English rock band The Cure is going back to its roots with a series of special U.S. performances.
Frontman Robert Smith and bandmates will play three dates apiece in Los Angeles and New York City as part of their career retrospective show, “Reflections.” Concerts are booked for to LA’s Pantages Theatre (November 21-23) and NYC’s Beacon Theatre (November 25-27).
Public ticket sales begin on the morning of Halloween, October 31, at 10 a.m. local time in Los Angeles and New York. Event listings (and, subsequently, ticket prices) are not yet available on Ticketmaster.com. While a restriction has been placed for two tickets per person, no other restrictions (such as forced Will Call, à la Radiohead) are noted on The Cure’s official Web site.
The Cure premiered this show — featuring full-album performances of their 1979 debut “Three Imaginary Boys,” 1980 sophomore release “Seventeen Seconds,” and 1981 follow-up “Faith” — at an Australian music festival earlier this year. Before bringing these special shows stateside, the Brits will also play a single night (November 15) at Royal Albert Hall in London, England.
Unlike other live catalogue retrospectives that typically feature a single album performed per night, The Cure will play all three albums, in their entirety, during each “Reflections” event. In full, the band has mapped out a four-set, three-hour performance for the conceptual concerts, including encores.
In addition to walking audiences through its catalogue, The Cure will also illustrate its lineup changes over the years by adding a musician for each album performance. The initial “Three Imaginary Boys” set will feature Smith, Simon Gallup, and Jason Cooper. Over the next two sets, Roger O’Donnell and then Laurence Tolhurst will also join their fellow musicians on stage.
The upcoming concerts are billed as the “seven final performances” of the conceptual show. The band’s last major U.S. show was more than two years ago, when The Cure headlined Coachella 2009.
The Cure – “Reflections” itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)
|November 21 – 23||Los Angeles, CA||Pantages Theatre|
|November 25 – 27||New York, NY||Beacon Theatre|