When we think about The Cure, we don’t really first think about anger. Sure, we think about sad songs, maybe some jokes here and there from Robert Smith, but overall, there’s not many negative undertones to go along with the band or what they stand for.
Roger O’Donnell has been a strong part of The Cure for over thirty years and has certainly been able to pull his own weight through playing various parts and instruments within a Cure set, but it seems that the rest of the band suspect that they need a bit more to add to their live gigs.
Recently, Perry Bamonte took the stage with the rest of the band after returning to the band after nearly two decades. Bamonte had previously joined The Cure in 1990 initially replacing Roger O’Donnell. He would then go on to play both guitar and keyboards on the band’s 1992 album Wish, even receiving writing credits on the album’s heartbreaking track ‘Trust.”
Following the departure of Porl Thompson in 1993, Bamonte would take on lead guitar duties, appearing on the albums Wild Mood Swings, Bloodflowers, and the 2004 self-titled album, The Cure, before being let go from the band in 2005.
While many Cure fans are happy to see such a full band, it seems that Roger is not too happy about this change. On Reddit, quotes were shared from Roger which pointed to him not being very happy with this situation. In one instance, Roger pointed out how he was able to do multiple things at once with multiple limbs and showing how he has not lost his step just yet.
One fan pointed out how they were happy that an extra layer would be added to live sound, but Roger quickly scathed the idea as he said: “Do you REALLY think I can’t play these songs on my own like I have been for last 30 years????”