Thursday, November 1, 2007

The Cult

The Cult are an English rock band that appeared in their earliest form in Bradford during 1981. Over the years the band have had various line-ups; the longest serving band members are vocalist Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy, both of whom are the band's songwriters.
In their very earliest days, the band emerged as one of the progenitors of the budding post-punk music scene that was happening in England. Their music style was associated by the media with gothic rock, taking influences from the mysticism associated with Native Americans and psychedelic rock acts such as The Doors. (

Saturday, 12 October 1985, "Dance Hall", 00:10 - 01:10

Line up
Ian Astbury – vocals; Billy Duffy – guitar; Jamie Stewart – bass; Les Warner – drums

Set list
01 Christians (4:23)

02 Revolution (5:15)
03 Rain (4:38)
04 Hollow man (4:46)
05 She sells sanctuary (5:18)
06 Go West (4:48)
07 Resurrection Joe (5:57)
08 Spiritwalker (3:48)
09 Bonebag (7:14)
10 Moya

I have a radio recording of tracks 01 – 09, 45". A complete (?) audience recording may also exist.

Cover for cdr by shemethree (

Other info
The Cult also played Pandora's 83 under their former moniker Death Cult, and (maybe) Pandora's 84. I'll get to the disputed 84 performance later on.

Mark Brzezicki of Big Country (also on Pandora's 83) helped out on sessions for the "Love" album until the arrival of Les Warner. The article below mentions Nigel Preston as drummer, but he was fired from the band after the recording of "She sells sanctuary".

Billy Duffy was ex-Theatre of Hate, as was Kirk Brandon who also played Pandora's 83 with his Spear of Destiny.

Article from official festival booklet.

Ian Astbury on stage at Pandora's 1985 (Vinyl magazine, 1985/11).

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