The Cure have announced plans to livestream one of their upcoming shows to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their seminal 1989 album, Disintegration.
As part of the band’s extensive 2019 tour (including a headline slot at Glastonbury), the band announced a string of shows at Australia’s VIVID LIVE where they’ll be playing the album in full outside Sydney Opera House. The performance will be directed by British filmmaker and Cure collaborator Nick Wickham.
Now, the alt-rock giants have announced an extra Sydney Opera House gig on 30 May which they will livestream across Facebook and YouTube.
“We look forward to celebrating the anniversary of this special album with you all,” said frontman Robert Smith of the event in a statement, “and remember: this album was mixed to be played loud… so turn it up!”
Disintegration features some of the band’s best-known material including the singles ‘Lovesong’, ‘Pictures Of You’, and ‘Lullaby’. It was released 30 years ago today.
After previously revealing that the band were working on new material, Smith revealed last month that The Cure’s much-anticipated new album was sounding “so dark” and “incredibly intense“.
“We actually went into the studio where they did ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’,” he explained. “It’s a great studio in the middle of nowhere. We just played music for three weeks. And it’s great. I know everyone says that. But it really is f_king great.”
Admitting that the new album isn’t really festival friendly material, Smith revealed it could potentially be a triple disc affair.
“It’s so dark. It’s incredibly intense,” he explained at the band’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction. “The songs are like 10 minutes, 12 minutes long. We recorded 19 songs. So I have no idea what to do now. The others are saying, ‘triple album!’ I’m saying, no let’s not. I’ll pick six or maybe eight songs and do like a single album. But I think I will delight our hardcore fans. And probably really, really infuriate everyone else. At my age, I’m still doom and gloom.”
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