5 Reasons To Go See - The Cult
- Doug Johnstone
- 28 February 2008
- They’re Electric
British rock behemoths The Cult might have a rather dubious legacy after more than a quarter of a century in the business, but they can lay claim to one of the finest rock’n’roll albums of the last 30 years, namely Electric, every inch of which is riff-drenched, wailing, cock-rocking genius.
- They’re not The Doors, thank crap
Singer Ian Astbury has always been in debt to the Lizard King Jim Morrison, so when he got a chance to work with the rest of The Doors he jumped at it. The resulting supergroup were dogged by legal problems and, frankly, a bit crap, and Astbury wisely quit to concentrate on his own leather-trousered legacy.
- They’re Born into This
After splitting up twice, Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy got back together again last year for the release of new album, Born into This. Widely acclaimed (Mojo album of the month included) it was a decided return to form for the Bradford boys.
- Astbury is a big mouth
At a gig last year he announced they were to support Led Zeppelin on tour. This was months before the Zep’s recent reformation was in the public domain. Nice going, big guy.
- You might pick up a nice bit of personalised gear
A mate of mine once caught one of Billy Duffy’s guitar picks at a gig. It was signed, sky blue and emblazoned with the Manchester City crest (Duffy is a massive fan).
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