The legendary English band The Cure will perform February 19 in the Katowice Spodek arena, its second concert in the city in 11 years. The show will be one of 22 the group puts on in 15 European countries in the winter and spring of 2008. Another will be a February 18 gig in Warsaw.
The 30-year-old band, which has sold 30 million CDs, drew sell-out crowds in Australia and the Pacific in the recently completed first leg of its CURE4TOUR. Fans love the fact that The Cure puts on one of the longest shows of any top band – three hours.
Singer, guitarist and song writer Robert Smith is the only original member still performing. He is one of the most seminal figures of rock, someone who still inspires an army of fans. The album that put the group on the map was 1982’s “Pornography.” But its biggest success was its “Disintegration” album in 1989.
The Cure is often identified with the Gothic rock subgenre of alternative rock. But the band rejects classifications, including Gothic. Although The Cure’s music has changed over the decades, a thread that continues to run through its tunes is a widely recognized melancholy style.
The band has been working since the spring of this year on its 13th album. It is expected to be ready in the spring of 2008. It will probably be a double CD. The band has had several lineup changes since its start in 1976. Current members besides Smith are Porl Thompson on rhythm guitar, Simon Gallup on bass and Jason Cooper on drums.
Tickets for the Katowice and Warsaw concerts go on sale October 15 on the Ticketpro web site at: www.ticketpro.pl