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Legendary English rock band The Cure will thrill fans this year by headlining a series of major European festivals during the summer. The band returned to the live performance scene last year with a series of “Reflections” concerts, where they performed a long set, going through the first three album of the band’s career.
At the end of the “Reflections” New York performance in November last year, frontman Robert Smith announced their plan of an upcoming tour for 2012.
The band kept the promise, and The Cure recently confirmed on their website a list of European festivals they will be performing at. The band’s announcements will coincide with the festivals’ sites. The dates are only an introduction to the band’s activity for this summer; at the bottom of the list, The Cure website page reads “LOTS MORE TO COME…”
The already confirmed festivals to be headlined by the band, as of January 24, are:
So far there is no confirmation for any festival in their motherland, England, as well as no mention of whether the band will come back to perform in the U.S. The band is currently working on a new album, although no indication of release date has been given.
Meanwhile, 2012 will most likely see the release of a deluxe re-issue of the album “Wish” to mark the twentieth anniversary of the record. Though no official statement about the re-release has been given, speculations are fueled by reading the band bio on the official website of The Cure where it states: “The Cure have been re-issuing re-mastered versions of their early albums since 2003, with 1992′s ‘Wish’ (the album that carries the single ‘Friday I’m In Love’) scheduled for the ‘deluxe re-release’ treatment in 2012.”
Furthermore, in celebration of Record Store Day next April, a 7-inch vinyl of “Friday I’m In Love,” the 20-year-old hit single, will be released in the UK to raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
The release of the single is part of the “Secret 7-inch” project; a project combining music and art. Seven bands and recording artists, including The Cure, will release one of their singles as a 7-inch vinyl and fans and creatives are invited to design sleeves for those singles.
The sleeves will be displayed at the Idea Generation Gallery in London next April, in an exhibition which will run for the entire week leading to Record Store Day on the 21st of said month. On this day, all the vinyls will be available for purchasing, with the buyers not having knowledge of which sleeve, nor which single, they will be buying.
Fans of The Cure have been invited by the band to submit their artworks for the project, and 45 winners will soon be selected.