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The Cure’s Robert Smith performs three songs during a charity live stream


This past weekend saw The Cure frontman Robert Smith deliver a rousing three-song set during a live stream in aid of charity.

Smith was taking part in a mammoth 24-hour live stream hosted by comedian Robin Ince, entitled Nine Lessons and Carols For Curious People. Ince welcomed an array of names from the worlds of science, music and comedy throughout the 24-hour event which he hosted from King’s Place in London. 

Comedians such as Milton Jones, Josie Long, Richard Herring and Joel McHale all took part, as did Charlotte Church and Tim Minchin but Smith’s pre-recorded stole the show.

The Cosmic Shambles Network broadcasted the event, and all proceeds are set to be donated to the charities Turn2Us, Doctors Without Borders, Mind and the Kings Place Music Foundation — the stream has currently raised over £22,000. Smith’s set was entirely reliant on tracks that appeared on The Cure’s second album Seventeen Seconds with him performing ‘In Your House’, ‘M’ and ‘Play For Today’.

The Cure leader has been keeping himself busy of late and recently remixed Deftones classic ‘Teenager’, which originally appeared on the band’s iconic White Pony album back in 2000. “It’s amazing to hear Robert rework one of our songs and sneak his voice in there,” Deftones frontman Chino Moreno told NME. “If you’d have told me that when I was 15-years-old, I would have lost my fucking mind and not believed a word you were saying. It was a dream.”

Meanwhile, Smith also said in September to BBC Radio 6 that The Cure had been working on a new album last year that was halted by the pandemic and also revealed that he has been working on a solo album. “Our whole idea for this year was really finishing off the album we started last year, me finishing off the solo album and also, finishing digitising decades of stuff in order to make this film with Tim Pope about the history of the band. So, it’s actually benefited me because there have been no other distractions, so I’ve actually got a lot of what I wanted to do, done,” he told Steve Lamacq.

Check out his three-song set in aid of Nine Lessons And Carols For Curious People, below.