On Tour: The Cult

With influences as wide as the Doors, American hard rock, and the gothic movement of the 1980s, they sound like no other band.

Ladies and gentlemen, the Cult is back. After forming in 1983 under the original moniker the Southern Death Cult, the band shortened its name to the Cult in 1984. Their sound is made up of a distinct fusion of styles from psychedelia to hard rock. In May, vocalist Ian Ashbury and guitarist Billy Duffy, the songwriters and mainstays of the band, will be firing up stages across America, including St. Louis’s The Pageant May 14.

With hits like “She Sells Sanctuary” from their gothic days, up to “Love Removal Machine” and “Fire Woman” after the band went mainstream, the Cult promises to bring its patented brand of hard rock to the masses once again. With influences as wide as the Doors, American hard rock, and the gothic movement of the 1980s, they sound like no other band. Ashbury even filled in on vocals when the remaining members of the Doors went on tour on the 1990s. Soulful and powerful, Ashbury’s vocal style comes across even stronger in a live setting.

Touring in support of their 2016 release, Hidden City, they are sure to bring some of their new catalog to the stage, while remaining true to the tracks everyone wants to hear. They are a great live band, proving once again that rock ’n’ roll is far from dead. | Marc Farr

See the Cult on May 14 at The Pageant in St. Louis. Full tour dates are below; tickets are available at the artist’s website.

05.03 | Rams Head Live, Baltimore
05.05 | Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concorde NJ
05.06 | Harrah’s Atlantic City
05.07 | College Street Music Hall, New Haven CT
05.09 | Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, New Bedford MA
05.10 | Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn
05.12 | Goodyear Theater, Akron OH
05.13 | The Venue at Horseshoe Casino, Hammond IN
05.14 | The Pageant, St. Louis
05.16 | House of Blues, Dallas
05.18 | House of Blues, Houston
05.19 | IP Casino, Resort & Spa, Biloxi MS
05.20 | Jefferson Theatre, Beaumont TX
05.23 | Selena Auditorium, Corpus Christi TX
05.24 | The Aztec Theatre, San Antonio
05.25 | Strand Theatre of Shreveport LA
05.27 | Rocklahoma, Pryor OK

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Marc Farr is the Live Music & Assignments Editor of PLAYBACK:stl. He's so invaluable to us, we've nicknamed him Mr. Music. Reach out if you have coverage ideas! "I know it's only rock and roll...but I like it!"
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