Smith began taking classical guitar lessons from the age of nine, "with a student of John Williams, a really excellent guitarist ...
I learned a lot, but got to the point where I was losing the sense of fun.
Apter also reports that Smith put in minimal effort at Notre Dame, sufficient to gain pass marks, and quotes Smith as saying: Smith has claimed that he was expelled from St Wilfrid's as an "undesirable influence" after their band Malice's second live performance shortly before Christmas 1976, which took place at the school and allegedly caused a riot.
Robert James Smith (born 21 April 1959) is an English singer, songwriter and musician.
He is the lead singer, guitarist, multi instrumentalist, lyricist, principal songwriter and only consistent member of the rock band the Cure, which he co-founded in 1976.
partly to distance themselves from these earlier shows.
Both drummer Lol Tolhurst and bassist Mick Dempsey are also noted as having performed vocals with the group in the early years.