Robert Smith and nine other members of The Cure past and present were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor at a ceremony in Brooklyn tonight that also saw the band’s current lineup play a five-song set.
Alongside Smith, current members Simon Gallup, Roger O’Donnell, Jason Cooper and Reeves Gabrels were inducted, along with co-founder Lol Tolhurst and other former members including Pearl Thompson, Boris Williams, Perry Bamonte and Michael Dempsey.
“Though they might be a hip name to drop in 2019, this wasn’t always the case,” Reznor said in his induction speech. “Their dedication to pushing sonic and artistic boundaries while making music for the ages wasn’t always rewarded with glowing reviews in the press. But they never failed to attract a passionate, intelligent and loyal fanbase who always knew the truth: The Cure are one of the most unique, most brilliant, most heartbreakingly excellent rock bands the world has ever known.”
— Rock Hall (@rockhall) March 30, 2019
In accepting the honors, Smith offered a short speech, thanking all of his bandmates, including the late Andy Anderson, who died last month, and was one of three former members — alongside Matthieu Hartley and Phil Thornalley — who were not selected for induction by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Smith ended by saying, “And finally, I’d like to thank all the fans, because, everyone that’s bought records… or listened to the music, been to a show, just enjoyed what we do, it’s been a fantastic thing, it really has. Thanks. We love you. too, that’s the point.”
The Cure’s current lineup then took the stage, performing a five-song set, opening with “Shake Dog Shake” — a song Anderson originally played drums on — along with “A Forest,” “Lovesong,” “Just Like Heaven” and “Boys Don’t Cry.” None of the former members joined in.
The Cure was inducted alongside Roxy Music, Janet Jackson, Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks, Radiohead and The Zombies. There ceremony will be broadcast on HBO on April 27.
Below, see Reznor’s and Smith’s full speeches, and The Cure’s full performance.
Trent Reznor’s full induction speech
Robert Smith’s full acceptance speech
The Cure’s full Rock and Roll Hall of Fame set
Setlist: The Cure, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY, 3/29/19
1. “Shake Dog Shake”
2. “A Forest”
4. “Just Like Heaven”
5. “Boys Don’t Cry”
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