11/10/1979 Melody Maker
The Cure, who stepped into the breach when Siouxsie and The Banshees broke up on their tour, have now split themselves.
Bassist Michael Dempsey has been told his services are no longer needed, and following his departure the group will expand from a trio to a four-piece with new members Simon Gallup (bass) and Matthew Hartley (keyboards) to prepare for a UK tour that starts at the end of next week.
According to Dempsey, Cure leader Robert Smith said the difficulty between them was not the traditional "musical differences", but a problem of personalities.
The tour by the new-look Cure starts at Liverpool Erics on November 16, Economics (17); Preston Poly (20); Manchester University (21); Bradford Palm Cove (22); Newport Village (23); Coventry Warwick University (24); Sheffield University (27); (28); Portsmouth Poly (29); Norwich University (30); Durham University (December 1); Wolverhampton Poly (5); London Music Machine (7); and Crawley College (7).