British rock band The Cure performs at the Arena Monterrey, State of Nuevo Leon, Mexico on October 8, 2013. (AFP/Julio Cesar Aguilar)
The band’s best-selling 1989 album Disintegration celebrates its 30th anniversary this month.
To commemorate the LP, The Cure has announced a series of special gigs at the Sydney Opera House, as part of the annual contemporary music festival Vivid Live.
“TODAY MARKS 30 YEARS SINCE THE RELEASE OF THE DISINTEGRATION ALBUM - AND WE ARE VERY PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE TO CURE FANS AROUND THE WORLD THAT WE WILL BE GLOBAL LIVE STREAMING OUR FINAL PERFORMANCE FROM SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE 30TH MAY, WHERE WE WILL BE PLAYING THE ALBUM IN ITS ENTIRETY - PLUS EXTRAS! - AT VIVID LIVE. WE LOOK FORWARD TO CELEBRATING THE ANNIVERSARY OF THIS SPECIAL ALBUM WITH YOU ALL... …AND REMEMBER: DISINTEGRATION WAS MIXED TO BE PLAYED LOUD… SO TURN IT UP!” TUNE IN FROM 8PM AUSTRALIAN EASTERN STANDARD TIME ON 30TH MAY 2019 TO WATCH THE CURE PERFORM LIVE FROM SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE” @sydneyoperahouse #VividLIVE Further details on the live stream here: http://soh.online/livestreamthecure The link to the live event on YouTube is available here >> http://soh.online/thecurelivestream
During their Vivid Live residency, the band will play Disintegration in its entirety — including the hits "Lovesong", "Lullaby" and "Fascination Street".
They will also livestream their last show, set to take place on May 30, via Facebook and YouTube. According to Pitchfork, the performance will be directed by British filmmaker and longtime Cure collaborator Nick Wickham.
The Sydney Opera House has set up a page dedicated to the livestream, which will start at 8 p.m. Australian EST (10 a.m. GMT). After it airs, the show will also be available for on-demand viewing for an unspecified period of time.
“We look forward to celebrating the anniversary of this special album with you all”, said band frontman Robert Smith in a statement. “And remember: this album was mixed to be played loud... so turn it up!”
Tickets for the newly-added fifth show are not available for sale. In February, the band opened a ballot system to obtain tickets for their Disintegration performances. Only fans who were unsuccessful in securing tickets to the original four-night residency will be eligible to enter the draw to purchase tickets for the final show.
The Cure was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 29, after an official induction by Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor. The band took the stage at Brooklyn’s Barclays Centre to perform several classics, such as "Shake Dog Shake", "Just Like Heaven" and "Boys Don’t Cry".
Additional information about the Cure’s Disintegration anniversary show on May 30 can be found here.