Robert Smith has been going to great lengths to let fans know he’s trying to keep tickets for The Cure’s just-unveiled North American tour affordable, first announcing the band would not use dynamic pricing, which can spike ticket prices amid surging demand.
On Friday, Smith shared a long, typically all-caps statement on social media detailing The Cure’s plan to make the tour “affordable for all fans” and to “stop scalpers from getting in the way.”
Smith writes that The Cure has “a very wide (and we think very fair) range of pricing at every show.” And that appears to be true, with fan site Chain of Flowers noting that the band’s concerts in Tampa and Vancouver are showing ticket prices starting at $21.25 and $25, respectively (higher prices for those stops aren’t yet known). And the venue in Columbia, Maryland, lists tickets as $40 to $150.
Furthermore, Smith continues, the band’s ticketing partners have agreed to not allow fans to transfer their tickets electronically, which will hamper the ability to resell them. But if fans do need to sell their tickets, they’ll be able to do so only at face value through the sellers’ ticket exchanges.
However, laws in the states of New York, Illinois and Colorado apparently prevent this from working — “They actually have laws in place that protect scalpers!” — so Smith urges fans “to buy or sell tickets to one another on face value exchanges like twickets.live and cashortrade.org.” According to Ticketmaster, all tickets will be non-transferrable expect for in those three states, where laws “prohibit artists from restricting resale” of tickets.
Later in the day, Smith noted that no tickets are yet on sale for the North American tour, so any seats listed for sale on secondary ticket sites “are very likely to be fake.” He added that if any of those tickets are found to be real, “we will work with Ticketmaster to cancel them.”
Tickets for The Cure’s North American tour will be available through a Ticketmaster Verified Fan Sale beginning Wednesday, March 15, and it will require pre-registration to access. Fans will be able to register for a maximum of five different shows, and registration closes at 10 a.m. Pacific Monday, March 13.
Head over here for details and to register to buy tickets.
Below, read Smiths’ full statement on ticketing — and check out the tour dates.
The Cure 2023 tour dates
May 10: New Orleans, LA — Smoothie King Center
May 12: Houston, TX — Toyota Center
May 13: Dallas, TX — Dos Equis Pavilion
May 14: Austin, TX — Moody Center
May 16: Albuquerque, NM — Isleta Amphitheater
May 18: Phoenix, AZ — Desert Diamond Arena
May 20: San Diego, CA — NICU Amphitheatre
May 23: Los Angeles, CA — Hollywood Bowl
May 24: Los Angeles, CA — Hollywood Bowl
May 25: Los Angeles, CA — Hollywood Bowl
May 27: San Francisco, CA — Shoreline Amphitheatre
June 1: Seattle, WA — Climate Pledge Arena
June 2: Vancouver, BC — Rogers Arena
June 4: Salt Lake City, UT — Vivint Smart Home Arena
June 6: Denver, CO — Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
June 8: Minneapolis St. Paul, MN — Xcel Energy Center
June 10: Chicago, IL — United Center
June 11: Cleveland, OH — Blossom Music Center
June 13: Detroit, MI — Pine Knob Music Theatre
June 14: Toronto, ON — Budweiser Stage
June 16: Montreal, QC — Bell Centre
June 18: Boston, MA — Xfinity Center
June 20: New York, NY — Madison Square Garden
June 21: New York, NY — Madison Square Garden
June 22: New York, NY — Madison Square Garden
June 24: Philadelphia, PA — Wells Fargo Center
June 25: Columbia, MD — Merriweather Post Pavilion
June 27: Atlanta, GA — State Farm Arena
June 29: Tampa, FL — Amalie Arena
July 1: Miami, FL — Miami-Dade Arena
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I was honestly so upset with Depeche Mode for turning on the cash grab for their shows that I won’t even buy a single ticket to see them this time around.
More legacy bands need The Cure’s level of integrity.
This is EXACTLY what Deoeche Mode (and every other band] needed to do…
I too passed on buying Depeche Mode tickets seeing that even with presale code, available seats were already way to the back and off to the sides, and starting at $225, before massive fees. One of the best things about being a Cure fan is knowing how much Robert and the band really care about us and that our relationship is mutual. Fingers crossed for good seats….
I think this is a fantastic idea, but it only allows you to sign up for 1 concert. I would like to go to a few of them. I might not be able to go to any because of the “lottery” system, once you enroll in the ticketmaster program. When are the tickets open to everyone and every concert?
The lowest ticket I could find was $150.00 however I doubt I will be able to buy by the time I beg borrow tha money. Oh well that’s fuckin life
This is great in theory. I logged in and selected my cities as soon as the verified fan registration was announced….figured there was justice in the universe, as big of a fan as I am, and I would be selected. I wasn’t selected for a single one of the cities I chose. I realize this is the fallout from all the scalpers and “ticket brokers” and general greed, but still, I feel like it is the fans like myself that suffer. I’m now on a waitlist for a lottery style selection process for the remaining tickets, if any, that are left after the pre-sale. Again, good in theory, but I still feel jilted.
I agree with Tommy R. above 100%. I’m in the same boat as he is, the S.S. Waitlist. I’ll take it a bit further. What a joke. You would think as much money as Ticketmaster has made by ripping off so many fans, they would have a better system to combat the BOT systems, which is obviously smarter than them. You can sign up for up to 5 shows. I’m in L.A., so I chose all 3 shows at the Hollywood Bowl. And what did I get? I got the waitlist. 52,500 tickets over the course of 3 nights and I got the shaft. Way to go, Ticketmaster. But as long as you’re happy, right???
I don’t have a ticket to my favorite band and am not allowed in to purchase any tickets another “fan” decides to resell at face value. Tickets aren’t open to the public, so now I don’t get to see them!?!?! WTF this is a bad idea. I’d rather pay too much than be shut out entirely. Sad. Very. Very. Sad.
I guess I need to consider myself lucky after what I said above. I was able to secure 2 tickets to the first night at the hollywood bowl. not exactly the section I was looking for, but no biggie. looking forward to the show.
Atlanta, GA State Farm Arena didn’t get the message about affordable tickets:-(
Cheapest seats are around $150 and go up to $600
We were planning on this being our 17 year old son’s first concert ( he LOVES The Cure and I LOVE that he loves The Cure because it’s my all time favorite band!)
I guess only the wealthy will be attending this show.