The Cure Announces Tour, Talks "Bloodflowers"

After playing a handful of U.S. promotional concerts in February, The Cure has announced dates for the North American leg of its "Dream Tour 2000," slated to kick off on May 18 in Atlanta and continue through a June 20 show in Wantagh, New York.

The British gloom rockers will be heading out on the road to support their newest album, "Bloodflowers," and plan to embark on the European leg of the "Dream Tour" on March 27 in Madrid, Spain.

"Bloodflowers" marks the Cure's long-awaited follow-up to 1996's "Wild Mood Swings" and is only the third studio album the group has issued since its 1989 landmark, "Disintegration," which spawned the Cure's biggest U.S. single, "Love Song."

In a recent interview with the MTV Radio Network, the Cure's Robert Smith talked about the time lapses between the last few records and how the rather isolated genesis of the "Bloodflowers" LP was reminiscent of the sessions that produced "Disintegration" some ten years ago.

"The last couple of albums we've made have been much more relaxed affairs and they've taken a long time," Smith said. "What we've tended to do is just rent a big house and all live together and eventually we finish the album. But there's an awful lot of 'living' that gets done.

"With 'Bloodflowers,' it was going back to how we used to make records, which is that basically I get totally obsessed by making the record and the world takes a back seat. And no one in the band really enjoys that side of me very much.

"The process is very difficult, I think, for the others," Smith continued, "and, in fact, they all left [the sessions] one by one before I ended, because they couldn't bear me. When I finished, they came to the playback.

We just

had the group sitting in a room, listening to it, and they understand why.[RealAudio]

"It's probably been ten years since I was like that about a record. 'Disintegration' was the last time I just felt compelled to make an album in a particular way. [The band doesn't] mind, as long as it takes another ten years for me to be like that." [RealAudio]

"Maybe Someday," the first single from "Bloodflowers," is currently at number twelve on the "R&R" Alternative charts.

Itinerary for the Cure's North American "Dream Tour 2000:"

  • 5/18 - Atlanta, GA @ Lakewood Amphitheatre
  • 5/20 - Miami, FL @ Mars Music Amphitheatre
  • 5/22 - New Orleans, LA @ Saenger Theatre
  • 5/23 - New Orleans, LA @ Saenger Theatre
  • 5/24 - Houston, TX @ Woodlands Amphitheatre
  • 5/25 - Dallas, TX @ Starplex Amphitheatre
  • 5/27 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint
  • 5/28 - Laguna Hills,

    CA @ Irvine

    Meadows Amphitheatre

  • 5/31 - Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
  • 6/1 - San Diego, CA @ Open Air Theatre
  • 6/2 - San Jose, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
  • 6/4 - Salt Lake City, UT @ E Center
  • 6/5 - Denver, CO @ Fiddler's Amphitheatre
  • 6/7 - St Louis, MO @ Riverport Amphitheatre
  • 6/9 - Chicago, IL @ World Amphitheatre
  • 6/10 - Detroit, IL @ Pine Knob Amphitheatre
  • 6/12 - Toronto, ON @ Molson Amphitheatre
  • 6/14 - Boston, MA @ Tweeter Center
  • 6/16 - Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
  • 6/17 - Washington, DC @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
  • 6/18 - Camden, NJ @ Blockbuster-Sony Center
  • 6/20 - Wantagh, NY @ Jones Beach