Born out of the ashes of the UK post-punk scene, The Cult evolved to become one of the most influential and controversial rock bands of the late 20th century, selling millions of albums, headlining arenas and stadiums around the world, infusing innovative possibilities into the worlds of music and art, and quickly ascending through the ranks of the indie music world to achieve global status. As early as its first American tour in 1984, The Cult became one of the handful of important bands in the U.S. post-modern and hard rock communities. The band was embraced by the lost children of The Doors and Velvet Underground, and a generation that was waking up to the influence of 60s and 70s rock icons like Led Zeppelin, The New York Dolls and David Bowie.
Formed in Brixton, London in 1983 as Death Cult, The Cult’s music transformed from punk rock to post-punk, psychedelia, heavy dance music, and transcendental hard rock. As one journalist noted, “Using a few simple riffs and images, The Cult creates an entire environment, one more exciting and stimulating than our own.”
And that may just be what separates The Cult from other artists. Imagery is all-important to vocalist/lyricist Ian Astbury, imagery in the music and in the art that accompanies the Cult’s projects. Astbury is attracted to words and the image that each word creates. He is engaged by the power of nature, folklore, the concept of destiny, animal power symbols, the survival of the species, spirituality, and certainly the Native American myth and culture, a subject of many of The Cult’s songs.
The constant core of The Cult is Astbury and guitarist/composer Billy Duffy. Attitude incarnate, the chemistry between these two vastly different artists – equal-parts genuine affection and palpable tension – remains the source of their long-standing partnership. Duffy grounds Astbury’s esoteric side with a hard rock perspective, and there is no doubt that at all times, these two have each other’s backs.July 25 – House of Blues San – Diego, CA July 26 – House of Blues (OC) – Anaheim, CA July 27 – The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA July 29 – Roseland Theatre – Portland, OR July 30 – Showbox Sodo – Seattle, WA August 1 – The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT August 2 – Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO August 3 – Sturgis Buffalo Chip – Sturgis, SD August 5 – Varsity Theatre – Minneapolis, MN August 8 – The Fillmore – Detroit, MI August 9 – House of Blues – Cleveland, OH August 10 – The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC August 11 – House of Blues – N Myrtle Beach, SC August 13 – Revolution – Fort Lauderdale, FL August 14 – House of Blues – Lake Buena Vista, FL August 16 – Hard Rock Live – Biloxi, MS August 17 – The Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA August 18 – Marathon Music Wrks – Nashville, TN August 20 – The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD August 22 – Roseland Ballroom – New York, NY August 23 – House of Blues – Boston, MA August 24 – Hampton Beach Casino – Hampton Beach, NH August 25 – Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA August 27 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL August 29 – L’Aubergine C.R. – Lake Charles, LA August 30 – House of Blues – Houston, TX August 31 – House of Blues – New Orleans, LA September 1 – House of Blues – Dallas, TX September 3 – ALC Live/Moody Thtre – Austin, TX September 5 – Celebrity Theatre – Phoenix, AZ September 6 – House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV September 7 – Wiltern Theatre – Los Angeles, CA September 8 – House of Blues – Los Angeles, CA