Ahead of tonight’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the members of The Cure past and present walked the red carpet, where Robert Smith managed to drop a bit of news, saying the band “probably” will perform Disintegration on tour in the U.S. later this year.
The interviewer during that livestreamed red-carpet appearance asked Smith about the band’s plans to celebrate this year’s 30th anniversary of the landmark Disintegration. The band already has announced plans to perform the 1989 album Down Under four times this coming May.
“We’re going to be playing some shows at the Vivid festival in Sydney, in Australia, just to commemorate it,” Smith said. “And probably, to be honest, we’ll probably do it here a bit later in the year.” (In an interview after the ceremony, Smith said, “Before the end of the year, I’m sure we’ll have played in North America.”)
It’s not the first hint the band will be touring the U.S. this year; keyboardist Roger O’Donnell in a prior interview talked about “possibly American shows in the fall.” But it’s the first time it’s been confirmed that those plans to play in the U.S. would center around a full-album performance of Disintegration.
But not only that. Smith noted in his Rock Hall interview that “we’ll also be playing new songs,” a reference to the band’s first album in more than a decade, which is expected sometime later this year. Smith said the record, whose title has not been revealed, “will be the best thing we’ve ever done by a long way.”
Below, check out the video of The Cure’s red-carpet appearance — the current lineup is followed by interviews with former members — as well as the band’s current tour dates.
The Cure tour dates
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 25: Paleo Festival, Nyon, Switzerland
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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Worst interview “professional” ever.
So was that Michael Dempsey, Lol, Perry and Boris (bestest drummer ever) on the 2nd interview?
Yes, I believe those were the ones. Didn’t recognize Boris so well. I agree, he was the best drummer the cure ever had!!
I cannot wait to see Reeves play Van Halen solos over Plainsong and Untitled.
You hit the nail on the head. Reves is a fantastic guitar player, but I don’t need to hear some blistering solos over a beautiful song like Untitled.
When he is just playing the cure he is ok, but when given some slack he goes off the rails. His sound doesn’t fit the cure.
Again, I think he is a great guitar player and probably a cool dude to hang with. I just wish he would stop trying to make The Cure sound like he does.
OK YES PLZ!
They owned rnrhof. Would be a blessing to see them live; I’d love to share them with my son. Please come to NA.