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The Cure cancels North American tour

Last Updated: Saturday, August 25, 2007 | 2:30 PM ET

The legendary British Goth band The Cure has cancelled its fall North American tour, which was to have included Montreal and Toronto.

"The schedule as it stands only gives us a couple of weeks to finish our new double album before we hit the road again, and we know this just isn't enough time to complete the project to our total satisfaction," said an announcement posted Friday on the band's website.

The band — led by the pale and wild-haired Robert Smith — says it will make up the concert dates in April and May of 2008.

Meanwhile, band members plan to "remodel/rework the live show for North America, change things around, incorporate new songs," the website statement says.

Fans can get refunds at points of purchase, according to the statement. The tour was slated to begin Sept. 16 in Tampa, Fla., and included performances at Montreal's Bell Centre on Sept. 26 and at Toronto's Air Canada Centre on Sept. 27.

The band asked fans to be patient and offered "genuine apologies to anyone who is upset by this announcement — please be encouraged by our promise: The Spring 2008 Cure shows will be even better than the Fall 2007 ones would have been!!!"

The Cure, formed in Sussex, England, in 1976, were part of the New Wave movement. Their 1979 debut album, Three Imaginary Boys, was released to great acclaim.

The band, which has had a constantly changing roster of members but with Smith always as the front man, hit the Top 40 charts with 19 singles during the eighties with songs such as Primary, Just Like Heaven and Friday I'm In Love.

The band — comprised of Smith, Porl Thompson, Simon Gallup and Jason Cooper — is working on its 13th album.

Smith also announced in July that the band was working on a 30th anniversary commemorative DVD documentary to celebrate the debut of Three Imaginary Boys.

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