The Cure have announced the release of their first new live album in almost 20 years. The two-disc set will revisit the band’s “legendary” appearance at Bestival 2011, capturing hits such as A Forest, Disintegration and Just Like Heaven, plus a 12-song encore.
Bestival Live 2011 was recorded at the Isle of Wight on 10 September, with keyboardist Roger O’Donnell returning for a jam-packed three-hour set. While the Cure recently reissued 1990’s Entreat, taped at Wembley Arena, the Bestival LP marks the group’s first official live record since 1993. It’s also the first time Robert Smith and company have ever released a recording of a complete single concert.
More exciting still for fans of the Cure: Bestival Live may be the first in a series. According to the blog Slicing Eyeballs, they have plans to issue a DVD from their summer gigs at the Sydney Opera House, which featured O’Donnell, the return of Lol Tolhurst, and an epic, four-hour set. “I suspect Live in Paris 2008 may beat [that] out,” Smith said in September.
Bestival Live 2011 will be released on 6 December. Proceeds from the sales of the album will benefit the Isle of Wight Youth Trust.
Sean Michaels, The Guardian