Thursday, December 26, 2013

'In Orange' 35mm screenings in L.A.

Cinefamily & Part Time Punks are presenting a 35mm screening of  'In Orange' in Los Angeles on Dec. 27th at 9:45pm and Dec. 28th at 9:15pm. (Thanks Scott and AndyTheCureFan)

Update (Dec. 29th, 2013): 2 more screenings have been added. Jan. 6th at 9:45pm and Jan. 9th at 10:30pm.

Cure Voodoo on top 5 NOLA concerts 2013 list

From Alison at "On a cold, dark night, Robert Smith offered up his set of Cure classics and deep cuts, not to mention the band’s first-ever live performance of the song “Burn,” with feverish conviction. Loopy as we were from a long week of revelry, beginning with Halloween and ending with the band’s Voodoo-capping set, his snaky guitar lines and unearthly voice seemed to swirl us all up into a blissed-out, spooky delirium. It’s wonderful to be reminded of such a great and deep catalog — even more so to have it done live, and by an artist who seems quite as passionate as his fans."

Inappropriate Song Choices in Advertising

From Cracked - #3. Hewlett Packard Wants You to Take Pictures to Cure Your Suicidal Depression. (Thanks Pietro)

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Some presents from David & Amanda

A gift from David & Amanda: "Just for a few days on Youtube: "Collector .........Take it!"

A few more presents from D & A - Other Voices (Monterrey Oct. 8th, 2013) / The Kiss (Vieilles Charrues July 20th, 2012) / 1st 4 songs from Reflections NYC (Nov. 26th, 2011).

(Thanks David & Amanda)

A Robert puppet for Christmas

 "Merry Christmas to you! I got the coolest Christmas present this year, a handmade Robert Smith puppet, made by my 13 year old niece Alanna....I have attached a pic, thought maybe your readers might like to see it." (Thanks Peter)

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Joyeux Noël

Merry Christmas and the happiest of holidays to you all!

The Cure - Merry Christmas Everybody 
(Wembley Arena - Dec. 9th, 1987)

Siouxsie & the Banshees - Il Est Ne Le Divin Enfant 
(Dec. 15th, 1982)  

Originally posted at (Dec. 2001)

"I don't believe in religions. Instead, I believe in Father Christmas and fairies in the woods!" - Robert Smith 2012

Friday, December 20, 2013

Paul Hartnoll covers 'A Forest'

Paul Hartnoll of Orbital covers 'A Forest' live on Lauren Laverne's BBC Radio 6 show (starts at 02:10:00). This looks to be on an upcoming album, and also features The Unthanks.
(Thanks Stephen)

Roger's 'Love & Other Tragedies'

Il Regno Dei Morti from Roger O'Donnell on Vimeo.

"A day in the studio with Francesca Ter-Berg recording Orpheus and Eurydice, part of the Love and Other Tragedies suite for piano and four cellos..."

And from Roger on Facebook: "This Friday I will be recording cello with Jo Quail a very dear friend. She is playing the Tristan and Isolde act from the Love and Other Tragedies suite. Ive also booked the mastering studio for January 9th to cut the acetates with Guy Davie for the pressing. Looks like the premiere will be the middle week of April in London at St Leonards..."

Update (Dec. 20th, 2013): Roger on Facebook - "...and here we are back at Fossil Studios recording Jo Quail and of course it sounds beautiful...."

And the recording is finished - "Well there we have it, recording finished for my new album project Love and Other Tragedies featuring on cello Julia Kent, Francesca Ter-Berg and Jo Quail with me of course on piano. Telling the three classic love tragedies of Scheherezade, Orpheus and Eurydice and Tristan and Isolde... Each story has three movements, a trilogy of trilogies and will be released as double vinyl on April 3rd 2014. ("Also digital download but not CD!")
Its taken a long time to finish and theres still some work to do but Im very happy with how it sounds right now and with Guy Davie's mastering genius and Anna Dorfman's art direction things can only get better.. " 

River Plate show voted best of year

Readers of Rolling Stone Argentina have voted The Cure at River Plate Stadium, the Show of the Year. (Thanks bob)

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Framing The Outsider

Article at NewStatesman: The Cure, the new Penguin editions of Camus, and the details of presentation. (Thanks David)

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Robert donates guitar to charity auction

From Amaze on Facebook: "We are extremely excited to announce that Robert Smith, lead singer of The Cure has donated a very special guitar to Amaze. The guitar will be auctioned by Bonhams in London on December 18th. All proceeds from the sale will go to Amaze.

The guitar is a Schecter 'Robert Smith RS-1000' signature model acoustic guitar in gloss black finish, with spruce top, maple body, and rosewood bridge, owned and played by Robert Smith, fingerboard inlaid with stars and moon motif. Lyric notes on paper for 'A Boy I Never Knew' are taped along top side with tuning instructions "DGCFAD" handwritten in silver ink, inscribed on the body by Smith in silver pen "I'd love to see him sleep, I'd love to know him dream... The Cure 2008" additionally signed later "Robert 2013", accompanied by a Gator hardshell case with black plush lining, with masking tape on the outside labelled in black pen 'A Boy I Never Knew, DGCFAD' and inscribed on the case in silver ink 'CURE 2008.

Amaze is very grateful to Robert and his family for this generous donation." (Thanks @guillaume_g_z)

Update (Nov. 25th, 2013): The guitar is up at the Bonhams auction site, and that prompted a very rare tweet from The Cure on Twitter.

Update (Dec. 3rd, 2013): The official site has been updated with this info.

Update (Dec. 18th, 2013): It sold for £22,000 (£27,500 including premium)! Wow! Well done! Thank you to Robert for always being willing to support great causes and charities!

From The Cure on Facebook, Twitter, and "WOW! THANKS! RSX Lot 403 THE CURE: A SCHECTER RS 1000 GUITAR IN BLACK GLOSS FINISH OWNED AND PLAYED BY ROBERT SMITH, Sold for £27,500 inc. premium"

Update (Dec. 20th, 2013): Nice article about this at The Argus. (Thanks David)

Photos & video from the RS guitar auction

Perfect.Murder is at today's auction for the Robert Smith 'A Boy I Never Knew' guitar, and sends these photos and this video. He's obviously getting this for my Christmas present, but I'll pretend like I don't know that. :)

Sunday, December 15, 2013

New Levinhurst songs in 2014

From Levinhurst on Facebook: "Recording in the Valley....3 songs will be out in the early part of 2014... then more to come!!"

Friday, December 13, 2013

"Pixies Listening To The Cure Blew My Mind"

From XFM: "It's been a big year for Chvrches, they finally released their debut album The Bones Of What You Believe, they toured the world, they performed on the Letterman show in the US and they were on the bill for XFM WInter Wonderland 2013.

But talking to Jo Good backstage at O2 Academy Brixton, ahead of their set at our afore mentioned Christmas party, Iain from the band admitted that there was one thing in 2013 that blew everything else out of the water.

"Our dressing room was across from the Pixies," he explained. "I was walking into the dressing room and their door was open and they were listening to Lullaby by The Cure. The Pixies were in there listening to Lullaby by The Cure!

"I had a wee bit of a freak out. A fantasy, reality cross over thing. I think that was the highlight of my year. Weird." (Thanks Aaron)

Roger updates

From Roger on Facebook:

Nov. 22nd - "I have a little news about Love and Other Tragedies but Im excited so Im going to share. I will be recording the cello parts for Orpheus and Eurydice with Francesca in London on the 15th and for Tristan and Isolde with Jo on the 20th! I hope to master and cut the vinyl in January and am planning a release concert for March. It will be double vinyl and download only and I am going to press only 250 copies... Art work will be by my good friend Anna and based on a painting by Pamela... I am very happy that this will be finally finished..."

Nov. 24th - "So I am talking to my friends at Google+ about setting up a Google Hang out for both of the recording sessions so we can stream some live audio and video and you can ask questions and generally see whats going on and what its like to be in the studio. This will be on the 15th and 20th of December. If you don't have a Google+ account and want to participate probably a good idea to sign up now. I have Google Glass and will be using that during the day... Should be fun!"

Nov. 24th - "Google Glass eye view... " Video. This is beautiful! Perfect for this cold November morning. More please. 

Nov. 26th - "If you liked the little piece of piano video I posted you might like this album I released about 3 years ago. I just found a box of CDs so if you want one I will sign it... "

"I am going to be spending January and February in LA on a couple of film projects next year." 

Dec. 13th - "This Sunday I am going to be in the studio with Francesca Ter-berg recording her cello parts on the Orpheus and Eurydice story from Love and Other Tragedies. As I mentioned before we were trying to work with Google+ on setting up a Video Hang out room to broadcast live video from the session.

We have come across a few issues, which is usual for such new technology and this isn't going to be possible so I will record the video and then edit it for YouTube later. It would have been nice to give an insight into a day in the studio but maybe next time!"

Friday, December 6, 2013

Uncut reviews The Cure at Voodoo

Cure at Voodoo review in the new issue of Uncut magazine. Bigger image here. "With its mystical airs & gothic tendencies, you'd be hard pressed to find a more fitting town than New Orleans for The Cure to grace." (Thanks Benj)

The Cure fights Monsanto

It was also posted on their Facebook. And while Robert has made it clear that he doesn't post these Twitter & Facebook updates, I would assume he supports this and approved of it being posted.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Reeves plays Nashville tonight

The Carpetbaggers (Reeves Gabrels, Jamie Rubin, Pete Pulkrabek, Chris Autry, Eric Fritsch)
The Family Wash, East Nashville, TN
Dec. 3rd, 2013 at 10 pm

Friday, November 29, 2013

Reeves plays Cambridge, MA tonight

Club d'Elf Release Party
Nov. 29th, 2013
Lizard Lounge
1667 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA
10 pm - 1:30 am. 21+. $12adv/$14dos
w/ Reeves Gabrels (guitar), Dave Tronzo (slide guitar), Paul Schultheis (Rhodes, Moog, clavinet, melodica), Mister Rourke (turntables), Mike Rivard (bass & sintir) & Dean Johnston (drums)

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Cure are Boy George's fave band of all time

"Boy George names The Cure as his favourite band of all time on BBC Radio 2's 'Tracks of My Years' (starts at 2:16:05). "I've always been a Cure fan since their punk days, they make really cool pop. They make edgy gothic pop with wonky lipstick, which is always the best kind of pop". Track chosen 'Boys Don't Cry'. "
(Thanks @colinaindow)

Monday, November 25, 2013

Vote for 'Disintegration' in Best of 89 poll

Slicing Up Eyeballs' ongoing Best of the 80s project continues with their Best Album of 1989 poll, and of course, 'Disintegration' is one of the choices.

Update (Nov. 25th, 2013): And to no one's surprise, 'Disintegration' comes in at #1. So to wrap it up, 'Seventeen Seconds' was #2 for 1980, 'Faith' was #1 for 1981, 'Pornography' was #2 for 1982, The Glove's 'Blue Sunshine' was #23 for 1983, 'The Top' was #6 for 1984, 'Head on the Door' was #1 for 1985, 'Kiss Me, and Kiss Me, Kiss Me' was #1 for 1987.

They'll launch the final overall Best Album of the 1980s poll next week.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Reeves interview in Japanese magazine

From Reeves on Facebook: "for you fans of the electric guitar...the latest issue of the japanese magazine "guitar" features an interview with my friend hotei and me."

Thursday, November 21, 2013

New Cure fanzine in Argentina

"this is the first issue of the first Argentinian fanzine in the history of the band: called the 13th. interviews, reviews, about the cure in argentina in 1987, and all the info about river plate 2013. to get a issue please send an email here"
(Thanks Cure Rarities)

Update (5/22/13):"Second number of 13th is online now, now we change the format to a webzine. Here's the 2nd issue, and the first issue is also online now. And this is the Facebook page." (Thanks Emi.)

Update (11/21/13): Issue #5 is out and features interviews with Lol Tolhurst and Andy Anderson. (Thanks Ligia)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Reeves plays Nashville tonight

The Carpetbaggers Local 615
(Reeves Gabrels, Jamie Rubin, Pete Pulkrabek, Paul Slivka)
The Family Wash, East Nashville, TN
Nov. 19th, 2013 at 10 pm

Can anyone help Brian with this?

"there’s a bootleg where robert is tuning up and says something like “if you’ve ever liked jimi hendrix through your whole life you can never tune up on stage. and even after you’ve looked at a tuner it just seems….more out of tune. this song is three imaginary boys.”

Robert featured in Analogue exhibition

Analogue By Tom Sheehan
Lomography Gallery Store East
November 7th – December 3rd 2013

In a stellar career stretching back almost 40 years, Tom Sheehan has photographed many of the iconic musicians of this era. Analogue is a collection of hand-printed images from his archive, including portraits of Tom Waits, Morrissey, Mick Jagger, John Lydon, Arthur Lee, Bruce Springsteen, Robert Smith, Thom Yorke, Echo & The Bunnymen, Coldplay and many more.
(Thanks Lars)

Update: Here's the Robert & Siouxsie photos from the exhibition. (Thanks Perfect.Murder)

Friday, November 15, 2013

The Cure - Burn (Voodoo edit)

A great edit of the fan footage from Voodoo.
(Thanks George/Frameworks2011)

Pretty sure I will never tire of reliving this moment.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The 10 Essential Greatest Hits Albums

Consequence of Sound put together their list of The 10 Essential Greatest Hits Albums, and 'Standing on a Beach' and 'Galore' came in at #6.

'The Bernard Suite' by Roger & Adam Donen

"The Bernhard Suite, composed by Adam Donen & Roger O'Donnell, premieres Saturday 26 October 2013, in Heilbronn, Germany. Performed by the Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra of Heilbronn, conducted by Ruben Gazarian. The suite is inspired by the work of Austrian novelist Thomas Bernhard.
This preview is electronic, and does not represent 1/100th of what is to be expected from the orchestra."
For more info and a link to buy tickets, check here.

Update (Oct. 27th, 2013): Mars posted a photo and 2 video clips (1 - 2) from the show, here's a photo from @AdamDonen, and a few photos of fans with Roger & Adam.

Update (Oct. 28th, 2013): Here's a review.

Update (Nov. 13th, 2013): Adam has posted a video from the show.

Friday, November 8, 2013

New album in 2014?

Terra Colombia posted an article about The Cure playing 'Burn' for the first time, and at the end, they included this (English translation): "A source close to the British band revealed that in the first half of 2014 will give details regarding a new studio release." (Thanks David)

That would be great news! But for now, take it with huge grain of salt. Hell, take it with a silo full of salt.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Cure went to Preservation Hall Sunday night!

Update (Nov. 5th, 2013): And here's a photo of Robert with Beats Antique at Preservation Hall in New Orleans on Nov. 3rd/4th, 2013. (Thanks @PresHall)

Update (Nov. 7th, 2013): Posted today by Preservation Hall - "There was one unexpected treat during the final Deja Voodoo performance, as a white tour van pulled up to Preservation Hall with the members of The Cure pouring out of the Ford doors. Robert Smith and company stayed until the wee hours of the morning, enjoying the music and spirits of the Hall. The Preservation Hall Family still have smiles on their faces from that night."

From : "Amazing night with Robert Smith & The Cure were hanging until 4am" (Thanks )

From Facebook: "@beatsantique & @preshallband really turned it out last night - fantastic to see The Cure there enjoying the performances as much as we did!"

From @drielycarter: "Holy Fuck I just stumbled upon Robert Smith from The Cure at the Preservation Hall tonight and I nearly had a heart attack! " (Thanks )

Update: Here's an article from And I got an answer about whether The Cure actually played with them.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

'Give Me It' in New Orleans

Give Me It - New Orleans 03-Nov-2013 from itsaperfectday.

Thanks once again, Olivier!

'Burn' in New Orleans

Burn - New Orleans, 03-Nov-2013 from itsaperfectday on Vimeo.

A million thanks to Olivier (and everyone else) for filming this!

Other versions - 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 

New guitar sticker mystery

What does this new "whaaat?" sticker refer to? Anyone know? It can't be this, can it? Maybe a 'Despicable Me' reference?

You know if there's a Cure guitar sticker mystery, I'll try my best to solve it. :)

Photo from It's A Perfect Day.

BBC Radio 2 Goth special

BBC Radio 2 aired a Goth special on Oct. 30th, and The Cure were featured. Listen to it here (Cure bit starts around the 22 minute mark).

And if you missed the G-Word special from 2009, you can listen to it again until Nov. 7th. (Thanks Perfect.Murder)

Peel Sessions (Jan. 81) on BBC 6 Music

The Cure's Peel Session from Jan. 7th, 1981 (Forever, The Holy Hour, Primary, All Cats Are Grey) was aired again on BBC 6 Music Live Hour yesterday, and you can listen online for the next few days. (Thanks Aaron)

Monday, November 4, 2013

"It was a beautiful way to end the festival"

From Alison Fensterstock's wonderful review of The Cure at Voodoo: "Speaking of Trent Reznor, who stood on the Voodoo mainstage Saturday night, there is, of course, a great overlap between the armies of darkness who ally themselves with Nine Inch Nails and with the Cure. (“If you had told me, in 1996, that I’d get to see Nine Inch Nails and the Cure in the same 48-hour period, I’d have flipped out,” one of those elusive goths of days gone by said to me at the festival.)

But where NIN can be hard and cold, the Cure’s misery – even at its darkest depths – is a sweet, soft one. When Trent makes you hurt, it’s with the bite of cold, industrial jaws; Robert Smith's hurt is exquisite. There is no love left in Nine Inch Nails’ world, but for Smith, love is all there is – even if all that’s left of it is delicious pain. Part of it was lights and fog, but the mainstage Sunday night also swirled with aching passion. It was a beautiful way to end the festival, and even Smith seemed overwrought: after a final encore of “Boys Don’t Cry,” he clutched his powdered cheek, blinked, and scampered off, as if he’d been caught with his heart on his sleeve."

Sunday, November 3, 2013

The Cure in New Orleans (Nov. 3rd, 2013)

The Cure in New Orleans on Nov. 3rd, 2013. Photo by Erika Goldring.
Setlist: Shake Dog Shake, Fascination Street, From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea, The End of the World, Lovesong, Just Like Heaven, Burn, Pictures of You, Lullaby, High, Hot Hot Hot, The Caterpillar, The Walk, Stop Dead, Push, Inbetween Days, Friday I'm in Love, Doing the Unstuck, Bananafishbones, Want, The Hungry Ghost, Wrong Number, One Hundred Years, Give Me It

Encore: The Lovecats, Close to Me, Let's Go to Bed, Why Can't I Be You?, Boys Don't Cry.

If you went to the show, please vote in the poll

Photos: Offbeat / Sound of Violence / Consequence of Sound / Pure Volume / Crave / It's A Perfect Day / Fuse / Brooklyn Vegan / Wire Images 1 - 2 / Getty Images / Mauro Melis 1 - 2 / / 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 - 11 - 12

Reviews: Offbeat / Crave / Gambit / The Advocate / Huntsville Times / LSU Daily Reveille / My Spilt Milk / NOLA / Spin / Craig

Video Clips: Lovesong - Just Like Heaven - Burn - Pictures of You - Friday I'm In Love

Audio: FLAC at The Cure Commununity

Videos: Shake Dog Shake / Fascination Street 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 / From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea / The End of the World / Lovesong 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 / Just Like Heaven 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 / Burn 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 - 11 / Pictures of You 1 - 2 - 3 / Lullaby 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 / High / The Walk / Stop Dead 1 - 2 / Push 1 - 2 / Push (with a bit of Shake Dog Shake & Fascination St.) / Friday I'm In Love / Bananafishbones / Want 1 - 2 - 3 / One Hundred Years / Give Me It 1 - 2 / The Lovecats / Close To Me 1 - 2 / Let's Go To Bed 1 - 2 / Why Can't I Be You? / Boys Don't Cry /

Note for Sunday

Pearl Jam were allowed to go over curfew by 10-15 minutes tonight. Keep this in mind for Sunday if The Cure go over and they try to pull the plug. Storm the stage! Plug them back in! :)

Update: And Nine Inch Nails were allowed to go 12 minutes over tonight, for their dark, intense, terrific set. Damn they were good!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Voodoo is ready for us

Le Ritual stage is up. Photo from @KeithSpera.
The Merch Church/Merchandise stand. Photo from @KeithSpera.
Rides setup and waiting for riders. Photo from @KeithSpera.

New Levinhurst "soonish"

From the Levinhurst Facebook: "A new photo and some new music coming along soonish...!"

Update on Roger's 'Love & Other Tragedies'

Posted on Roger's Facebook: "Just confirmed that the amazing Francesca Ter-berg will be playing cello on the Orpheus and Eurydice story for the Love and Other Tragedies suite. We are set to record in December when I return from Russia and fingers crossed a March release with a premiere performance in London..."

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Calm before the Voodoo storm

Cure initially declined Voodoo offer

From an article posted at today: "The Cure initially declined a Voodoo invitation. Months later, the band’s reps asked if the slot was still available. By then, Rehage was in discussions with Voodoo veteran Kid Rock’s camp. Both acts ended up confirming the same week. “We talked to both of them, and figured one of the two would hit,” Rehage said. “They both wanted to do it, so we carved out a slot. It all fell into place.”

The Cure following Kid Rock on the same stage recalls such odd Voodoo pairings as rapper Drake preceding Ozzy Osbourne in 2010, or Dr. John abutting Moby the festival’s first year.
“We’ve always had some interesting transitions,” Rehage said. The Cure and Kid Rock “is certainly one of them.”

Voodoo updates

The Cure have been given 10 more minutes for their set. Will start at 6:50 pm now. Have 130 minutes. Perfect for adding 'Same Deep Water As You' to the set. Or 'Cold' & 'Figurehead'. :) (Thanks Olivier)

Local music critic Keith Spera has a story on the new festival grounds Voodoo will be using this year.

Update (Oct. 27th, 2013): Crave has posted a transportation guide, and GoNola has their Ultimate Guide to Voodoo.

And this word of warning from Roger: "OK whats next.... HAHAH Voodoo Festival in New Orleans, if you don't have a ticket and were thinking maybe you wouldn't come... well think again, last Cure show of 2013 its going to (be) massive!" Always trust Roger! Get your tickets here.

Update (Oct. 28th, 2013): Gambit has published their 2013 Voodoo Guide, which can be picked up locally, or you can read the digital edition here. Nice little Cure article included.

Also, Voodoo has posted "answers to all of your questions". Not included? Will you please give The Cure an extra hour? :)

And here's a survival guide from Fuse.

A list of closings in City Park due to Voodoo.

TV news report from just now says the limited number of single day tickets are almost sold out. If you need them, get them now. 3 day passes should still be available at the gate.

From Voodoo on Facebook: "Deja Voodoo presents Reignwolf plus special guest Baby Bee happening at The Parish House of Blues New Orleans on Friday, November 1st at 11:30 pm. A Loa VIP wristband will get you into the show for FREE."

Update (Oct. 29th, 2013): From Voodoo on Facebook - "Proudly presenting Deja Voodoo at Preservation Hall on November 1st and 3rd featuring the Preservation Hall Jazz Band with special guests Shovels and Rope and Beats Antique. Doors will open at 11:30 pm and showtime is midnight. Tickets extremely limited. To buy now:"

If you will be camping at City Park, you should follow @ContentmentCamp on Twitter.

Interview with Voodoo founder/producer Stephen Rehage.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Voodoo stage going up today

Main stage being erected today at City Park. Photo from @NewsCarolyn.
More setup photos at NOLA Defender.

And here's a report from @NewsCarolyn. Ignore the start times they list, those are the old ones. NIN at 9, Cure at 6:50.

Friday, October 25, 2013

NME's Top 500 Albums of All Time

The Cure place 2 albums on NME's Top 500 Albums of All Time list. 'Disintegration' at #139 & 'The Head on the Door' at #494. See the full list at Consequence of Sound. Before getting upset about the list, keep in mind that it's from NME. Of course it's ridiculous! :)

Pearl Thompson appearance on Oct. 17th

From Lisa Johnson on Facebook: "Come see me n Porl on 10/17 at Mr Musichead Gallery for the 108 RSG EXHIBIT & BOOK LAUNCH!"

Update (Oct. 25th, 2013): Lisa has posted some photos from the event on her Facebook.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

'Wild Mood Swings' revisited

Soundwaves took another look at 'Wild Mood Swings', and tried to make it a better album. But they left 'Club America', 'Return' and 'Round & Round & Round' on it, and deleted 'Strange Attraction' & 'Gone', so they failed. :)

Fantastic photos/videos from recent shows

Wanted to spotlight some of the fantastic photos from the recent shows:

Here's William Soragna's photos from El Paso & ACL weekend 2.

And from Mauro Melis, photos from El Paso (Flickr & Sound of Violence) and  ACL weekend 2 (Flickr & Sound of Violence

And those great El Paso & Monterrey videos from It's A Perfect Day have been uploaded again, after being removed from YouTube. See the El Paso videos here, and here's Catch & Sinking from Monterrey.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Matthieu Hartley items for sale

Matthieu Hartley is selling 2 of his old Cure keyboards, 1 amp, and other memorabilia on ebay. (Thanks Matthieu)

Cure at Glastonbury 1990 on 6 Music

Listen to 30 minutes of The Cure at Glastonbury 1990 on the BBC 6 Music Live Hour. Expires tomorrow, Oct. 24th.
(Thanks Perfect.Murder)

Monday, October 21, 2013

Simon and The Silence

Yet another Doctor Who reference from Simon, and further proof of his awesomeness. See those sets of marks on his arm? He must have run into The Silence quite a few times in Austin! ;) Thanks to Rev. Heron for sending the photo, and to Fuji for taking it at Austin City Limits on Oct. 5th.

No East Coast "special appearance" show

Roger confirmed it on Facebook. In reply to a comment about waiting on word about that show, Roger replied, "Not happening!" So looks like if you want/need to see The Cure this year, you better get to Voodoo.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

The Cure at ACL webcast

The Cure at ACL setlist

Photo of the soggy setlist from The Cure's set at Austin City Limits on Oct. 12th, 2013. Note that 'Shake Dog Shake' was listed but not played. And 'Boys Don't Cry' was added at the end.
(Thanks Greg)

Saturday, October 12, 2013

The Cure at Austin City Limits (10/12/13)

Setlist: Tape/Open, A Night Like This, The End of the World, Lovesong, Just Like Heaven, From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea, Fascination Street, Pictures of You, Lullaby, High, The Lovecats, Close To Me, Hot Hot Hot, The Caterpillar, The Walk, Stop Dead, Push, Inbetween Days, Friday I'm In Love, Doing the Unstuck, Want, The Hungry Ghost, Wrong Number, One Hundred Years, Give Me It, End, Boys Don't Cry.

Reviews: Austin Chronicle / Austin 360

Photos: William Soragna / Mauro Melis (Sound of Violence & Flickr) / It's A Perfect Day / KEXPLive / Kristof_Acke

Videos: Full webcast / Lovesong 1 - 2 / Just Like Heaven / Pictures of You / Stop Dead (webcast) / Wrong Number /

Downloads: Webcast MP3s - Part 1 , Part 2 / Webcast 5.1 DVD on Cure Community /Webcast 1080p DVD on DIME

11:53 pm - From Greg: "Austin is flooding, CRAZY weather!  Note: Shake Dog Shake on the setlist but not played. Was intended to be after FTEOTDGS. Amazing show!"

11:12 pm - From Olivier: "One of the best festival shows I've ever seen. Singing One Hundred Years and Give Me It at the top of your lungs under the pouring rain in a crowd of Cure fans is an amazing thing to do! (Still drenched, though.)"

7:20 pm - From Olivier, the stage is being set up.

Pearl Thompson at book launch on Oct. 8th

From 108 Rock Star Guitars on Facebook: "Come on and Come OUT my Rock n Roll Brother's and Sisters!! Want to see you at my book launch event at The Cutting Room NYC this coming Tuesday night 10/08!!! Les Paul Trio with Vinny Martell and special appearances by Les Paul long time guitar tech Thomas Doyle and the uber cool Porl Thompson!!"

Update (10/08/13): The return of Pearl! From 108 Rock Star Guitars on Facebook

Update (10/09/13): More photos of Pearl from last night. 
(Thanks Crimson Tonight)

And more photos here. (Thanks @_crenga

Update (10/12/13):  Peter went to the event and sent in a review. (Thanks Peter)

Great photos from El Paso

Great El Paso photos from Mauro Melis. See more on his Facebook and Flickr.

"Pictures of El Paso to be published next week on a French web magazine (Sound Of Violence).

These are the very first photos, many others are coming (just need to go back to paris to process them:). I'm gonna shoot also Austin tonight.

More to come on a Print Musical Mag (November issue of My- Rock Mag) " (Thanks Mauro)

YouTube videos being removed

Looks like The Cure are having many of the Monterrey and El Paso videos removed from YouTube. Very disappointing, but certainly their right to protect their property.

Roger, Fletch, Martin at ACL

Andrew Fletcher, ?, Roger O'Donnell, Martin L. Gore. 3 of my favorite people all together in one room!

From Depeche Mode World Tour 2013-2014 on Facebook.
(Thanks Aaron)

LatAm film update from Tim Pope

Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Cure in El Paso (Oct. 10th, 2013)

Setlist: Plainsong, Fascination Street, A Night Like This, Torture, The End of the World, Lovesong, Just Like Heaven, From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea, Pictures of You, Lullaby, High, Hot Hot Hot, Birdmad Girl, The Walk, Stop Dead, Push, Inbetween Days, Friday I'm in Love, Doing the Unstuck, Treasure, Want, The Hungry Ghost, Wrong Number, One Hundred Years, Disintegration

1st encore: Shake Dog Shake, Bananafishbones, The Caterpillar, Give Me It
2nd encore: Catch, The Baby Screams, Sinking, Play For Today, A Forest
3rd encore: The Lovecats, Close To Me, Let's Go To Bed, Why Can't I Be You?, Boys Don't Cry, 10:15 Saturday Night, Killing An Arab.

Reviews: El Paso Times / El Diario

Photos: William Soragna / NotQuiteFaust / Mauro Melis Sound of Violence & Facebook & Flickr / It's A Perfect Day / (These are mine 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6) - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 -

Videos: Fascination Street / A Night Like This / Torture / Lovesong 1 - 2 / Just Like Heaven 1 - 2 / Pictures of You 1 - 2 / Lullaby / The Walk / Stop Dead / Friday I'm In Love / Treasure / The Hungry Ghost / Shake Dog Shake / Give Me It 1 - 2 (Simon-centric) - 3 / Catch & The Baby Screams / The Baby Screams / Sinking / The Lovecats / Let's Go To Bed / Boys Don't Cry /

Interview with Pearl and Lisa Johnson

Here's a recent audio interview (starts at 4 minutes in) with Pearl Thompson and Lisa Johnson of the 108 Rock Star Guitars book. Not much Pearl, mostly Lisa, but better than nothing. (Thanks Alex)

And it sounds like Pearl has some new material coming out. Lisa posted this on Facebook: "Truly an EXQUISITE performance by Pearl at the 108 Rock Star Guitar Book Launch event!!! You are all going to LOVE his new material."

Off to El Paso to see The Cure!

Just a note to let you know that I will be traveling to El Paso for tonight's show, so I probably won't be able to post updates until later this afternoon. I will, if at all possible, be updating the setlist from tonight's show. Will set everything up when I get to the hotel, but just in case something goes wrong, I will most definitely be posting updates on Twitter, as long as I can get a signal. And of course Olivier will be posting (if possible) at It's a Perfect Day. If all else fails, I will be post the setlist as soon as the show ends and I get back to the hotel.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Cure in Monterrey (10/08/13)

Setlist: Shake Dog Shake, Fascination Street, A Night Like This, The End of the World, Lovesong, Push, Inbetween Days, Just Like Heaven, From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea, Sinking, Pictures of You, Lullaby, High, Birdmad Girl, The Walk, Stop Dead, Sleep When I'm Dead, Mint Car, Friday I'm in Love, Doing the Unstuck, Bananafishbones, Want, The Hungry Ghost, Wrong Number, One Hundred Years, Give Me It, The Top

1st encore: Treasure, Other Voices, Charlotte Sometimes, Play For Today, A Forest
2nd encore: Dressing Up, The Lovecats, Catch, The Caterpillar, Close To Me, Hot Hot Hot, Let's Go To Bed, Why Can't I Be You?, Boys Don't Cry, 10:15 Saturday Night, Killing An Arab.

End of another epic, surprising Cure show in Mexico. Wow!

Have we all learned our lesson now? Next time The Cure announce a show in Mexico, we all go!!! Also, a note to Robert...El Paso is practically in Mexico. I mean it's right on the border. So, we get a Mexican style setlist, right? :)

Notes: First time Sinking has been played since Sept. 5th, 2004 in Mexico City, first time for Birdmad Girl since Oct. 17th, 1984 in Tokyo, first time EVER for Stop Dead, first time for Give Me It since March 28th, 1987 in Rio, first time for Treasure since Aug. 21st, 1998 in Switzerland, and first time for Catch since June 21st, 2008 in NYC.

Reviews: Horacero / El Porvenir / ABC

Photos: Oscar (and the complete setlist) / It's a Perfect Day / 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 - 11 - 12 - 13 - 14 - 15 - 16 - 17 - 18 - 19 - 20 - 21 - 22 - 23 - 24 - 25 - 26 - 27 (Roger's tambourine) - 28 - 29 (part of the setlist)

Video clips: Some clips posted by Eden Gallup 1 - 2 - 3 / Stop Dead / Hot Hot Hot / Boys Don't Cry

Videos: A Night Like This (soundcheck) / Excerpts from several songs / Shake Dog Shake / Fascination Street 1 - 2 / A Night Like This / Lovesong / Sinking 1 - 2 / Pictures of You 1 - 2 - 3 / Birdmad Girl 1 - 2 / The Walk / Stop Dead 1 - 2 / Sleep When I'm Dead / Want / One Hundred Years / Give Me It / Other Voices / Dressing Up / Catch / Boys Don't Cry / Killing an Arab / TV report about the show / Fans singing along to End of the World

Thanks so much to Olivier () & for the setlist reports, photos and videos tonight.

ACL webcast for weekend 2

No ACL webcast for weekend 1, but according to the ACL email sent out today, there will be one for Weekend 2: "We'll be live-streaming 40 Weekend Two performances on two channels at, including Kings of Leon, Depeche Mode, Wilco, Phoenix, Dawes and many more! Full schedule coming next week." Fingers crossed for a Cure webcast!

Update (10/08/13): Now confirmed! The full 2 hour set will be streamed live this Saturday! Check here for the full schedule.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Cure ACL meeet & greet auction

Bid in this ACL Cares charity auction for a chance to win 3 day passes to ACL weekend 2 and a 10 minute meet & greet & photo opportunity with The Cure. All proceeds go to the Anthropos Arts charity.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Cure fan gatherings planned for El Paso

"The Lowbrow Palace, host to a number of cutting edge music events in the El Paso area and located just a few blocks from the Don Haskins Center is reaching out to all the Cure fans coming into town.   They'd like to do something - Cure/new wave parties Wednesday night and pre-show Thursday and live original bands - Pure X and Lake of Fire - after the show.  We are awaiting confirmation and all the details and will post them as soon as we have them." (Thanks Mark)

If you're interested in attending any of these events (Wednesday night, Thursday pre-show, Thursday aftershow) please let Mark know in the comments.

Cure Autumn Tour merchandise

So good to see New Orleans listed on a Cure tour t-shirt again! Been way too long. Thanks to Olivier at It's A Perfect Day for the photo.

From Olivier on Facebook: "More t-shirts. The set of badges are leftovers from the previous tour: they still state "The Great Circle Tour" whereas the t-shirts don't."

The Week in One Song: Grinding Halt

From The Monkey Cage at The Washington Post: "As the first installment in a new weekly feature here on The Monkey Cage, I give you “Grinding Halt” by The Cure, recorded live in 1980. Dave McCullough called it a “pop song that reminds you of the Isley Brothers or The Buzzcocks.” Or sand in the gears of democracy, I suppose."

Saturday, October 5, 2013

The Cure at Austin City Limits (10/05/13)

Setlist: Plainsong, Pictures of You, Lullaby, High, The End of the World, Lovesong, Just Like Heaven, From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea, Fascination Street, The Walk, Mint Car, Friday I'm In Love, Doing the Unstuck, Trust, Want, The Hungry Ghost, Wrong Number, One Hundred Years, Disintegration

Encore: The Lovecats, The Caterpillar, Close To Me, Hot Hot Hot, Let's Go To Bed, Why Can't I Be You?, Boys Don't Cry.

Note: First time Inbetween Days hasn't been played at a regular show (excluding Reflections and TV shows) since Feb. 23rd, 2008 in Vienna, Austria.

Thanks so much to Olivier (), , and Scott for the setlist reports tonight!

Reviews: Rolling Stone / Crave Online / Examiner / Austin Chronicle / Houston Press / Noise 11 / Austin 360

Photos: Karen / Spin / Reverb / It's A Perfect Day / Brooklyn Vegan / BV Austin / B-Sides On-Air/Online / N / Simon Gallup / Robert Smith / Robert & Reeves / 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 -

Video clips: Roger playing a bit of Trust / Pictures of You - High - End of the World - Lovesong

Videos: Plainsong 1 - 2 / Pictures of You 1 - 2 - 3 / Lullaby / High / End of the World / Lovesong / Just Like Heaven 1 - 2 - 3 / From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea 1 - 2 / Fascination Street / The Walk / Mint Car / Friday I'm In Love 1 - 2 / Doing the Unstuck 1 - 2 / Trust 1 - 2 / Want / The Hungry Ghost / Wrong Number / One Hundred Years / Disintegration / The Lovecats 1 - 2 / Hot Hot Hot / Why Can't I Be You? / Boys Don't Cry 1 - 2