Last night I saw the Cult play live at Terminal 5 with my friend Daniela. A spectacular show. Ian Astbury voice is as strong as ever. This was the Love tour, and they played all their best songs... She Sells Sanctuary, Rain, Hallow Man, Revolution... To be honest, when they first started playing, it sounded like them, but Ian looked so different. To be fare, I was up on the balcony, so I couldn't see any details of his face. But long gone was the long black hair and bandana!
The crowd was great! A true mix of their 80's followers; heavy metal throwbacks, bikers, goths, old punks. And then the rest of us.. mainly the above 40 crowd.
I used to listen to the cult in the mid 80's along with Siouxsie and the Banshees, sisters of mercy, Bauhaus... they were different than the rest, and rocked, but in a psychedelic way. When they embraced the metal rocker persona, I had moved to L.A. at that time, and heavy metal was in full swing. Every corner of HOllywood boulevard had some long haired guy with a guitar strung over his back, on his way to an audition, practice, or gig.
the cult through the 80's
I have very fond memories of them. And apparently so did the crowd. I was worried for a minute that the weight of the crowd, thumping and pounding to the sounds of The Cult, would send us all crashing down.
But we made it through!
Long live The Cult!
She Sells Sanctuary in the 80's:
She Sells Sanctuary today:
More on the Cult:
The Cult is an English rock band. In the mid-1980s, the Cult was one of England's leading heavy metal revivalists, a hard rock band with slight psychedelic flourishes, influenced primarily by the Native American mysticism of The Doors and the hard guitar rock of Led Zeppelin and AC/DC. The band also touched upon post-punk goth rock, a relatively new style at the time.
The Cult had hits in Britain in the mid-1980s, such as "She Sells Sanctuary", "Rain", and "Revolution" and in the late 1980s, they broke into the American heavy metal market with the song, "Love Removal Machine". Although 1989's Sonic Temple is the band's most commercially successful album to date, by the late 1980s and early 1990s, the band was fraying behind the scenes, due to alcohol abuse and off-stage tensions. In early 1995, the Cult split up, citing unspecified problems on a South American tour.
Between 1999 and 2002, the band reformed to record the album Beyond Good and Evil, and reissued all of their albums in Asia and eastern Europe in 2003 and Japan in 2004. In 2006, the band reformed again to perform a series of worldwide tours, and a number of dates were captured for posterity by InstantLive.
In October 2007, the band released a new album Born Into This, on the Roadrunner Records label. Prior to the album's release, the band played festival and headline dates, and supported The Who, in Europe through summer 2007, with a U.S. headline tour to follow.
- Ian Astbury - vocals
- Billy Duffy - guitar
- Chris Wyse - bass
- John Tempesta - drums