Robert Smith Re-shapes the Cure

By shane

Well, like he's prone to doing, Robert Smith has pink slipped three members of THE CURE. Longtime keyboardist Roger O'Donnell and guitarist Perry Bamonte were both handed walking papers this weekend. Bamonte's brother, Daryl, who served as the band's manager, was also let go. Extreme shake-ups like this are nothing new for The Cure, though Smith had kept a fairly steady line-up over the past several years without much change. Rumours are flying about that Steve Severin of Siouxsie & the Banshees may be called to task on guitar for the band's small slate of summer gigs, but nothing has been confirmed yet. Sacked keyboardist Roger O'Donnell has posted to his official website about the split, and plans to record a second solo record and continue in music. When contacted by Excellent Online, O'Donnell said he was sad about Smith's decision. "This line up has a place in people's hearts," he told us, "but I'm looking forward, not back."