Friday, July 3, 2015

The Promise

"You promised me another wish
Another way
You promised me another dream
Another day
You promised me another time
You promised me...
Another lie
Oh you promised me...
And I waited... And I waited... And I waited...
And i'm still waiting..."

I promise you, one day, Maybe Someday soon(ish), this site will actually be about The Cure again. Patience and Faith. Until then, there are lots of great bands out there. Go support them.

Just to be clear, I am not taking a break from CoF, giving up on The Cure, or anything like that, this is in response to the emails/comments I've been getting over the last month or so, complaining that this site only posts about Roger & Reeves solo stuff, the projects of ex-Cure members, and tribute bands. Where is the Cure stuff?

When there's Cure news to post, you know I will! But at the same time, I can't conjure it up out of thin air. We've gone through longer droughts of news than this one. It's only been 6 months since the last shows. I know we all get impatient sometimes, and we're "always wanting more", but this wait really hasn't been that long.

As far as the solo/ex-Cure stuff goes, I have ALWAYS posted that stuff, as I believe in supporting every member of the band, past & present. If I wasn't posting that stuff, there'd be nothing posted here. Would that be better? It takes nothing away from The Cure, and there's lots more Cure news to come. No worries there.

25 years of La Route du Rock

French article about the 25 years of La Route du Rock festival:

Your best memory of La Route du Rock?
Alban Coutoux: often evokes the The Cure concert in 2005 because when you've been a fan teen that tavais posters in your room, and you see Robert Smith onstage at your festival, you think that a trick happened!

François Floret: The Cure is something we heard repeatedly when we were kids. So it was magical to have them before us, for us! Otherwise, I think of Sonic Youth, who was wrapped in a flag of the Route du Rock for a photo because you piqued their logo!  (Thanks Olive)

New song from Violet Vendetta

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Reeves & His Imaginary Friends UK Tour

Logo/album art by Thinking Out Loud Design
Reeves Gabrels & His Imaginary Friends
UK Tour – October 2015

Power trio celebrates album release with small club gigs across the UK

Following a three week tour of the USA in July/August 2015, Reeves Gabrels, long-time artistic partner of David Bowie and The Cure’s current lead guitarist, is taking his power trio, Reeves Gabrels & His Imaginary Friends, back to the UK. The band toured England in October 2014 and look forward to a fuller UK run in October 2015.

If you’re a fan of great songs, stellar musicianship and fearless improvisation, you should catch Reeves & friends live while you can.

The UK dates are as below:

Oct. 1st, 2015 - Norwich, England at Waterfront Studio (Tickets)

Oct. 2nd, 2015 - Guildford, England at The Boileroom (Tickets)

Oct. 3rd, 2015 - Liverpool, England at Studio 2 (Tickets)

Oct. 5th, 2015 - York, England at Fibbers (Tickets)

Oct. 7th, 2015 - St. Albans, England at The Horn (Tickets)

Oct. 8th, 2015 - London, England at The Black Heart (Tickets)

Oct. 9th, 2015 - Scunthorpe, England at Cafe Indiependent (Tickets)

Oct. 10th, 2015 - Glasgow, Scotland at The Hug & Pint (Tickets)

Oct. 11th, 2015 - Newcastle, England at The Cluny (Tickets)

Oct. 13th, 2015 - Leicester, England at The Cookie (Tickets)

Oct. 14th, 2015 - Manchester, England at Night & Day Cafe (Tickets)

Oct. 15th, 2015 - Turnbridge Wells, England at The Forum (Tickets)

Tickets are onsale at all usual outlets at 10am Friday 3rd July 2015
Support comes from Lisa Ronson on all dates.

The band will be celebrating the CD release in July of their album, Reeves Gabrels & His Imaginary Friends, along with its wider digital distribution via CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon and the like. To date the album has been available via Bandcamp only: where listeners have appreciated the high-quality download options in addition to MP3s.

Preview of 'Love and Other Tragedies' film

'Love and Other Tragedies' live videos

Thanks to Marsworld for all these videos.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Reeves at NAMM Jam on July 9th

From Reeves on Facebook:

"July 9th in Nashville: Reeves Gabrels & His Imaginary Friends will play at this Reverend Guitars NAMM Jam. NAMM-related but open to the public. It's a Thursday evening at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar. Please join us if you can. rg"

Facebook Event Page

Reeves & His Imaginary Friends US tour

July 17th, 2015 - Madison, IN at Red Bicycle Hall (Tickets)

July 18th, 2015 - Scottsvile, KY at Arts on Main

July 24th, 2015 - Louisville, KY at Time & Space (Free)

July 25th, 2015 - Lexington, KY at The Green Lantern

July 26th, 2015 - Lafayette, IN at Lafayette Brewing Co.

July 28th, 2015 - Chicago, IL at Fizz Bar & Grill

July 29th, 2015 - Grand Rapids, MI at Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill
July 30th, 2015 - Detroit/Hamtramck, MI at Smalls (Tickets)

July 31st, 2015 - Toledo/Maumee, OH at The Village Idiot

Aug. 1st, 2015 - Indianapolis, IN at Radio Radio (Tickets)

Aug. 3rd, 2015 - New Berlin, WI at Cascio Interstate Music (Free)
(Meet & Greet and Reverend Guitar demo)

Aug. 3rd, 2015 - Milwaukee, WI at Shank Hall (Tickets)

Aug. 5th, 2015 - St. Louis, MO at Cherokee P.A.C.

Aug. 6th, 2015 - Springfield, MO at Patton Alley Pub

Aug. 7th, 2015 - Little Rock, AR at Stickyz (Tickets) (RSVP)

Aug. 8th, 2015 - Memphis, TN at Young Avenue Deli

Get out to the shows and support Reeves!

'Beautiful Noise' sale

Monday, June 29, 2015

'Love and Other Tragedies' live in L.A.?

From Roger on Facebook: "A huge thank you to everyone who came to the concert on Friday night in London. It was a very emotional and special evening for me and I was very grateful for all the support. I have been asked to play Love and Other Tragedies live at a charity concert in LA in August and we are currently looking at logistics, it would be lovely to play it again and I will keep you posted. Thanks again. X"

And an update on the vinyl:  "Thank you for all the orders for the vinyl of Love and Other Tragedies, due to some logistical issues the orders will now be shipped early next week. Apologies for the delay but we want to make sure everything arrives safely!"

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Robert working with Eat Static

Update (06/28/15): A short sample of 'In All Worlds'.
(Thanks thecure-collector)

On April 1st, the Eat Static Facebook posted the following news update, which I ignored due to it being April Fools Day, and no other confirmation from any other source:

"A SUPER SPECIAL NEWS FLASH FOLKS!! ROBERT SMITH (THE CURE) HAS COLLABORATED WITH EAT STATIC FOR A TRACK ON THE NEW ALBUM!!! Many of you have been asking about the release date/album delay and I told ya something special might happen..well,after many years of attempting to make this a reality,i can reveal that the stars were finally aligned and Robert is singing and playing 6 string bass on a brand new Static tune- ''In All Worlds...'' He has been a long time fan of Static and I have loved the Cure since 1981 so this happening is a BIG deal for me...and he's done an AMAZING job! We're now full steam ahead on getting the album done and dusted so I hope to have it out around the end of May! It'll be worth the wait i hope! BOOOOOOM!!"

But now a new update from June 22nd  seems to indicate that it's true:

"Finally have some updated news for you regarding the new release..i know i said originally it would be a solstice release but technical difficulties made it impossible to hit that date.. All has been resolved now and the big wheels are in motion and i can give you the FINAL official release date - 31st JULY..As promised,I'll be setting up pre-orders as of next week so those who want the first batch can get in quick...  massive apologies for the delays but the chance to have and to make happen,the collab with Robert Smith just had to be,as it was a once in a lifetime magical opportunity!"

Thanks Michele (fmjews), and sorry for not posting it back in April, but had to wait and make sure it wasn't a joke.

Tony Hawk's Celtic Goth wedding

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So Tony Hawk got married at an Irish castle over the weekend, and according to Rob Sheridan, he and his bride to be walked in to The Cure. And based on Tamer Levine's post, it sounds like that song was 'Plainsong'. Very nice. Looks like it was a beautiful wedding. Congrats to Tony & Catherine on their union, and on their excellent taste in music. (Thanks John)

Friday, June 26, 2015

Robert, Reeves, & Jason at Roger's show

Met Robert Smith last night...! #thecure

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Colm and Robert (From Instagram)

'Love and Other Tragedies' Live

Marsworld has a bunch of great photos on his Flickr.

ROGER O'DONNELL at St Leonard's Church Shoreditch "Love and Other Tragedies" 26/Jun/2015 #rogerodonnell

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ROGER O'DONNELL at St Leonard's Church Shoreditch "Love and Other Tragedies" 26/Jun/2015 #rogerodonnell

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ROGER O'DONNELL at St Leonard's Church Shoreditch "Love and Other Tragedies" 26/Jun/2015 #rogerodonnell

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ROGER O'DONNELL at St Leonard's Church Shoreditch "Love and Other Tragedies" 26/Jun/2015 #rogerodonnell

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ROGER O'DONNELL at St Leonard's Church Shoreditch "Love and Other Tragedies" 26/Jun/2015 #rogerodonnell

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ROGER O'DONNELL at St Leonard's Church Shoreditch "Love and Other Tragedies" 26/Jun/2015 #rogerodonnell

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ROGER O'DONNELL at St Leonard's Church Shoreditch "Love and Other Tragedies" 26/Jun/2015 #rogerodonnell

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ROGER O'DONNELL at St Leonard's Church Shoreditch "Love and Other Tragedies" 26/Jun/2015 #rogerodonnell

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ROGER O'DONNELL at St Leonard's Church Shoreditch "Love and Other Tragedies" 26/Jun/2015 #rogerodonnell

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Here's another very instagrammy (filtered) one...

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Peter O'Donnell's photo. See more on his Facebook.

Vicky has a bunch of other great photos on her Facebook.

Roger O'Donnell. Love and other tragedies.

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A brilliant evening and I got to hear Tiny Pieces Of You!

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Roger O'Donnell St Leonard's Church Shoreditch "Love and Other Tragedies" 26/Jun/2015 @rogerodonnell #rogerodonnell

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Roger O'Donnell.

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An Exquisite, Tragic Evening
The Music of Roger O'Donnell
Friday, June 26th, 2015 8 PM
Shoreditch Church
St. Leonard's
Shoreditch High Street
London E1 6JN
Free Admission

From Roger on Facebook: "Its official now, Anna has designed the poster. June 26th London be there or be square! Its free and there will be a very special programme also designed by Anna for the first 150 people."

Update from Roger on Twitter: "Just confirmed that the amazing Lucy Railton will be joining and on cello for the Love and Other Tragedies concert! Francesca and Miriam are also totally amazing!!!! I will just try to keep up and not make too many mistakes!!!"

Update from Roger on Facebook (06/01/15): "We now have the full line up for the Concert at St Leonards Shoreditch Church on June 26th - Francesca Ter Berg, Miriam Wakeling, Lucy Railton and Alisa Liubarskaya on cello playing Love and Other Tragedies.

Quartet Voluté with guest vocalists Hannah Curwood and Erin Lang with me on piano playing selected songs from the 99X/10 catalogue.

And a very very special guest reading from The Picture Of Dorian Gray.

It starts at 8:00pm its free and there will be a bar and all kinds of merchandise for sale!"

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

'Love and Other Tragedies' vinyl pre-orders

Monday, June 22, 2015

Simon is doing Mountain Mayhem again

Just as he did last year, Simon will be supporting Ride For Michael in the Mountain Mayhem 24 hour race. He'll be on Team 2, where he's described as ""The deep dark one - A genuine legend, is all. Reading Supporter". :)

Please check the Ride For Michael website and his GoFundMe campaign, for ways to support Michael.

Update (06/22/15): Some photos from the event.

Above photos from Chris Davies Photography. View bigger and better versions of the photos at his site. Profits from any image purchases (downloads and prints) will go directly to the trust.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

'Beautiful Noise' at Reckless Records Chicago

Beautiful Noise Blu-ray & DVD now in stock at RECKLESS RECORDS, CHICAGO!!

Posted by Beautiful Noise on Saturday, June 20, 2015

Reeves Meet & Greet in Wisconsin

Reeves will be doing a Meet & Greet and Reverend Guitars demo at Cascio Interstate Music in Wisconsin on Aug. 3rd.

Cascio also has contests to win tickets to Reeves' show at Shank Hall later that night, and for an autographed Spacehawk guitar.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Andy Anderson update

From Jenn Vix on Facebook: "Happy to announce that I've recorded a track with Andy Anderson, who played drums in The Cure, The Glove, and with many other bands and musicians. I'm now mixing this first track, and we have plans to record a second one over the next few weeks. This new music will be on my upcoming EP, scheduled for a late Oct/early November release. Publicity will happen ahead of the release date."

Update (03/15/15): From Jenn Vix - "Here is my new track, 'Eyes Roll Back', featuring Andy Anderson on drums."

Update (06/17/15): 2nd track from Jenn & Andy, 'I Don't Trust You'.

Perry joins Love Amongst Ruin

Original story (09/27/12): Perry Bamonte is back! He's been announced as the new bass player for Love Amongst Ruins. Welcome back, Perry! We've missed you! Can't wait to see you playing live again. (Thanks Adam)

Update (04/09/15):  Listen to their first track, 'Swan Killer', which is Q's Song of the Day:

Name: Love Amongst Ruin
Track name: Swan Killer
Hometown: London
Who? The group fronted by former Placebo man and sometime drummer for The Boo Radleys, Steve Hewitt.
Why now? This the first track to emerge from forthcoming album Lose Your Way (out 1 June) and features The Cure’s Perry Bamonte on bass.
Hear more:
(Thanks @DaniHe82)

Update (05/11/15): 'Lose Your Way' EP is now available on iTunes UK, Amazon UK, Amazon US.

Update (05/12/15): 'Lose Your Way Revision' posted at Substream.

Update (06/07/15): New interview with Steve seems to indicate that Perry does NOT play on the new album, but will join them for live shows and will write with Steve for the next album:

Arena: On this record, you worked with Perry Bamonte from The Cure, which is pretty wicked. How did he enter the fold, and how has he contributed to Love Amongst Ruin and the band's music?

Steve Hewitt: I first met Perry in Paris when The Cure and Placebo played at French radio station NRJ's birthday show in some French theatre. We have stayed in touch pretty much from there. When we found ourselves no longer in bands, I thought it a good idea to get Perry involved with LAR. Perry actually got involved after the album was finished, but we will be writing together for the next album, and he will be playing live with us as a full time member.

Just checked with Daryl Bamonte, and here's what he said: "Perry did not play on the LYW album but is in the band now, will play live and also write/perform for the next album."

Update (06/17/15): Billboard has premiered the new video for 'Modern War Song'.