Robert Smith and his fellow members of The Cure cancelled their upcoming fall tour of North America, citing time restraints. The tour was scheduled for September and October and will now take place in April and May of 2008.

Earlier today, the band issued an apology on its official website. “The schedule as it stands only gives us a couple of weeks to finish our new double album before we hit the road again, and we know this just isn’t enough time to complete the project to our total satisfaction,” the band wrote, adding that it wants to remodel/rework the live show for North America, “change things around, incorporate new songs.” The band recently completed a toured Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong.

“So although we can agree it is a great shame to move these dates – believe us we have been looking forward to them more than anyone! – and know there will be a lot of disappointed people out there, we honestly feel that in the bigger picture we are making the right decision.” . . .
All tickets held for all 2007 North American Cure shows will be valid for the re-scheduled 2008 shows, according to the band’s website, and scheduling for the release of validity/refund/rescheduling details will be announced soon.

The band is still planning to headline the San Francisco Download Festival on October 6.

The Cure were one of the first alternative bands to have chart and commercial success in an era before alternative rock had broken into the mainstream. In 1992 the NME declared The Cure had during the 1980s become “a goth hit machine (19 to date), an international phenomenon and, yep, the most successful alternative band that ever shuffled disconsolately about the earth.”

The Cure has served as a major influence on many artists that have emerged during the band’s thirty year career, including Jane’s Addiction, The Smashing Pumpkins, and Dinosaur Jr. Smith has noted he looks at Cure-influenced bands Interpol and My Chemical Romance with affection, adding “I also think [Interpol bassist] Carlos D.’s obsession with Simon [Gallup] is sweet.”