Here’s an inside scoop of what Cure founding member Lol Tolhurst is up to since being ejected from the band in 1988.
John M had two separate guests on last Thursday’s episode of The Afternoon Drive. Before he talked with Metal Muffins, the all-female rockers set to perform on Bootleg Gold Live V, the big kahuna had the privilege of chatting with Cindy Levinson, the music/life partner of Lol Tolhurst, co-founder/drummer/keyboardist of Bootleg Gold’s favorite band, The Cure.
Mrs. Cindy Levinson-Tolhurst was briefly in the Philippines last week to attend a wedding. It was her first time to come back to the country since she was a baby. Practically she’s a Filipina; being born in Manila and her mother being an Ilonga. As she also mentioned during John M’s show, Cindy grew up eating Filipino food that her mother made, now what could be better than that?
Well you could also be married to a rock star, a member and co-founder to an important and historic band. That would beat anything in my book. And that’s exactly what happened to Cindy Levinson. She has been married to Lol Tolhurst for more than 20 years now. She was working as a hairdresser in Hollywood when she first met Lol, who was then in a bad period having been fired from the Cure three years prior. One of Cindy’s close customers was a friend of Lol’s and told him how wonderful Cindy was and that he should meet her. Ultimately they met and to quote Cindy, “the stars aligned, and I found my soulmate”.
They got married and since then become really happy and made music together. They formed a band called Levinhurst after Lol heard Cindy sing around the house. They managed to earn moderate success, releasing at least three albums from 2004 to 2009. Right now Cindy and Lol are working on new material that they hope to turn into an album and finish some time this year.
Elsewhere during John M’s interview, Cindy mentioned that her husband recently published his autobiography, “Cured: The Tale of Two Imaginary Boys”. As you can imagine, the memoir is about Lol’s relationship with frontman and childhood friend Robert Smith and features vignettes he had with the Cure, particularly his struggles with alcoholism that led to his disintegration from the band. The book also includes stories of multiple blackouts, break-ups and how Lol managed to escape the 80’s alive. And Cindy is partly responsible for the last one. It was her that helped Lol become sober for more than 25 years!
It’s no doubt that John M had a fantastic time chatting with Mrs. Tolhurst on his show. Y101 was privileged to hear several interesting stories about Lol Tolhurst; the man who helped create a band that influenced generations, a band whose music soundtrack countless teenagers’ lives. The Cure is a band that really matters.
If you wanna catch more exclusive interviews, especially the ones coming from the wives of your favorite musicians, then tune in to Y101’s Afternoon Drive (2:00pm to 6:00pm). Only here on the rhythm of the city,Y101, Always First.
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