Tuesday, January 20, 2015

'The Empty World' in London (Multicam)

The Cure - The Empty World
(Hammersmith Apollo Dec. 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 2014)
Multicam version by Francois

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Reeves' new album available now

From Reeves on Facebook: "Reeves Gabrels & His Imaginary Friends" is now available for digital download via Bandcamp. Enjoy."

Friday, January 16, 2015

AATT on The Cure & the Christmas shows

Post Punk recently interviewed Simon Jones from And Also The Trees, and he talked a bit about The Cure and the Christmas shows.

Simon: Yes, it was great playing at a really big event like that again and great to see Robert (Smith) and Simon (Gallup) again after all these years. It was an amusing challenge to try and condense 12 albums into a half hour show too. But we love playing live and we feel lucky that with ‘And also the trees’ we get to play a really wide range of venues. We’ve always liked the intimacy of small clubs but it’s nice to be able to play theaters and places like the Hammersmith Apollo too.

As for the tangents in our career and that of The Cure… well I admit it was difficult not to ponder on that once or twice and I suppose the freaky thing is realizing the gulf between their ‘popularity’ and ours. They have six and a half million ‘likes’ on facebook for example and without advertising anywhere can sell out three nights at the Apollo in less than an hour by just announcing it. Impressive. They have written some fine albums and some excellent singles and that once mighty force that was the music industry swept them up and out of sight, almost…. but I don’t reckon that was ever meant to happen to us… it couldn’t have for the simple reason that we’re not much cop at writing singles and Robert is a bit of a genius at it. I never really think about this kind of thing though – I think of them as musicians, like us, like you. When I first started being in the band of course I secretly would have loved to have got on ‘Top of the pops’ and played to stadiums of adoring fans – but I grew out of that quite quickly.

Roger update

From Roger on Facebook: "In other news... Julia Kent has finished playing her parts for our new record Love and Other Tragedies. Its now being mixed by the legendary Paul Corkett. I will master it at the end of January with any luck and then it goes to the vinyl plant in Germany. Would be nice to have an April release with shows in Los Angeles, London, Paris, Berlin and Rome. Anna Dorfman is working on the art and Im doing a photo shoot tomorrow in Sydney with Romain Duquesne a very talented photographer I met here. I am very excited about this news as most of you know this record has been a long time in the making and its completion is totally amazing.

Its the most moving, emotional music I have ever written and Im looking forward to letting you hear it."

Also, Roger really wants everyone in London to go see Queen Kwong: "Queen Kwong will be playing 4 shows in London between 17th and 23rd of February. She is fucking amazing and Im doing all I can to get the word out. I will be at all the shows and so should you! All the shows are free but you will probably want to buy a t shirt or me a drink or both?"

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Reeves' album release show in Nashville

From Reeves on Facebook: Reeves Gabrels & His Imaginary Fr13nds are releasing their long awaited album. Come see the band play their first show in 2015.

Jan. 17th, 2015
The Family Wash
Nashville, TN

Reeves Gabrels - guitar/vocals
Kevin Hornback - bass
Jeff Brown - drums

"Digital download available from midnight on saturday jan17th on BANDCAMP. Vinyl in april/may for all you format fetishists."

Reeves at Reverend NAMM show in California

Reverend's Winter NAMM Jam
January 23rd, 2015
7 PM - Midnight
Slidebar Rock & Roll Kitchen
Fullerton, CA
Facebook Event Page

Olivier's videos from London (12-21-14)

Thanks to Olivier at it's a perfect day.

Upcoming shows for The Curse

Jan. 17th, 2015
Torino Lounge
Paramount, CA
Facebook Event Page

Head on the Door 30th Anniversary Show
Jan. 24th, 2015
Romano's Concert Lounge
Riverside, CA
Facebook Event Page
"We'll be celebrating the 30 Year Anniversary of "The Head On The Door" by performing a set based on The Cure's 1985 concerts and it will include every song from THOTD album. At the end of the night we'll still play the big post-1985 hits like Just Like Heaven, Lovesong, etc. We only played Riverside once in 2014, so you might not want to miss our 2015 show there."

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Charlotte Sometimes in London (Multicam)

The Cure - Charlotte Sometimes
(Hammersmith Apollo Dec. 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 2014)
Multicam version by Francois.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

New Violet Vendetta Twitter account

From Eden Gallup on Instagram: "Our Twitter account was hacked. unfollow the old page and join us on the new. We are starting 2015 with a fresh! Please pass around the NEW V.V. TWITTER - Twitter.com/VIOLET_VENDETTA"

Photos: Hammersmith Apollo (12-22-14)

Thanks to Bill Soragna for the excellent photos!

Thanks to Mauro Melis for more excellent photos!

'Beautiful Noise' out on DVD, Blu-ray, Digital

"Happy Friday! Beautiful Noise Home Video release begins today!
Digital Downloads are now going out to our Kickstarter Backers who pledged for the Digital Download reward level and will also be available for sale worldwide via vimeo.com/ondemand/beautifulnoise and via www.beautifulnoisedocumentary.com. We are also in the process of launching the store, which will include DVD's (NTSC & PAL), Blu-Rays and other goodies... which will ship out following the Kickstarter Reward copies, first come first serve. Cheers!"

"Vapour Trail, it's one of the best fifteen second intro's of all time." - Robert Smith in Beautiful Noise

Update (12-28-14): Just watched my Blu-ray copy on Friday night and it was wonderful! Even better than I had hoped for. My only very minor complaint is that it should have been longer. I could have watched a 3 hour cut of this.

If you have any interest in this type of music, or just good music in general, you will love this! Robert has 7 interview segments in it, talking about the Cocteau Twins, Jesus & Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, Ride, the press reaction, the downfall of Ride, and the movement in general.

Congratulations to Eric, Sarah, and everyone involved. And thank you for sticking with it all of these years. You did a fantastic job! And thank you for the thanks. Whatever very small part I played in helping, know that I am incredibly honored.

DVDs and Blu-rays are now available in their store.

Side note: I absolutely loved listening to Robert discuss these bands, and would love for a musicologist (or at least someone serious about, and with a great love of, music) to interview him at length about music in general. All of the bands he's loved over the decades, the songs that broke his heart, the albums he couldn't live without, just everything about music and how that shaped/shapes his own music. Seriously, I could listen to him speak about bands and songs all day. Someone please make this happen.

'The Empty World' in London (12-23-14)

The Cure - The Empty World (Hammersmith Apollo 12-23-14)
(Thanks @Marsworld)

'The Top' in London (12-23-14)

The Cure - The Top (Hammersmith Apollo 12-23-14)
(Thanks @Marsworld)

'Wailing Wall' in London (Multicam version)

The Cure - Wailing Wall (Hammersmith Apollo Dec. 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 2014) Multicam version by Francois.

Robert's spiderweb shirt in London

Robert's spiderweb shirt worn at the London Hammersmith Apollo show on Dec. 23rd, 2014. (Thanks @marsworld)

Robert introed Lullaby this night with "The shirt's the clue". (Thanks Perfect.Murder)

So, where can we all get one of these fabulous shirts? :)

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Joyeux Noël

Merry Christmas and the happiest of holidays to you all!

The Cure - Merry Christmas Everybody 
(Wembley Arena - Dec. 9th, 1987)

Siouxsie & the Banshees - Il Est Ne Le Divin Enfant 
(Dec. 15th, 1982)  

Originally posted at Thecure.com (Dec. 2001)

"I don't believe in religions. Instead, I believe in Father Christmas and fairies in the woods!" - Robert Smith 2012

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Presents for the Simon fans :)

A video posted by mars marsworld (@mars_marsworld) on

A video posted by mars marsworld (@mars_marsworld) on

A video posted by mars marsworld (@mars_marsworld) on

A video posted by mars marsworld (@mars_marsworld) on

A video posted by mars marsworld (@mars_marsworld) on

And some others - Roger 1 - 2 , Robert & Reeves (guest appearance by Simon), That song I don't care for (the lime green thing), my 3rd favorite Cure song (Charlotte), Lovesong,
(Thanks @Marsworld)

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Cure at Hammersmith Apollo (12-23-14)

Dec. 23rd, 2014
Eventim Hammersmith Apollo in London, England
Doors 6:30 PM / And Also The Trees 7:10 - 7:43 / The Cure 8:07 - 11:14

Setlist: Shake Dog Shake, Kyoto Song, A Night Like This, Wailing Wall, The Caterpillar, The Walk, Sleep When I'm Dead, A Man Inside My Mouth, Bananafishbones, Push, Inbetween Days, Friday I'm In Love, Doing the Unstuck, Pictures of You, Lullaby, Birdmad Girl, Lovesong, Just Like Heaven, Like Cockatoos, From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea, Want, One Hundred Years, Give Me It

1st encore: The Empty World, Charlotte Sometimes, Primary, The Top
2nd encore: Three Imaginary Boys, M, Play For Today, A Forest
3rd encore: Piggy in the Mirror, Never Enough, Fascination Street, Wrong Number
Robert on the 3 shows: "It's been fun. I know I'm not supposed to say that, but it has."
4th encore: Dressing Up, The Lovecats, Close To Me, Why Can't I Be You?, Boys Don't Cry, Hey You.

End of the 3rd and final show of this terrific 3 night stand. Thank you, Cure! You were fantastic! Bravo!

Setlist changes: Sleep When I'm Dead, Friday I'm In Love, Doing the Unstuck played for 1st time at this set of shows. alt.end, High, Before Three, Hungry Ghost, Let's Go to Bed not played tonight.

Again, huge thank you to JC/Perfect.Murder for going above & beyond for 3 nights in a row. You are a star, my friend! Thank you,thank you,thank you!
And thank you to , , , Julie, and everyone else who helped tonight. I appreciate it so much!

Videos: Intro & some of Shake Dog Shake / Shake Dog Shake / Kyoto Song / A Night Like This 1 - 2 / Wailing Wall / A Man Inside My Mouth 1 - 2 - 3 / Friday I'm In Love 1 - 2 / Pictures of You / Lullaby / Birdmad Girl / Want / Give Me It 1 - 2 / The Empty World 1 - 2 - 3 / Charlotte Sometimes / The Top 1 - 2 - 3 / Three Imaginary Boys / A Forest / Piggy in the Mirror 1 - 2 / Never Enough / Fascination Street / Wrong Number / Close To Me /

Photos: Marsworld / Aaron Law / 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 - 11 - 12 - 13 - 14 - 15 - 16 - 17 - 18 - 19 - 20 - 21 - 22 - 23 - 24 - 25 - 26 - 27 - 28 - 29 - 30 - 31 - 32 - 33 - 34 - 35 (PomPom Gurl) :) - 36 - 37 - 38 - 39 - 40 - 41 - 42 - 43 - 44 - 45 - 46 (Lily Gallup enjoying her dad's show, Simon spotted her, big smile) - 47 - 48 - 49 - 50 - 51 - 52 - 53 - 54 - 55 - 56 - 57 - 58 - 59 - 60 - 61 - 62 (setlist part 1) -

8:05 - Lights are out.

8:03 - Perfect.Murder: Now on PA Crystal Castles' 'Not In Love' (Non RS version)

7:59 - @marsworld: Music of Cranes jewel RS mix now! So lovely I met Alison yesterday!

7:58 - Perfect.Murder: Playing some Cocteau Twins and Cranes over PA now.

7:48 - Photo from @snuffybear: Clearing the stage

7:47 - @Emile_MW: PA now playing The Carpenter's 'Yesterday Once More'.

7:07 - Perfect.Murder: PA playing Billy Corgan & Robert's cover of 'To Love Somebody'.

For the 3rd night in a row, the wonderful, brilliant, hilarious, and always so helpful JC/Perfect.Murder will be providing the live setlist reports. Can't thank him enough!
I'm also looking for backup tonight, in case of bad connection, battery issues, etc, so if you can help, I'd really appreciate it. Email me at craigatcof (at) gmail (dot) com or @CraigatCoF on Twitter. Thanks!

At this point you pretty much know what you'll be hearing tonight (or do you?), so no worries over what might be or could be, just go and enjoy every single second! These are very special shows, and if you are lucky enough to attend, you should savor every single song. Hell, just sing and dance until you can't sing and dance any more. Just have a blast! Thank you to The Cure, the crew, all of their families, and everyone else involved in giving us all such wonderful shows! A Very Merry and Happy Christmas to you all!

Monday, December 22, 2014

The Cure at Hammersmith Apollo (12-22-14)

Dec. 22nd, 2014
Eventim Hammersmith Apollo in London, England
Doors 6:30 PM / And Also The Trees 7:11 - 7:45 / The Cure 8:04 - 11:12

Setlist: Shake Dog Shake, Piggy in the Mirror, A Night Like This, Push, Inbetween Days, Just Like Heaven, Bananafishbones, The Caterpillar, The Walk, A Man Inside My Mouth, Wailing Wall, Three Imaginary Boys, Never Enough, Wrong Number, Birdmad Girl, Lovesong, Like Cockatoos, From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea, Kyoto Song, alt.end, Want, The Hungry Ghost, One Hundred Years, Give Me It, The Top

1st encore: The Empty World, Charlotte Sometimes, Primary
2nd encore:  M, Play for Today, A Forest
Robert: "It used to be easy to decide what to play. People would ask for that dripdripdrip song" Plays intro of 10:15... "This is a Disintegration-type encore - but the happy side of Disintegration. What do you mean 'boo'? Look behind you!"
3rd encore: Pictures of You, Lullaby, Fascination Street
Robert: "Reeves has agreed to pay the curfew fine tonight. Here's the last Top song"
4th encore: Dressing Up, The Lovecats, Close to Me, Why Can't I Be You?, Boys Don't Cry, Hey You.

Thanks again to JC/Perfect.Murder for the setlist reports tonight.

Changes from Night 1 - added Push, Inbetween Days, Fascination St. Removed Before Three, High, Let's Go To Bed.

Videos: Compilation of bits / Shake Dog Shake / Piggy in the Mirror / A Night Like This (Reeves solo) / Push / Just Like Heaven 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 / The Caterpillar / Three Imaginary Boys / Never Enough / Birdmad Girl / Lovesong / Like Cockatoos 1 - 2 / The Caterpillar / A Man Inside My Mouth 1 - 2 - 3 / Wailing Wall 1 - 2 / From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea / Kyoto Song 1 - 2 / Want / Hungry Ghost / One Hundred Years / Give Me It / The Top / The Empty World 1 - 2 / Charlotte Sometimes / A Forest 1 - 2 / Pictures of You 1 - 2 - 3 / Lullaby 1 - 2 / The Lovecats 1 - 2 / Close to Me 1 - 2 - 3 / Boys Don't Cry / Hey You 1 - 2  

Photos: Marsworld / Guillaume / Mauro Melis / Bill Soragna / On Nights Like This Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 / Sound of Violence / Aaron Law / Chris Ollis / Mauro Melis / 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 - 11 - 12 - 13 - 14 - 15 - 16 - 17 - 18 - 19 - 20 - 21 - 22 - 23 -

From Antti: "Another epic night! Bumped into Alison from Cranes during the gig. She is so lovely. "

From Journey to the Center of My Record Collection: "Just got to the apollo. Could see the merch stall through the door and it's the same t shirt as last night so a fair bet that we get a similar set."

JC/Perfect.Murder will be providing the live setlist reports again tonight, but for the first time in ages, Olivier will be not be at the show. :( So if anyone would be willing to be backup tonight, I'd really appreciate it. Email me at craigatcof (at) gmail (dot) com or @CraigatCoF on Twitter. Thanks!

And don't get all mad and upset if the show is similar to last night. The t-shirts make it very clear (Top artwork, dates for all 3 nights on it) that these are Top 30th anniversary celebration shows, not Trilogy 3. Don't expect Head on the Door in full tonight. Unless you get there and see a HotD t-shirt for sale. :) Would love to be proven wrong, though! Just lower expectations a bit, and don't complain if they don't do HotD tonight, and Kiss Me tomorrow.

Have a wonderful time tonight!

From lalocuramorena: The queue for tonight's Cure show at 10am.