Laurence Andrew "Lol" Tolhurst
(born 3 February 1959) is a founding member and 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, a portmanteau of Tolhurst and his vocalist wife Cindy Levinson's surnames. In 2011, he briefly reunited with The Cure for selected shows but did not officially rejoin.Early years (1959–1975)Tolhurst was born in Horley, 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). He is also the uncle of Nick Tolhurst, an author on Corporate Social Responsibility and head of the Institute for Corporate Culture Affairs He is also distantly related to the composer George Tolhurst. His birthday coincided with the day of the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper. 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)
Tolhurst is one of the co-founders of The Cure, and as a drummer he helped write and record the albums Three Imaginary Boys
, Boys Don't Cry
, Seventeen Seconds
. After the Pornography
tour in 1982 Tolhurst assumed keyboard duties. In late 1988, with the recording of The Cure's eighth studio album Disintegration
, some tensions surfaced, when Tolhurst was battling with alcohol and drugs. During the mix of Disintegration
, he was fired from the band, and despite getting credit for 'Other Instrument', the other members of The Cure have said that Tolhurst never performed on the album.
After The Cure (1990–2010)
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 recorded a second album with this band, but he said it is unlikely that it will ever be released. In 1994, he sued Robert Smith and Fiction Records over royalties payments, also claiming joint ownership of the name The Cure with Smith. He eventually lost after a long legal battle. 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 of them were friends again. Shortly afterward, Levinhurst released their debut album, Perfect Life
, in 2004. Since then, they have also released an EP called The Grey
featuring a cover of The Cure's "All Cats Are Grey"—which he claimed credit for writing lyrically in another interview—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. He has also recently composed music for the film 9,000 Needles
; a documentary that recently won "Best Documentary" at the Phoenix Film festival 2010. Tolhurst is currently on a world tour with Levinhurst to promote Blue Star
. The second part of the European tour "Blue Star Over Europe" was in October 2010, followed by a South and North American tour early in 2011.
Reunion with The Cure (2011)
In 2010, The Guardian
published an article with a headline reading "The Cure's original drummer asks to rejoin band." 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.
As of 2011, it was announced that Tolhurst would be performing with The Cure for the first time in 22 years when the band perform their first three albums—Three Imaginary Boys
, Seventeen Seconds
, and Faith
—in their entirety at the Sydney Opera House in Australia.