The Cure Cut Two, Ending 10-Year Run With Same Lineup
For Brit mood rockers the Cure, there's always been something of a revolving door policy. During the course of the band's nearly 30-year existence, members have been dropped and picked up like bad habits. This weekend, after 10 years of relative calm, the Cure went from five to three members, with the departures of keyboardist Roger O'Donnell and guitarist Perry Bamonte.
According to the band's Web site, the Cure's upcoming summer shows will be performed by frontman and guitarist Robert Smith, bassist Simon Gallup and drummer Jason Cooper. The online posting suggests that there will be forthcoming band additions, promising more news soon.
Former Psychedelic Furs keyboardist O'Donnell joined the Cure in 1988, replacing original member Laurence "Lol" Tolhurst just in time to contribute to the recording sessions for their 1989 hit album Disintegration. In 1990, O'Donnell left the band, and was replaced by Cure roadie Bamonte, who appeared on 1992's Wish.
O'Donnell later rejoined the band in 1995, and Bamonte shifted into ex-guitarist Porl Thompson's spot. The Cure's line-up remained fairly solid through much of the 1990s, and stayed unchanged following the most recent shift -- which happened back in 1995, when Cooper was brought in to replace drummer Boris Williams.
"What is done is done," O'Donnell wrote on his Web site. "I was in a group and now I'm not. I wish the Cure all the success they deserve."
The Cure's latest incarnation is expected to be unveiled on August 5, when the band performs at the Benicassim Festival in Castellon, Spain. The group is also scheduled to appear at summer festivals in France, Switzerland and Turkey. O'Donnell will release a solo album, The Truth in Me, this fall.