The band go back to the past as they face up to their future...
THE CURE have recruited their old guitarist to re-join the band’s line-up.
Earlier this year it was announced that two members of the band have left, bringing a decade old line-up to an end.
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.
Now, the group have revealed that Porl Thompson, who has played with the band on two occasions before, will be back for their summer tour.
A statement on the band’s official website reads: “We are delighted to announce the return of guitarist Porl Thompson for the cure shows this summer! This will be Porl’s third time in the band – he first played from 1976 to 1978, and then again from 1983 to 1993 and it’s a real pleasure to have him back once more!”
The band’s first gig with their new line up will be at this year’s Benicassim Festival in Spain (August 5).
A revolving door of musicians have backed Smith over the band’s 26-year career.
O’Donnell first played with The Cure between 1987 and 1990 before being replaced by 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.