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The Cure sign up for NME Awards' Big Gig 2009

The Cure

Story by Jack Foley

FRESH from the announcement that The Cure are to be named NME Godlike Geniuses at the 2009 Shockwaves NME Awards, the band have also announced they’ll be headlining the annual Big Gig show.

Robert Smith and co are have confirmed they will headline the concert at London’s O2 Arena on Friday, February 26 – just 24 hours after receiving their award at the NME’s showpiece ceremony at London’s Brixton Academy on February 25 (2009).

And speaking to the magazine’s website Smith confirmed that the set would attempt to mix new songs from current LP, 4:13 Dream, with songs from their classic back catalogue.

He added: “When The Cure play now we almost always play three hours plus, taking songs from every era of the bands career. We’ll have to cut it down a bit for the Big Gig, but we’ll still try to reflect what we’ve done over the years… with maybe even a few surprises thrown in to make it that bit more special!”

Tickets for the gig are due to go on sale at 9am on Wednesday, November 5, exclusively through NME.COM and are expected to be snapped up fast! As with last year’s gig (which was headlined by Manic Street Preachers), the line-up is expected to be crammed with some of the biggest names around.

Speaking after the Godlike Genius award was announced last month, NME editor Conor McNicholas said: “For 30 years The Cure have been both uncompromising and hugely successful. They are the beating heart of indie music having penned some of the darkest albums and most sparkling British pop of their era.

“To still be a massive draw 30 years after you formed is a preserve of a select few bands. For all these reasons The Cure need to be recognised.”

And as if to emphasise the number of bands who cite The Cure as influences, tributes have also been paid by Gordon Moakes, of Bloc Party, who said: “The Cure are a classic English band. I think there’s something very genuine about Robert Smith too – if he was American I think he’d make a cult out of it. What’s interesting is that you can take his contemporaries from when The Cure started i.e. Morrissey, Mark E Smith, and none of them are really mainstream icons, even now.

“I think it’s nice that we have these oddball figures who always have a place without having to dilute what they do. That’s quite reassuring for us as a band.”

Drew McConnell, of Babyshambles, also commented: “The Cure are one of The Great Prototype Bands, they were the start of something. Along with Bauhaus, Joy Division and Sisters Of Mercy they represent true “Gothic Music”, a term now erroneously associated with those bedwetting American bands in mascara.

“I wonder how many of these kids who listen to MCR and call themselves Goths have even heard Disintegration? Next to Robert Smith Marilyn Manson is about as dark as a cheeky girl.”

Read our review of 4:13 Dream