Saturday, April 28, 2018

More artists added for Hyde Park show

New artists added are Lisa Hannigan, Pale Waves, This Will Destroy You, Alice Phoebe Lou, and Kathryn Joseph.

Hyde Park & Meltdown tickets for sale or trade

Have had a bunch of requests for this lately, so here you go. If you have tickets for sale or trade, post them in the comments.

As always, only list tickets at face value or below (plus the ticket fees & shipping).

And can anyone help John with this request?

"I have primary entry tickets for Hyde Park but I’m looking to upgrade to Summer Garden tickets so I can sit to rest for health issues. If anyone is looking to sell Summer Garden tickets, I would be forever grateful." If you can help, contact John at antzona (at) me (dot) com.

Hyde Park pre-show party

'Mixed Up' Deluxe Edition now listed on iTunes and Amazon US

The Deluxe Edition of 'Mixed Up' is now listed for pre-order on iTunes (US) and Amazon (US). And you can already buy 'The Lovecats (TC & Benny Mix 1990)' and 'Want (Time Mix 2018)' on Amazon. $1.29 each.

Thanks, @danieleweinb and @claiborne_davis.

You can also listen to 'The Lovecats (TC & Benny Mix 1990)' and 'Want (Time Mix 2018)' on Spotify. Thanks, @frenzymcfly.

RSD 'Mixed Up' & 'Torn Down' available online

As of the time of this posting, Resident has the RSD versions of 'Mixed Up' and 'Torn Down' available for online ordering here. Don't know how long that will last, others have sold out already, so if you want them, get them now.

Simon speaks!

Well, he types, but still so nice to hear from him! Some thoughts about working with Wayne Hussey and Michael Ciravolo on Michael's 'Beauty in Chaos' project:

SIMON Sez (some incredibly kind words from the best bassist in the world!)

"Hello Simon here

Just wanted to write a couple of lines to say how honoured I was to be involved in the "BEAUTY IN CHAOS" project .

When I joined the Cure back when things were black and white I made a secret vow to myself that I wouldn't just Haw myself out ...I believed that when you are in a band you stick by that band, and don't become just a journeyman Muso to further your own Ego ...I seriously hated all those Tits from the 80,s and 90,s who used to pat each other on the back and "hang out "

To me, Commitment to one band was a signal fire that you meant it.. but ...Then you Mellow !

I was lucky enough to meet Michael and his lovely wife Tish and Marc (LaCorte, Schecter's EVP) in the 90's and I think my first comment to him was rather Flippant , but I was very used to people from companies coming backstage and asking us to stand in the Broom Cupboard while they held court with Robert . So here I was for the first time, where a genuinely nice bunch of people were asking me about things like missing home , how I felt how the tour had been going etc etc ( I sort of had to look over my shoulder that they weren't talking to Robert ) it just felt like a normal conversation down the pub with people I knew ). Michael has always been 100% behind getting what the band wanted in regards to guitar designs, colours shapes ,and one of my Joys in touring America was always his enthusiasm about Guitars and Guitarists ! (Michael +Tish+ beer +bar ++ Me slightly slumped talking about Johnny Thunders if you get the Idea )... So

Back to where I started ..if someone else had asked me to play , I would have probably have said no but I felt this was a special thing, and then the icing on the cake was that Wayne was singing!

I could sit here and type for hours to explain what Wayne means to me, but suffice to say I think he is one of the most Underrated Rock singers of all time ! I caught up with Him last year and Drove over to see him and the Mish play, and suffice to say his stage presence and general "Rockness " was still spine tingling , just 100% spot on .

He Drove over the next day and we talked for Hours and then he went off ( Back to Brazil ....Complete Bastard for having all that sunshine! )..but then he sent me tapes through of riff's that id sent him 16 years ago we go back to the top ,and I lay in bed thinking ..if anything comes of it .. Perhaps a guitarist of Michael's magnitude can help us out !


x "

"Well to read these words is simply impossible to describe and brought more than one tear to my eyes. Please check out a sample of 'MAN OF FAITH' here, featuring Simon on bass and Wayne Hussey on vocals.. Blessed beyond to not only have these two amazing artists on the same track for the first time ever, but to also call them friends. MC"

Thanks, @christinefalls.

Win tickets to every Meltdown show

Note: This is only open to UK residents.

Tim is not filming Meltdown

New solo project from Roger

From Roger on Facebook:

"Im very happy to announce now my new solo project Two Ravens featuring Jennifer Pague from Vita and the Woolf singing on four of the eight pieces. Side one has five songs composed for two cellos and piano and side two three songs written for string quartet and piano. I was introduced to Jen by my publisher and executive producer on this project Daryl Bamonte. We just finished recording in London and will mix in June for hopefully a late Autumn release. More details to come...."

You can see some photos from the recording sessions on his Facebook.

Reeves demoing his guitars and pickups

Watch the guitar demos on Reeves' Facebook.

Reeves played with Gov't Mule

and then this happened (sitting in with Gov’t Mule).

A post shared by Reeves Gabrels (@reevesgabrels) on

Reeves joined Gov't Mule during their encores on April 26th, 2018 in Albany, NY. He played on Children Of The Revolution, You Don't Know How It Feels, and Statesboro Blues.
And here's a video clip from Reeves on Facebook.

Lol will be in Dublin on May 5th

Update (April 28th, 2018): Times have been announced.

Lol Tolhurst In Conversation With Ben Wardle
Co-founding member of The Cure, Lol Tolhurst, will outline his relationship with Robert Smith (as detailed in his 2016 memoir, Cured: The Tale of Two Imaginary Boys), as well as discuss The Cure, in this their fortieth year.

Violet Vendetta plays Unfest 2018

May 26th, 2018 at The Forum in Tunbridge wells, Kent. UK.

Friday, April 13, 2018

'Mixed Up' & 'Torn Down' pre-orders now on Universal's Cure store

'Mixed Up' and 'Torn Down' CD, vinyl, and box set pre-orders have been added to the Universal Cure store. Thanks, Benj.

The Cure announce details of ‘Mixed Up’ and ‘Torn Down’ deluxe editions

From NME:

Get ready for 16 new remixes from Robert Smith

The Cure have announced details of the upcoming deluxe editions of ‘Mixed Up’ and ‘Torn Down’ – with new mixes. Check out the epic tracklist along with Robert Smith’s new remix of ‘Want’ below.

‘Torn Down’ serves as a sequel to The Cure’s Record Store Day release – a vinyl reissue of the band’s 1990 remix album, ‘Mixed Up’. Remixed by Smith himself and available across multiple formats, the release includes Cure classics such as ‘Lullaby’, ‘Close to Me’, ‘Pictures of You’, ‘Lovesong’, and ‘Why Can’t I Be You?’.

On ‘Mixed Up’, Smith singled out Brian ‘Chuck’ New’s dub style remix of ‘Pictures Of You’ as the muse for the record’s bold and adventurous direction.

“That mix turned the music on its head, but at the same time left the essential heart of the song intact,” he said. “As soon as I heard it, I updated the entire ‘Mixed Up’ plan. My revised ambition was to compile an album that was contemporary without being dated, immediate without being obvious, musically inspiring, rhythmically exciting and sonically great!”

Of the re-energising power of releasing ‘Mixed up’, Smith continued: “The whole of 1990 was essentially spent emerging from the shadow of Disintegration, and we managed to do it in a creatively satisfying way; by the end of the year, I couldn’t wait to start work on new songs for the next record”.

Speaking of ‘Torn Down’, Smith continued: “I wanted a 3-disc package, but we didn’t have enough ‘historic’ remixes – for a while I thought the ‘extra-extras’ CD would be Cure songs re-mixed by choice artists, rather than by choice re-mixers… that then got me thinking maybe I should have a go at one… so in early August 2017, I decided to experiment with ‘Three Imaginary Boys’. It is a pretty sparse multi-track; I pulled it apart at home and finished the initial re-mix in one session – and I really enjoyed the whole process”.

A release from the band adds: “By choosing favourite songs rather than the usual singles, one of Smith’s objectives was to illustrate the variety of the Cure catalogue, and by October of 2017 working on songs in chronological release order, he had remixed entirely the 16 songs that appear on ‘Torn Down: Mixed Up Extras 2018’.”

And some more from Udiscovermusic:

Mixed Up’s genesis came from the band’s Disintegration album and its accompanying global Prayer Tour. Released in 1989, Disintegration had delivered a triumphant end to the 80s, but the first year of the 90s found The Cure unexpectedly unsettled.

Determined to keep up the momentum of the band’s ongoing success, but knowing there were internal tensions to address before heading back into the studio, Robert Smith decided on a different course of action; curating an album of the band’s rarer 12” mixes. As work on Mixed Up progressed, Smith realised that some of The Cure’s earlier remixes didn’t stand up to the newer ones.

Two tracks on the album, ‘A Forest’ and ‘The Walk’, were not just remixed but entirely re-recorded, as the multi-track tapes for both songs had long been lost. Both songs were reconstructed in the studio with producer Mark Saunders, using original instruments and gear.

The band convened over five days in June 1990 to record a new track for Mixed Up. After a certain amount of fraught experimenting with beats, loops and sequenced bass lines, Smith decided to change the vibe. A demo entitled PhaseAGE that had previously been deemed ‘too rock’ was committed to tape as ‘Never Enough’ and was released as a single in September 1990. The ‘Closer Mix’ of ‘Close To Me’ soon followed this and both songs were accompanied by customarily deranged Tim Pope videos.

For the Torn Down cover, Smith decided on a self-portrait painted in oils during the summer of 1990 which was originally intended as the sleeve for Mixed Up. He chose Torn Down as the title for the ‘extra-extras’ album inspired by the way he had “torn down” ‘Never Enough’, stripping the song back to resemble his original 1990 PhaseAGE demo. “I felt it was a good way to bring the project back full circle…in a Mixed Up kind of way” he says.

'Want' (The Time Mix) debuts on BBC 6

BBC 6 Music debuted 'Want' (The Time Mix) from 'Torn Down'. Also aired a bit more of the interview with Robert, where he confirmed that the 'Wish' remaster is finished and will be the next Deluxe Edition released. Also said he plans to finish the Deluxe Edition program now, after it being stopped for "stupid reasons".

Listen to the track and interview segment here at 48:05.

Cure Assure Fans They Can Sit At Meltdown

From Stereogum:

In a vast number of different ways, getting old sucks. It sucks for many reasons, and one of them is this: Standing up at shows gets harder and harder. An hour or two is one thing, but if you’re at a festival, standing around for days, your neck and back will be killing you by the end. And if it’s slow, contemplative music, standing up is even worse. It’s nature’s way of reminding you that you need to stop pretending you are a teenager.

The Cure know about this. The goth-pop legends have been a band for over 40 years. Many of their fans have stuck with them for decades. This means, of course, that many of their fans are old. The Cure are looking to have a big 2018. There’s new music on the way, there’s a huge 40th-anniversary show, and frontman Robert Smith is curating this summer’s Meltdown Festival in London. He’s put together a hell of a lineup, one that features bands like Nine Inch Nails and My Bloody Valentine. And he does not appreciate the suggestion that fans stand through the whole thing.

Apparently reacting to an online announcement that fans are “encouraged to stand” at Royal Festival Hall, a seated venue, the Cure have jumped on Twitter to reassure fans that this is not the case. They want you to know that it’s OK to sit down if you feel like it. Here’s what they say:

Thank you, the Cure. The aging rock dorks of the world salute you.

Topographies tour starts tonight

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Meltdown tickets on sale Friday at 10 am

And remember, you MUST be a Southbank Centre member to have access to Friday's sale. Join here. It certainly won't guarantee you get tickets, just first access to TRY for tickets. Good luck!

Update (April 13th, 2018): The allotment of member tickets for CURÆTION-25 are sold out. More will be available for Monday's general sale. While there were still some problems with the website and queue system, it worked MUCH better than the 1st wave of sales. A lot of fans were able to get tickets via web, phone, and best of all methods, at the box office. Congratulations to all that managed to get them today!

These are the shows going on sale to members on Friday:

Royal Festival Hall

June 18th - Death Cab for Cutie and Fear of Men

June 24th - CURÆTION-25 - Robert Smith and 'Curious Friends' and The Twilight Sad

Queen Elizabeth Hall⠀

June 15th - Concrete Lates: Kiasmos DJ set

June 16th - Concrete Lates: Vessels DJ set and live

June 18th - God is an Astronaut and Jambinai

June 19th - Frightened Rabbit and Pumarosa

June 20th - Low and Jo Quail

June 20th - Jónsi, Alex Somers & Paul Corley: Liminal

June 21st - Jónsi, Alex Somers & Paul Corley: Liminal

June 22nd - Jónsi, Alex Somers & Paul Corley: Liminal

June 23rd - Suzanne Vega and James Walsh

June 23rd - Concrete Lates: Eat Static DJ set

June 24th - Maybeshewill and I Like Trains

Purcell Room

June 15th - Joycut and Indian Queens

June 16th - Jambinai and Tropic of Cancer

June 17th - Loop and Planning For Burial

June 18th - Emma Ruth Rundle and Planning for Burial

June 19th - Vex Red and Douglas Dare

June 20th - Moon Duo and Hilary Woods

June 21st - pg.lost and Thought Forms

June 22nd - The Joy Formidable and Kidsmoke

June 23rd - And Also the Trees and A Dead Forest Index

June 24th - The Soft Moon and The KVB

Photos of 'Torn Down' RSD vinyl