English rock band The Cure formed in Crawley, Sussex in 1976, and have revealed plans for a month-long North American tour. The British band—now slimmed down to a four-piece including original lead guitarist Porl Thompson, long-time bassist Simon Gallup, new drummer Jason Cooper and the man himself Robert Smith—will hit arenas and amphitheaters across the United States and Canada beginning September 13.
These will be the Cure’s first North American appearances since their travelling Curiosa Festival in 2004 that also featured Interpol, Mogwai, Muse, and more. For this run, Sheffield, England math-rock act 65daysofstatic will open all shows.
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09/13 – Tampa, FL – St Pete Times Forum*
09/15 – Atlanta, GA – Gwinnett Center*
09/17 – Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Bobcats Arena*
09/19 – Washington, DC – Patriot Center*
09/21 – Philadelphia, PA – Wachovia Spectrum*
09/23 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden*
09/25 – Boston, MA – Agganis Arena* . . .
09/26 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre*
09/27 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre*
09/29 – Chicago, IL – Allstate Arena*
10/02 – Denver, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre*
10/04 – Salt Lake City, UT – E Center*
10/06 – San Francisco, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre*
10/08 – Seattle, WA – Key Arena*
10/09 – Vancouver, BC – General Motors Place*
10/11 – Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl*
10/13 – San Diego, CA – Cox Arena*
10/14 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl*
10/16 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center*
10/17 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center*
* with 65daysofstatic
The Cure In Recent Years
The band was awarded the MTV Icon for 2004. The ceremony included performances of Cure songs by the bands AFI (“Just Like Heaven”), blink-182 (“A Letter to Elise”), Razorlight (“Boys Don’t Cry”) and the Deftones (“If Only Tonight We Could Sleep”), and was hosted by Marilyn Manson. Smith subsequently included songs by AFI, Blink 182 and the Deftones in his set-list whilst presenting a special John Peel evening session on BBC Radio 1, shortly before Peel’s death. 2004-2006 saw the reissue of several of The Cure’s early albums. Each was presented in a Deluxe Edition format, including a bonus second disc of mostly previously unreleased material; including demos, live performances and album out-takes. All the studio albums up to Bloodflowers were intended for re-released in 2004, however the record label did not want to release them at the same time as The Cure, and the first batch (1979-1982) was delayed until late 2004/early 2005. The release of the second batch (1983-1987) was then scheduled for June/July 2006, but released in August.
In May 2005, Roger O’ Donnell and Perry Bamonte left the band. O’Donnell said Smith informed him he was reducing the band to a three-piece; O’Donnell only found out about the band’s upcoming tour dates via a fan site and added, “It was sad to find out after nearly 20 years the way I did but then I should have expected no less or more.” The remaining members of the band (Robert Smith, Simon Gallup and Jason Cooper) made a few appearances as a trio before it was announced in June that Porl Thompson would be returning for the band’s 2005 summer shows, including their set at Live 8 in Paris on July 2nd. Later that year, the band recorded a cover of John Lennon’s “Love” for Amnesty International’s charity album Make Some Noise. It is available for download on the Amnesty website, while the album has been scheduled to be released on CD in 2006. In 2006 The Cure appeared at the Royal Albert Hall on 1 April 2006, on behalf of the Teenage Cancer Trust. It was their only show through to the end the year. In December a live DVD, entitled The Cure: Festival 2005 including 30 songs of their 2005 Festival tour was released.
The Cure have been writing and recording material for a new album since 2006. Smith said that the band were “hoping for a Halloween release”, but despite this date being confirmed in a press release concerning the first batch of releases from Suretone Records, its release has been delayed. Robert Smith has since suggested that it would be a double-album stylistically similar to “Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me”, that he hoped would be finished by the time of the Ultra Music Festival which the band headlined on March 23rd.
Thanks to www.thecure.com, www.wikipedia.org and www.ticketliquidator.com