Sunday, May 1, 2016

NYC Cure Afterparty on June 19th

From Angel:

Hey everyone! It's me again. Here's the info on my Sunday afterparty in NYC. In case you didn't see my comment on the Saturday listing, I'm a longtime reader and poster (mostly show reviews) here at COF, and the fellow COFers I've met at shows all over the world throughout the years were very much the inspiration behind these parties. If you're traveling to NYC for these shows, I hope you'll come out and find a "home away from home" while you're in town, and if you're local, I hope you'll feel revitalized by the amazing energy these traveling fans bring along with them wherever they go!

That Saturday afterparty looks awesome, but you've got tickets for the show on Sunday, you say? Come on now. You didn't think we'd leave you out in the cold, did you? We know that when the Cure's in town, there are no "school nights."

Mother Angel Blue presents...
247 W. 30th St. between 7th/8th Aves.
(and just a couple doors down from Slake)
Doors @ 10:45
$8 w/ advance purchase FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY

TWO FLOORS to keep you spinning on that dizzy edge...
up in THE TOP: DJs CEREMONY (A Night Like This, Oscillate Wildly) and Xris SMack (Stimulate, SMACK!) spin a Cure-heavy mix of new wave, 80s, and alternative dance floor classics.
in THE HANGING GARDEN: DJ Ian Ford (The Bank, Albion/BatCave, Webster Hall, Splash, XL) spins all Cure, all night!

And don't miss...
THE WAILING WALL video lounge CURE-ated by the SMACK! Video Lab
The FASCINATION STREET-level bar, where American Whiskey's world-class mixologists will be serving up a one-of-a-kind menu of CURE-THEMED COCKTAILS tailor-made exclusively for the occasion from fresh, house-made ingredients. (Don't worry, they'll still serve you a beer or a well drink without tossing you attitude if that's more your speed.)



Need info on the Saturday (After) Show Party at Slake? Check out the event invite here:

Like for more details on both parties, to find a place to meet up with other fans, and learn about other fun stuff going on all weekend.

New Orleans Cure Afterparty on May 10th

Siberia will host an afterparty on May 10th from 10 pm - 2 am.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Remaing tickets for North American shows

The official site has been updated with the amount of tickets still left for each of the North American shows.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

More Australian shows

July 25th - Sydney at Qudos Bank Arena (formerly Allphones Arena)
Presales: May 3rd at 10 am for Telstra customers, May 5th at noon for Live Nation
On sale: May 6th at 10am

July 28th - Melbourne at Rod Laver Arena
Presales: May 3rd at 10 am for Telstra customers, May 5th at noon for Live Nation
On sale: May 6th at 10am

Adelaide and Perth shows to be announced soon.

(Thanks Matt)

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Cure get 150 minutes at Sasquatch

Sasquatch released their schedules today, and The Cure will get 150 minutes, playing 11 pm - 1:30 am on May 29th.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Love Cats: A Tribute to The Cure

From Stereogum (listen to Tancred's cover of 'The Figurehead' on their website):

Love Cats: A Tribute To The Cure is the latest release from Reimagine Music, a label that employs the indie rockers of today to cover the classics. (They’ve also overseen tributes to the Beatles, the Smiths, Uncle Tupelo, and John Vanderslice’s album-length cover of David Bowie’s Diamond Dogs.) Artists such as the Hotelier and Dowsing contributed to Love Cats, but the first track to be released is Tancred’s cover of Pornography highlight “The Figurehead.” It’s fascinating to hear the voice behind this year’s brightly energetic Out Of The Garden applying her perspective to such a dark, despairing dirge.

01 Canopy Climbers – “Friday I’m In Love”
02 The Hotelier – “Doing The Unstuck”
03 Hayley Richman – “Love Song”
04 Dowsing – “Push”
05 Tancred – “The Figurehead”
06 The Crookes – “Boys Don’t Cry”
07 Minipop – “Pictures of You”
08 Grace Kelly – “Love Cats”
09 The Worm Is Green – “Close To Me”
10 Sealions – “In Between Days”
11 Woodpigeon – “Lullaby”
12 The Guessing Game – “Love Song”

Love Cats: A Tribute To The Cure is out 5/13 (Friday the 13th, the press release notes) on Reimagine Music. Pre-order it here.

North American Cure Tour 2016 tickets for sale

June 10th GA Floor. $110. furcoatATgmailDOTcom
June 10th Section 113 Row R Seat 17. 104.43. william (dot) soragna (at) gmail (dot) com
June 10th Section 111 Row L Seat 10. 94.12. william (dot) soragna (at) gmail (dot) com

June 11th GA Floor. $105. jlgillet (at) gmail (dot) com
June 11th GA Floor. $110. furcoatATgmailDOTcom 
June 11th Section 203, Row M, Seats 17-18. $161.36 for the pair.  jenndavis (at) sbcglobal (net)

Chula Vista
Sec 102 Row R Seat 41. $99 dollars. ilovethecure at hotmail dot com 

El Paso
GA Floor. $90. (at) gmail (dot) com

Los Angeles
May 23rd Garden 7 Row 872 Seat 4 $194.15. amymmason (at) yahoo (dot) com
May 23rd Garden 1 Row 211 Seat 4 $194.15. amymmason (at) yahoo (dot) com 

June 26th 2 on the lawn. $50 each. whitby98 (at) hotmail (dot) com 

Mountain View
Sec 202, Row J, Seat 11. $72.25. rcrawley (at) gmail (dot) com.

New Orleans 
May 11th. Section S, Row 20, Seats 11-12. $133.80 for the pair. jenndavis (at) sbcglobal (net)

June 18th Section 106, row 12, seat 8. $125.50. sf.haase (at) googlemail (dot) com

June 19th Section 118 Row 11. $126. (at) gmail (dot) com
June 19th Section 107, row 4, seat 13. $154.30. sf.haase (at) googlemail (dot) com

This is for North American tickets.

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 TM 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.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Roger's Talk at Google

I will be a part of a discussion at Google in San Francisco on Monday afternoon with Phillip Glass. We are talking about...
Posted by Roger O'Donnell on Friday, April 8, 2016

3:45 pm pacific | "Unlocking Creativity" - A panel discussion featuring Philip Glass, Roger O'Donnell, Terrace Martin and Kenny Werner — four luminaries from the worlds of classical, rock, hip hop, rap and jazz traditions. Moderated by Michael Hawley, founder of EG Conference.

Watch it here. Show is over. I'll post the link to the archived video when it gets uploaded.

Update (April 22nd, 2016): Video has been posted on YouTube.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Cure asked to play The Bataclan in Paris

"This rumor has been all over the French media today. The following is a rough translation from this article by French national newspaper Le Monde:

Set for November 14 2016, almost one year to the day after the attacks that have devastated Paris on November 13 2015, the reopening of the Bataclan concert hall could be inaugurated with a concert by British band The Cure. If the group led by singer and guitarist Robert Smith has not given a definitive answer, a proposal was made by his French booking agency, Alias, also co-manager of the Bataclan, as confirmed by its co-founder Jules Frutos.

The probability of this concert is reinforced by the fact that the legendary new wave band will be at the same time on tour in France, with a concert on November 15 at the AccorHotels Arena (former Bercy) in Paris before dates in Lyon, 17, and Montpellier, 18. If the size of their new production (32 employees on the road and several trucks of equipment for three and half hour long concerts) hardly seems compatible with the boulevard Voltaire venue, the Englishmen should be able to adapt for this inauguration. The authors of Boys Do not Cry indeed would share the bill with two other yet unspecified bands or singers.

After all, have the Cure not given their first French concert at the Bataclan on December 17 1979 at the instigation - already – of Jules Frutos, a few months after the release of their first album, Three Imaginary Boys, before coming back on November 6, 1996? The group's presence should be confirmed (or refuted) this week. In case of refusal on their part, the opening date could be moved to November 15." (Thanks Yanic)

But this article from Le Pointe says yes, they've been asked to play, but it isn't for the reopening show:

"The cure have been contacted to play at the Bataclan, but not for the show celebrating the reopening of the venue" says Jerome Langlet, boss of Lagardere Unlimited Live Entertainment, owner of the venue. "The cure have been approached, like many other bands, to play at the Bataclan" he said, confirming an information from Le Monde, "but it's not for the reopening, that has not been defined yet." (Thanks Sylvain)

And now more stories are saying the early reports were wrong. The Cure have been asked to play at the venue, but not for the reopening show. Whatever the offer actually is, reports say they are expecting the band to accept or decline it soon. Possibly this week.

(Thanks also to Mauro, Guillaume, Julien, Olivier, Eric, Gildas, Marina, Rich, and Alexandre)

Update (April 21st, 2016): Billboard seems to think that The Cure might play in October, according to "insiders".

"Six months after the Bataclan was attacked by terrorists, the Paris club is rebuilding and refocusing and looking for a new foundation -- maybe with the help of The Cure. But with extremism still rampant in Europe, will American acts come back?

The live music industry in France is still coming to terms with a new world order six months after the terrorist attack at Paris venue the Bataclan, where, on Nov. 13, 2015, Eagles of Death Metal were ­performing when gunmen stormed the venue, ­killing 89. But the club is ­preparing to open its doors -- perhaps, ­according to insiders, in October with The Cure ­headlining. (A rep for the band, whose first gig in France was at the Bataclan in December 1979, didn't respond to Billboard's request for comment.)"

Auckland tickets on sale today

July 21st, 2016 - Auckland, New Zealand
Vector Arena
On sale: April 22nd at noon
Ticket prices: NZ $99.90 - NZ $139.90
Ticket link

150 minute set confirmed for Bestival Toronto

Cure parties & events for April 21st

The Cure Video Tribute Party + Orgy Official After Show Party! 
Thursday April 21, 2016 (Happy Birthday, Robert!!!!)
Debonair Social Club 
1575 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL
21 +
Password for no cover before 11pm: SHIVER & SHAKE
(Thanks Kamar)

Hero Worship: Tribute Night and Chop Suey present the ultimate celebration of the birth and life of Robert Smith, frontman and genius behind The Cure. A full lineup of local music legends lend themselves to all-night live performances, featuring Kimberly Morrison, Nicki Danger, Joey Veneziani, Ryan Weadon, Alicia Amiri, Dan Paulus, Carter Rodriguez, Kyle Kostrzewa, and Kirk Damer. Backing soundtrack to the festivities will be provided by DJ Al Niño and Dee Jay Jack.
Thurs, April 21 at 9 pm–2 am 
Chop Suey
1325 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98122
(Thanks fmjews)

Cure radio special on MIX 106.5 FM in Mexico at 10 am. (Thanks Marina at thecurecomunidadargentina)

Not an event, but a nice article about Robert's birthday, and The Cure in general. (Thanks Jorge)

NYC Cure Afterparty on June 18th

"It's been five long years since the Reflections shows, and even longer since the Cure played a standard set at a New York City arena.

When their show is over, do you REALLY think you're gonna be ready to call it a night? Don't worry. We've got you covered.

Didn't get tickets for the Saturday show? You're far from alone. Fear not--we've got the Cure for that, too.

Mother Angel Blue Presents...



@ SLAKE (formerly Downtime/BatCave/Rebel)

251 West 30th Street btw 7th/8th Aves.
Doors at 9:30
21+ with ID
$12 w/ advance purchase
$10 early ticketing special for first 100 sold

Three floors of revelry featuring...
--DJs Patrick (SALVATION, the Bank, Albion/Batcave) & Sean Templar (The Red Party, Underworld) spinning all Cure, all night in the Propaganda room.
--DJs Hi-Fi Hillary (Disko Nouveaux, Wierd), SubVert (Contempt NY, Labyrinth) & Zvetschka (SYNTHICIDE, Defcon) spinning classic alternative in the Red Room.
--DJs Andi Harriman (author of The Postpunk Project: Some Wear Leather, Some Wear Lace and producer of SYNTHICIDE) & Jeffo! (Zenwarp, Dorian Gray) spinning an anything-goes mix of 80s, new wave, synth, and postpunk in the Mainspace.
Cure-centric Visuals by Xris SMack!'s Video Lab (Stimulate, SMack!)

And there's sooooo much more to come!

Watch this page and for more details--and for a preview of our Sunday afterparty at American Whiskey! Those tickets will go on sale soon!"
(Thanks Daryl/IPinchU)

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

New NOLA tickets available

Some new tickets, including floor, are available for the New Orleans show on May 10th.

And some tickets, including floor, now available for the previously "sold out" New Orleans show on May 11th.

Cure song in 'Sing Street'

From Deadline: "Nostalgic trips into musical history run a very high risk of rotting the audience’s teeth out. However, seeing John Carney’s name attached to Sing Street should be taken as a very, very good sign indeed. No one makes movies about how music is made with the energy, intimacy and authenticity of John Carney (Craig Brewer’s Hustle & Flow being a notable exception), and the Once director’s latest, a coming of age tale inspired by his own upbringing and set in 1980s Dublin, is playing playing Sundance 2016. As such, a U.S. trailer has been released, and you can watch it here.

Sing Street follows Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo), a 14-year old boy in 1980s Dublin transferred to an inner city public school when his parents’ financial problems mean they can no longer afford to pay his private school tuition. When meets the beautiful and very cool Raphina (Lucy Boynton), he hastily invites her to star in his band’s music video in an attempt to woo her. The fact that he doesn’t actually have a band means he has to hastily form one with his friends, and so Conor immerses himself in the music of the era as he attempts to win the girl. As you can see from the trailer, the film is a deep dive into the pop music of the era, featuring songs by A-Ha, Duran Duran, Hall & Oates, The Cure, The Clash, Spandau Ballet, and The Jam, among others.

Along with Walsh-Peelo and Boynton, it stars Maria Doyle Kennedy, Aiden Gillen, Jack Reynor, and Kelly Thornton. Anthony Bregman, John Carney, and Martina Niland produced."
(Thanks Perfect.Murder)

Update (01/29/16): From MTV -  "The evolution of the music in “Sing Street” is one of the best elements of this delightful film. Connor’s older brother Brendan (Jack Reynor) becomes his musical guru of sorts, lending hims records and giving him tips on how to impress Raphina. As Connor learns more about Duran Duran, The Cure, ABC and other bands from Brendan, he shifts his musical styles and looks. For example, when Connor discovers the happy-sad music of The Cure, he comes to school the next morning in eyeshadow and eyeliner. It’s a wonderful ode to ’80s music and style. And whenever anyone asks him what kind of music he plays, he says he’s a futurist — always looking forward, not back."

The article mentions 'Just Like Heaven', but also says the film is set in 1985, so hopefully, JLH (from 1987) isn't the Cure song used in the film. (Thanks Perfect.Murder)

Update (April 20th, 2016): The film's soundtrack will be released April 29th, and it says the song used is 'In Between Days'.

And there's a nice interview and feature at Consequence of Sound today: "Whereas your brother is there to try and make you happy and hope that you’ll just be happy in life and doesn’t care if you’re gay or straight or transgender, or if you’re into the Cure, or if you want to become a banker or a road sweeper. Your siblings don’t care; they just want to see you happy. Your parents want to see you happy, but they also want to see you rich and doing well."

From Kate: "I just attended a screening of Sing Street. It was a great film! The music is fantastic, and the Cure referenceS (yes, there is more than one) are light-hearted yet respectful. Highly recommend. "

Splendour in the Grass on sale today

Splendour in the Grass
North Byron Parklands, Australia
The Cure headline on Saturday July 23rd, 2016
On sale April 21st at 9 am AEST
Ticket prices: Single day - $159 / 3 day - $375
Ticket link
Update: Sold out! They suggest you get on the wait list for tickets.

And if you don't want to go to a festival show, remember that other Australian dates will be announced soon.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

New guitars for Cure Tour 2016

Schecter Guitars has a Facebook video preview of some of the new guitars the band will be taking out on the tour.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Remembering 'Faith' - Part 2

From The Observer:

The Cure’s ‘Faith’ at 35: A Lysergic Rainbow Seen From an Ice Floe By Tim Sommer • 04/14/16 10:00am

Glacial, monumental and devastatingly simple, Faith, the third album by the Cure, is the spirit of ’76 slowed to a crawl, infused with Satie-like spaces, and re-imagined as a sad opium dreamscape. It is one of the greatest accomplishments of post-punk, and April 14 marks the 35th anniversary of its release.

For the most part, the first flowering of British punk was a sunless and airless brick, condensed for maximum effect; it needed to be that way so it could crash through the sugar-glass of the post-Sunshine Superman ’70s. “Attention must be paid!” said the punks, as martial/Marshall guitars defined a clean break from the field hippies, lovers of FM filigree, the flute and lute players stinking of patchouli and hash, and all those wearing hip-hugging bell bottoms stained at the bottom by two inches of earthy slime.

But around 1979, artists began to use air and space to fracture the solid wall of the punk palette. Compact sheets of rhythm guitar were supplanted by airy arpeggios, weighted silence, glassy sparks and gasps of atmospheric synth; anxious rhythms and thudding toms were exchanged for simple snares, front-mixed kick drums and atmospheric splashes of cymbals; and the hectoring announcements of punk were replaced by plaintive, emotive, even muezzin-like vocals.

The first shot of this cool war was fired by Public Image Ltd. on their debut album, First Issue, released in December of 1978; retaining punk’s energy, simplicity and attitude, it inserted breathing room, an unhinged and almost viscerally emotive creativity, and a touch of art-frosted hashy wheeze into the punk template.

Remembering 'Faith'

From Diffuser:

35 Years Ago: The Cure Go for Goth Glory With Their Third Album, ‘Faith’

If 1982’s Pornography was the peak of the Cure’s goth period, then its predecessor, Faith, was the gloriously gloomy mist near the peak that you have to pass to reach the top. Even the album cover is an image of an old, fog-enshrouded English estate and each of the eight songs are similarly swathed in an expertly textured haze.

Of course, the Cure emerged in 1976 at the heart of the post-punk era, delivering concise, angular and relatively speedy cuts like “Boys Don’t Cry” and “Jumping Someone Else’s Train” that matched Robert Smith’s anomie with classic pop hooks. But by their second album, 1980’s Seventeen Seconds, the Cure began crafting music to match the moodiness of their lyrics.

Though their first few albums never gained much mainstream traction even in their native England, the Cure quickly achieved cult status. The suicide of Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis (England’s post-punk/proto-goth icon) was only a few months in the past when Smith, bassist Simon Gallup and drummer Lol Tolhurst gathered to record their third album. In fact, Smith often dedicated early live versions of “Primary” (the only single from Faith) to Curtis. And when the Cure solidified their own standing as masters of modernist melancholy by following up the rather gothy Seventeen Seconds with something even more atmospheric and angst-riddled. It was like sending out a signal to all those Lost Boys and Girls that stage-whispered, “Commiserate with us.”

Even though they may not have been striving for it (and either despite or because of their relative lack of commercial success to that point), the Cure were becoming new poster boys for legions of disaffected, anorak-wearing British youth. And speaking of youth, it ought to be remembered that Smith was just 21 years old when the Cure recorded Faith, and the 1981 album is a compellingly murky account of his desperate search to find his place in the world.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Cure play Auckland, NZ on July 21st

From the official site:

Nine years since their last New Zealand appearance, THE CURE will make a very welcome return to Auckland this July for one special show.
Renowned for their sublime two-hour-plus performances, The Cure will play one night only at Vector Arena on Thursday July 21, marking the band’s first NZ date since August 2007.

Spark pre-sale: 10am April 18 until 10am April 20
My Live Nation pre-sale: midday April 20 until 5pm April 21
For complete ticketing details, visit: