The Cure Gets Two Members Lighter

Published: 2005-05-31
Word comes over the World Wide Web that seminal '80s band the Cure has lost two of its members. Through his personal site (rogerodonnell.com), keys man Roger O'Donnell let fans know that he would not longer be part of the goth rock act as of yesterday. Similar news comes about guitarist Perry Bamonte, who has been with the Cure since the early '90s.

While quite a few musicians have come and gone over the Cure's existence, this time the cut will be quite permanent, according to Billboard. O'Donnell told the magazine that leader Robert Smith is turning the band into a three-piece, with only a bass and drums for backup.

Not all is lost for O'Donnell, who will be putting out a solo album, The Truth In Me, this fall. However, he doesn't seem to happy about being cut from the Cure, writing on his website, "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."

Bamonte also spoke to his fans through a fan site found at perrybamonte.de, sounding decidedly more chipper: "I'm really overwhelmed by the amount of fans who have written to me... I never knew I had that much of an impact or how important a part of the Cure I was for so many people... I wish the band well and bear no grudge."

Writer: Jaclyn Arndt

   

 

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