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The Cure’s Robert Smith teases arrival of band’s new album

"It means my desire to release a new album is overwhelming!"

By Hollie Geraghty

The Cure pose for a press shot
(Photo: Press)

Robert Smith has shared an update about The Cure’s new album.

After announcing a third show at Wembley’s SSE Arena, the frontman followed the news with a series of tweets, offering an update about new music.

“We will be performing songs from a new album when we play… or we won’t be playing at all! And I really want to play… so that means…”

He continued in a follow-up tweet: “…It means my desire to release a new album is overwhelming!”

Smith also said the band will be playing “a lot of of other shows in places that are not Europe” but added there “doesn’t seem much point announcing any more than that” until they have dates confirmed “very soon”.

Last year The Cure announced a mammoth European tour from October to December 2022.

An official press release also mentioned a “67 minute” new album from the band, which will be their first since 2008’s ‘4.13 Dream’.

The band confirmed that this year’s shows will feature bassist Simon Gallup, who said in August that he had left the group with a “slightly heavy heart”, while claiming to be “fed up of betrayal”. He confirmed his return to the group in October.

Speaking to Classic Pop magazine in 2020 (via NME), keyboardist Roger O’Donnell said the new album 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.”

Smith last year told Apple Music that there was enough music to make two albums. “One of them’s very, very doom and gloom and the other one isn’t,” he said.

He also suggested in an interview with The Sunday Times that the new album could be the last, describing the new material as “10 years of life distilled into a couple of hours of intense stuff”. He added: “And I can’t think we’ll ever do anything else. I definitely can’t do this again.”

You can find the full European tour schedule, including the additional London dates, below. Tickets are available to purchase here.

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
12 – THE SSE ARENA, Wembley, London, England
13 – THE SSE ARENA, Wembley, London, England