Robert Smith and The Cure are returning to NZ

The Cure a returning to New Zealand to perform for fans.
The Cure a returning to New Zealand to perform for fans.

Nine years since their last New Zealand appearance, seminal English post-punk rockers The Cure will return to Auckland for a show at Vector Arena on Thursday, July 21.

The band, now comprised of founder Robert Smith (vocals/guitar), Simon Gallup (bass), Jason Cooper (drums), Roger O'Donnell (keys) and Reeves Gabrels (guitar), will explore 37 years of Cure songs, mixing hits, rarities, and as-yet-unreleased tracks in a new stage production.

The band come to Auckland after a run of sold-out arena dates across America including three sold out nights at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles and four at New York's Madison Square Garden.

Last time they were here, they nearly made esteemed ex-TimeOut writer Scott Kara cry (with delight, of course): "Smith wanders around with a cheeky glint in his eye and pouting those lipstick-smeared lips ...

"The show is a lolly scramble of songs from the band's many different eras over 30 years, during which they played everything from post-punk, goth, pop and rock ... all the best songs from one of the world's most enduring bands."

Tickets on sale at midday, Friday, April 22. Presales for Spark customers (Monday, April 18, 10am) and Live Nation members (Wednesday, April 20, midday).

- TimeOut

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