Saturday, April 28, 2018

More artists added for Hyde Park show

New artists added are Lisa Hannigan, Pale Waves, This Will Destroy You, Alice Phoebe Lou, and Kathryn Joseph.

Hyde Park & Meltdown tickets for sale or trade

Have had a bunch of requests for this lately, so here you go. If you have tickets for sale or trade, post them in the comments.

As always, only list tickets at face value or below (plus the ticket fees & shipping).

And can anyone help John with this request?

"I have primary entry tickets for Hyde Park but I’m looking to upgrade to Summer Garden tickets so I can sit to rest for health issues. If anyone is looking to sell Summer Garden tickets, I would be forever grateful." If you can help, contact John at antzona (at) me (dot) com.

Hyde Park pre-show party

'Mixed Up' Deluxe Edition now listed on iTunes and Amazon US

The Deluxe Edition of 'Mixed Up' is now listed for pre-order on iTunes (US) and Amazon (US). And you can already buy 'The Lovecats (TC & Benny Mix 1990)' and 'Want (Time Mix 2018)' on Amazon. $1.29 each.

Thanks, @danieleweinb and @claiborne_davis.

You can also listen to 'The Lovecats (TC & Benny Mix 1990)' and 'Want (Time Mix 2018)' on Spotify. Thanks, @frenzymcfly.

RSD 'Mixed Up' & 'Torn Down' available online

As of the time of this posting, Resident has the RSD versions of 'Mixed Up' and 'Torn Down' available for online ordering here. Don't know how long that will last, others have sold out already, so if you want them, get them now.

Simon speaks!

Well, he types, but still so nice to hear from him! Some thoughts about working with Wayne Hussey and Michael Ciravolo on Michael's 'Beauty in Chaos' project:

SIMON Sez (some incredibly kind words from the best bassist in the world!)

"Hello Simon here

Just wanted to write a couple of lines to say how honoured I was to be involved in the "BEAUTY IN CHAOS" project .

When I joined the Cure back when things were black and white I made a secret vow to myself that I wouldn't just Haw myself out ...I believed that when you are in a band you stick by that band, and don't become just a journeyman Muso to further your own Ego ...I seriously hated all those Tits from the 80,s and 90,s who used to pat each other on the back and "hang out "

To me, Commitment to one band was a signal fire that you meant it.. but ...Then you Mellow !

I was lucky enough to meet Michael and his lovely wife Tish and Marc (LaCorte, Schecter's EVP) in the 90's and I think my first comment to him was rather Flippant , but I was very used to people from companies coming backstage and asking us to stand in the Broom Cupboard while they held court with Robert . So here I was for the first time, where a genuinely nice bunch of people were asking me about things like missing home , how I felt how the tour had been going etc etc ( I sort of had to look over my shoulder that they weren't talking to Robert ) it just felt like a normal conversation down the pub with people I knew ). Michael has always been 100% behind getting what the band wanted in regards to guitar designs, colours shapes ,and one of my Joys in touring America was always his enthusiasm about Guitars and Guitarists ! (Michael +Tish+ beer +bar ++ Me slightly slumped talking about Johnny Thunders if you get the Idea )... So

Back to where I started ..if someone else had asked me to play , I would have probably have said no but I felt this was a special thing, and then the icing on the cake was that Wayne was singing!

I could sit here and type for hours to explain what Wayne means to me, but suffice to say I think he is one of the most Underrated Rock singers of all time ! I caught up with Him last year and Drove over to see him and the Mish play, and suffice to say his stage presence and general "Rockness " was still spine tingling , just 100% spot on .

He Drove over the next day and we talked for Hours and then he went off ( Back to Brazil ....Complete Bastard for having all that sunshine! )..but then he sent me tapes through of riff's that id sent him 16 years ago we go back to the top ,and I lay in bed thinking ..if anything comes of it .. Perhaps a guitarist of Michael's magnitude can help us out !


x "

"Well to read these words is simply impossible to describe and brought more than one tear to my eyes. Please check out a sample of 'MAN OF FAITH' here, featuring Simon on bass and Wayne Hussey on vocals.. Blessed beyond to not only have these two amazing artists on the same track for the first time ever, but to also call them friends. MC"

Thanks, @christinefalls.

Win tickets to every Meltdown show

Note: This is only open to UK residents.

Tim is not filming Meltdown

New solo project from Roger

From Roger on Facebook:

"Im very happy to announce now my new solo project Two Ravens featuring Jennifer Pague from Vita and the Woolf singing on four of the eight pieces. Side one has five songs composed for two cellos and piano and side two three songs written for string quartet and piano. I was introduced to Jen by my publisher and executive producer on this project Daryl Bamonte. We just finished recording in London and will mix in June for hopefully a late Autumn release. More details to come...."

You can see some photos from the recording sessions on his Facebook.

Reeves demoing his guitars and pickups

Watch the guitar demos on Reeves' Facebook.

Reeves played with Gov't Mule

and then this happened (sitting in with Gov’t Mule).

A post shared by Reeves Gabrels (@reevesgabrels) on

Reeves joined Gov't Mule during their encores on April 26th, 2018 in Albany, NY. He played on Children Of The Revolution, You Don't Know How It Feels, and Statesboro Blues.
And here's a video clip from Reeves on Facebook.

Lol will be in Dublin on May 5th

Update (April 28th, 2018): Times have been announced.

Lol Tolhurst In Conversation With Ben Wardle
Co-founding member of The Cure, Lol Tolhurst, will outline his relationship with Robert Smith (as detailed in his 2016 memoir, Cured: The Tale of Two Imaginary Boys), as well as discuss The Cure, in this their fortieth year.

Violet Vendetta plays Unfest 2018

May 26th, 2018 at The Forum in Tunbridge wells, Kent. UK.

Friday, April 13, 2018

'Mixed Up' & 'Torn Down' pre-orders now on Universal's Cure store

'Mixed Up' and 'Torn Down' CD, vinyl, and box set pre-orders have been added to the Universal Cure store. Thanks, Benj.

The Cure announce details of ‘Mixed Up’ and ‘Torn Down’ deluxe editions

From NME:

Get ready for 16 new remixes from Robert Smith

The Cure have announced details of the upcoming deluxe editions of ‘Mixed Up’ and ‘Torn Down’ – with new mixes. Check out the epic tracklist along with Robert Smith’s new remix of ‘Want’ below.

‘Torn Down’ serves as a sequel to The Cure’s Record Store Day release – a vinyl reissue of the band’s 1990 remix album, ‘Mixed Up’. Remixed by Smith himself and available across multiple formats, the release includes Cure classics such as ‘Lullaby’, ‘Close to Me’, ‘Pictures of You’, ‘Lovesong’, and ‘Why Can’t I Be You?’.

On ‘Mixed Up’, Smith singled out Brian ‘Chuck’ New’s dub style remix of ‘Pictures Of You’ as the muse for the record’s bold and adventurous direction.

“That mix turned the music on its head, but at the same time left the essential heart of the song intact,” he said. “As soon as I heard it, I updated the entire ‘Mixed Up’ plan. My revised ambition was to compile an album that was contemporary without being dated, immediate without being obvious, musically inspiring, rhythmically exciting and sonically great!”

Of the re-energising power of releasing ‘Mixed up’, Smith continued: “The whole of 1990 was essentially spent emerging from the shadow of Disintegration, and we managed to do it in a creatively satisfying way; by the end of the year, I couldn’t wait to start work on new songs for the next record”.

Speaking of ‘Torn Down’, Smith continued: “I wanted a 3-disc package, but we didn’t have enough ‘historic’ remixes – for a while I thought the ‘extra-extras’ CD would be Cure songs re-mixed by choice artists, rather than by choice re-mixers… that then got me thinking maybe I should have a go at one… so in early August 2017, I decided to experiment with ‘Three Imaginary Boys’. It is a pretty sparse multi-track; I pulled it apart at home and finished the initial re-mix in one session – and I really enjoyed the whole process”.

A release from the band adds: “By choosing favourite songs rather than the usual singles, one of Smith’s objectives was to illustrate the variety of the Cure catalogue, and by October of 2017 working on songs in chronological release order, he had remixed entirely the 16 songs that appear on ‘Torn Down: Mixed Up Extras 2018’.”

And some more from Udiscovermusic:

Mixed Up’s genesis came from the band’s Disintegration album and its accompanying global Prayer Tour. Released in 1989, Disintegration had delivered a triumphant end to the 80s, but the first year of the 90s found The Cure unexpectedly unsettled.

Determined to keep up the momentum of the band’s ongoing success, but knowing there were internal tensions to address before heading back into the studio, Robert Smith decided on a different course of action; curating an album of the band’s rarer 12” mixes. As work on Mixed Up progressed, Smith realised that some of The Cure’s earlier remixes didn’t stand up to the newer ones.

Two tracks on the album, ‘A Forest’ and ‘The Walk’, were not just remixed but entirely re-recorded, as the multi-track tapes for both songs had long been lost. Both songs were reconstructed in the studio with producer Mark Saunders, using original instruments and gear.

The band convened over five days in June 1990 to record a new track for Mixed Up. After a certain amount of fraught experimenting with beats, loops and sequenced bass lines, Smith decided to change the vibe. A demo entitled PhaseAGE that had previously been deemed ‘too rock’ was committed to tape as ‘Never Enough’ and was released as a single in September 1990. The ‘Closer Mix’ of ‘Close To Me’ soon followed this and both songs were accompanied by customarily deranged Tim Pope videos.

For the Torn Down cover, Smith decided on a self-portrait painted in oils during the summer of 1990 which was originally intended as the sleeve for Mixed Up. He chose Torn Down as the title for the ‘extra-extras’ album inspired by the way he had “torn down” ‘Never Enough’, stripping the song back to resemble his original 1990 PhaseAGE demo. “I felt it was a good way to bring the project back full circle…in a Mixed Up kind of way” he says.

'Want' (The Time Mix) debuts on BBC 6

BBC 6 Music debuted 'Want' (The Time Mix) from 'Torn Down'. Also aired a bit more of the interview with Robert, where he confirmed that the 'Wish' remaster is finished and will be the next Deluxe Edition released. Also said he plans to finish the Deluxe Edition program now, after it being stopped for "stupid reasons".

Listen to the track and interview segment here at 48:05.

Cure Assure Fans They Can Sit At Meltdown

From Stereogum:

In a vast number of different ways, getting old sucks. It sucks for many reasons, and one of them is this: Standing up at shows gets harder and harder. An hour or two is one thing, but if you’re at a festival, standing around for days, your neck and back will be killing you by the end. And if it’s slow, contemplative music, standing up is even worse. It’s nature’s way of reminding you that you need to stop pretending you are a teenager.

The Cure know about this. The goth-pop legends have been a band for over 40 years. Many of their fans have stuck with them for decades. This means, of course, that many of their fans are old. The Cure are looking to have a big 2018. There’s new music on the way, there’s a huge 40th-anniversary show, and frontman Robert Smith is curating this summer’s Meltdown Festival in London. He’s put together a hell of a lineup, one that features bands like Nine Inch Nails and My Bloody Valentine. And he does not appreciate the suggestion that fans stand through the whole thing.

Apparently reacting to an online announcement that fans are “encouraged to stand” at Royal Festival Hall, a seated venue, the Cure have jumped on Twitter to reassure fans that this is not the case. They want you to know that it’s OK to sit down if you feel like it. Here’s what they say:

Thank you, the Cure. The aging rock dorks of the world salute you.

Topographies tour starts tonight

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Meltdown tickets on sale Friday at 10 am

And remember, you MUST be a Southbank Centre member to have access to Friday's sale. Join here. It certainly won't guarantee you get tickets, just first access to TRY for tickets. Good luck!

Update (April 13th, 2018): The allotment of member tickets for CUR脝TION-25 are sold out. More will be available for Monday's general sale. While there were still some problems with the website and queue system, it worked MUCH better than the 1st wave of sales. A lot of fans were able to get tickets via web, phone, and best of all methods, at the box office. Congratulations to all that managed to get them today!

These are the shows going on sale to members on Friday:

Royal Festival Hall

June 18th - Death Cab for Cutie and Fear of Men

June 24th - CUR脝TION-25 - Robert Smith and 'Curious Friends' and The Twilight Sad

Queen Elizabeth Hall⠀

June 15th - Concrete Lates: Kiasmos DJ set

June 16th - Concrete Lates: Vessels DJ set and live

June 18th - God is an Astronaut and Jambinai

June 19th - Frightened Rabbit and Pumarosa

June 20th - Low and Jo Quail

June 20th - J贸nsi, Alex Somers & Paul Corley: Liminal

June 21st - J贸nsi, Alex Somers & Paul Corley: Liminal

June 22nd - J贸nsi, Alex Somers & Paul Corley: Liminal

June 23rd - Suzanne Vega and James Walsh

June 23rd - Concrete Lates: Eat Static DJ set

June 24th - Maybeshewill and I Like Trains

Purcell Room

June 15th - Joycut and Indian Queens

June 16th - Jambinai and Tropic of Cancer

June 17th - Loop and Planning For Burial

June 18th - Emma Ruth Rundle and Planning for Burial

June 19th - Vex Red and Douglas Dare

June 20th - Moon Duo and Hilary Woods

June 21st - pg.lost and Thought Forms

June 22nd - The Joy Formidable and Kidsmoke

June 23rd - And Also the Trees and A Dead Forest Index

June 24th - The Soft Moon and The KVB

Photos of 'Torn Down' RSD vinyl

Tim Pope on Soho Radio Wednesday

Update (April 11th, 2018): Fun interview with Tim. Had to laugh when Tim was talking about how careful he has to be when talking about Cure projects because of how the fans are. SOME fans, Tim, not all! :)

He warns that the 40th anniversary film will take a while. Said people have to be patient, it takes a long time to put something like this together. And it has to be done very well. It will be finished by next year. He doesn't want nutters yelling at him online.

If you missed it, you can listen to it here. Tim's part starts at 49:40.

New Cure book out this Spring

Update (April 7th, 2018):

Update (April 12th, 2018):

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Manic Street Preachers on the honour of playing for ‘hero’ Robert Smith at Meltdown

From NME:

Nicky Wire and James Dean Bradfield tell us what to expect

Manic Street Preachers have revealed that they’re working on some ‘surprises’ for their headline show as part of their “hero” Robert Smith’s Meltdown Festival.

The Cure frontman handpicked the band for this year’s event at London’s Southbank Centre – where they’ll be supported by The Anchoress and headlining alongside the likes of Deftones, The Libertines, Mogwai, Placebo and the newly-announced Death Cab For Cutie, Frightened Rabbit, Yonaka and many more.

Speaking to NME, bassist Nicky Wire and frontman James Dean Bradfield said that the show would be a highlight of the tour in support for their acclaimed new album, ‘Resistance Is Futile‘.

“We’ve been really lucky this year to have two personal invites from real heroes – Duff from Guns N’ Roses invited us on tour in Europe, and then Robert Smith sent a really lovely email,” Wire told NME. “We obviously jumped at the chance. James is trying to figure out a couple of Cure songs to do with one or two collaborations. There will be surprises. Plus Catherine [Anne Davies, The Anchoress] is supporting us as well. It’s going to be a pretty special night.”

Asked about what he felt the Manics had in common with the rest of Smith’s chosen bands, Wire replied: “The one thread I’d agree with is that we all exist in our own worlds. We’ve never been part of anything else, even Deftones who are so original from what they started with. Our longevity is that we’ve always avoided being bracketed with any movement.

“Same for The Cure, listen to their early records and they’re like no one else. Sometimes they were caricatured as ‘classic goth’, but they weren’t and they were phenomenal. By the time you get to the euphoric pop of ‘In Between Days’ and ‘Just Like Heaven’ – it’s a startling career.”

“We were watching some old footage of him the other day,” Bradfield told NME. “There were a lot of French TV performances and there was some amazing stuff that he was playing. He’s a real ‘in the pocket’ guitarist. Siouxsie and the Banshees always said that they wanted to keep him because he was so brilliant, but he was always quite wary to let loose and express himself too much because he didn’t want to indulge in guitar onanism as I frequently do. He wanted to keep his taste filter in check – but he’s always been a brilliant guitarist. He’s nifty. He knows his way around and he knows how to express himself.”

“I’m really looking forward to seeing old Bobby playing again because ‘Head On The Door’ is a fucking amazing record. Look at ‘Push’ – two minutes and no vocals and it’s fucking amazing.”

"We thought this was some sort of scam"

From Iceland Monitor:

The Cure's Robert Smith invited K忙lan mikla to perform at Meltdown Festival

"We thought this was some sort of scam," says S贸lveig Matthildur Kristj谩nsd贸ttir, one of the three members of Icelandic darkwave band K忙lan mikla. They received an email with a personal letter from Robert Smith, singer, guitarist and songwriter of The Cure asking them whether they could perform at the upcoming Meltdown Festival in London. The festival is at the South Bank Centre between June 15- 24. Smith is curating the festival this year.

"I have no idea how he found us, and I read it and thought it was a scam email. I thought it was really funny. But I sent it to our booker who told me that it was a real letter. I'm still in shock. All three of us have a varied taste in music but we are all Cure fans. The band has been a huge influence on us. Faith is one of my all-time favourite records," she explains.

The Cure were formed in the late seventies and have released thirteen studio records and have been a great influence on goth/ darkwave and synth music. They also received commercial popularity with songs such as Just Like Heaven, Lovesong and Love Cats.

K忙lan Mikla, formed five years ago in Iceland by three young women, S贸lveig Matthildur, Laufey Soff铆a and Margr茅t R贸sa have received critical acclaim both in Iceland and abroad for their synth-punk darkwave music. This past winter they've been touring Europe and in April they are playing at the Roadburn Festival in the Netherlands. Later this year they're going on a South America tour and they are also working on a new studio album.

K忙lan Mikla accepted Smith's offer of course, and will be opening for Placebo at the Meltdown Festival. Amongst the other bands playing at the festival are My Bloody Valentine, Nine Inch Nails, Loop, The KVB, The Soft Moon, Moon Duo, Suzanne Vega, Low, Death Cab for Cutie, Manic Street Preachers and Mogwai. Icelandic/Faroese duo Kiasomos will also play as well as J贸nsi from Sigur R贸s accompanied by Alex Somers and Paul Conley.

Tickets to Meltdown Festival go on sale on April 13th.

'Mixed Up' 3 CD box set out June 15th, along with single CD, vinyl, and 'Torn Down' vinyl

Amazon UK has a listing for a 3 disc 'Mixed Up' box set scheduled to be released on June 15th, 2018. They also have listings for a single disc version and vinyl version also due out that same day.

And here's the listing for 'Torn Down' on vinyl, also listed for June 15th.

Thanks, Stefan and Brad!

Update (April 11th, 2018): Track lists for all of the editions.

"Robert Smith has remastered the Cure's 1990 compilation of Remixes, 'Mixed Up', and has expanded the Deluxe Edition with a 2nd disc of long deleted remixes from 1982 to 1990, and a 3rd disc containing 16 brand new Remixes done by himself, 'Torn Down: Mixed Up Extras 2018'

The 2LP set of ‘Torn Down: Mixed Up Extras 2018’ have been Half Speed Mastered by Robert Smith and Tim Young at Metropolis Studios, London. They have been pressed on 180gram vinyl in Gatefold Sleeves and contain a Download Voucher."


DISC ONE : Mixed Up – Remastered 2018

01: Lullaby – Extended Mix – 2018 remaster ( 7:43 )
02: Close To Me – Closer Mix – 2018 remaster ( 5:44 )
03: Fascination Street – Extended Mix – 2018 remaster ( 8:47 )
04: The Walk – Everything Mix – 2018 remaster ( 5:27 )
05: Lovesong – Extended Mix – 2018 remaster ( 6:19 )
06: A Forest – Tree Mix – 2018 remaster ( 6:55 )
07: Pictures of You – Extended Dub Mix – 2018 remaster ( 6:41 )
08: Hot Hot Hot!!! – Extended Mix – 2018 remaster ( 7:01 )
09: The Caterpillar – Flicker Mix – 2018 remaster ( 5:40 )
10: Inbetween Days – Shiver Mix – 2018 remaster ( 6:22 )
11: Never Enough – Big Mix – 2018 remaster ( 6:07 )

DISC TWO – Mixed Up Extras 2018 : Remixes 1982-1990

01: Let’s Go To Bed (Extended Mix 1982 - 2018 remaster) ( 7:44 )
02: Just One Kiss (Extended Mix 1982 - 2018 remaster) ( 7:15 )
03: Close To Me (Extended Remix 1985 - 2018 remaster) ( 6:31 )
04: Boys Don’t Cry (New Voice Club Mix 1986 - 2018 remaster) ( 5:29 )
05: Why Can’t I Be You? (Extended Mix 1987 - 2018 remaster) ( 8:07 )
06: A Japanese Dream (12" Remix 1987 - 2018 remaster) ( 5:47 )
07: Pictures of You (Extended Version 1990 - 2018 remaster) ( 8:06 )
08: Let’s Go To Bed (Milk Mix 1990 - 2018 remaster) ( 7:13 )
09: Just Like Heaven (Dizzy Mix 1990 - 2018 remaster) ( 3:42 )
10: Primary (Red Mix 1990 - 2018 remaster) ( 7:10 )
11: The Lovecats (TC & Benny Mix 1990 - 2018 remaster) ( 4:39 )

DISC THREE – Torn Down : Mixed Up Extras 2018

01: Three Imaginary Boys – Help Me Mix by Robert Smith ( 3:21 )
02: M – Attack Mix by Robert Smith ( 3:07 )
03: The Drowning Man – Bright Birds Mix by Robert Smith ( 4:29 )
04: A Strange Day – Drowning Waves Mix by Robert Smith ( 5:05 )
05: Just One Kiss – Remember Mix by Robert Smith ( 4:57 )
06: Shake Dog Shake – New Blood Mix by Robert Smith ( 5:11 )
07: A Night Like This – Hello Goodbye Mix by Robert Smith ( 4:24 )
08: Like Cockatoos – Lonely In The Rain Mix by Robert Smith ( 3:49 )
09: Plainsong – Edge Of The World Mix by Robert Smith ( 4:33 )
10: Never Enough – Time To Kill Mix by Robert Smith ( 3:34 )
11: From The Edge Of The Deep Green Sea – Love In Vain Mix by Robert Smith ( 6:21 )
12: Want – Time Mix by Robert Smith ( 4:44 )
13: The Last Day of Summer – 31st August Mix by Robert Smith ( 5:44 )
14: Cut Here – If Only Mix by Robert Smith ( 4:25 )
15: Lost – Found Mix by Robert Smith ( 3:59 )
16: It’s Over – Whisper Mix by Robert Smith ( 4:54 )

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Full Meltdown lineup

Tickets for all of the newly announced shows will go on sale to Southbank members at 10 am on Friday April 13th. General sale at 10 am on Monday April 16th.

Was asked what the best strategy is for getting tickets for Curaetion-25. I'm thinking go and camp out at the box office, have a phone to try calling in, and another device to try buying online, all at the same time. :)

Seriously, though, you saw what happened in the first wave of ticket sales. This won't be pretty, and A LOT of fans are going to be disappointed. It's a small show and demand will be extremely high.

Also, if you're not a Southbank Centre member, your chances of getting tickets is even lower. Almost non-existent. Hate to say it, because you shouldn't have to pay that extra fee, but it's true.

Royal Festival Hall

June 15th - Psychedelic Furs and The Church

June 16th - Placebo and kaelan mikla

June 17th - The Libertines and Yonaka

June 18th - Death Cab for Cutie and Fear of Men

June 19th - Manic Street Preachers and The Anchoress

June 20th - Deftones and pg.lost

June 21st - Mogwai and Kathryn Joseph

June 22nd - Nine Inch Nails and Black Moth Super Rainbow

June 23rd - My Bloody Valentine and The Soft Moon

June 24th - CUR脝TION-25 - Robert Smith and 'Curious Friends' and The Twilight Sad

Curator Robert Smith closes the 25th Meltdown festival with an exclusive two-hour show at Royal Festival Hall.

He is joined onstage by four of his curious friends – and other, imaginary accompanists – to perform special interpretations based on a very particular selection of songs he has sung throughout the years.

Queen Elizabeth Hall⠀

June 15th - 65daysofstatic and Tropic of Cancer

June 15th - Concrete Lates: Kiasmos DJ set

June 16th - The Notwist and Drahla

June 16th - Concrete Lates: Vessels DJ set and live

June 17th - Alcest and Emma Ruth Rundle

June 18th - God is an Astronaut and Jambinai

June 19th - Frightened Rabbit and Pumarosa

June 20th - Low and Jo Quail

June 20th - J贸nsi, Alex Somers & Paul Corley: Liminal

June 21st - Kristin Hersh and Matt Holubowski

June 21st - J贸nsi, Alex Somers & Paul Corley: Liminal

June 22nd - Mono and Jo Quail

June 22nd - J贸nsi, Alex Somers & Paul Corley: Liminal

June 23rd - Suzanne Vega and James Walsh

June 23rd - Concrete Lates: Eat Static DJ set

June 24th - Maybeshewill and I Like Trains

Purcell Room

June 15th - Joycut and Indian Queens

June 16th - Jambinai and Tropic of Cancer

June 17th - Loop and Planning For Burial

June 18th - Emma Ruth Rundle and Planning for Burial

June 19th - Vex Red and Douglas Dare

June 20th - Moon Duo and Hilary Woods

June 21st - pg.lost and Thought Forms

June 22nd - The Joy Formidable and Kidsmoke

June 23rd - And Also the Trees and A Dead Forest Index

June 24th - The Soft Moon and The KVB

Monday, April 9, 2018

Robert interview on BBC 6 Tuesday morning!

If you missed it, or want to listen again, you can find the interview here.

Some highlights from the interview (taken from the BBC 6 Music tweets):

Robert Smith on how it feels to be “cure-rating” : “it’s galvanised me, and I’ve booked studio time for the band! The first time I was aware of it when it was it curated by John Peel... The most memorable for me was seeing Bowie performing Low.”

Robert Smith on curating Meltdown: “They said ‘go ahead, book whoever you want’... Obviously for my dream festival some of the people are dead... I was surprised how immediate people said yes! It was so heartwarming.”

“I felt I had probably said enough... I was waiting until there was something new to start talking about... in the modern world people speak endlessly about nothing...” - Robert Smith on not doing interviews for the past few years.

“I’m probably going to do something on my own on stage.” - one of Robert Smith’s plans for the finale of but it may also be him and “four of my closest musical friends.”

“I’ve still got the poster from the Rocket Club in Crawley!” says Robert Smith and he’s found a side of stage recording of that first ever gig, 40 years ago, at Worth Abbey. (Note: And said he plans on releasing it. Yes, yes, I know, I'm just telling you what he said. :) )

“I’ve booked us time to do demos next month... in a dream world we’ll have a new song to play in the summer.” - Robert Smith on whether there will be new music this year. “What Meltdown has done, by listening lots of new music, it’s invigorated me.. I feel like I want to join in”

“I think we’ll end up going around the world next year... I think we’ll be recognising some anniversaries next Year too. Like our first Album and Disintegration, maybe.” (Note: He said they've already booked some things. It will be a mix of Cure shows, festivals, and those special anniversary type shows,)

And a few other things:

Robert actually invited The Rolling Stones to play , but they declined. They were too busy with their own shows this Summer.

He hints that The Cure will be headlining , but completely different to Hyde Park, little more weird, and different configurations, different songs, and special guests, so not really a Cure show. Hyde Park is still the only place you will see The Cure playing in Europe this year.

Doesn't feel that The Cure should play a regular show at , because it wouldn't be fair to those who bought tickets for Hyde Park thinking it would be the only Cure show in Europe this year, as it has been advertised.

Some articles covering this: Slicing Up Eyeballs, Radio X, Post-Punk, NME, Pitchfork, Stereogum, Riot Fest, CoS, Clash, Spin, Louder Sound, List, Noisey

Saturday, April 7, 2018

More Meltdown artists revealed

Added to the event: Curaetion-25 (not sure if this is just the name being given to this 25th edition of Meltdown or something Cure related), And Also The Trees, Emma Ruth Rundle, Frightened Rabbit, God Is An Astronaut, Jambinai, Joycut, The Joy Formidable, Loop, Low, Maybeshewill, Moon Duo, The Soft Moon, and Vex Red.

That's according to this ad in Q magazine. The official announcement will be made at 10am on April 10th. These tickets will go on sale to Southbank Centre members on April 13th at 10am.

Thanks, @Torrence79!

Photos of the new 'Mixed Up' RSD vinyl

Cure in WLIR Documentary

From Rolling Stone:

" 'Dare to Be Different': See New Doc on Radio Station That Broke U2, Cure in U.S.

"Mainstream American music wasn't breaking new bounds ... WLIR fueled something loud, smelly and different," Billy Idol says in clip

The new documentary about the influential Long Island radio station WLIR is coming to Showtime on March 30th. New Wave: Dare to Be Different focuses on how the station helped break some of the biggest British bands of the Eighties like U2, the Cure, the Smiths, New Order, Duran Duran and Depeche Mode in the United States.

Dare to Be Different features interviews with WLIR program director Denis McNamara, other members of the station crew and an array of artists including Joan Jett, Debbie Harry, Depeche Mode and Erasure's Vince Clarke and the B-52's Fred Schneider. "

Lol Tolhurst is also interviewed.

Update (April 7th, 2018): First 5 minutes of New Wave: Dare To Be Different, the WLIR documentary, includes 'In Between Days' playing during a segment, clips of the IBD video, and a radio station ID from Robert. 25 minutes in, Lol tells the story about The Cure coming to America, looking to buy the Twinkies they saw advertised in Marvel comics.

"Robert" 's 1st tweet

As @slicingeyeballs pointed out, it isn't ALL CAPS, so probably just his social media person, not actually Robert. And Robert has said that the only place he actually posts updates himself is Not Twitter or Facebook or anywhere else.

Update (March 16th, 2018): The @RobertSmith and @thecure accounts have finally been verified. Now you know that any other accounts claiming to be Robert or The Cure are fakes. If you're ever in doubt, check for the verification check mark. Unfortunately, the @reevesgabrels account, which has recently had to deal with an imposter trying to scam fans, is still waiting. Get on that, Twitter!

Update (April 7th, 2018): We have two more verified accounts now. Congratulations and ! Now let's get & verified!

Reeves playing on a new blues track

Greetings Friends, Family, Associates & Acquaintances,

"Release #10 in The Need To Know's Badass Blues Instrumentals Series is Macha Cha Cha featuring the musical sorcery of my friend and sometimes bandmate (Magnificent Others & Sonic Mining Company), Reeves Gabrels. As you probably know, Reeves played guitar and produced David Bowie from '87 through the '90's including Tin Machine. Reeves has been a member of The Cure sine 2012.

The backing band on this track is Rich Kirch (John Lee Hooker 1984-2001) on rhythm guitar, Deszon Claiborne (Robben Ford) on drums and myself on bass. The track was recorded at Skunkworks in Capitola CA and mixed by the mighty Jack Endino (Nirvana, Soundgarden). Masterful mastering by Alex McCollough at True East Mastering.

Please buy it, like it, share it, stream it, and dig it!

Google Play:

Cheers and thanks,
Frank & Brian
Need To Know Music / Skunkworks Studio"

Thomas Dolby and Rick Springfield cover 'Just Like Heaven'

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Tim's David Bowie 50th Birthday Concert film screens at r7al Festival tonight

Get tickets here.

Tim's 40th Anniversary documentary "is unlikely to be finished this year"

From a Variety story about Tim Pope's new film 'Drone':

"Pope said he would be working on music videos with four bands this year – The Cure, The The, Soft Cell and Neil Young – but hoped to be working on “Drone” after that. “I want to be shooting my film by this time next year,” he said.

This year, Pope is also working on a feature documentary about The Cure’s 40 years in the music business, which will include archive footage supplied by the band’s front-man, Robert Smith.

“Robert Smith is giving me access to 50 boxes of film, which have never been seen before, of the early Cure days,” Pope said. “I want to make a film like ‘Goodfellas’ where Robert is narrating the film in a first-person way, and it is like crazy and we are on this journey.” He added, “Robert’s songs always deal with being the outsider.”

Pope started working with the band in 1981 and last worked with them on a music video in 1997 – on which his runner was Guy Ritchie. Pope toured with the band across six countries three years ago.

The Cure documentary is unlikely to be finished this year, Pope said."

Meltdown ticket warning

From an email from Southbank: "It is against Southbank Centre's terms and conditions to resell tickets, including using third party websites such as Viagogo, Getmein and Stubhub. Any tickets that are resold will be cancelled and the purchaser will be refused admittance.

If you can no longer make the event you can exchange your tickets for a credit voucher up to 48 hours before the concert. To prevent resale, we are going to post tickets and email e-tickets so that you receive them 7-10 days prior to each event"

Thanks, @mattsmudge.

Meltdown mentions

From a Drowned in Sound interview with Nicky from Manic Street Preachers:

This summer you've been invited by Robert Smith to play the Southbank Centre as part of his curation at this year's Meltdown festival, as well as supporting Guns'n'Roses on the German and Danish legs of their European tour. How did both of those come about, which one are you looking forward to the most, and will you be doing anything special for either?

You mean something like our cover of 'It's So Easy' except with slightly dodgy lyrics? We did rehearse it and it sounded OK but I don't know if I can sing those words where we are now 25 years later! We do have a couple of special things planned for The Cure's Meltdown show which James is working on. We had an email from Robert Smith asking us to play, which is lovely as he's one of our heroes.

The Cure - A Perfect Dream book to be released in Sept/Oct.

Amazon pre-order links for The Cure - A Perfect Dream:
UK (Sept. 6th, 2018) / US (Oct. 2nd, 2018)

Thanks, Paul.

Is 'The Top' underrated?

Photos from Reeves' recent shows

And here's a video of them playing COGASM's 'A Sign from God' at the Austin show on March 17th, 2018. Thanks, The Cure Press Cuttings.

Tim Pope at r7al film festival

2 new Robert Smith enamel pins

Both pins, along with Siouxsie and Nick Cave pins, will be available here starting at 8 PM eastern on March 27th, 2018.

Cure vector project

Push - A Cure Fanzine issue 1 now available

40 poems for 40 years of The Cure

From Other Voices 40:

"We are looking to publish forty contemporary poems, to celebrate forty years of The Cure. We will accept submissions of original,unpublished poetry from around the world, of forty lines maximum length to be considered. There is no payment for publication, successful poets will receive a copy of the anthology, fancy or unconventional formatting is not encouraged. Please submit your work either as a word document on in body of your email to we’d also like a biography of up to 100 words. We look forward to hearing from you."

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Meltdown Festival shows update

Sold Out shows: Nine Inch Nails & Black Moth Super Rainbow, My Bloody Valentine, Placebo, Deftones, Manic Street Preachers & The Anchoress, 65daysofstatic, Kristin Hersh, Psychedelic Furs & The Church, Mogwai & Kathryn Joseph.

The few remaining tickets for the other shows are on sale here.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Updates on 'Torn Down' and 'Mixed Up'

Resident Music has posted more details about the 2 releases for Record Store Day 2018. Both are listed for £32.99, and here are the track lists:

'Torn Down'
Presented as a 2LP picture disc set in a die-cut gatefold sleeve with a download voucher.

A1: Three Imaginary Boys – Help Me Mix by Robert Smith ( 3:21 )
A2: M – Attack Mix by Robert Smith ( 3:07 )
A3: The Drowning Man – Bright Birds Mix by Robert Smith ( 4:29 )
A4: A Strange Day – Drowning Waves Mix by Robert Smith ( 5:05 )

B1: Just One Kiss – Remember Mix by Robert Smith ( 4:57 )
B2: Shake Dog Shake – New Blood Mix by Robert Smith ( 5:11 )
B3: A Night Like This – Hello Goodbye Mix by Robert Smith ( 4:24 )
B4: Like Cockatoos – Lonely In The Rain Mix by Robert Smith ( 3:49 )

C1: Plainsong – Edge Of The World Mix by Robert Smith ( 4:33 )
C2: Never Enough – Time To Kill Mix by Robert Smith ( 3:34 )
C3: From The Edge Of The Deep Green Sea – Love In Vain Mix by Robert Smith ( 6:21 )
C4: Want – Time Mix by Robert Smith ( 4:44 )

D1: The Last Day of Summer – 31st August Mix by Robert Smith ( 5:44 )
D2: Cut Here – If Only Mix by Robert Smith ( 4:25 )
D3: Lost – Found Mix by Robert Smith ( 3:59 )
D4: It’s Over – Whisper Mix by Robert Smith ( 4:54 )

'Mixed Up'
Now presented for the first time as double picture disc set in a gatefold sleeve with a download voucher.

A1: Lullaby  – Extended Mix – 2018 remaster ( 7:43 )
A2: Close To Me – Closer Mix – 2018 remaster ( 5:44 )
A3: Fascination Street – Extended Mix – 2018 remaster ( 8:47 )

B1: The Walk – Everything Mix – 2018 remaster ( 5:27 )
B2: Lovesong – Extended Mix – 2018 remaster ( 6:19 )
B3: A Forest – Tree Mix – 2018 remaster ( 6:55 )

C1: Pictures of You – Extended Dub Mix – 2018 remaster ( 6:41 )
C2: Hot Hot Hot!!! – Extended Mix – 2018 remaster ( 7:01 )
C3: Why Can’t I Be You ? – Extended Mix – 2018 remaster ( 8:07 )

D1: The Caterpillar – Flicker Mix – 2018 remaster (  5:40 )
D2: Inbetween Days – Shiver Mix – 2018 remaster ( 6:22 )
D3: Never Enough – Big Mix – 2018 remaster ( 6:07 )

Thanks, Benj.

Trent and Atticus talk about Meltdown Festival

More Meltdown announcements on April 10th

From the Meltdown FAQ:
Are The Cure or Robert Smith playing?

We have released the entire confirmed line-up that has been booked, which does not currently include Robert Smith or The Cure. However, further gigs will be announced on 10 April, including the final two Royal Festival Hall bookings.

Update (March 16th, 2018): "Just had email from Southbank Centre, confirming that more acts for Meltdown festival will be announced at 10am on Tues 10th April. Tickets on sale to members 10am, Friday 13th April." Thanks, @mattsmudge.

Also, Nine Inch Nails have confirmed one more band. Black Moth Super Rainbow will be opening for them.

New tour dates for Reeves

March 16th, 2018 - Dallas, Texas at Double Wide
Tickets / Facebook Event Page

March 19th, 2018 - Houston, Texas at Dan Electros Guitar Bar
Tickets / Facebook Event Page

March 21st, 2018 - Eureka Springs, Arkansas at Chelsea's Corner Cafe & Bar
$10 tickets!!!! Purchase at the door night of, or email me to reserve yours today @
Facebook Event Page

Update (March 16th, 2018): Reeves has added a special SXSW show in Austin.

Give Me It

Tim Pope at r7al film festival