Fans of The Cure eagerly await the possibility of a North American tour in 2023, as the band dropped hints to them this morning via social media. In the posts, Robert Smith, in his trademark all-caps fashion, encouraged them to sign up for the band’s official mailing list using the hashtags #ShowsOfALostWorld23 and #NorthAmerica.
As one of the most iconic bands of the post-punk era, The Cure has influenced generations of musicians and music lovers with a unique, enduring musical legacy that still sounds fresh and innovative. The Cure’s last full tour of North America was in 2016, followed by the Pasadena Daydream festival in 2019. Since then, fans have been speculating when the band would eventually return stateside.
Meanwhile, The Cure’s 2022 European tour kicked off to great fanfare, with a heartwarming surprise as guitarist and keyboardist Perry Bamonte took the stage with the band for the first time in nearly two decades. Bamonte replaced Roger O’Donnell in 1990, going on to play guitar and keyboards on the band’s 1992 album “Wish.” (Wish has finally received its deluxe edition reissue, including the Lost Wishes instrumental cassette EP, previously a long-out-of-print fan club only release.) Bamonte had a special moment on the album, co-writing the haunting track “Trust.” After the departure of Porl Thompson in 1993, Bamonte took over lead guitar duties, appearing on the albums “Wild Mood Swings,” “Bloodflowers,” and the self-titled album “The Cure” in 2004 before leaving the band a year later. Bamonte reunited with The Cure in 2019 for their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inauguration ceremony; the October 6th, 2022 gig was his first performance as a band member in 18 years.
It’s been nearly 15 years since The Cure’s last album, “4:13 Dream,” was released in 2008. Since then, the band has released several live albums, compilations, and concert films and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Fans, in the meantime, have been waiting patiently for new music – and happily, their wait seems to be coming to an end.
For the 2019 Meltdown Festival in London, Robert Smith personally enlisted 60 artists across his 10-night “Curætion.” Smith’s decision to finally release a follow-up to “4:13 Dream” was primarily due to the event, stating that “Seeing all these new bands, I’ve listened to some of these bands and met so many of them that it’s kind of inspired me to do something new.”
The global pandemic lockdown allowed Smith to sit with the material and work through obstacles in penning new lyrics, promising the return of the kind of “doom and gloom” found in such albums as “Seventeen Seconds,” “Faith,” and “Pornography.”
Before their European tour last year, Robert Smith confirmed that the band would play songs from the new album, “Songs from A Lost World.” The band delivered on that promise, playing five songs from the new record, including “I Can Never Say Goodbye,” “A Fragile Thing,” “And Nothing Is Forever,” “Endsong,” and “Alone.”
Cure fans are eagerly awaiting the announcement of the North American tour, which promises to be one of the biggest events of 2023. Hopefully, along with the tour announcement, we will have a release date for “Songs From a Lost World.”
If you want to be among the first to find out about either of these, head over here and sign up for the band’s official mailing list.