copa rio

The Cure on Copa Beach, Rio, Brazil, 1987
Robert asked me to go out to Rio so he could approve the Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me album artwork and also to photograph the band for a French magazine. I checked in at the Rio Palace hotel and all of a sudden the door breaks open and the band burst into the room, picked me up, threw me in the bath and emptied the mini-bar over me. I photographed them on Copa beach and there were bouncers holding back hundreds of fans just yards away. It was crazy, I’d seen some Cure-mania but that was stratospheric.

From Obscure: The Cure by Andy Vella