Robert Smith confirmed in a South African radio interview broadcast Tuesday that The Cure are recording their first new studio album in more than a decade, and told the host that he’s still making new music after all these years “for the right reasons.”
Smith spoke to host John Maytham on Cape Town’s 567 AM CapeTalk ahead of The Cure’s concert in that city on Thursday night. The band played its first-ever South African concert in Johannesburg on Saturday.
“We just recorded a new album,” Smith said. “The first one for 10 years. I’m still doing it for the right reasons … I still get satisfaction from doing it and other people seem to enjoy it, too. They’re the two big reasons.”
Listen to the interview — in which Smith also talks about reclaiming “Killing an Arab” — at capetalk.co.za.
In a second South African radio interview on Wednesday with Nick Hamman, Smith addresses the new record again, this time saying, “We’ve just started, not quite finished, recording our first new album for 10 years.” Still no other details revealed as to when fans can expect to hear it.
A new album from The Cure would be the first since 2008’s 4:13 Dream. Smith didn’t say anything else about the record, though previous comments have suggested it’s new music and not another attempt to finish off the unreleased second-half of 4:13 Dream, which, once upon a time, was to be titled 4:14 Scream.
In December, Smith told Sirius XM’s “Debatable” program that “we’re going in (to the studio) in about six weeks time to finish off what will be our first album for more more than a decade.”
Around the same time, Cure keyboardist Roger O’Donnell, in a separate interview with Cleveland’s WKYC TV, said The Cure was going back into the studio in February. “We listened to all of the demos, and Robert, I’m pretty sure, right now is busy writing lyrics. So we’re all very excited. It’s been a long time since The Cure’s been in the studio,” he said.
In the meantime, 2019 is shaping up to be a very busy touring year for The Cure, with the South African shows followed by full-album performances of Disintegration in Sydney, then — so far — 23 announced headlining appearances at European and Japanese festivals this summer. O’Donnell, in his interview, referred to it as a year-long “world tour” that would be “ending probably in South America.” He said there also could be “possibly American shows in the fall.”
Check out The Cure’s full tour dates below.
The Cure tour dates
March 21: Rock on the Lawns, Cape Town, South Africa
May 24: Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia (Disintegration 30th anniversary show)
May 25: Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia (Disintegration 30th anniversary show)
May 27: Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia (Disintegration 30th anniversary show)
May 28: Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia (Disintegration 30th anniversary show)
June 8: Malahide Castle, Dublin, Ireland
June 9: Pinkpop, Landgraaf, Netherlands
June 14: Nova Rock, Nickelsdorf, Austria
June 16: Firenze Rocks, Florence, Italy
June 21: Southside Festival, Neuhausen Ob Eck, Germany
June 23: Hurricane Festival, Scheessel, Germany
June 24-26: INMusic Festival, Zagreb, Croatia
June 28: Rock Werchter, Werchter, Belgium
June 30: Glastonbury Festival, Pilton, UK
July 4: Exit Festival, Novi Sad, Serbia
July 6: Roskilde Festival, Roskilde, Denmark
July 11: NOS Alive, Lisbon, Portugal
July 13: Mad Cool Festival, Madrid, Spain
July 17: Ejekt Festival, Athens, Greece
July 18-20: Colours of Ostrava, Ostrava, Czech Republic
July 22: Rock the City, Bucharest, Romania
July 26-28: Fuji Rock Festival, Naeba Ski Resort, Japan
Aug. 3: Afisha Picnic, Moscow, Russia
Aug. 7: Oya Festival, Oslo, Norway
Aug. 8-10: Way Out Festival, Gothenburg, Sweden
Aug. 9-11: Flow Festival, Helsinki, Finland
Aug. 16: Summer Sessions, Glasgow, Scotland
Aug. 23: Rock en Seine, Parc de Saint-Cloud, France
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