In the decades following the second coming of the Renaissance that was post-punk, no band has so personified an unshakeable way of life as has The Cure. Whilst also finding their way onto the playlists of suburban housewives and stockbrokers, they stood fast as the immutable emotional sanctuary for those who had been “chosen” to lead a life of enduring, raven-haired gothiness – those who would rather lose a limb than give up their scratchy vinyl copy of Disintegration.
Robert Smith loves all them very much – and is never at a loss for new ways to remind them of that. The latest is a glorious box set, dramatically titled 40 Live – CURÆTION-25 + Anniversary, which gathers together the thrilling and chilling live footage from their final night show at the 25th Meltdown Festival in London in June of 2018 (which Robert curated), titled CURÆTION-25: From There To Here | From Here To There, as well as their already legendary ANNIVERSARY: 1978-2018 Live In Hyde Park London 40th anniversary show – the latter directed by longtime co-conspirator Tim Pope.
“[It] really was the perfect way to celebrate forty years of the band,” Smith still beams of the night. “It was a fabulous day none of us will ever forget.”
The Cure: 40 Live – CURÆTION-25 + Anniversarylimited edition Deluxe Box includes gatefold 2x Blu-ray/DVD and 4x CDs, with eight+ hours of footage from both concerts, as well as a 40 page hardback book. The limited edition Hardbook includes 2x Blu-rays/DVDs and 16 page booklet. CURÆTION-25 and Anniversary are also available as standalone DVDs. Release date for all is October 18, via Eagle Rock).
Should all that somehow not be enough to satisfy your gothy little heart, the band have been teasing the possibility of more Disintegration 30th Anniversary shows, following on from four enchanted evenings at The Sydney Opera House back in May.
“So just pull on your hair / Just pull on your pout…