The Cure bassist Simon Gallup quits: ‘Fed up with betrayal’

Simon Gallup, the bassist for The Cure, has quit the band after four decades.

The 61-year-old musician announced his split in a brief statement on Saturday.

“With a slightly heavy heart I am no longer a member of the Cure ! Good luck to them all,” he wrote on Facebook.”

When a follower asked for information, Gallup commented that he was “just fed up of betrayal,” with no further explanation.

The Cure, founded in 1978, has not publicly responded to the announcement as of Monday morning; however, bandmate Roger O’Donnell may have made reference to Gallup’s departure in a Tweet on Saturday.

“A friend just told me they saw Lol in the Guitar Centre buying a bass???????” wrote O’Donnell, 65, seemingly referencing co-founder and ex-drummer Lol Tolhurst.

During the past 40 years, Gallup, who also occasionally played keyboard, was featured on 11 of the band’s 13 albums, including an upcoming release, which is said to be their last, per a recent NME interview with The Cure frontman Robert Smith, 62.

Gallup first left the band in 1982, just four years after their inception, but was reeled back by Smith in 1984 — and went on to release such iconic records as “Disintegration” (1989) and “Wish” (1992) together.

The Cure bassist Simon Gallup has helped the band record 11 of their 13 full-length records since 1978.
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