[Rock] The Cure Change Line-up

from NME.com:

Guitarist Perry Bamonte and keyboard player Roger O’Donnell are no longer with the group, leaving singer Robert Smith, bassist Simon Gallup and drummer Jason Cooper.

A statement on the band’s official website thecure.com said: “Perry Bamonte and Roger O’Donnell are no longer in the band. The forthcoming summer shows will be performed by Robert Smith, Simon Gallup and Jason Cooper… And others???”

The band’s first gig with their new line up will be at this year’s Benicassim Festival in Spain (August 5).

O’Donnell wrote a statement on his website rogerodonnell.com saying: “What is done is done however it happened. I was in a group and now I’m not … Thanks to everyone who has emailed me, I will reply to you all and I wish The Cure all the success they deserve.”

A revolving door of musicians have backed Smith over the band’s 26-year career.

O’Donnell first played with The Cure between and 1987 and 1990 before being replaced with Bamonte – a roadie for the group.

Following the departure of Porl Thompson in 1993, Bamonte switched to lead guitar and ‘O’Donnell returned to the band in 1995.

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