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The Cure’s Simon Gallup is apparently back in the band

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It appears that Simon Gallup's departure from The Cure was short-lived.

Back in August, the bassist announced that he was "no longer a member" of the goth icons after 40 years in the band, adding that he was "fed up of betrayal." Well, that relationship's, ahem, disintegration, is seemingly now on the mend.

In a social media post first spotted by NME, and seen by ABC Audio, a commenter asks, "Is Simon still a member of The Cure?" Gallup then responds, "Yes I am."

Given that Gallup, who played in The Cure from 1979 to 1982, and then again from 1984 to this year, is the band's longest-tenured non-Robert Smith member, it did seem odd that his departure would be announced with such little fanfare via a personal Facebook post. Not only that, but neither Smith nor The Cure publicly commented on Gallup's initial announcement.

Smith, by the way, previously called Gallup his "best friend" in a 2019 NME interview, adding that the bassist has been the "heart" of The Cure's live band. Gallup was one of 10 Cure members to be inducted along with the band into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2019.

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