Robert Smith and Simon Gallup at Pasadena Daydream in 2019. (Photo courtesy Goldenvoice)
“With a slightly heavy heart,” bassist Simon Gallup announced today he’s no longer a member of The Cure, following two stints with the iconic band that spanned a collective 40 years, according to a public post on his personal Facebook page.
The announcement on the bassist’s Facebook page reads: “With a slightly heavy heart I am no longer a member of the Cure! Good luck to them all…” In response to someone asking if he was OK, Gallup replied that he “just got fed up of betrayal.” (Update: As of Aug. 17, Gallup had deleted his Facebook post)
Neither The Cure nor bandleader Robert Smith has confirmed Gallup’s departure.
The only bandmate to address the matter publicly appears to be keyboard player Roger O’Donnell, who joked about band co-founder Lol Tolhurst, fired decades ago, attempting to get back in, tweeting, “A friend just told me they saw Lol in the Guitar Centre buying a bass???????”
Gallup, 61, has deleted his Twitter account, from which he recently interacted with O’Donnell over the keyboard player’s plans to sell some old Cure T-shirts. Earlier this summer, Gallup wished Cure guitarist Reeves Gabrels a happy birthday on Facebook, writing, “Proud to call you Bandmate and Friend!” (Gabrels replied, “I love you.”)
The bassist joined The Cure in 1979 after playing on Robert Smith’s Cult Hero side project. He played on The Cure’s Seventeen Seconds, Faith and Pornography albums before leaving the band during the latter record’s tour, after reportedly getting in a fight with Smith.
Smith invited Gallup back in 1984, and the bassist has played on every Cure album since The Head on the Door. He’s known for his low-slung bass guitar and signature basslines that define many of the band’s best-known songs, including “A Forest,” “Primary,” “Fascination Street” and “Lullaby,” among many others.
Gallup is the longest-serving member of The Cure next to Smith, and in 2018, the frontman told The Irish Times that if Gallup were to leave the band, “it wouldn’t be called The Cure.” In 2019, Gallup missed two concerts due to what the band called a “serious personal situation.” His son Eden Gallup filled in on bass.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019, The Cure has been working on a new album in recent years, the belated follow-up to 2008’s 4.13 Dream. Smith also has been collaborating of late, singing on new singles from Gorillaz and Chvrches. He also performed live with Gorillaz twice in the past week.
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