

Cure content in the video - Simon's UltraBass at 13:50 (confirms that they will do 2 models, Black/Yellow & Yellow/Black), Michael tells a Cure story at 19:18, Robert's UltraCure & UltraCure XII at 24:04. Thanks, @Backflip992012 & zumzool.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Simon's new UltraBass shown at NAMM

While they had the black with yellow graphics on display, the sign says it will be available in yellow with black graphics. They also had Robert's new UltraCure XII, and his UltraCure on display as well. The latter available in "Goth Black", of course. :)
Thanks, Savannah.

Reeves at NAMM

Pearl at NAMM

From Schecter Guitars on Facebook: "Pearl stopped by and checked out some guitars with Mark Gemini Thwaite and our President Michael Ciravolo including Mark's new MGT!!!"

 More photos on their Facebook. Thanks, @Backflip992012.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Cure Tour 2016 stats

Pollstar has released their year end charts for 2016, and here's how Cure Tour 2016 fared:

Top 200 North American Tours
 #56 The Cure  / Gross 19.8 million / Avg. ticket price $54.32 / Avg. tickets per show 14,583 / Total tickets 364,583 / Avg. gross per show 792,185

Top 100 Worldwide Tours
#31 The Cure  / Gross 46.9 million / Avg. ticket price $59.58 / Avg. tickets per show 12,696 / Total tickets 787,176 / Avg. gross per show 756,452

Top 200 Concert Grosses
#120 The Cure & The Twilight Sad 3 nights at Hollywood Bowl
Tickets sold 51,367 / Gross $4,223,550

Top 100 Worldwide Ticket sales
#36 The Cure 605,208

Yet another Cure book comining soon

Friday, January 6, 2017

'In Between Days' book now at Amoeba

Pick it up in store or order online here.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Robert included in KEXP tribute to Bowie

From KEXP: "It was a year ago this week that KEXP both celebrated the birth and then shockingly, mourned the death of David Bowie at the age of 69. With the help of both those who knew him best and the man himself, KEXP will dig deep into his influential catalog of music spanning nearly 50-years.

Beginning Sunday, January 8th, on what would have been David Bowie’s 70th birthday, and culminating Tuesday, January 10th on the one-year anniversary of his passing, KEXP DJs John Richards, Cheryl Waters, Stevie Zoom, Larry Rose and Evie Cooke will share rare songs, and we’ll hear from those who knew Bowie best, including producers and friends Brian Eno, Tony Visconti and Nile Rodgers, as well as, Robert Smith of the Cure, Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and even the former Thin White Duke himself. Clips from these interviews will be featured on the KEXP Blog, alongside videos, news, and a list of Bowie-related events around Seattle.

“Last year we celebrated 12 hours of Bowie on his birthday and the release of Blackstar. Little did we know he was near death. Days later when we woke up to the terrible news, we turned around and did 12 more hours of nothing but Bowie,” said KEXP Morning Show host John Richards. “There may not be another artist who has influenced and informed every aspect of the KEXP mission than David Bowie. His music has not only influenced nearly every broadcast day that we’ve been on the air, but clearly, his art has propelled so many of the artists we love. Thank you, David Bowie. We miss you every day.”

Thanks, @gorillathelunk.

Lol in San Diego Jan. 7th

Pearl to sell artwork online soon