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Andy Anderson, Former Drummer For The Cure, Dies At 68
Anderson, who also worked with Iggy Pop, Peter Gabriel, Isaac Hayes and others, passed away after a battle with terminal cancer
Andy Anderson, percussionist for the Cure from 1983 through 1986, has died after a battle with terminal cancer. He was 68 years old.
His former bandmate Lol Tolhurst confirmed the news on Twitter, writing, "Andy Anderson was a true gentleman and a great musician with a wicked sense of humor which he kept until the end, a testament to his beautiful spirit on the last journey,” wrote Tolhurst. “We are blessed to have known him."
Anderson announced his prognosis on Facebook earlier in the month, writing, "No boo-hooing here, just be positive. For me, it’s just another life experience and hurdle, that one has to make, yet another choice in life. Be cool, I most definitely am and positive about the situation."
Born in London in 1951, Anderson's first official appearance with the Cure came on "Love Cats," from the singles compilation Japanese Whispers. In addition to The Cure, Anderson worked with a great number of prominent musicians, including GRAMMY winners Peter Gabriel and Isaac Hayes and GRAMMY nominee Iggy Pop.
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The Cure Announce All-Star Lineup For 40th-Anniversary Celebration
Interpol, Goldfrapp, Slowdive, and more to join the British dream-rockers in London next July celebrating four decades as a band
Next year, the Cure will celebrate 40 years as a band with a celebration concert at London's BST Hyde Park on July 7, 2018, and they're bringing along some very talented friends.
Interpol, Goldfrapp, Slowdive, Editors, Twilight Sad, and Ride will join the Cure, along with additional performers to be announced at a later date, according to Rolling Stone.
Led by emotive frontman Robert Smith, the Cure have provided the soundtrack for a generation with their dreamy rock sound and impassioned, crafty songwriting. From the refreshingly melancholic anthems of the 1980s on such landmark albums as Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me and Disintegration, to their chart-topping GRAMMY-nominated 1992 album Wish, to their pair of solid releases in the 2000s, including 2004's The Cure and 2008's 4:13 Dream, the Cure have continued to influence new bands and win new fans. Last year, they played a string of U.S. tour dates and even debuted two new songs live in New Orleans.
Presale for the 40th-anniversary celebration show starts Dec. 12 with tickets going on-sale to the general public starting Dec. 15. More information is available via the Cure's website.
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Robert Smith Teases New Cure Album, Confirms Tour Dates
The Cure frontman revealed that fans can expect the band's first new album in over a decade in early 2019
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.
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.
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."
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The Cure To Play Exclusive Sydney Shows In Celebration Of 'Disintegration' 30th Anniversary
The band will play four exclusive dates at the Sydney Opera House in Australia as a part of Vivid LIVE
GRAMMY-nominated band the Cure is celebrating 30 years of their timeless Disintegration album with a series of special shows in Australia.
The band will perform "Pictures Of You," "Lovesong" and the rest of the classic album exclusively at the Sydney Opera House as a part of their Vivid LIVE programming celebrating music with curated performances May 24–28. The band previously played Vivid LIVE in 2011 with performances of Three Imaginary Boys, Seventeen Seconds and Faith .
AUSTRALIA! We are delighted to be returning to @SydOperaHouse for four exclusive performances only at #VividLIVE this May celebrating the 30th anniversary of Disintegration.— The Cure (@thecure) February 18, 2019
Find out more here: https://t.co/PJtPDXFoXV - we look forward to seeing you there! pic.twitter.com/YHuMSBNpTy
The band will also play seldom B-side performances, curated catalog cuts and perform with "evocative visual backdrops," at the shows according to the Opera House.
Disintegration has several well-loved fan favorites, and in a 2017 interview with the Recording Academy, video director Tim Pope, who has directed Cure videos including "Friday I'm In Love" and "Just Like Heaven" talked about why "Lullaby" is one of their many great songs:
"That song was particularly lurid and vivid," says Pope, "and it's got one of my favorite lines: 'And I feel like I'm being eaten/By a thousand million shivering furry holes.' My god, where can you go wrong with a line like that?"
Pope directed the video for the song, which won Best British Video at the 1990 Brit Awards and shows front man Robert Smith in the likeness of Johnny Depp in Edward Scissorhands.
Information on how to attain tickets for the exclusive Sydney performances can be found on the opera house website.
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R.E.M., Hayley Williams, Tegan And Sara, My Morning Jacket, Phoebe Bridgers And More Contribute Unreleased Recordings To All-Star Compilation Benefiting Voter Rights
The 40-track compilation, available exclusively on Bandcamp for 24 hours only starting Friday (Sept. 4), will benefit voter rights organization Fair Fight
R.E.M., Hayley Williams, Tegan And Sara, My Morning Jacket, Phoebe Bridgers and many others have contributed unreleased recordings to Good Music To Avert The Collapse Of American Democracy, a newly released all-star compilation benefitting Fair Fight, a voter rights organization founded by former Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams that "promotes fair elections around the country through voter education, election reform, and combating voter suppression," according to a press release announcing the album.
The 40-track compilation, which features never-before-heard new songs, covers, remixes, live versions and unreleased demos, is available exclusively on Bandcamp for 24 hours only starting Friday (Sept. 4) as part of the online streaming platform's Bandcamp Fridays initiative.
See the full track list and artist roster below.
Highlights from the Good Music compilation include a newly discovered Beverly Glenn-Copeland song from 1977; a cover of U.K. experimental rock band Broadcast by Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams; a demo collaboration in progress between Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard and Tycho; and a cover of The Cure's '80s classic "In Between Days" by The National leader Matt Berninger. Other artists featured on the compilation include Flume with Eprom, Sudan Archives, Helado Negro, Jeff Tweedy, Sharon Van Etten and many others.
Author Dave Eggers, along with artist managers Jordan Kurland, Darius Zelkha, Christian Stavros and Barsuk Records label head Josh Rosenfeld, executive-produced the compilation; Good Music marks the fourth fundraising project around a presidential election from Eggers and Kurland.
Acclaimed street artist and fashion entrepreneur Shepard Fairey created the compilation's cover art. Bandcamp is also selling limited-edition signed screen-prints of the artwork; proceeds from the sale will benefit Color Of Change, the nation's largest online racial justice organization.
"It's going to come down to bringing out and protecting the vote this fall, so the work Fair Fight does is crucial," Eggers said in the press release. "Jordan and I figured a painless way to raise some money would be to ask musicians to donate unreleased tracks, people pay a few bucks for them, and maybe we can edge toward a functioning democracy again."
"As in our previous election-based projects, Dave and I were looking for a relatively simple platform for artists to get involved in the political process," Kurland added. "Seeing how impactful Bandcamp Fridays have become, we felt this was the perfect way to create urgency by releasing new music from a collection of amazing artists for a very short window of time."