The Cure were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Friday night. Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor gave the intro speech at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The Cure then took the stage and played their classic songs (“Shake Dog Shake,” “A Forest,” “Lovesong,” “Just Like Heaven,” and “Boys Don’t Cry)”.
Here are some quotes from Reznor’s speech:
“The first album I heard was Head on the Door, and I hadn’t heard anything like it before,” he said. “And a lot of darkness I felt in my head was coming back at me through the speakers and it blew my mind. It was like this music was written just for me.”
“Just as everyone else was getting ready to jump on the new sound that the Cure helped usher into the world, they were already moving to new pastures,” he said. “The 13 albums they recorded over their 40-year career stand as a testament to their undiminished power and artistic imagination.”
“Quite understandably, most musicians tend to differ from their carefully cultivated personas to one degree or another. As far as I can tell, Robert Smith is that rarest of things—a 100 percent authentically Robert Smith kind of person who lives a 100 percent authentically Robert Smith kind of life. He used that to create a completely self-contained world. It’s a sound, it’s a look, it’s a vibe, it’s an aesthetic that the fans get to visit and immerse themselves in whenever they like. It’s a custom world for anyone who has ever dreamed of escape.”
“I should make a full disclosure at this point. I think it’s only right for me to admit that I’ve been, let’s say, ambivalent about the existence of certain award ceremonies. I’ve perhaps been in the habit of questioning their motivations with a certain degree of cynicism. In fact, I remember distinctly saying to myself, among other things, how can I even take this awards ceremony seriously if they’ll open their doors to X, Y and Z and not acknowledge the Cure? Not so long ago I get a phone call I wasn’t expecting, and, well, here we are. Let’s just say I’ve never been as happy to eat my words as I was tonight.”