watch the cure perform two new songs on the opening night of major tour
The iconic British band debuted new tracks last night in New Orleans, the first show of its first North American tour in eight years.
Back in October, The Cure announced a 26-city North American tour, the band's first major tour of our fair continent since 2008. It was a super unexpected move (between 1989 and 1992, frontman Robert Smith convinced his management he had a crippling fear of flying in order to cut down his touring commitments, but it resulted in the band sailing across the Atlantic on the QE2). Still, many of the dates sold out almost instantly. For those lucky enough to snag tickets, these past seven months have felt like a lifetime. But the goth gods have smiled upon us: Smith and company have two new songs up their vampiric sleeves.
During last night's tour-opening show in New Orleans, The Cure premiered two new songs, which are being referred to as "Step into the Light" and "It Can Never Be the Same." Though the band did contribute a cover of "Hello, Goodbye" on the Paul McCartney tribute record The Art of McCartney in 2014, these appear to be The Cure's first new recordings since the group's last album, 4:13 Dream (2008).
The songs were captured in fan-uploaded videos. The audio is a little cloudy but both tracks sound like Cure classics in the making — recalling brilliantly layered basslines from Disintegration cuts like "The Same Deep Water as You," but a little less cinematically tragic.
"It Can Never Be the Same" was the band's final song of the night, played during its fourth encore of a two and a half hour set. "It was not a night for casual fans, who no doubt were disappointed by notable absence of 'Friday I'm in Love,' 'Let's Go to Bed,' 'Boys Don't Cry,' 'Pictures of You,' and much of The Cure's more accessible and commercially popular work," reviewer Kara Martinez Bachman noted.
So if you're in need of some gloomy stadium rock, time to hit up StubHub and cross your fingers these two new tracks are leading towards a new release!
Text Emily Manning
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