The Cure frontman ROBERT SMITH spent years making people believe he had a fear of flying - just so he could go on cruises instead of taking airplanes.

The British rocker admits that while his fans and a number of colleagues believed he had a crippling fear of flying, he actually used the story as a means to getting more days of travelling in luxury.

He tells BLENDER magazine, "Around the time of DISINTEGRATION, we were so in demand that I figured if I said I was scared of flying, we could cut down the number of things that I did.

"Saying we had to sail everywhere or take trains, I could have days off travelling. So for about three years, 1989 to 1992, I kept the pretence that I had this phobia about flying.

"We did two American tours sailing over on the QE2, which was very civilised. The first time we did it, I arrived in America shattered - it was five days in a boat with, like, 47 bars and a casino. It was like a tour before a tour."

15/07/2004 09:24