The Cure bassist Simon Gallup announces departure from the band:“[I] just got fed up of betrayal”

Gallup is the second longest-serving member of the band after frontman Robert Smith.

Simon Gallup on stage

Photo: Julia Reinhart / Redferns

The Cure bassist Simon Gallup has announced his departure from the band after four decades, writing that he was “fed up of betrayal.”

Gallup announced his departure from the band on his personal Facebook account on Saturday (14 August), writing: “With a slightly heavy heart I am no longer a member of The Cure! Good luck to them all.”

Replying to a comment on the post, Gallup further explained he “just got fed up of betrayal.” The Cure has not yet issued a statement regarding Gallup’s announcement.

Gallup is the second longest-serving member of The Cure after frontman Robert Smith. He joined the band in 1979 after playing in Smith’s side project, Cult Hero. After recording three albums, Gallup left the group in 1982 and rejoined later in 1984.

Smith, speaking to NME in 2019, discussed the dynamic between himself and Gallup, while praising the bassist as instrumental to The Cure’s live sound.

“For me, the heart of the live band has always been Simon, and he’s always been my best friend,” Smith said. “It’s weird that over the years and the decades he’s often been overlooked […] and yet he’s absolutely vital to what we do.”

Smith continued: “We’ve had some difficult periods over the years but we’ve managed to maintain a very strong friendship that grew out of that shared experience from when we were teens. When you have friends like that, particularly for that long, it would take something really extraordinary for that friendship to break.”


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