watch The Cure play the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony
The Cure were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Friday night at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, only a couple months shy of the 40th anniversary of their debut album. "They’ve sold the best part of who gives a shit how many million records and been an essential touchstone in the genres of post-punk, New Wave, goth, alternative, shoegaze and post-rock," said Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor who was on hand to induct them. "They’ve been in and out of fashion so many times in the last four decades that they ended up transcending fashion itself." Robert Smith, along with current members Simon Gallup, Roger O'Donnell and Jason Cooper and Reeve Gabrels (who hasn't played on any albums, not yet at least), as well as former members Lol Tolhurst, Perry Bamonte, Boris Williams, Porl Thompson and Michael Dempsey were all named in the induction and a whole load of past and present members came out with Smith to accept the honor. Smith kept his words short, saying "I shouldn’t say too much, really, but that’s quite tedious. And I’m no good with stories. I’m a very bad communicator."
Despite all the members on hand, only the current lineup performed and played a hit-packed set of ”Shake Dog Shake,” ”A Forest,” ”Lovesong,” ”Just Like Heaven,” and ”Boys Don't Cry.” You can watch the whole thing, plus Trent Reznor and Robert Smith's speeches, below.
The Cure are working on a new album and will also be playing Disintegration on tour for its 30th anniversary (US shows are "inevitable").