Two Members of The Cure Leave The Band

Two members of the Cure have exited the veteran U.K. rock act, which has long featured a revolving door of musicians backing up leader Robert Smith. Keyboardist Roger O’Donnell announced his departure today (May 27) on his official Web site, while a fan site dedicated to guitarist Perry Bamonte conveyed the same news about his fate.

“As of Tuesday this week I am no longer a member of the Cure,” O’Donnell wrote. “It was sad to find out after nearly 20 years the way I did but then I should have expected no less or more.” He added that he was looking forward to touring in support of an upcoming solo album “in a more relaxed and happy atmosphere than has surrounded the Cure these last couple of years.”

It is unclear how these moves will affect the band’s recently confirmed first shows of 2005, including stops Aug. 5 at Spain’s Benicassim Festival and Sept. 3 at the Rock N’ Coke Festival in Istanbul.

Rumors have circulated that Siouxie and the Banshees principal Steve Severin will fill in at these shows in some capacity. Severin and Smith are longtime friends who recorded a 1983 side-project album, “Blue Sunshine,” under the moniker the Glove.


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