’80s legends The Cure coming to Honolulu

Jun. 11, 2013 | 0 Comments
The Cure, featuring singer-songwriter Robert Smith, second to right, is coming to Hawaii. (Courtesy UMD)

The Cure, featuring singer-songwriter Robert Smith, second to right, is coming to Hawaii. (Courtesy UMD)

HONOLULU PULSE STAFF / honolulupulse@staradvertiser.com

Concert promoter BAMP Project announced this morning that the veteran British band The Cure will make its Hawaii debut Tuesday, July 30, at the Blaisdell Arena. The date will follow the band’s headlining gig at the Fuji Rock Festival.

Tickets go on sale starting at 10 a.m. Friday, June 14.

The Cure, fronted by the singular and iconic Robert Smith, has been a major influence on alternative rock, goth rock, and new wave.

Formed in 1976, the band’s sound was originally dark and cryptic. “Boys Don’t Cry” was The Cure’s breakout song in ’79, followed by “Let’s Go to Bed” in 1982. Three years later, the band’s growing impact, internationally and in the U.S., was exemplified by the popularity of songs “In Between Days” and “Close to Me.”

1987 was The Cure’s major breakout year, bringing more pop sensibility to its overall sound. It released what would become one of the band’s most popular albums, “Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me,” its seventh and the first album to break into the Billboard Top 40, featuring the songs “Why Can’t I Be You?” and “Just Like Heaven.”

The followup, ’89’s “Disintegration,” another favorite with fans, included the top 10 single “Lovesong.”

The band’s next hit song, “Friday I’m in Love,” was released in 1994.

The band’s last studio album was 2008’s “4:13 Dream.” The Cure was nominated, but not inducted into, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.

Tickets are $39.50 to $250; $100 of the price of each front-row, $250 ticket will be donated to the Hawaii Arts Alliance. Tickets go on sale starting Friday morning at the Blaisdell Center box office, Ticketmaster outlets including all Walmart locations in Hawaii, charge-by-phone 800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com.

Local trio Clones of the Queen will be the opening act.

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