The Cure performed five songs last night after being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in New York.
Robert Smith and co took to the stage and performed ‘Shake Dog Shake,’ ‘A Forest’, ‘Love Song’, ‘Just Like Heaven’, and ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ following their induction, which was preceded by a moving speech from Nine Inch Nails frontman, Trent Reznor.
In his speech, Reznor said: “Despite making challenging music that deals with the biggest themes, their impact has been gigantic. They’ve sold the best part of who gives a shit how many million records and been an essential touchstone in the genres of post-punk, New Wave, goth, alternative, shoegaze and post-rock.
“They’ve been in and out of fashion so many times in the last four decades that they ended up transcending fashion itself. Though they might be a hip name to drop in 2019, this wasn’t always the case. Their dedication to pushing sonic and artistic boundaries while making music for the ages wasn’t always rewarded with glowing reviews in the press.”
He continued: “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.”
In his acceptance speech, Smith thanked all those who had been a part of The Cure’s story, “for better or worse” and paid tribute to the “much missed” former drummer Andy Anderson, who died recently after a battle with cancer.
You can see footage and images from their performance here:
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Recently, Smith confirmed that The Cure have finished recording their new album. The record, which is as-yet-untitled and has no release date, will be the band’s first studio release in over 10 years and their 14th studio album.
Speaking on The John Maytham Show on Cape Town radio station Cape Talk, Smith said of their recent shows: “We’ve enjoyed it and we’ve just recorded a new album for the first time in 10 years.”
He added that he was “still doing this for the right reasons” and that, while the group might cover different styles of music, but “because it’s us doing it, it sounds us.”
The Cure were also confirmed to be headlining this year’s Glastonbury Festival earlier this month (March 15). They join Stormzy and The Killers at the top of a bill that also includes the likes of Janelle Monáe, Liam Gallagher, Tame Impala, Vampire Weekend, Bastille, Billie Eilish, and more.