I read recently that Robert Smith said that, had he been Lol's lawyer when Tolhurst tried to sue him, he'd have won the case...
Where did you read that?
It is known that Lol was the "scapegoat" and aim of much nonsense by the band... but, how could this lead to him winning that case? As far as I know it was a case about "ownership of the band" plus "royalties/cuts from the profits". Lol himself soon realised it was wrong to sue, as he'd signed all the contracts himself. No judge/lawyer could argue much about that fact. Even if the band "bullied" him, doesn't change his increasing lack of input (or the aforementioned limitations on the instruments).
I think Robert was more than happy to accept Lol's friendship again when the olive branch was offered because he knew what a t**t he'd been to him in the past when he should really have helped him more.
Mind your language! We had several forum members banned for using such words...
I do agree that Robert is probably happy to have renewed the friendship with Lol. In my opinion mainly because Lol had the greatness to apologise for what he did (e.g. the above mentioned legal action)!
I think it was Roger O'Donnell who later admitted that Lol wrote Homesick
Yes. Read about it in that topic for example (post #5):http://curefans.com/index.php?topic=7896.0
it seems to me that everyone who was ever in that band followed Robert's lead or else. Those who didn't, left or got pushed.
Robert often said he needed a "working band" (i.e. people who e.g. go crazy during a tour aren't really helpful). We all know it was mostly him who had a "vision" (creatively speaking) for the band and followed it.
Btw, apparently it was the others (band members) who threatened to leave
the band in late '88 if Lol would go on tour with them! Thus Robert had to do something...
Lol, nowadays, sees himself as the cause:
"So as the years passed communications and friendship returned. Eventually all the nonsense and sadness and pain I had caused
myself and the others dissolved ."http://curefans.com/index.php?topic=7896.0
I think the way he was treated was truly vile.
I think both sides have made their mistakes. Lol was willing to forgive. Robert too.
All's good as far as I can tell.