Revered UK hard rock band The Cult has just one area live date this summer at The Paramount in Huntington, New York (August 12). The quartet – helmed by dynamic singer Ian Astbury and accomplished guitarist Billy Duffy in a career that has lasted 30-plus years – has reverted to performing a traditional live set for this run of dates after playing their 1985 breakthrough, Love, in its entirety on the road in 2013.
The Cult continues to keep an active road schedule by design – its philosophy is that by touring regularly it keeps the group well-oiled and capable. Twenty-five years after its biggest U.S. chart success, 1989’s Sonic Temple, the group is no mere nostalgia act as evidenced by its ninth studio album, 2012’s Choice of Weapon. The band also reports it is at work on original songs for a new studio album that could surface in 2015.
Recent live sets, including a well-received gig at April’s Coachella Festival in Indio, California, have touched on The Cult’s finest moments. Excerpts from Love (“Rain,” “The Phoenix,” “She Sells Sanctuary”), 1987’s Electric (“‘Lil Devil,” “Aphrodesiac Jacket,” “Wild Flower,” and “Love Removal Machine”) and Sonic Temple (“Sweet Soul Sister”) are all but certain, but fans may be disappointed that the latter’s “Fire Woman” and “Edie (Ciao Baby)” will likely be overlooked.
Still, the title track from the group’s 1984 goth-rock debut “Spiritwalker” and “The Witch” – an extract from 2008’s Music Without Fear – represent Astbury and Duffy’s longstanding history. Asserting that the Cult –rounded out by drummer John Tempesta, bassist Chris Wyse and rhythm guitarist James Stevenson (Gene Loves Jezebel, The Alarm) – will deliver a memorable show on Tuesday night.