from 'Ten Imaginary Years':
Robert had also been offered the headline spot at Elephant Fayre, an outdoor festival in St Germains, Cornwall and, after consulting The Banshees who'd played there the year before, he accepted because he was beginning to realise the convenience of having a working band on stand by. Both Phil and Andy stayed put and The Cure played the gig as a fourpiece.
Phil: "I was happy to get out of the studio and, to be honest, I thought after 'Pornography' that they'd call on my services again. But they did the two singles without me so, when Lol asked, I said 'I'm your man'.
"We played two warm up dates - one in Bournemouth and one in Bath and we'd only been rehearsing for a week so they were horrible. I was playing the wrong basslines, Andy was playing the wrong drums but, strangely enough, it didn't seem to annoy Robert at all."
Robert: "I remember this tiny little club with the audience only a yard away. Our equipment wouldn't fit in the room and i sang louder than the PA ... it was so small, I didn't even need a mircophone."
from 'A Visual Documentary':
The Cure - Robert, Lol, Andy and Phil - headline the Elephant Fayre at St. Germains, Cornwall. They warm up for the show with two low-key gigs in Bath and Bournemouth.
"People came up after we played and said, 'Oh it was really enjoyable,' but we didn't want it to be. It was so nostalgic, all those songs we played. Somehow I feel I've compromised it, this big leap between 'Pornography' and what we do next, by allowing us to play live. I've recognised the history of the Cure again.
"It was simply entertainment ... Admittedly there wasn't the same power as before but that would have been impossible. I can't imagine being involved in anything as intense as the Pornography Tour again. We definitely are not concerned with striving to recapture past glories. It is completely different with Phil and Andy from how it was with Simon in the group.