The Cure / Trilogy

The Cure / <em>Trilogy</em>

Today was always going to be a Cure day with the 30th anniversary reissue of Wish originally scheduled for today, but the street date has been pushed back to November 25, when the vinyl was originally scheduled to come out. But with that also being the Black Friday Record Store Day, and a special picture disc edition of the reissue being listed as one of the RSD releases, I think it’s safe to assume some manner of Wish reissue will arrive. Unless it doesn’t.

And while there is still no sign of the new album Songs of a Lost World – promised for this year, of which there is not much left – the band has just started a world tour where they’ve begun previewing new material. Some people are sharing clips of those, I am not.

Instead, I offer up this three-plus hour-long video from 2002 that finds the band performing 1982’s Pornography, 1989’s Disintegration, and 2003’s Bloodflowers in order. It could be argued that “one of these is not like the others”, but at the time – at least – Robert Smith considered the three a conceptual set and wanted to perform them as such:

“The albums PornographyDisintegration and Bloodflowers are inextricably linked in so many ways, and the realisation of this Trilogy show is one of the highlights of my time in The Cure.”

Robert Smith, The Cure

So on November 11 and 12, 2002 at the Tempodrom in Berlin, the band did so and the show was released on DVD the next year. The performance portion of the DVD is available to stream – get comfortable – and the interviews portion, if you want to see Smith discussing the recitals, is also online. With Spanish subs, no less!

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