Ian Astbury

Rock Musician; Lead Singer For the Cult
Born May 14, 1962

Ian Astbury is an English rock musician and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist for the rock band, The Cult.

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  • Rick Rubin, Ian Astbury Recall 1987 Sessions: 'new York Was On Fire'
    Rolling Stone - Sep 19, 2013
  • Up & Coming
    The Portland Mercury - Jul 24, 2013
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    Ian Astbury Takes Dead Aim At Critics Of The Cult On Choice Of Weapon
    Natiobak Post - May 28, 2012
  • Cult Frontman Astbury Gets Primal [Video]
    Calgary Sun - May 26, 2012


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Ian Astbury.


1962 Birth Born on May 14, 1962.


1973 11 Years Old Ian and his family moved to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 1973 when he was 11 years old. … Read More
1979 17 Years Old In 1979, while living in Glasgow, he was deeply struck by the Doors song "The End", which he heard while watching the movie Apocalypse Now. … Read More
1980 18 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1980 he was in Liverpool, where he was active on the punk scene based around Eric's Club. … Read More
1981 19 Years Old Here he was a founding member of the positive punk band Southern Death Cult in 1981.


1983 21 Years Old Southern Death Cult lasted until March 1983, when it was dissolved. … Read More
1991 29 Years Old The dent in their reputation was amplified by the loss of many Sonic Temple fans, when their next album, Ceremony, released in 1991, delivered disappointingly in the wake of an oncoming grunge movement.


1994 32 Years Old In 1994, The Cult returned with an untitled album and a change of musical pace. … Read More
1996 34 Years Old Inspired by his sudden change in direction, Astbury soon after assembled another group of musicians and began writing new songs. He called the group The Holy Barbarians, and in 1996 the band released the album Cream. … Read More
1999 37 Years Old In 1999, Astbury and Duffy reformed The Cult to head one of the most financially successful tours that year. … Read More


2002 40 Years Old Astbury described the fight with the record label as "soul destroying"; disillusioned, he brought The Cult to another hiatus in 2002. … Read More
2003 41 Years Old In 2003, Astbury also performed with surviving members of MC5 at the 100 Club in London, before finally reforming The Cult with Duffy again in 2006, for a series of live dates and rumours of reissues and another greatest hits compilation in the works.
2007 45 Years Old 1 More Event
During early 2007, The Cult entered the studio to begin production on Born into This, the group's first album in six years. … Read More
2009 47 Years Old In 2009, The Cult announced a series of shows across the US, Canada, and Europe billed as "'Love' Live", where the band performed its classic album, "Love," in its entirety. … Read More
2010 48 Years Old …  In 2010, he provided the vocals for the song "Ghost" on guitarist Slash's self-titled solo album. … Read More


2012 50 Years Old In May of 2012, Astbury married The Black Ryder singer/guitarist Aimee Nash in Las Vegas.
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