The Cult formed in 1983. It released its first album, Dreamtime, in September of 1984. You don’t need to be a mathematician to know The Cult has been around for more than three decades. That means every night, every Cult concert, the band must decide if they should focus on their old stuff or if they should focus on their new stuff.
Is The Cult A Nostalgic Act?
Those who have purchased Cult tickets in the recent past know that the band choses to do both. They pay homage to their past and they embrace their present.
For example, they’ll mix classics like “Fire Woman,” “She Sells Sanctuary,” and “Love Removal Machine” (the song that usually ends their shows) with recent cuts like “For The Animals,” “Honey from A Knife,” and ”Embers.” The first of those three tracks are from 2012’s Choice of Weapon while the last is a non-album single released in 2010.
In other words, The Cult is NOT a nostalgic act.
What Is The Cult’s Best Album?
The reason for a wide-spanning set list is simple. While most remember The Cult for their classic 1987 offering Electric, Frontman Ian Ashbury believes the band is still churning out good tunes: “we would not… force it. So many other acts are impotent … they’ve all fallen away into the Range Rover trailer park in Bel Air.”
Almost universally, Electric is considered The Cult’s best work. Other prominent albums from their discography are Love from 1985 and Sonic Temple from 1989.
Who Are The Members Of The Cult?
For their existence, The Cult has been anchored by singer Ian Ashbury and guitarist Billy Duffy. They’ve gone through a slew of drummers over the years but John Tempesta has been with the band since 2006. Grant Fitzpatrick is not an official member but plays bass on Cult tours.
Locking down Tempesta has been good for the band because The Cult is as tight as ever. Even better, Duffy still shreds on the axe, and Ashbury, who was born in 1962, still sounds great in concert.
They usually play stripped down shows that rely more on music than on production elements. That’s not a bad thing. The Cult needs little more than electricity to put on a great show.
Lastly, expect a diverse crowd at a Cult concert. The hard rock outfit from Great Britain attracts rockers, goths, hipsters, and punks. You’ll have as much fun watching the crowd as you will watching The Cult.