Billboard Bits: The Cure, AFI, Carlton/Childs

News on The Cure, AFI, Carlton/Childs

CureThe Cure-headlined Curiosa festival will not roll into the Gorge Amphitheatre outside Seattle on Saturday (Aug. 21), as frontman Robert Smith has been called back to London for personal reasons. Instead, has learned the Cure will return to the area Aug. 31 for a one-off headlining show at Seattle's Everette Centre. Tickets for the Curiosa date will be honored at the make-up gig.

Smith will return to London following Curiosa's stop today at Salt Lake City's Usana Amphitheatre. The tour is expected to resume Tuesday in Chula Vista, Calif., and the Cure is still scheduled to perform Aug. 26 on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

The group is on the road in support of its self-titled I Am/Geffen studio album, which debuted last month at No. 7 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 222,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Nitro Records has compiled a 13-track retrospective of AFI tracks that were featured on the band's six releases through the label between 1996 and 2000. Simply titled "AFI," the collection is due Nov. 2 and will boast such rarities as the U.K.-only limited-release EP track "A Winter's Tale" and "Lower It," which is only found on the vinyl release of 1999's "Black Sails in the Sunset."

The set is intended as a pre-breakthrough primer for fans that discovered the band via its 2003 DreamWorks debut, "Sing the Sorrow." That set debuted at No. 5 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 961,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

AFI has laid low of late and has just one date on its schedule, which comes Aug. 27 as part of the San Diego Street Scene Festival.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

CarltonVanessa Carlton and Toni Childs will be among the participants in Vaginas Vote, Chicks Rock, "a night of entertainment and political empowerment" set for Sept. 13 at New York's Apollo Theater. Also confirmed to appear are playwright/activist/V-Day founder Eve Ensler, Jane Fonda, Isabella Rossellini, Rosario Dawson, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Gloria Steinem and Julia Stiles.

The gathering is a joint production of V-Day's "V is for Vote" and Rock the Vote's "Chicks Rock, Chicks Vote," in conjunction with The White House Project's "Vote, Run, Lead" and the Omega Institute.

Tickets for the event -- which will close the four-day Omega and V-Day
Women and Power: Our Time To Lead conference -- are priced at $15, $25 and $40 and are available via Ticketmaster.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.