If you haven't reached 35 yet, you may well have missed out on the Cult phenomenon back in the 80s - Ian Astbury looked for all the world like a Native American warrior, Billy Duffy was the blond pin-up and the rest of the band rocked their arses off. Pitching somewhere between The Doors and Zeppelin, with a fan-base of Goths, rockers and pop-kids, The Cult were often scoffed at for the posturing and the mysticism-angle, but like most 80s acts, they were also good fun. Riffs away, everyone - The Cult are set to play the UK again in 2011!
Choosing their first massive-selling album with which to play a tour with, seems a no-brainer. "Love" contained the hits "She Sells Sanctuary", "Rain" and "Revolution", as well as one of the best album-openers EVER, "Nirvana". 25 years later, it still sounds fresh.
Anyway the UK tour will be their biggest for some time and begins on 18th January in Leeds, before heading to Bristol, Hammersmith, Nottingham and many more until Manchester on the 30th. I spy a cunning gap between Bristol (19th) and Hammersmith (21st) - will there be a bit of Cardiff added or an extra Hammersmith you'll just have to wait and see.
Tickets for the jaunt go on sale on Friday at 9am with prices ranging from £28 - £30. Do not underestimate the power of The Cult, these will sell very quickly.
The Cult have recently released brand-new material via iTunes called "Capsule 1", a collection of new tracks, live recordings and films under one formatted banner (called a 'capsule'). The usual formats all apply, but there are limited vinyl packages and a whole pile of USB items as well (check out their website).
Meanwhile, the chances of a new album loom ever nearer with Chris Goss at the helm - he has previously worked under Masters of Reality, a great band from the Def Jam/ Rubin heyday who are currently confirmed as support for only the Glasgow date (and the rest of the tour, surely).