Saturday, August 27, 2016

Friday, August 26, 2016

'Cured' book tour dates

UK dates have been confirmed! Here's the complete schedule:

Wednesday 21st September - Waterstones, Camden

Thursday 22nd September - Waterstones, Manchester - Deansgate

Saturday 24th September - Rough Trade, London

Monday 26th September - Toppings, Bath

Wednesday 28th September – Off the Shelf Festival, Sheffield

North American dates are coming soon, but Lol has given us a few hints for New York and California.

NY - "would be very surprised also if I didn't have something happening in that area say the week of release ;-)"
California - "back in California, say second half of October?"

And from Lol on Facebook: When asked about France and the rest of Europe: "Next year , book and tour." and "Next year European tour."

When asked about the US: "My tour manager is currently booking a huge US tour for the book right now! Ill be seeing you!"

Some fun 'Cured' stuff coming soon

Cured - a memoir by founding member Lol Tolhurst

The 22 September will be an exciting day in The Cure community. Lol Tolhurst will be releasing his memoir, Cured with UK publishers Quercus. Lol met Robert Smith when he was just five years old and together they formed one of the most successful bands of their generation.

In Cured Lol threads the genesis of The Cure through his schoolboy years with Smith, the iconic leader of the group, and the bands most successful era in the 1980s. He takes us up to the present day, a riveting forty years since the band's inception.

The band's journey to worldwide success is woven into a story not only of great highs and lows but also of love, friendship, pain, forgiveness and, ultimately, redemption on a beach in Hawaii.

Cured highlights those parts of the creative journey that are not normally revealed to fans, incorporating many first-hand recollections around Lol's personal odyssey. From suburban London to the Mojave Desert, Cured brings an acute eye for the times to bear on a lifelong friendship, with tales of addiction and despair along the way.

Join us for exclusives

Chain of Flowers is working with Quercus and Lol to bring you, the real fans, exclusive material. Starting on 29 August we’ll be offering an exclusive each week on the site including unseen photos of The Cure from Lol’s personal album.

Lol will also be answering any questions you have. Either tweet @CraigatCoF using #AskLolCured or comment on this post with your questions. Look out for his answers on 5 September.

Have you pre-ordered your copy yet? Waterstones have exclusive signed copies available but stock is limited. Order your copy now at Waterstones.

This is the inside story of The Cure.

Note: If you have a question for Lol but don't have Twitter, and can't post in the  comments, just email it to me and I'll post it for you.

Update (Aug. 26th, 2016): Last call for questions for Lol. Will be sending them to him next week, so if you want your question included, post it soon!

An Evening with Lol in Sheffield

Wednesday September 28th
7:30 - 8:40 PM
The Auditorium
University of Sheffield Student's Union
Western Bank S10 2TG
Tickets: £8.00 /£6.50 (Cons)

Monday, August 22, 2016

'Cured' audiobook up for pre-ordering

From Lol on Facebook:

"So the audiobook version of CURED is now available for pre -order! And In case you were wondering, the narrator "to be announced" is! "

Scheduled for release on Oct. 11th. Get it at Audible.

James Graham on touring with The Cure

From A Music Blog, Yea?:

It’s been far too long since AMBY first spoke with Scottish rockers The Twilight Sad (three and a half years, to be exact). To our delight, the band passed through Toronto while on tour with The Cure to perform a captivating set at Bestival recently, and Alicia had the pleasure of sitting down with their vocalist and charismatic frontman James Graham. Indulge in their conversation as they discuss slowly working on new music, long song titles, arguing over beer, being “miserable”, the best movie ever made, and stories about touring with The Cure.

And check out Bill's great photos of, and Mauro's article about, The Twilight Sad's North American tour with The Cure, at Freakshow. (Thanks Bill)

Win a trip and tickets to the Barcelona show

From WXRT:

Start working on your Catalan because Knauz BMW in Lake Bluff Wants to Send a Lucky XRT Listener to Espana to See The Cure in Barcelona!

Tune into XRT all this week to find the code word and text number to be entered for your chance to win a 4-night trip to Barcelona, Spain, November 24th – 29th, to see The Cure perform on November 26th at the Palau Sant Jordi Hotel. The prize includes roundtrip airfare from Chicago to Barcelona, a 4 night stay in Barcelona’s Old Quarter, two tickets to the show, plus a $500 gift card to spend during the trip! We will pick 4 winners each day to see a private performance in the XRT Performance Stage and one lucky grand prize winner will win a trip to Barcelona to see The Cure!

The Trip is Brought to You by the Knauz BMW Sales Event. Start your shopping. Route 41, Lake Bluff.

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Listen to XRT in the 6A, 8A, 4P, and 6P hours to get the keyword. Once you hear it, text it to 5-9-3-9-3.

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Click here for official rules

200 Best Songs of the 70s

'Boys Don't Cry' is #47 on Pitchfork's list:

The Cure made countless songs about doomed romance, and “Boys Don’t Cry” is the only one that appears rooted in reality: Boy meets girl, boy treats her like crap, boy loses girl and has no one to blame but himself, boy ends up blaming everyone else, anyway. “Boys Don’t Cry” comes from a time when the Cure were pithy, punchy, and pouty. Its title was also co-opted by pop culture phenomena with far more complex takes on identity and sexuality than its inspiration. These two legacies aren’t in opposition, they’re part of a continuum established on “Boys Don’t Cry” that paralleled the Cure themselves: evolving from angry young men to overseers of an all-inclusive utopia where anyone can cry to their heart’s content. –Ian Cohen
(Thanks @guillaume_g_z)

Curezum covers 'A Forest'

From Metal Injection:

Curezum made a big splash last year when they burst onto the scene with their cover of The Cure's "100 Years" Now the project is back with a cover of "A Forest" featuring the almighty Matron Thorn of Aevangelist. While "A Forest" is probably a kind of obvious song to black metalify, the band do it admirably. It captures all of the droning magic that the original whilst adding some wondrous black metal fury. Still – the overall delivery of this particular cover is rather artful and in a similar vein to the second or even third wave of black metal style compositions that defined the previous two songs that this band has put out.

What I love about Curezum is the fact that they are unironically showing their love for The Cure. As stupid as the general idea of a black metal The Cure cover band might sound – the dudes in Curezum pull it off with aplomb, showcasing their burning passion for this type of music and reminding us why we all fell in love with The Cure in the first place. Surprisingly vicious and deliciously executed I'm sitting here hankering for a full length. As is – rumor has it that the B side of this single is going to be "Siamese Twins" and feature Christopher Van Huffel, so it might be time to start getting hyped.

Listen to their cover at Metal Injection.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Photo from 'In Between Days' press release

Tom Sheehan with Simon & Robert.

'In Between Days - The Cure in Photos 1982 - 2005' will be released on Nov. 16th. Pre-order here or here.

If you're interested in the Super Deluxe edition, I'm told half of the edition is already sold out, so order it as soon as you can.

When art, culture, and Roger Collide

(Thanks Roger O'Donnell Discography)

Roger in Ferrari magazine

Interview is only available to Ferrari magazine subscribers.

Update (Aug. 20th, 2016): The interview is now available to all. Read it here. (Thanks Roger O'Donnell Discography)

Andy MacFarlane on touring with The Cure

From Tenement TV:

HAVING established themselves as a staple part of Scotland’s thriving music scene with four well-received albums, The Twilight Sad are spending much of 2016 spreading their appeal around the globe. It’s not often you get to go on tour with your heroes after all; the Glasgow band were living the dreams of many when they were asked to join The Cure on the road earlier this year. With Robert Smith known to be a huge fan, even releasing a cover of their track ‘There’s a Girl in the Corner’, the trio have now completed a mammoth tour of the States which saw them play up and down the country, including world-famous venues like Madison Square Gardens and the Hollywood Bowl.

With the European leg set to kick off in October, the band now have some time on their hands and will make their live return on home soil with an appearance at Electric Fields festival next week. We caught up with Andy from the band to hear about his experience with The Cure and the upcoming festival.

“The tour was beyond amazing, very surreal. We’ve played some big gigs but never a full tour on that scale before.’ And with the European leg coming up, there’s still some massive shows ahead, ’We’re looking forward to all of it. Europe’s great to tour anyway, but getting to do it in these venues and see The Cure every night will be pretty amazing.”

Especially when they’ve been such a huge influence on the Sad: “I’ve always listened to some era of The Cure for as long as I can remember, so elements of their music will always overlap with ours in one way or another.”

Of course, with the post-punk legends having such a massive global appeal, the trio have found themselves in front of huge crowds every night, with many people hearing them for the first time. However, this hasn’t fazed them: “I actually look at every gig the same. To me, there’s no difference playing somewhere like King Tut’s, the Barrowlands, or an in-store in Mono to playing somewhere like Madison Square Garden or the Hollywood Bowl.

“It really doesn’t matter what the venue is or who the crowd are, you always need to appreciate that people have spent their money to get there, and if you overthink it, you can very quickly build up apprehensions and start to trip yourself up.”

Read the rest at Tenement TV.

And then go listen to Andy's reworking of 'Man is Not a Bird' by Haze.

European Cure Tour 2016 tickets for sale

London for Manchester
Louis is looking to swap his standing Wembley ticket on Dec. 2nd, for a Manchester ticket. louis.ohalloran30 (at) gmail (dot) com

2 in Block 113/N. £115 for both. Millennium_dom (at) yahoo (dot) co (dot) uk.

1 VIP ticket for Berlin on Oct 18th. Face value £150, selling for £100. mark.davison (at) me (dot) com

Instead of having them spread throughout the comment sections of other topics, please use this one to post the tickets you have for sale. If you don't want to create an account or anything, just email your ticket info to me, and I'll post it in the comments for you.

Only post tickets at face value or below (plus fees & shipping), and no posting links to broker/tout sites.

Thank you, and let's hope we can get more tickets to actual fans, without them having to use the broker sites.

Robert Smith UltraCure-XII (Thanks JoeyLom)

The Beatles, The Cure, The Who and Bray


What do Bray and three of the biggest bands of all time have in common?
Around this time, Robert Smith started spending a lot of time in Ireland, especially on the South Dublin and North Wicklow coasts.“I came over in 1986 for a few weeks’ break and ended up spending a year-and-a-half there,” he told Stuart Clark from Hot Press. “I rented a cottage just outside Dalkey – it’s beautiful down there. I used to walk back along the DART line, that’s the only way I could find my way around. I went to Ireland on holiday a lot when I was very young because of my grandparents’ family connections. I was reconnecting with that.”

Read the rest at (Thanks @alex_meehan)

Congratulations to Eden and Nancy!

Wishing you a long life together full of love, laughter and metal!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

An Evening with Lol in Bath

Monday 26th September
Christ Church, Julian Road, Bath, BA1 2RH
Doors open 7.30pm / Start time 8pm
Tickets: Early bird - £8 / Book with voucher - £20

In his powerful new memoir, CURED, founding member of The Cure Lol Tolhurst reveals the story of a timeless band and a life truly lived. The Cure‘s journey to worldwide success is one of not only of the great highs and lows of the lifelong friendship between Tolhurst and frontman Robert Smith, but also of love, pain, forgiveness and, ultimately, redemption on a beach in Hawaii.

As The Cure’s drummer, Lol toured the globe many times over, supporting the ground-breaking albums Three Imaginary Boys, Seventeen Seconds, Faith and Pornography. He took on keyboard duties in the mid-eighties until his departure from the band in 1989, at the time of their masterwork Disintegration. More recently, 2011 saw a momentous reunion tour with his former bandmates and Lol performing with The Cure again for the first time in over twenty years.

“This is a record of the things that have kept me awake at 4 a.m., the precious flowers of the past blooming in the dark corners of memory. I have tried my best to capture whatever that light shone on. I hope it illuminates events for you as much as it has for me” Lol Tolhurst.

An Evening with Lol in Manchester

Thursday 22nd September 18:30 at Manchester - Deansgate

Lol Tolhurst, founding member of legends The Cure joins us in store to celebrate the launch of his memoir, Cured: The Tale of Two Imaginary Boys.

Lol will be chatting with us about the book, as well as his time in the music scene, before taking your questions and signing your books.

Further details: 0161 837 3000

Tickets are £6 and can be purchased here.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The Cure in Photographs 1982 - 2005

From The Flood Gallery:

In Between Days. The Cure in photographs 1982 - 2005
by Tom Sheehan.

The Flood Gallery is proud to announce the second book from the archives of celebrated music photographer, Tom Sheehan. Having worked with The Cure for over 20 sessions across 3 decades, the book offers a stunning photographic journey, shown in chronological order, of one of the most important and successful UK bands of the last 40 years. 

The book includes many photographs never seen before all carefully scanned and retouched to show Tom’s work at its glorious best.

Featuring many previously unseen images, “In Between Days” is divided into three parts focusing on specific phases of their history. Part 1 (1982-84) traces their early travels at home and abroad, also including portraits of Smith’s parallel career in Siouxsie & The Banshees and the side-project The Glove. Part 2 (1985-89) highlights their imperial period through a trio of classic albums The Head On The Door, Kiss Me, Kiss Me and Disintegration, including rare behind the scenes images from the celebrate The Cure in Orange concert film. Finally, Part 3 (1990-2005) collects Sheehan’s latter portraits of Smith and the group as they cement their status as one of the biggest alternative bands in the world, still touring today.

Each section is accompanied by an essay by acclaimed author and music journalist Simon Goddard (Ziggyology).

“In Between Days. The Cure in photographs 1982 – 2005” is a beautiful, strictly limited, Deluxe and Super Deluxe book with 240 pages charting over 20 years in the career of Robert Smith’s legendary group.

The Super Deluxe will be a limited edition of 700 with pearlescent hard slip-case which includes 3 unique photos from Tom’s archives with a bound-in certificate of authenticity signed and numbered by Tom Sheehan himself.

The Deluxe limited edition of 2500 features the 240 pages hardback book, complete with hardcover slipcase.

There will be a launch/signing evening at The Flood Gallery, 8 Greenwich Market, London, in late November (TBC), all welcome.

(Thanks @TheCureMexico)

Update (Aug. 4th, 2016): You can also pre-order the book at Pledge Music.