LeNoble Back With Cult; Sorum Readying Solo Disc

Reunited rock band's new album due June 5.

The Cult, whose long-delayed new album is due June 5, will be rejoined by bassist Martyn LeNoble when they resume playing live later this month.

The former Porno for Pyros bassist joined the Cult in 1999, but the band announced his departure just prior to entering the studio last fall (see "The Cult Returns To Studio For Next LP"). Session musician Chris Wyse (Tal Bachman, Big Blue Missile) played on the album.

The Cult's still-untitled new disc, which the band is now mixing with longtime producer Bob Rock, will be preceded by an as-yet-undetermined single on May 1, according to management. The album will be the group's first since re-forming in 1999 (see "The Cult Conjures Up Tour; Ian Astbury Solo Album Still On"). The group informally disbanded in 1995 after releasing its self-titled sixth album.

The Cult's touring plans include a couple of appearances at the South by Southwest music conference in Austin, Texas, this month and a short series of Southern music festivals in May, their spokesperson said. The band plans to launch a proper tour probably in August, but the spokesperson denied rumors of an outing with Aerosmith.

Meanwhile, drummer Matt Sorum is working on a solo album called Hollywood Zen. Sorum, who returned to the Cult after a stint with Guns N' Roses, said he's completed the basic tracks and expects to release the record in the fall.

"The album is about my ups and downs in Hollywood," Sorum said. "It's very different from the Cult. Think Bowie meets Iggy meets Lou Reed."

Sorum will be up front for the project, singing and playing guitar, and he intends to support the album with a fall solo tour.

The rocker said that between the Cult and his solo work, which will feature an all-female rhythm section, he's really been on an "up" recently. "I'm in really good shape. I'm down to my weight in high school, I've cleaned up, off the hard drugs. I've got tons of energy."