The Cure personnel

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The following is the history of the The Cure's personnel and various lineups from 1976 to 2012, going back to the English rock group's origins as Malice and Easy Cure, and also including guest musicians, studio personnel, and side projects.

Band members[edit]

Note: This page only reflects each member's "official role" within the band. Members would regularly play many different instruments when recording.

Timeline[edit]

Lineup details[edit]

Early bands[edit]

Band name & dates Members & instruments Notes
Malice
Jan '76–Apr '76
The full names of "Graham" and his brother were not documented by the band.
Malice
Apr '76–Jan '77
  • Robert Smith – guitar
  • Michael Dempsey – bass
  • Porl Thompson – lead guitar
  • Lol Tolhurst – drums
  • Martin Creasy – vocals
It was after Creasy left that the band changed their name to "Easy Cure".
Easy Cure
Jan '77–Sep '77
  • Robert Smith – guitar
  • Michael Dempsey – bass
  • Porl Thompson – lead guitar
  • Lol Tolhurst – drums
  • "Gary X" – vocals
  • Peter O'Toole – vocals
The member known only as "Gary X" was the band's vocalist for a brief period

in March 1977, before being replaced by O'Toole in April.

Easy Cure
Sep '77–Apr '78
  • Robert Smith – vocals, guitar
  • Michael Dempsey – bass
  • Porl Thompson – lead guitar
  • Lol Tolhurst – drums
It was after O'Toole left the band that Smith took up vocal duties for the first time.

Porl Thompson was dropped from the lineup in April, 1978, because his lead guitar style was at odds with Smith's growing preference for minimalist songwriting. This is when the band changed their name to The Cure.

The Cure[edit]

Dates & recordings Members & prominent instruments Notes
1978–1979
Three Imaginary Boys
Dempsey provides vocals for the album track "Foxy Lady".
1979–1980
Seventeen Seconds
1980–1982
Faith and
Pornography
  • Robert Smith – vocals, guitar, keyboards
  • Lol Tolhurst – drums
  • Simon Gallup – bass
1982–1983
Japanese Whispers
1984
The Top
  • Robert Smith – vocals, multiple instruments
  • Lol Tolhurst – multiple instruments
  • Andy Anderson – drums, percussion
Porl Thompson guested on The Top, playing saxophone.
This instigated his rejoining the band as lead guitarist.
1984
Concert and
Live in Japan
  • Robert Smith – vocals, guitar
  • Porl Thompson – guitar, keyboards
  • Lol Tolhurst – keyboards
  • Phil Thornalley – bass
  • Andy Anderson – drums
1985–1987
The Head on the Door,
The Cure in Orange and
Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me
  • Robert Smith – vocals, guitar
  • Porl Thompson – guitar, keyboards
  • Lol Tolhurst – keyboards
  • Simon Gallup – bass
  • Boris Williams – drums
1987–1988
  • Robert Smith – vocals, guitar
  • Porl Thompson – guitar
  • Lol Tolhurst – keyboards
  • Simon Gallup – bass
  • Boris Williams – drums
  • Roger O'Donnell – keyboards
By 1988 O'Donnell had effectively replaced Tolhurst, who had
been gradually withdrawing from active participation with the band.
1989
Disintegration and
Entreat
  • Robert Smith – vocals, guitar
  • Porl Thompson – guitar
  • Simon Gallup – bass
  • Boris Williams – drums
  • Roger O'Donnell – keyboards
Lol Tolhurst is listed as an official sixth group member on
Disintegration, and is credited with co-writing (along with
the other band members) all tracks on the album as well
as all the associated B-sides. The Disintegration credits
also list Tolhurst's only role within the band as playing
"Other instrument". (The group had two guitarists, a bassist,
a keyboard player and a drummer -- tellingly, no other
instruments are audible on the record.) It was later revealed
that Tolhurst had little, if any, part in the writing, recording
or performance of Disintegration. Shortly after the album's
release, he was no longer a credited band member.
1990
Mixed Up
  • Robert Smith – vocals, guitar
  • Porl Thompson – guitar
  • Simon Gallup – bass
  • Boris Williams – drums
1990–1993
Wish,
Paris and Show
  • Robert Smith – vocals, guitar
  • Porl Thompson – guitar
  • Simon Gallup – bass
  • Boris Williams – drums
  • Perry Bamonte – keyboards, guitar
1994
"Purple Haze" and
"Burn"
  • Robert Smith – vocals, guitar
  • Simon Gallup – bass
  • Boris Williams – drums
  • Perry Bamonte – keyboards, guitar
1994
"This is a Lie"
  • Robert Smith – vocals, multiple instruments
  • Perry Bamonte – multiple instruments
According to interviews, this was the lineup when Williams
had left the band and Gallup was recovering from pleurisy.
1995–2005
Wild Mood Swings,
Bloodflowers,
Trilogy and The Cure
  • Robert Smith – vocals, guitar
  • Simon Gallup – bass
  • Roger O'Donnell – keyboards
  • Perry Bamonte – guitar
  • Jason Cooper – drums
Reeves Gabrels guested on the 1997 single "Wrong Number"
15 years before joining the band as a full member.
Boris Williams joined the band in 2001 for a one-off acoustic
performance to commemorate the Greatest Hits compilation.
2005
"Love"
  • Robert Smith – vocals, guitar
  • Simon Gallup – bass
  • Jason Cooper – drums
Short period of time following the firing of O'Donnell and
Bamonte. The band filmed a few performances for LAUNCH
and recorded a cover of John Lennon's "Love" for Amnesty.
2005–2010
Festival 2005 and
4:13 Dream
  • Robert Smith – vocals, guitar
  • Porl Thompson – guitar
  • Simon Gallup – bass
  • Jason Cooper – drums
2011–2012
"Reflections" and
Bestival Live 2011
  • Robert Smith – vocals, guitar
  • Simon Gallup – bass
  • Roger O'Donnell – keyboards
  • Jason Cooper – drums
Lol Tolhurst also joined the band as a guest performer for the
"Reflections" shows.
2012–present
  • Robert Smith – vocals, guitar
  • Simon Gallup – bass
  • Roger O'Donnell – keyboards
  • Jason Cooper – drums
  • Reeves Gabrels – guitar
Gabrels' live debut was the Pinkpop Festival, 26 May 2012.

Guest musicians[edit]

In the studio[edit]

Live[edit]

  • Siouxsie Sioux and Steve Severin – joined The Cure for an extended encore of the Siouxsie and the Banshees song "The Lord's Prayer", in Aberdeen, September 6, 1979
  • Gary Biddles – guest vocals on the song "The Cure are Dead" at the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels, June 11, 1982
  • Paul Bell, Andreas Grimminger, Adrian Wyatt and Korda Marshall (Zerra One) – also joined The Cure (and Gary Biddles) during the final live encore of the Fourteen Explicit Moments tour, in Brussels, June 11, 1982
  • Derek Thompson – bass for the Oxford Road Show, March 18, 1983
  • Norman Fisher-Jones – temporary bassist January-February, 1984 (while Phil Thornalley was unavailable)
  • Vince Ely – drums during the Top Tour, October 22–November 4, 1984 (between Andy Anderson leaving the band and Boris Williams joining)
  • Frank Bell – guest vocalist during encores of "I'm a Cult Hero" and "I Dig You" in Brighton, September 14, 1985, and in London, March 5, 2004
  • Caroline Crawley and Jermaur Tayle (Shelleyan Orphan) – joined The Cure on-stage during "Forever" for the final live encore of The Prayer Tour, in Mansfield, Massachusetts, September 23, 1989
  • Roberto Soave – bass during the Wish Tour, November 2–21, 1992 (while Simon Gallup was hospitalised)
  • Alison Shaw, Jim Shaw, Mark Francombe and Matt Cope (Cranes) – joined The Cure for "Forever" during the final live encore of the Wish Tour, in Dublin, December 3, 1992
  • Ray Cokes – guest live guitarist for "Friday I'm In Love" at MTV Studios, London, 15 December 1995, and on "Boys Don't Cry" live in Paris, October 26, 2001
  • Wayne Hussey – guest guitarist for encores of "A Forest" and "Forever" during the Swing Tour, in Los Angeles, 11 August 1996, and for "In Between Days" and "A Forest" (again in LA), October 28, 1997
  • Reeves Gabrels – several guest appearances on guitar during American tour dates October-December, 1997
  • Saffron – guest vocalist on "Just Say Yes", in Paris, October 26, 2001
  • Brian Molko, Stefan Olsdal and Steve Hewitt (Placebo) – joined The Cure for a performance of "If Only Tonight We Could Sleep", in Paris, 14 October 2004

Studio personnel[edit]

Note: Albums listed in this section also include any and all singles, b–sides and unreleased tracks recorded during the same studio sessions, unless otherwise noted.

Related bands[edit]

Note: This section only lists those bands or other projects which have included two or more members of The Cure, and thus only lists each band's members who have either been a part of, or performed with The Cure. See individual articles for more detailed credits.