Honors — December 13, 2018 at 6:17 am

The Cure to enter Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside Roxy Music, Radiohead and more

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019 will include one of the titans of alternative rock: The Cure, the dark-pop juggernaut that just celebrated its 40th anniversary and next year will be inducted alongside Roxy Music, Janet Jackson, Radiohead and more.

The other inductees include Def Leppard, Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks and The Zombies. Not making the cut in 2019: Devo, John Prine, MC5, Rage Against the Machine, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Todd Rundgren and Kraftwerk, the latter a five-time nominee.

This year’s induction ceremony will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., on March 29. Ticket details are expected to be announced next month.

Robert Smith and Co. make it into the Rock Hall on their second nomination, which came seven years after the first. To be eligible for induction, artists must have released their first album or single 25 years ago. The Cure first was eligible in 2004, but until this year, its only nomination came in 2011 for the Class of 2012.

Judging by the members listed on the Rock Hall website, Smith will be inducted alongside current bandmates Simon Gallup (bass), Jason Cooper (drums) and Roger O’Donnell (keyboards), as well as co-founder Lol Tolhurst (drums and keyboards), former guitarists Porl Thompson (who now goes by the name Pearl Thompson) and Perry Bamonte, ex-bassist Michael Dempsey and former drummer Boris Williams.

Those whose tenures in The Cure were apparently too short to merit induction: bassist Phil Thornalley, keyboardist Matthieu Hartley, drummer Andy Anderson and current guitarist Reeves Gabrels.

This year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees included The Cars, Bon Jovi, Dire Straits, The Moody Blues and Nina Simone. Class of 2018 nominees Kate Bush, Depeche Mode and Eurythmics didn’t make the cut, joining the list of ’80s-era nominees — including The Smiths and The Replacements — that have been nominated, but ultimately snubbed by the Hall of Fame.

Below, listen to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Cure playlist.






  1. Joyce Blessing

    About Flippin time

  2. DEVO should have made it in.

  3. Crossing every extremity i have that they play “I hate rock and roll” at the ceremony…

  4. El Arreglardo

    I guess being a Devo fan really isn’t cool anymore. The spud boys deserve better. Shrivel up Devo.

  5. Bring on the bunnymen.

  6. Hooray for Roxy Music! About time. Searching…searching…The Smiths not anywhere in my search… Really? I MEAN REALLY? Actually, there should be a lifetime achievement award presented to the city of Manchester for the gifts of music they’ve bestowed on us!XOXO

    • I agree. Roxy Music is long overdue. I saw them in 1982. They were absolutely magnificent and Brian Ferry was phenomenal.

  7. I love The Cure and Roxy Music, but the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a joke.

  8. I really feel that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame represents the music establishment, something with which I’ve never identified, so seeing The Cure become a part of that and even seemingly welcoming it is something that is honestly a bit hard for me. I always liked the fact that Bowie and the Sex Pistols didn’t even show up for their induction because it indicated to me that it wasn’t something that mattered to them. Whether or not an artist is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has no bearing on my evaluation of them. Of course, I’ll still love The Cure, but it feels like a bit of a betrayal.

  9. It’s about damned time!

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