Thee Cure’s bass player Simon Gallup was forced to skip their headline performance at Japanese festival Fuji Rock because of a “serious personal situation”.

With fears that the band may need to cancel their performance all together due to the absence of Gallup, it emerged that his son, Eden, stepped up to replace his father for one night only.

“A serious personal situation affecting our bassist Simon arose after the Paleo Festival show on Thursday, and as a consequence Simon was unable to travel with us to Japan,” The Cure explained in a statement posted to social media. “Very reluctant to disappoint our wonderful Japanese fans, and after much discussion, we decided to go ahead with our ‘Fuji Festival’ headline on Sunday, with a very brave and very excellent Eden Gallup filling in on Bass!” they added.

“We are all very grateful to Ed for reaching out across the generational divide to help us out, and join him in welcoming his dad back for out seven remaining summer festival shows, commencing with Afisha Picnic Moscow next Saturday 3rd August.”

The statement concluded: “Thank you all for understanding; hope you enjoyed the Fuji show as much as we did, and see you all very soon… love The Cure.”

See the statement and highlights from the show, below.

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