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Robert Smith Teases New Cure Album, Confirms Tour Dates
Yesterday, on Dec. 13, the iconic GRAMMY-nominated group the Cure was announced as one of the 2019 inductees into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Following the exciting news, frontman Robert Smith shared in an interview that it's only a matter of weeks before the group finishes up work on their first studio album since 2008.
— SiriusXM VOLUME (@siriusxmvolume) December 13, 2018
Smith's interview with SiriusXM Volume may have only been 23 seconds long, but it gave enough information to show that the legendary group who put out such '80s and '90s classics like 1987's "Just Like Heaven" and 1992's "Friday I'm In Love" definitely still have some musical gems up their sleeves.
"Primarily because of the Meltdown [music festival] thing and seeing all these new bands, I've listened to so many new bands and met so many of them, it's kind of inspired me to do something new," Smith shared. "We're going in about six weeks' time to finish off what will be our first album in more than a decade. It's very exciting times for us all around."
Meltdown, according to the organizers, is the "U.K.'s longest-running artist-curated music festival." Smith led the charge for their 25th anniversary in June 2018, which included artists like GRAMMY winners Nine Inch Nails, GRAMMY nominees Death Cab For Cutie and post-rock group Mogwai on the impressive lineup. Smith himself closed out the festival on a high note, with the Cure performing a 28-song, two-part set, for one of the group's only shows in 2018.
— ROBERT SMITH (@RobertSmith) September 21, 2018
Shortly after Meltdown, on Sept. 21, Smith shared an excited update via Twitter: "WE WILL BE HEADLINING AROUND 20 FESTIVALS NEXT SUMMER - MOSTLY IN EUROPE - DETAILS WILL BE POSTED ON thecure.com AND facebook.com/thecure/ WHEN WE GET THEM."
Smith should probably just take over for Santa Claus this year, because indeed the Cure's site currently lists 18 European summer music festivals, including Mad Cool Fest in Madrid, plus two spring shows in South Africa, giving fans exactly 20 festivals, mostly in Europe, where you can catch the group performing.
Topping it off with new music on the way, we're currently singing "it's Friday, I'm in love."