Simon Gallup, longtime bassist for The Cure, says he is leaving the group, Rolling Stone and CNN note. Gallup announced the news in a public Facebook post on Saturday, August 14th. he wrote. “Good luck everyone …”, as the Rolling Stone emphasizes, he replied when Gallup was asked in the comments whether there were health reasons for his departure: “I’m fine … I’m just sick of betrayal.”
Pitchfork reached out to lead singer Robert Smith representatives for comment and additional information.
Simon Gallup joined The Cure after founding bassist Michael Dempsey left the band in 1979. The group had just released their debut album, Three Imaginary Boys, which featured Dempsey’s last recordings with the band. Gallup played bass on The Cure’s next three albums: Seventeen Seconds (1980), Faith (1981) and Pornography (1982). After tensions within the group grew, he gave up before returning in 1984. Gallup’s tenure at The Cure spanned three decades. He was among the members of the Cure inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2019.