Lol Tolhurst

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Lol Tolhurst
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Tolhurst in 2008
Background information
Birth name Laurence Andrew Tolhurst
Also known as Lol Tolhurst
Born (1959-02-03) 3 February 1959 (age 59)
Origin Horley,[1] Surrey, England
Genres Post-punk, gothic rock, alternative rock, new wave, electronic
Occupation(s) Pop musician
Instruments Drums, keyboards
Years active 1976–present
Associated acts The Cure, Presence, Levinhurst, Malice, Easy Cure

Laurence Andrew "Lol" Tolhurst (born 3 February 1959) is a founding member and the former drummer and keyboardist of British band The Cure. He left the Cure in 1989 and was later involved in the band Presence and his current project, Levinhurst. In 2011, he was temporarily reunited with the Cure for a number of shows playing the band's earlier work.

Life and career[edit]

Early years (1959–1975)[edit]

Tolhurst was born in Horley, in the county of Surrey, England, the fifth of six children of William and Daphne Tolhurst; he has three brothers (Roger, Nigel and John) and two sisters (Jane and Barbara). Tolhurst was five years old when he first met Robert Smith at St. Francis Primary and Junior Schools, and thus began a friendship that culminated in the formation of the Cure.

The Cure (1976–1989)[edit]

Tolhurst was one of the co-founders of Goth rock band The Cure, and was the band's drummer from 1976, playing on the albums Three Imaginary Boys, Seventeen Seconds, Faith and Pornography. After the Pornography tour in 1982, he became the band's keyboardist. In late 1989 during the recording of the Cure's eighth studio long-player, entitled Disintegration, Tolhurst was asked to leave the band by Robert Smith due to alcohol and narcotic use adversely affecting his professional reliability. Despite receiving a credit for "other instrument" on Disintegration, the other members of the band have said that Tolhurst didn't play on the album.

After the Cure (1990–2010)[edit]

Following his departure from the Cure, Tolhurst and Gary Biddles—who previously worked with Simon Gallup in Fools Dance—formed the short-lived band Presence, which only released one full-length album called Inside. He said several years later that he had recorded a second album with this band, but that it is unlikely that it will ever be released.[2] In 1991, Tolhurst's first son was born in London, poet and musician Gray Andrew Tolhurst. In 1994, Tolhurst sued Robert Smith and Fiction Records over royalty payments, also claiming joint ownership, with Smith, of the name The Cure. He eventually lost after a long legal battle.[3] He has worked as a producer for the debut album of And Also the Trees.

In the early 2000s, Tolhurst and his second wife, Cindy Levinson, formed a band called Levinhurst. A few months before the release of their debut album, Tolhurst said in an interview that he had reconciled with Robert Smith and that the two were friends again.[4] Shortly afterward, Levinhurst released their debut album, Perfect Life, in 2004. Since then, they have released an EP called The Grey featuring a cover of The Cure's "All Cats Are Grey"—for which he claimed credit for writing the lyrics[5]—and two other songs. Their second album, House by the Sea, was released in April 2007. Their third album, called Blue Star and featuring original Cure bassist Michael Dempsey, was released in the U.S. in June 2009 and worldwide in February 2010. Tolhurst also composed music for the film 9,000 Needles, a documentary that won Best Documentary at the 2010 Phoenix Film Festival. The second part of the European tour, "Blue Star Over Europe", occurred in October 2010, followed by a South and North American tour in early 2011.

Reunion shows with the Cure (2011)[edit]

In 2010, The Guardian published an article with a headline reading "The Cure's original drummer asks to rejoin band."[6] However, Tolhurst called the article "a little misleading", saying:

I have not asked RS to rejoin the Cure! I have my thing, he has his. I just thought it might be fun to play the old songs together again especially as Michael and I had a great time playing the TIB songs this March in Europe.[7]

In 2011, it was announced that Tolhurst would be performing with the Cure for the first time in 22 years when the band performed their first three albums—Three Imaginary Boys, Seventeen Seconds and Faith—in their entirety at the Sydney Opera House in Australia. Tolhurst then performed with the Cure for six more shows in London, New York and Los Angeles later that year.[8]

Post-reunion shows (2011-present)[edit]

Tolhurst published his memoir in 2016, Cured: The Tale of Two Imaginary Boys.[9] He tells of his time with the band between 1976 and 1989. Tolhurst, who has known Robert Smith since his childhood, says the band were like his family.[10][8] Tolhurst undertook an extensive book tour, beginning in the United Kingdom and finishing in the U.S.

In 2018, Tolhurst featured in an episode of the BBC Radio 4 series Soul Music, in which he discussed the history of the song "Boys Don't Cry".[11]

Personal life[edit]

Tolhurst is married and lives in the U.S. He has one child.[8]


With the Cure
With Presence

See Presence discography

With Levinhurst

See Levinhurst Discography


  1. ^ Apter, Jeff (2009). Never Enough: the Story of The Cure. Omnibus Press. p. 42. ISBN 9780857120243. 
  2. ^ "Interview with Lol" 1 August 2007 Archived 18 February 2005 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ ""Drummer beaten in cash battle" 27 June 2007". Retrieved 29 October 2011. 
  4. ^ Mitchell, Daniel. ""Laurence Tolhurst" 27 June 2007". Retrieved 29 October 2011. 
  5. ^ ""Interview to Lol Tolhurst" 27 June 2007" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 February 2012. Retrieved 29 October 2011. 
  6. ^ Michaels, Sean (24 August 2010). "The Cure's original drummer asks to rejoin band". The Guardian. 
  7. ^ "Levinhurst blog". 24 August 2010. Retrieved 29 October 2011. 
  8. ^ a b c "093: Lol Tolhurst (The Cure)". 19 October 2016. Retrieved 20 January 2018. 
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 October 2016. Retrieved 28 October 2016. 
  10. ^ Pearlman, Mischa (27 July 2016). "Boys Don't Cry: A Story of Rock 'n' Roll and Surviving The Cure". Vice. Retrieved 20 January 2018. 
  11. ^ "Boys Don't Cry". BBC Radio 4 - Soul Music. 17 January 2018. Retrieved 20 January 2018. 

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