The Cure Announce UK/Europe 2022 Tour, Hints for New Album

Iconic British rock band, The Cure, have announced a 44-date tour of the UK and Europe, beginning October 6th in Riga, Latvia and culminating in huge arena shows at London’s SSE Arena Wembley on December 11. Simon Gallup, who briefly quit the band in August this year, has been confirmed as part of the line-up.

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According to reports, fans will be treated to an expansive 135-minute show. In a tweet to fans, Robert Smith also confirmed that dates for the rest of the world were being finalised, with that leg of the tour likely to take place in 2023. He also promised the tour would include songs from the long-gestating new album, as yet untitled. The news follows the band also confirming the new album would be 67 minutes. Speaking on it previously, it has been described as their “most intense, saddest, and most emotional record.”

A Long Time Coming

Speaking to NME in 2019, Smith expressed a desire to be finished with the “merciless” new album that year – 11 years after its predecessor – and added it had the working title of Live from the Moon, and that it was one of three new albums in the works from the band. A year later, keyboardist Roger O’Donnell told Classic Pop magazine what fans can expect from the band’s new material, and how he and Smith had felt the pressure after a decade of not making any new music.

“Four years ago, I said to Robert, ‘We have to make one more record,” O’Donnell said. “It has to be the most intense, saddest, most dramatic and most emotional record we’ve ever made, and then we can just walk away from it.’ He agreed. Listening to the demos, it is that record. I think everybody will be happy with it.”

He continued: “The problem is, it’s 12 years since the last album so it becomes precious. When you’ve got a back catalogue like The Cure, it’s a lot to live up to. Robert has said, ‘if The Cure say any more, it had better be important and it had better be fucking good’. It is, it’s going to be an amazing record. I just suggest a little patience.”

Tour Dates

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Here’s a full list of the dates for the upcoming tour:

06 – ARENA, Riga, Latvia
08 – HARTWALL ARENA, Helsinki, Finland
10 – AVICII ARENA, Stockholm, Sweden
12 – SPEKTRUM, Oslo, Norway
13 – SCANDINAVIUM, Gothenburg, Sweden
14 – ROYAL ARENA, Copenhagen, Denmark
16 – BARCLAYCARD ARENA, Hamburg, Germany
18 – MERCEDES-BENZ ARENA, Berlin, Germany
20 – TAURON ARENA, Krakow, Poland
21 – ATLAS ARENA, Lodz, Poland
23 – MARX HALLE, Vienna, Austria
24 – O2 ARENA, Prague 9, Czech Republic
26 – ARENA, Budapest, Hungary
27 – ARENA, Zagreb, Croatia
29 – OLYMPIAHALLE, Munich, Germany
31 – UNIPOL ARENA, Bologna, Italy

01 – MANDELA FORUM, Florence, Italy
03 – KIOENE ARENA, Padova, Italy
04 – FORUM, Milan, Italy
06 – ARENA, Geneva, Switzerland
07 – HALLE TONY GARNIER, Lyon, France
08 – SUD DE FRANCE ARENA, Montpellier, France
10 – PALAU SANT JORDI, Barcelona, Spain
11 – WIZINK CENTER, Madrid, Spain
13 – ZENITH, Toulouse, France
14 – ARKEA ARENA, Bordeaux, France
15 – ZENITH, Nantes, France
17 – FESTHALLE, Frankfurt, Germany
18 – ZENITH, Strasbourg, France
19 – ST JAKOBSHALLE, Basel, Switzerland
21 – HANS-MARTIN-SCHLEYER-HALLE, Stuttggart, Germany
22 – LANXESS ARENA, Cologne, Germany
23 – SPORTPALEIS, Antwerp, Belgium
25 – ZIGGO DOME, Amsterdam, Netherlands
27 – STADE, Lievin, France
28 – ACCOR ARENA, Paris, France

01 – 3ARENA, Dublin, Ireland
02 – SSE, Belfast, Northern Ireland
04 – OVO HYDRO, Glasgow, Scotland
06 – FIRST DIRECT ARENA, Leeds, England
07 – UTILITA ARENA, Birmingham, England
08 – MOTORPOINT ARENA, Cardiff, Wales
11 – THE SSE ARENA, Wembley, London, England

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