The Cure tonight played the first of at least 19 European festival headlining dates on the books this summer, and Robert Smith had a little secret to reveal at Holland’s famed Pinkpop Festival: guitarist Reeves Gabrels, a former David Bowie collaborator who previously recorded with Smith in the late ’90s.

Smith has not made an announcement regarding Gabrels’ addition to the lineup — and generally hasn’t announced lineup changes in recent years — but musician Jenn Vix, who released a song with Gabrels earlier this year, tells Slicing Up Eyeballs that Gabrels will play all of The Cure’s summer festival dates. (Chain of Flowers notes Gabrels is a guest, not a full member of the band.)

Later this evening, Vix posted the following statement from Gabrels on her Facebook page:

“For all my friends who have been wondering where I have disappeared to for the last few weeks… I am playing guitar with The Cure. We will be doing festivals throughout Europe this summer” — Reeves Gabrels

Gabrels — a member of Tin Machine who worked on Bowie’s ’90s albums — played on The Cure’s 1997 single “Wrong Number,” and during the same session, recorded the single “A Sign From God,” released under the band name COGASM. Smith later appeared on Gabrels’ 2000 album Ulysses, singing “Yesterday’s Gone.”

Tonight, The Cure — also featuring bassist Simon Gallup, keyboard player Roger O’Donnell and drummer Jason Cooper — played a 30-song set that downplayed the early-career material that was the focus of last year’s Reflections concerts, instead trotting out surprises like what appears to be the first performance of The Top track “Bananafishbones” since 1984 and an unusually high number of songs from 1992’s Wish (five, including the “Trust” and “Doing the Unstuck”).

The full setlist and a host of video, via the ever-reliable Chain of Flowers, is reproduced below. At the top of this page is Saturday’s 50-minute webcast (“Friday I’m in Love,” “Doing the Unstuck,” “Trust,” “Want,” “Wrong Number,” “One Hundred Years,” “Disintegration,” “Lovecats”  and some of “Close To Me”). Below, you can find Sunday’s webcast, which was shorter and duplicates much of Saturday’s, but opens with “Lullaby” and features “Sleep When I’m Dead” and “Why Can’t I Be You?” at end. Plus a number of individual clips.


Setlist: The Cure, Pinkpop Festival, Landgraaf, Holland, 5/26/12

1. “Plainsong”
2. “Pictures of You”
3. “High”
4. “The End of the World”
5 “Lovesong”
6. “Push”
7. “Inbetween Days”
8. “Just Like Heaven”
9. “From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea”
10. “Hungry Ghost”
11. “Play For Today”
12. “A Forest”
13. “Bananafishbones”
14. “Lullaby”
15. “The Walk”
16. “Mint Car”
17. “Friday I’m in Love”
18. “Doing the Unstuck”
19. “Trust”
20. “Want”
21. “Wrong Number”
22. “One Hundred Years”
23. “Disintegration”

24. “Lovecats”
25. “Close To Me”
26. “Let’s Go To Bed”
27. “Sleep When I’m Dead”
28. “Why Can’t I Be You?”
29. “Boys Don’t Cry”



The Cure at Pinkpop: Sunday webcast (35 minutes)


The Cure at Pinkpop: “Plainsong”


The Cure at Pinkpop: “Push”


The Cure at Pinkpop: “Inbetween Days”


The Cure at Pinkpop: “Play for Today”


The Cure at Pinkpop: “A Forest”


The Cure at Pinkpop: “Bananafishbones”


The Cure at Pinkpop: “The Walk”


The Cure at Pinkpop: “Mint Car”

The Cure at Pinkpop: “Friday I’m In Love”


The Cure at Pinkpop: “Trust” (webcast)


The Cure at Pinkpop: “Want” (from webcast)


The Cure at Pinkpop: “Wrong Number”


The Cure at Pinkpop: “One Hundred Years”


The Cure at Pinkpop: “Lovecats”


The Cure at Pinkpop: “Close to Me”


The Cure at Pinkpop: “Let’s Go To Bed”


The Cure at Pinkpop: “Why Can’t I Be You”? and “Boys Don’t Cry”


The Cure at Pinkpop: “Boys Don’t Cry”



The Cure tour dates:

June 1: Primavera Sound 2012, Barcelona, Spain
June 11: Maxidrom Festival, Moscow, Russia
June 14-16: Hultsfred Festival, Hultsfred, Sweden
June 22-24: Hurricane Festival, Scheeßel, Germany
June 22-24: Southside Festival, Tuttlingen, Germany
June 28: Rock Werchter, Werchter, Belgium
June 30: Les Eurockéennes, Malsaucy, France
July 5-8: Roskilde Festival, Roskilde, Denmark
July 7: Heineken Jammin’, Venice, Italy
July 9: Rock in Roma, Rome, Italy
July 12: Bilbao BBK Live, Bilbao, Spain
July 14: Optimus Alive, Oeiras, Portugal
July 18: Paleo Festival, Nyon, Switzerland
July 20: Festival des Vieilles Charrues, Carhaix, France
Aug. 18: Frequency Festival, St. Polten, Austria
Aug. 24: Reading Festival, Reading, UK
Aug. 25: Leeds Festival, Leeds, UK
Sept. 1: Electric Picnic, Stradbally, Ireland








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