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The Cure Kick Off the Curiosa Festival 2004 With Two Florida Shows.

SANTA MONICA, Calif., July 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Over 25,000 Floridians braved the heat to see the kick off of the Curiosa Festival 2004 in West Palm Beach on Saturday, July 24th and in Tampa on Sunday, July 25th. Music fans from all over the state gathered to hear The Cure perform a set that included such classics as "Fascination Street," "Just Like Heaven," "In Between Days" and new songs such as "The End Of The World," the current single off their new self-titled set which was released on I Am/Geffen Records on June 29th and debuted at #7 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.

The Cure has put together a stunning lineup for the highly anticipated Curiosa Festival 2004. The main stage hosts The Cure, Interpol, The Rapture and Mogwai on all dates. A second stage is also part of the festivities showcasing the talent of Thursday, Muse, Cursive, Melissa Auf Der Maur, The Cooper Temple Clause, Head Automatica and Scarling. Second stage performers will vary per market throughout the tour; log on to http://www.thecure.com/events to see which bands will be performing on each date. The next date on the 26 city tour will be Nashville on July 28th at the Starwood Ampitheatre.

In addition to an afternoon filled with music from bands that Robert Smith hand picked himself for this tour, the Curiosa Festival 2004 also offers a host of other attractions. For those seeking a brief reprieve from the sun, there is a 'chill out zone' with huge parasols, mist machines, and a sound system playing soothing sounds of nature. Various booths are set up on the festival site with vendors selling merchandise, or offering henna tattoos. Fans can buy the latest release from all of the bands featured, from the festival's own onsite record store. Various charities will have a presence at selected shows, including Amnesty International, Rock The Vote, The Red Cross, Greenpeace, Water For People, and Guitars 4 Kids.

"The Cure" is the band's 13th studio record and their first album of new music since 2000's Grammy nominated "Bloodflowers." Reaction from the media includes a 4 star review in Rolling Stone which states "the new album is their most adventurous and passionate since Disintegration," while People Magazine gave the disc 3 1/2 stars and featured it as a "Critics Choice" saying "The Cure has found it's groove again." "'The Cure' is a stunner" hails New York Newsday and The New York Post gave the disc 3 1/2 stars, "the Cure has made a terrific collection that establishes the band's place in contemporary rock."

Led as always by lead singer/guitarist Robert Smith, the Cure line-up since 1994 comprises longtime bass player Simon Gallup, guitarist Perry Bamonte, drummer/percussionist Jason Cooper, and keyboardist Roger O'Donnell. The Cure first formed in southern England in 1976 as Easy Cure. In 1978 the 'Easy' was dropped, and The Cure was signed to the Fiction label. In May 1979 their debut album "Three Imaginary Boys" was released to great acclaim.

Other landmark Cure albums include "Pornography" (1982), "The Head on the Door" (1985), "Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me" (1987), "Disintegration" (1989), "Wish" (1992), "Wild Mood Swings" (1996) and the "Bloodflowers" (2000).

Below is a current list of remaining tour dates and venues for the Curiosa Festival 2004.
 July 28th Nashville, TN Starwood Amphitheatre
 July 29th Atlanta, GA HiFi Buys Amphitheatre
 July 31st New York, NY Randall's Island
 August 1st Camden, NJ Tweeter Center
 August 3rd Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
 August 4th Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center
 August 6th Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
 August 7th Boston, MA Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts
 August 9th Toronto, ON Molson Amphitheatre
 August 11th Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
 August 12th Chicago, IL Tweeter Center
 August 14th Dallas, TX Smirnoff Music Centre
 August 15th Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
 August 17th Denver, CO Coors Amphitheatre
 August 18th Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
 August 21st George, WA Gorge Amphitheatre
 August 24th San Diego, CA Coors Amphitheatre
 August 25th Phoenix, AZ Cricket Pavilion
 August 27th Los Angeles, CA Home Depot Center
 August 28th San Francisco, CA SBC Park
 August 29th Sacramento, CA ARCO Arena



CONTACT: Lillian Matulic, +1-310-865-0570, lillian.matulic@umusic.com, or Christine Wolff, +1-212-841-8048, christine.wolff@umusic.com, both of Geffen Records

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