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“And so since then I’ve realised how easily these things can spiral because people want it to be something. They’re desperate for it to be some sort of soap opera.”The Cure’s released their last studio album 4:13 Dream way back in 2008, but have continually toured since then, with headlining shows at Reading and Leeds Festivals in 2012, Meltdown in 2018 and Glastonbury Festival in 2019.

The pair are long thought to have bad blood, with Smith’s apparent dislike of Morrissey often being raised online by fans whenever either man is in the news.
But in an outtake of an interview in The Sunday Times posted on Twitter, journalist Jonathan Dean revealed that The Cure singer thinks the whole spat has been overblown.”I didn’t dislike them on a personal level – I didn’t know them. It never really got to me and then in later years it was this set up and I thought why?

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Smith and Morrissey have been feuding since the early 1980s, when Morrissey called Smith a “whingebag” and described The Cure as “a new dimension to the word ‘crap'”, with Smith responding that the then-Smiths frontman was “a precious, miserable bastard”.In the published interview, Smith also talked up the band’s upcoming music, calling it “very emotional” and “ten years of life distilled into a couple of hours of intense stuff”.

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How long is The Cure set 2023?
Across two hours and 45 minutes, the band showcased 29 examples of richly textured Goth-pop. The setlist was structurally similar to last year’s European tour, but curveballs were thrown.
The tour will kick off on May 10th, 2023, in New Orleans, Louisiana, and will travel through many other major North American cities before concluding on July 1st, 2023, in Miami, Florida. In addition to the Hollywood Bowl and Madison Square Garden, the tour will also include performances at the Bell Centre in Montreal and the Xcel Energy Center in Minneapolis-St. Paul.

The Cure’s Songs of a Lost World Tour, which recently completed its European leg this past December, is coming to North America in May, June, and July of 2023. The 30-date run will feature The Twilight Sad as the opening act for all shows. The Cure, one of the most iconic bands of the post-punk era, will perform at some of North America’s most prestigious venues, including three nights at Madison Square Garden and the Hollywood Bowl.
Since releasing their last album, “4:13 Dream,” in 2008, The Cure has focused on live albums, compilations, and concert films, and reissue campaigns, such as for the long-awaited 3oth anniversary deluxe edition of Wish. In 2019, Robert Smith, the band’s eccentric frontman, curated 60 artists for his edition of the Meltdown Festival in London, which inspired him to write new music. The global pandemic lockdown also allowed Smith to work on new lyrics, promising a return to the dark themes of the band’s earlier albums.In 2022, The Cure began their European tour with the surprise return of guitarist and keyboardist Perry Bamonte, who rejoined the band for the first time in nearly two decades. Bamonte had previously played on the band’s 1992 album “Wish” and had a special moment on the album writing the music for the heartbreaking song “Trust.” After playing lead guitar for the band between 1993 and 2005, Bamonte parted ways, reuniting with the band onstage for their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inauguration ceremony in 2019.

The Cure has agreed to set all ticket prices for the tour. Apart from a few Hollywood Bowl charity seats, there will be no “platinum” or “dynamically priced” tickets for this tour. The band wants to ensure that fans have access to affordable tickets and that everyone has the opportunity to see them perform live.

The band’s 2022 European tour included five songs from their upcoming album, “Songs from A Lost World,” such as “I Can Never Say Goodbye,” “A Fragile Thing,” “And Nothing Is Forever,” “Endsong,” and “Alone.”
Tickets for the tour will be available via the Ticketmaster Verified Fan Sale, which opens on Wednesday, March 15th, 2023. In order to access the sale, fans must register beforehand, with registration closing on Monday, March 13th, 2023, at 10 AM PT. Fans can register for up to five different shows.The Cure last toured North America in 2016 and hosted and curated the Pasadena Daydream festival in 2019. Since then, fans have eagerly anticipated the band’s return to the United States.

Fans should mark their calendars and be prepared to be blown away by the legendary performances (and lengthy setlists) from The Cure. With The Twilight Sad opening all shows, this tour promises to be an unforgettable experience at venues across North America.

No wonder many of the bands have never been comfortable with the term. Andrew Eldritch famously hates the word and Siouxsie looks baffled when put into the Goth box. The latest to rebel against the word is The Cure’s Robert Smith whose band are considered one of the core groups of the form (The Cure’s top 10 greats songs here ) despite arriving as an artful art pop Buzzcocks band in the early days of punk before veering of on their darker trip.
Ironically, the bands today that are accepting the goth label are symphonic metal bands, something that never would have been considered goth 30-40 years ago. Times change, but the mindsets of older people sadly do not. Smith is one such.

Goth itself has persevered as a subculture due to its iconic look, its penchant for darkness, and its appeal to outsiders. This is a thing apart from bands whose heydays were the late ’70s and ’80s. I do think all goths should investigate the musical origins of their subculture, but by the same token, time moves forward, and it doesn’t make modern goths “posers” if they don’t have musical tastes that stretch back to a time before they were born – in fact, I suspect that the ones who claim this to be true and are under 30 are the real posers.
Some of The Cure’s discography is goth to me. They had goth phases and pop phases. They were a goth band when it suited them to be, and left some defining goth albums in their wake.It is not surprising that The Cure doesn’t want to be labeled and locked up in a box (especially the Goth box). Andrew from The Sisters of Mercy loathes to be associated with Goth and more artists do.

The term Goth to describe music simply doesn’t have a positive ring to it anymore. I bet all us old folks hate the term but it doesn’t take away the fact that The Cure definitely was part of the Goth scene.
The Cure is to Goth what Aphex Twin is to IDM. Both hate the terminology and don’t want to be associated with it but they are among the (if not the) biggest representatives of said genres. The Cure’s “Pornography” is widely considered to be a Goth masterpiece. If tracks like “Cold” or “Pornography” aren’t goth, then nothing is.I don’t think goths nowadays are posers, as one comment here implies. The music of Bauhaus, Joy Division, Siouxsie and etc. are over or close to 40 years at this point; it may not be easy for younger/newer goths to relate to their sound. However, everyone has some kind of music streaming service and the internet and can look things up for themselves. Plus, there are plenty of so-called goth gatekeepers who routinely bellyache about newbies not listening to the original goth bands, so I think it’s a stretch to say that goths nowadays think Bauhaus is a city in Germany, unless a qualifier is added (e.g. “some goths think…”).

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Brilliant comment. I think one of the problems is that ‘Goth’ was a retrospective term applied to a scene that was already there and applied as a piss take term. There was definitely a shared aesthetic going on and the bands were happy to play with parts of it and no one complained that most of their audience came from that world!

Of all the subcultures that were around in the post punk era, ‘Goth’ has always been the most problematic. Perhaps because it didn’t really exist for the early days of the so called scene which was normally called ‘Alternative’ Music at the time. Even when the clubs started to coalesce and the clothes got darker it was still not called the Goth scene – with Goth being.a retrospective term that was added on later and mostly sneeringly by the music press.Nowadays, goth is more widely accepted (with exceptions – the murder of Sophie Lancaster comes to mind), but Smith et. al. are products of their generation, and the term “goth” still tastes bad in their mouths.People arguing with Smith – and with Eldritch and Siouxsie – about whether or not their bands are goth are fighting over opinions. Meanwhile, there are newer bands happy to take up the goth label. Seems to me that, like Smith and other goth (to me) bands of the past, people who debate this are all stuck in a time warp, while the world outside moves forward.It’s an interesting contradiction – the Cure were a huge influence on the scene and certainly adopted some of its darker hues to their style and music but it could well have been a path they were already treading. For many years, though, they were the perhaps unintentional prime drivers of the culture, with their forth album ‘Pornography’ being considered one of the key top ten albums of the form, and their dark influence was felt far away from the fever pitch of UK post punk culture.

The problem is that the word “goth” started to live a life of its own. In many ways, it is now associated with posers, dressing up in black, dying their hair black, etcetera. All looking the part but having no clue about the origins of Goth music or its initial characteristics. They think that ‘Bauhaus’ is a city in Germany, and ‘Siouxsie And The Banshees’ is a Rob Zombie movie.
The easiest way to put it is like this. If Goth people like pizza, that doesn’t make pizza goth. No doubt that people in the goth scene love The Cure, but just like pizza, that doesn’t make The Cure Goth. And if The Cure used a couple of Goth ingredients, The Cure still isn’t a pizza.I’ve always wondered why cornerstone goth bands like The Cure were so adamantly against being called goth. But in reading these comments, I’ve gotten a little appreciation for the attitudes of the era. Goths were not liked, it seems; they were the outsiders in a decade of neon and superficial happiness, all to counter the shadow of the threat of nuclear war. Goth imagery was used for effect, e.g. Siouxsie, Smith, Eldritch and his adding Patricia Morrison to the Sisters, but fully embracing the subculture meant embracing the outsiders that many despised. These musicians wanted to enjoy their fame, not become poster children for a disliked subculture.Band leader Robert Smith recently claimed not but without those generations of Goths in the audience would the band be playing the Dog and Duck instead of arenas! (Speaking of arena shows their 2019 Glastonbury show was one of the year’s best – review here)“That didn’t come from me. That probably has to do with the film release. There’s always a lazy tendency when people are writing “puff” to release it. Inevitably before I even opened up the attachment from [the film company], I think it’s going to start with “goth,” “goth rock,” “goth godfather,” “gothfather,” “goth this,” and I think, “For fuck’s sake,” and sure enough, there it was. So I wrote a bit of a stinging email back saying, “For fuck’s sake, can you … ” you know?

I loved the show. I am a relatively new Cure fan and I was very impressed. I had so much fun and even songs that I don’t love as much (The Walk for example) were a blast. I had a pretty bad case of allergy hay fever tho so that made it a bit worse but that’s okay😭What did you all think? Hope everyone had fun 🫶
By accepting all cookies, you agree to our use of cookies to deliver and maintain our services and site, improve the quality of Reddit, personalize Reddit content and advertising, and measure the effectiveness of advertising.If the 80s music soundscape were to have a mural, The Cure’s Robert Smith would take up a significant amount of space as you would not miss his deep and piercing dark eyeliner, a mound of tousled hair, and an all-black outfit. Indeed, he is one of the most recognizable and iconic figures in the rock music scene; but above all, The Cure has etched their indelible mark into the consciousness of Gen Xers with their music. Formed in 1978 in Crawley, West Sussex, The Cure was at the eye of the post-punk and new-wave moment that was burgeoning in the United Kingdom. Hence, they were quickly labeled as a gothic rock band. Over the years, frontman Robert Smith was vocal about his aversion to this genre classification. “It’s so pitiful when ‘goth’ is still tagged onto the name the Cure”, says Smith. “We’re not categorizable. I suppose we were post-punk when we came out, but in total it’s impossible … I just play Cure music, whatever that is.”

If you think you’ve missed out on one of the most important concerts of a lifetime, this is what your new wave music hero has to say –'”fans, don’t cry'”! The Cure has extended their tour itinerary to add a couple more dates to their North American tour. Yes, you’ll be well on your way to the “Shows of a Lost World” tour to catch The Cure perform on this side of town as their tour bus is dropping them off at the Moda Center on Wednesday 31st May 2023. The Cure is one of the hotly anticipated acts this concert season. Fronted by the iconic and enigmatic lead singer, Robert Smith, The Cure became one of the most influential bands that defined 80s post-punk rock. With an extensive catalog and mammoth list of hit songs to their name, The Cure has deservingly been inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame circa 2019. Don’t get lost and miss the show. The ‘get tickets’ link on this site is the sure way to find and secure your tickets. Click to book your tickets now!The Cure’s music is timeless, boundless, resonating from Gen-X to Gen-Z and beyond. The Cure’s “Shows of a Lost World” is best experienced with the whole gang in tow. Give ’em the mosh pit experience of a lifetime! Book your tickets now!

The Cure’s music is quickly judged as dark, moody, brooding, depressing, and gloomy. To a certain extent, yes, they have deep cuts like “Blood Flowers”, “Burn”, “Fascination Street”, “Killing An Arab” and “Pictures of You”… Yet The Cure has yielded a distinct number of upbeat and poppy love songs that have brought them colossal commercial success around the world. Rock magazine Spin stated that “The Cure have always been an either/or sort of band: either … Robert Smith is wallowing in gothic sadness or he’s licking sticky-sweet cotton-candy pop off his lipstick-stained fingers.” Think “Boys Don’t Cry”, “In Between Days”, “Friday I’m In Love”, “Just Like Heaven”, “The Lovecats”, or “Lovesong”… Indeed, they’re an immensely successful mainstream band that have sold over 30 million albums on a global scale. The Cure has also been recognized by almost every major music award-giving institution. The band bagged two Brit Awards (Best British Video for “Lullaby” in 1990, and Best British Group in 1991), and a Viewer’s Choice (Europe) MTV Video Music Award for “Friday I’m In Love” in 1992, while Robert Smith picked up an Ivor Novello Award for International Achievement in 2001. Then in 2019, The Cure gained important recognition was they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2019.We recognize you are attempting to access this website from a country belonging to the European Economic Area (EEA) including the EU which enforces the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and therefore access cannot be granted at this time. For any issues, contact [email protected] or call 503-684-0360.

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What songs will be played at the cure concert 2023?
The Cure’s setlist at New Orleans’ Smoothie King Center on Wednesday, May 10, 2023:Alone.Pictures of You.A Night Like This.Lovesong.And Nothing Is Forever.The Last Day of Summer.A Fragile Thing.Cold.
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Across two hours and 45 minutes, the band showcased 29 examples of richly textured Goth-pop. The setlist was structurally similar to last year’s European tour, but curveballs were thrown.O’Donnell’s synthesizer ushered in “A Forest” as Smith scratched out the song’s signature riff. As the drums kicked in, “A Forest” quickly got up to speed.

Smith tends to write about sadness, love or both sadness and love. The new songs are no exception. Like Jason Isbell’s “If We Were Vampires,” the “And Nothing Is Forever” narrator expresses a deep and abiding love tempered by the knowledge that, eventually, one of the partners will be the first to die.Simon Gallup of the Cure performs at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Wednesday, May 10, 2023. (Photo by Brett Duke, | The Times-Picayune)With his work boots, skinny jeans, leather jacket, black muscle shirt, modest black pompadour, low-slung bass and combatant’s crouch, Gallup brings a dash of the Clash to the Cure. He ranged across the stage, occasionally squaring off with Reeves and Smith while otherwise serving as the unit’s main moving part. Robert Smith, left, and Simon Gallup of The Cure perform at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Wednesday, May 10, 2023. (Photo by Brett Duke, | The Times-Picayune) Fans watch The Cure perform at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Wednesday, May 10, 2023. (Photo by Brett Duke, | The Times-Picayune)

It cannot be overstated how fully intact the 64-year-old Smith’s voice is. All its fullness and expressiveness, the catches, mannerisms and wistfulness, are present and accounted for.
A bass guitar is tuned before The Cure performed at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Wednesday, May 10, 2023. (Photo by Brett Duke, | The Times-Picayune) The show’s lighting design intermingled shadow and light. During “From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea,” the musicians were bathed in green. The LED wall behind the band alternated distorted shots of the musicians with literal imagery (a spider for “Lullaby,” a blood-red moon for “Endsong,” etc.). Psychoanalyzing his mood is a fan’s parlor game, but he seemed to be enjoying himself as much as anyone Wednesday. He was relatively animated and playful.

Is The Cure emo or goth?
The Cure just aren’t a goth band. When people say it to me, you’re goth, I say you either have never heard us play or you have no idea what goth is. One of those two has to be true because we’re not a goth band. I remember just for a while, goths were outraged that people would think we’re a goth band.
Seven years to the day after the Cure launched its previous North American tour at the University of New Orleans Lakefront Arena, the band started the 2023 leg of its Shows of a Lost World Tour back in New Orleans.

While in town for rehearsals, at least a couple bandmembers visited the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Guitarist Reeves Gabrels and his wife spent two full days at the Fair Grounds; he also sat in with Gov’t Mule at the Orpheum Theater.
To open the first “encore” – the five-minute break really just denoted the show’s midpoint – O’Donnell draped a mournful piano melody across “I Can Never Say Goodbye,” a new song in which Smith mourns the loss of his brother.

Pop-hit partisans in the audience may have grown impatient during the long stretch of deep cuts that filled the show’s midsection. The strategy, for better or worse, was to sprinkle in “Pictures of You,” “Lovesong” and “Fascination Street” early, then save additional hits for the homestretch.
The musicians took up their positions and largely stayed there, except bassist Simon Gallup. Along with keyboardist Roger O’Donnell, he is the longest-serving bandmember not named Robert Smith, who has been on board since the Cure’s 1978 founding.

A handful of tickets for Wednesday’s show were still available at the last minute for $22. The most expensive seats were still under $200, a relative bargain in an era of skyrocketing concert tickets.
The Cure have no use for contemporary production values that prefer a clean, uncluttered stage. A low riser was crammed with amplifiers and other gear; it looked like an aisle at a Guitar Center.

But that hit-free zone contained much to savor. The shadings of the band’s sonic palette are as deep as ever. With as many as three electric guitars in play simultaneously, the Cure is most decidedly a rock band, one that layered chiming, echo-y, sometimes droning riffs atop the framework of Gallup’s bass and Jason Cooper’s full-bodied drumming. The band as a whole sounded as fantastic as its singer. They are in a very good collective place.
Robert Smith of the Cure performs at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Wednesday, May 10, 2023. (Photo by Brett Duke, | The Times-Picayune)Following The Twilight Sad – could an opening act for the Cure have a more perfect name? – Smith and company strode onstage with purpose. They went to work with “Alone,” the first of five songs in the set destined for the Cure’s long-awaited “Songs of a Lost World” album, the release of which always seems to be just out of reach – much like happiness in a Robert Smith song.

Will The Cure tour in 2023?
The Cure is not due to play near your location currently – but they are scheduled to play 12 concerts across 9 countries in 2023-2024. View all concerts.
Reeves Gabrels of The Cure performs at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Wednesday, May 10, 2023. (Photo by Brett Duke, | The Times-Picayune)In the Cure’s creepy “Lullaby,” a spiderman has you for dinner. Yet the song inspired a wacky little Smith dance, his hands undulating after an air-kiss. Robert Smith of The Cure performs at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Wednesday, May 10, 2023. (Photo by Brett Duke, | The Times-Picayune) Illustrating the title of “Close To Me,” Smith ventured to the far left and right of the stage, serenading the folks with the “side view” tickets. O’Donnell’s bright, sweeping synth carried “In Between Days.”“Cold” was mostly keyboard and drums. On the subsequent “Burn” – was slotting it directly after “Cold” a bit of Cure humor? – Cooper thumped out a repeating pattern on his rack toms, hammering away. The peppy “Push” and “Play For Today” led to the storm of sound that was “Shake Dog Shake.”

The promised surprise was “Six Different Ways,” which, like “A Thousand Hours” in the first set, was resurrected for the first time since 1987. “Friday I’m In Love” didn’t sparkle quite like usual, though Smith gave it an extra coda of acoustic guitar strums.
Singer/guitarist Smith dabbled in local politics by tweeting his opposition to Louisiana House Bill 341, which would prohibit artists from selling only non-transferable digital tickets.Smith and the Cure’s team went to great lengths to keep tickets for this tour out of scalpers’ hands. Non-transferable tickets – they could only be sold via Ticketmaster’s no-fee, face value exchange – are a key tool in accomplishing that goal. Reeves, a former David Bowie collaborator who joined the Cure in 2012, attacked his guitar’s tremolo bar during “A Night Like This.” He stamped a fleet-fingered solo on “Doing the Unstuck” as Cooper set a fast pace. Perry Bamonte, restored to the band last year for the first time since 2005, methodically went about the business of coloring arrangements with keyboards and guitars. While prices to see Swift typically hover above $1000, we found tickets to see Robert Smith and co. going for as low as $8 before fees (!) on Vivid Seats this summer.Rather than bombard you with over 100 acts we found (!) that are on the road, here are just five of the biggest ’80s artists on tour over the next few months. Over the course of the three-night MSG stay, prices start at $97 before fees but as we get closer to the mini-residency, things could certainly change. (Note: The New York Post confirmed all above prices at the publication time. All prices are in US dollars, subject to fluctuation and include additional fees at checkout.)The five-member group is most well-known for their 2014 album “Nobody Wants To Be Here & Nobody Wants To Leave” which spawned their most popular tracks, the moody “There’s A Girl In The Corner,” pulsating “I Could Give You All That You Don’t Want” and ethereal “Last January.”

How long are The Cure concerts?
At each and every gig on their 2023 ‘Songs of a Lost World Tour,’ The Cure put on a career-spanning 2.5-hour concert.
At the three-day extravaganza, they’ll perform alongside fellow legends like Foo Fighters, Death Cab For Cutie, Queens of the Stone Age, The Mars Volta, The Gaslight Anthem and many, many more.

Why do the Smiths hate The Cure?
Smith and Morrissey have been feuding since the early 1980s, when Morrissey called Smith a “whingebag” and described The Cure as “a new dimension to the word ‘crap'”, with Smith responding that the then-Smiths frontman was “a precious, miserable bastard”.
While that price tag is an outlier — tickets for most remaining shows on the run start in the $20 to $200 range — it does demonstrate that great deals to see the band live are out there.

You just might get to hear “Friday, I’m In Love,” “Close To Me,” “Boys Don’t Cry,” “In Between Days,” “Pictures of You” and so many more live for less than a beer.
Despite the back-combed hair, dark makeup, and reputation as goth’s saddest boys, the Cure’s discography has always struck me as surprisingly upbeat and optimistic with bubblegum pop hooks about being happily in love (frontman Robert Smith has been married to his mysterious muse Mary Poole for over 35 years—she’s one of my favorite internet rabbit holes!) Sing along to ’80s favorites like “Boys Don’t Cry,” “Friday I’m In Love,” and “Lovesong” and hopefully some new material as well (they’ve been teasing a new album since last year). And, considering that band hasn’t stepped foot in the PNW since 2016 (approximately 50 years ago in COVID years), you should probably see them now.

Leaning on more pop-y beats for the 1985 release Head on the Door, The Cure started hitting the mainstream harder with the Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me hit “Just Like Heaven,” before releasing the masterful tome of Disintegration in 1989, which was followed by one of the band’s jolliest of songs, “Friday I’m in Love,” off the ninth album, Wish, in 1992.“I had always thought Easy Cure was a bit hippyish, a bit American-sounding, a bit West Coast, and I hated it, which put Lol’s back up as he’d thought of it,” said Smith in the 1988 book The Cure: Ten Imaginary Years. “Every other group we liked had ‘The’ in front of their name but Easy Cure sounded stupid so we just changed it to The Cure instead. It upset a few old fans but I thought The Cure sounded much more it.”

Changing their name soon after, the teens went with something more malevolent: Malice. As the lineup shifted, the band continued covering their influences like Jimi Hendrix (even covering “Foxy Lady” on their debut Three Imaginary Boys years later) and David Bowie and played their first show in 1976 before changing their name once again to Easy Cure, based on a song Tolhurst had written.

Why are they called The Cure?
“Every other group we liked had ‘The’ in front of their name but Easy Cure sounded stupid so we just changed it to The Cure instead. It upset a few old fans but I thought The Cure sounded much more it.”
By 1978, Thompson, who later married Smith’s sister Janet, left the band, and Smith insisted they change their name to “The Cure” since he thought Easy Cure was too American.Leave it to a couple of schoolmates to call their band after a pyramid-shaped pillar. When first formed in Notre Dame Middle School in Crawley, West Sussex in England in 1973, singer Robert Smith, drummer Lol Tolhurst (who had known one another since they were 5 and first met on a school bus), and three other classmates called themselves Obelisk for one of their first performances.

After Thompson’s departure, Dempsey left and was replaced by longtime bassist Simon Gallup, and began a partly revolving door of bandmates over the decades—with Thompson even returning in 1983 through the early ’90s.
Steadily evolving their sound from the more bare-boned punk brevity of Three Imaginary Boys in 1979 with tracks like “10:15 Saturday Night” and “Fire in Cairo,” and stand-alone single “Boys Don’t Cry,” The Cure slowly transitioned into more textured, phantasmic, and lengthier arrangements with the release of one-off single “Charlotte Sometimes,” a precursor to the band’s fourth album, Pornography, in 1982.

Who is opening for The Cure tour 2023?
The Twilight Sad The Cure’s Songs of a Lost World Tour, which recently completed its European leg this past December, is coming to North America in May, June, and July of 2023. The 30-date run will feature The Twilight Sad as the opening act for all shows.
The band today, consisting of Smith, Gallup, keyboardist Roger O’Donnell, guitarists Perry Bamonte and Reeves Gabrels, and drummer Jason Cooper, have released 13 albums in their 40-plus years as The Cure, with a 14th set for release in 2023.The band’s last studio album was 2008’s 4:13 Dream. In recent years, Smith has collaborated with Gorillaz and remixed Chvrches, Deftones, and, just this week, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. Last year, the band reissued 1992’s Wish. See where the Cure landed on Pitchfork’s list of “The 250 Best Songs of the 1990s.”

The Cure have announced a 2023 tour of North America. Find their Shows of a Lost World dates below. The schedule comes with three dates apiece at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl and New York’s Madison Square Garden. Support on all dates comes from their longtime tourmates the Twilight Sad.All products featured on Pitchfork are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission. In recent years, Robert Smith has been teasing a Cure album, giving regular progress reports. In 2019, after being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (by Trent Reznor), Smith said, “If I’m optimistic it will be finished before the start of this summer.” The album still hasn’t materialized. Simon Gallup is without doubt the energy of this Band still! He stalks the stage and never stops moving. All the while laying down a very unique Bass foundation that compliments Roberts Jangly sparse guitar style perfectly.And it all began with a school concert. In April 1973, five students from Notre Dame Middle School in Crawley formed Obelisk, the first tentative musical project of one Mr Robert Smith, who was the bands pianist. Future Cure cohorts Mick Dempsey and Lol Tolhurst backed him up on guitar and percussion, respectively, but it wasn’t until 1976 that the trio began to take making music more seriously. The band was reshuffled to feature Smith on the guitar, Dempsey on bass and Tolhurst left the now renamed Malice, but it was only to last a year until their lead guitarist left as well.

Is The Cure coming to America?
The Cure have announced a 2023 tour of North America. Find their Shows of a Lost World dates below. The schedule comes with three dates apiece at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl and New York’s Madison Square Garden. Support on all dates comes from their longtime tourmates the Twilight Sad.
The Cure are a band formed in 1976 hailing from Crawley, West Sussex, in the United Kingdom. Fronted by lead singer and songwriter Robert Smith, they came from the post-punk scene of the early 80’s to become one of the biggest and most influential bands in modern rock.It was a move that gained as much acclaim as controversy, to the extent that a re-release of the single had to be packaged with a sticker on the cover denying its supposedly racist connotations. Thankfully, the bands energetic post-punk got more attention, and their hype was considerably heightened with a session on John Peel’s legendary Radio One show. By the following year, their debut album “Three Imaginary Boys”, was released, and as part of its promotion, the band embarked on their first major support tour opening for Siouxsie And The Banshees.Since then, they’ve been most known for essentially creating Goth music with the aforementioned record, its follow up “Faith”, and 1982’s bleak masterpiece “Pornography”. However, after those records they released some of the most romantic, beautiful and downright succesful pop of the 1980’s and early 90’s, with albums like “Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me”, “Wish” and “The Top” showing just what Smith could do with a lovelorn lyric and a truly gorgeous melody. It’s their mastery of these two extremes that really show why The Cure are as loved as they are. They exemplify the human condition, and reflect when one is ecstatic and when one is at their lowest with equal skill and sensitivity.