The Cure Announces 'Disintegration' 30th Anniversary Shows

By Katrina Nattress

February 19, 2019

The Cure released its seminal album, Disintegration, on May 2, 1989, and is celebrating its 30th birthday by playing the record live in its entirety during a series of shows at Sydney, Australia's Sydney Opera House as part of the Vivid LIVE festival. The post-punk pioneers headlined the festival back in 2011, where they played their first three albums in their entirety. That event prompted this idea.

“Our Reflections shows in 2011 were truly memorable experiences, and with the excitement surrounding those early album performances in mind, we are more than delighted to be announcing our return in May 2019 to present the world premiere of Disintegration – 30th Anniversary,” frontman Robert Smith said in a statement.

In addition to playing the album from front to back, The Cure also plans to play “a selection of rarely performed B-sides plus specially curated deep catalogue cuts.”

The shows are set to take place May 24, 25, 27, and 28, after the band gets inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.The Cure is also working on a new album, which fans may catch glimpses of when Smith and company spend the summer on the festival circuit. Check out a full list of tour dates below.

The Cure 2019 tour dates

03/16 – Joannesburg, SA @ Rock on the Lawns

03/18 – Cape Town, SA @ Rock on the Lawns

06/08 – Dublin, IE @ Malahide Castle

06/13-15 – Nickelsdorf, AT @ Nova Rock Festival

05/24 – Sydney, AU @ Sydney Opera House *

05/25 – Sydney, AU @ Sydney Opera House *

05/27 – Sydney, AU @ Sydney Opera House *

05/28 – Sydney, AU @ Sydney Opera House *

06/16 – Florence, IT @ Firenze Rocks

06/21-23 – Schessel, DE @ Hurricane Festival

06/21-23 – Neuhausen ob eck, DE @ Southside Festival

06/24-26 – Zagreb, HR @ INmusic Festival

06/28 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter

07/04 – Novi Sad, RS @ Exit Festival

07/06 – Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival

07/11 – Lisbon, PT @ NOS Alive Festival

07/12-13 – Madrid, ES @ Mad Cool Festival

07/17 – Athens, GR @ Ejekt Festival

07/18-20 – Ostrava, CZ @ Colours of Ostrava

07/22 – Bucharest, RO @ Rock the City Festival

08/03 – Moscow, RU @ Afisha Picnic

08/07 – Oslo, NO @ Oya Festival

08/09-11 – Helsinki, FI @ Flow Festival

08/16 – Glasgow, UK @ Glasgow Summer Sessions

08/23 – Paris, FR @ Rock en Seine

* = Disintegration 30th Anniversary Show

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