More than any other year, this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees have given the academy some flack. From Radiohead never really wanting to go to The Cure spending the majority of their time sneering about the event – 2019 has been the year of dismissal for Rock Hall. If you thought that was going to stop at the actual event you were very wrong.
So aside from the epic introduction speech from Trent Reznor which you can read here, Smith was asked a few questions about The Cure. One of which was when could we expect new material from the band “If I’m optimistic it will be finished before the start of this summer,” he said. “It will get mixed through the summer and get ready to be released towards the end of the year.”
Smith was then asked how it feels to be inducted into the Rock Hall. After saying “it’s been a really good experience,” he then changed his mind a little and said:
“The other half of my head is like, “I’m not quite sure about the whole thing.” Because it’s a cultural thing. I just don’t know. I think it’s like the piece that they showed that’s taking really old interviews, it made me think about what I was saying—that I never wanted us to be part of what’s going on. So it’s funny, I was asked on the red carpet tonight, was I “super excited,” and it’s funny because I feel like we’ve been subsumed into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, so there’s a part of me that’s like “nah, come on, if you were 15 you’d think ‘fuck this.’
“But at the same time, there are people in it who are my heroes, so, you know, I’m not gonna… I think it’s great. You know, there are so many people that’ve done this, that I admire so hugely, that have inspired me so much, that it would be really, really wrong of me to be anything other than delighted to be part of it. How’s that? I’m going to run for office!”
Watch the performance from The Cure as the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.