According to the latest reports, Simon Gallup has resigned from the Cure and rejoined the band. “Yes, I am a member of the Cure,” he said in response to a question in a recent Facebook post from his band Alice Blue Gown.
Simon Gallup, the Cure’s longtime bassist, announced his departure from the band on Saturday.
It is with mixed feelings that I announce my resignation as a Cure member. Gallup wished them all the best in their endeavours on Facebook. Gallup said, “I’m ok…,” when questioned by a fan if his departure was due to health issues. “I just grew tired of being betrayed.”
This is still a mystery to both The Cure and singer Robert Smith. Former Cure drummer and keyboardist Lol Tolhurst departed the band in 1989, and after Gallup announced his departure from the band, longstanding keyboardist Roger O’Donnell tweeted, “A buddy just told me they saw Lol in the Guitar Centre buying a bass???????,” an allusion to that statement.
On the heels of his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, Gallup cancelled his Twitter account as well.
A few years after their debut album, Three Imaginary Boys, was released in 1979 and featured bassist Michael Dempsey, Gallup joined the band as their second bassist. Gallup appeared on the Cure’s “Dark Trilogy” albums, 1980’s Seventeen Seconds, 1981’s Faith, and 1982’s Pornography, before falling out with Smith in 1982.
Smith invited Gallup to rejoin the Cure in 1984, after the band had recorded The Top without him, and he did; Gallup has been the band’s bassist ever since. Smith told Bonjovishop in 2019 that the band has been working on a new album inspired by the 1969 moon landing since the release of the band’s last studio album, 4:13 Dream, in 2008.
Gallup’s importance to the band was mentioned by Smith in an interview with NME in 2019. “Simon has always been my best friend and the heart of the live band for me. Strangely, he’s often been neglected over the years and decades. He doesn’t give interviews, he isn’t really out there and he doesn’t play the part of a foil to me in public, and yet he’s incredibly crucial to what we do,” Smith said.
After going through a lot together as teenagers, we’ve managed to retain a very solid friendship that has survived the years.” When you have friends like that, particularly for that long, it would take something truly spectacular for that bond to break.”