Taking a page from ex-Depeche Mode member Alan Wilder, guitarist Porl Thompson this month will auction off dozens of personal items spanning his tenure(s) in The Cure, including a guitar played on Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me and Wish, album artwork proofs and clothing ranging from a “black net catsuit” to leather corsets.
Other items of note: a gold record for Page & Plant’s No Quarter album, which Thompson played on; a signed Disintegration songbook; rare “The Caterpillar” 7-inch picture discs; the French 5CD Mixed Up box set; art proofs from the sleeves of Faith, “The Caterpillar” and “Primary”; and an initial and unused prototype of the CD artwork and disc label for 4:13 Dream.
UPDATE 5/2/11: Porl Thompson, who now goes by the name Pearl, provided the following statement about the auction, which also confirms his departure from The Cure, to our friends at Chain of Flowers:
“thank you to everyone for all your thoughts and support…
as for all the comments; good and bad!
keep the freedom flag flying ; )
for those who do care…..
i apologise if i upset you with this decision
but i will no longer be playing in this inspirational band, (hence the auction;)
i am working on a lot of new projects..jewellery, music, art and mixed media;
all of which will take time to ferment…
paint still flows and my mind state is better than it has been for long while;
much love ~Pearl
formally porl RIP xxx”
PREVIOUSLY ON SLICING UP EYEBALLS
- Video: The Cure, ‘Play Out’ — out-of-print ‘Wish’-era collection of live performances
- The Cure’s ‘Entreat Plus’ live album to receive double-vinyl U.S. release on Record Store Day
- The Cure headlining Reading, Leeds festivals
- The Cure to headline ‘series of major European music festivals’ this summer
- The Cure reissuing ‘Wish’ in 2012, prepping ‘Friday I’m In Love’ Record Store Day 7-inch
- Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys make Rock Hall of Fame — The Cure snubbed
- The Cure’s Robert Smith hints at 2012 tour, tells New York: ‘We’ll see you again next year’