[Editor's note: Over the holiday season, SonicNet is looking back at 1999's top stories, chosen by our editors and writers. This story originally ran on Monday, June 7.]
Hard-rockers the Cult, who had their heyday in the '80s, will hit the
road for a 27-date summer tour as the band's mysticism-obsessed singer
Ian Astbury reteams with guitarist Billy Duffy alongside ex-members of
Guns n' Roses and Porno for Pyros.
The tour will kick off July 15 at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco
and end a month later with a four-night stand at the House of Blues in
Los Angeles. Joining Astbury and Duffy on the trip will be onetime Cult
drummer and former Guns n' Roses member Matt Sorum, as well as ex-Porno
for Pyros bassist Martyn LeNoble. The group will get its feet wet with an
appearance at next Sunday's Tibetan Freedom Concert in East Troy, Wis.
Duffy and Astbury reconnected onstage for the first time in four years
on Apr. 5 at Los Angeles' intimate Viper Room club. The pair, joined by
Sorum and members of his side project the Neurotic Outsiders, performed
two popular Cult songs, "Wild Flower" and "Love Removal Machine"
excerpt), as well as a cover of "Bodies," a song by proto-punk
rockers the Sex Pistols.
According to a spokesperson from their management, the Cult plan to reignite
their recording career after the tour. "They just took a hiatus. They
didn't break up," said the source who requested anonymity. "Now that they're
back together they're going to put on a rocking tour and make a new studio
album when they get back [from the road]."
The Cult originated from the ashes of goth-rock band Southern Death Cult,
which formed in Yorkshire, England, in 1981. Despite some success and an
opening slot on tour with goth-rockers Bauhaus, Astbury disbanded Southern
Death Cult after three years and launched the Cult in 1984 with guitarist
Duffy, drummer Ray Mondo and bassist Jamie Stewart.
Charting several mid-to-late-'80s hits in England and the U.S., the group staked its claim with songs that combined Astbury's brooding vocals and his love of mysticism and Native American imagery with a hard-rock backbeat.
Among their hits were such crunching tunes as 1985's "She Sells Sanctuary" (RealAudio excerpt), 1987's "Love Removal Machine" and 1988's "Fire Woman." The Cult, whose rhythm section was a revolving door throughout the '80s, began to have personnel problems during the tour to promote 1987's Electric. As a result, drummer Sorum left to join Guns N' Roses.
Following the release of 1991's Ceremony, the group took a
three-year break until the release of The Cult, a poorly received
1994 album that was followed by the group's four-year hiatus.
The Cult Tour Dates:
July 15; San Francisco, Calif.; Warfield Theater
July 17; Seattle, Wash.; Paramount Theatre
July 18; Portland, Ore.; Roseland Ballroom
July 20; Salt Lake City, Utah; Kingsbury Hall
July 21; Denver, Colo.; The Fillmore
July 23; Kansas City, Mo.; Uptown Theatre
July 24; Minneapolis, Minn.; The Quest
July 26; Chicago, Ill.; House of Blues
July 27; Columbus, Ohio; Newport Music Hall
July 29; Detroit, Mich.; Clutch Cargo
July 30; Toronto, Ontario; The Warehouse
July 31; Cleveland, Ohio; Agora Theater
Aug. 2; Boston, Mass.; Avalon Ballroom
Aug. 3; New York, N.Y.; Roseland Ballroom
Aug. 4; Washington, D.C.; 9:30 Club
Aug. 6; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; House of Blues
Aug. 7; Atlanta, Ga.; The Tabernacle
Aug. 9; New Orleans, La.; House of Blues
Aug. 10; Houston, Texas; Ariel Theater at Bayou Place
Aug. 11; Dallas, Texas; Bronco Bowl
Aug. 13; Phoenix, Ariz.; Celebrity Theatre
Aug. 14; Las Vegas, Nev.; The Joint
Aug. 15; San Diego, Calif.; 4th & B
Aug. 19-22; Los Angeles, Calif.; House of Blues