WATCH: The Cure Share New Live Video of “Want”

Plus some other revelations from Robert Smith’s NME exclusive. 

A moody blue live music vid from The Cure premiered today on NME. The performance was captured during one of their shows last year in celebration of their fortieth anniversary—specifically, at the Robert Smith–curated Meltdown Festival at London’s Southbank. 

“Want” is a melancholic track off 1996’s Wild Mood Swings on which Smith groans with characteristic cynicism, “However hard I want / I know deep down inside / I’ll never really get / More hope or any more time.” Watch the video below. 

A DVD of the show, intimidatingly titled THE CURE 40 LIVE – CURÆTION-25 + ANNIVERSARY, will be released later this month (watch the trailer here). The Hyde Park performance part of the film was directed by frequent Cure collaborator Tim Pope, while CURÆTION-25 was made by Nick Wickham, who’s also shot Cure shows in the past. 

In part two of NME’s exclusive interview with the goth frontman, the Morrissey feud was finally put to bed. In response to a question about whether he’d seen Morrissey apologize to him earlier this year, Smith said, “It was brought to my attention, yeah. It was slightly odd as I haven’t really had it at the forefront of my consciousness over the last twenty or thirty years. I don’t know. Even at the time I never quite understood what the problem was. It’s far from important now.”

Now sixty years old, Smith has clearly moved on from such petty grievances. He also admitted that many of the bands he worked with during Meltdown were young, and it was odd hearing them covering iconic Cure tracks. 

“It’s a weird thing because, like with anyone who grows old, you don’t feel like you’re growing old,” Smith said on the subject. “Then all of these things happen and you think, ‘Oh God, I’m getting old.’ That was the flipside of being surrounded by all these younger artists. When you’re singing some of these songs that are almost forty years old, you don’t think of them as old songs because you’re inside it and singing it like you first wrote it, but sometimes you’re put into an environment like that and you go, ‘Maybe I really am becoming the Godfather.’”

Confirmed. Robert is the Godfather. 


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