The Cure have released live videos from one of the five Sydney Opera House concerts they staged to mark the 30th anniversary of their landmark album, ‘Disintegration’. Watch the footage below.
Released on the Opera House’s official YouTube channel on December 10 were videos of The Cure’s performances of ‘Disintegration’, ‘Pictures Of You’ and ‘Plainsong’. The footage was taken from the band’s livestream of their May 30 concert, which was the fifth and final show they staged for the venue’s Vivid LIVE series.
In a statement, frontman Robert Smith called the five Sydney shows “among the most memorable we have ever played – indeed, our entire Sydney trip was like a wonderful dream”. He added, “The release of the whole concert can’t be too far away.”
The Cure played ‘Disintegration’ in full over those five nights in Sydney. The first concert on 25 May marked the first performances of the songs ‘Homesick’ and ‘Untitled’ in 17 years. The newly released videos were all directed by longtime Cure collaborator Nick Wickham, who shot their 2002 ‘Trilogy’ shows and also helmed their latest double DVD, THE CURE 40 LIVE – CURÆTION-25 + ANNIVERSARY.
In October, Smith revealed that The Cure have three new albums in the works. “The first will be the one that we will release very soon. I think that the first single, or the whole album, will come out this Christmas, or a little earlier. It has the title of ‘Live From the Moon’ and it will surely change its name,” he said.
In a separate interview, Smith opened up on the new Cure album, which he said is “very much on the darker side of the spectrum”. He explained, “I lost my mother and my father and my brother recently, and obviously it had an effect on me. It’s not relentlessly doom and gloom. It has soundscapes on it, like ‘Disintegration’, I suppose. I was trying to create a big palette, a big wash of sound.”