- 24 Dec 20
Mary Timony, Kim Gordon, Sleaford Mods, Bill Callahan, Jeff Tweedy and Bonnie “Prince” Billy also joined forces for the 24-hour livestream for Poverty Alleviation Charities.
The online event raised much-needed funds for Poverty Alleviation Charities’ Letters To Santa initiative, which fulfils the wishes of families in need with food, clothes, computers and money.
During the livestream - broadcast on December 22 - Smith performed renewed versions of ‘The Holy Hour’, ‘The Funeral Party’ and ‘The Drowning Man’.
“Hello, this is Robert from The Cure,” he introduced his segment. “Very happy to be part of the Letters To Santa marathon and I’m going to play you three songs from our Faith album, which is about to be 40 years old. I hope you enjoy this.”
Smith also appeared on the Nine Lessons And Carols For Curious People 24-hour charity livestream earlier this month, playing three songs from The Cure’s Seventeen Seconds album.
In September, the band’s frontman said he had spent 2020 “finishing off” a new LP from the group along with a solo record.
While visiting BBC 6 Music to talk about ‘Strange Timez’ - his collaboration with Gorillaz - Smith said he was “in the middle of finishing off the big song at the end of The Cure album” when Damon Albarn sent him the track.
“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," Smith commented on the pandemic.
"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.”
Watch The Cure frontman perform three rejuvenated Faith songs below: