Ian Astbury
Rock musician; lead singer for The Cult
Ian Astbury
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 - over 3 years
When the Cult released their album Electric in 1987 it represented the shock of the new and the old The UK group had previously enjoyed triumph with their sophomore full-length 1985's Love – an ultra-contemporary masterpiece of post-punk soon ubiquitous thanks to its breakthrough smash "She Sells Sanctuary" But when...
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Up & Coming
The Portland Mercury - over 3 years
Music previews for the week of July 24-30. WEDNESDAY 7/24 Y LA BAMBA (SW Main & Park) See My, What a Busy Week! RIGSKETBALL FINALS: THE WOOLEN MEN, WOODEN INDIAN BURIAL GROUND, MINDEN, GRANDPARENTS, GAYTHEIST, THE WE SHARED MILK, MISTER TANG (Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Unless you're living under a rock or really don't care about local music at all, you know that PDX Pop Now! took place last weekend under the sizzling hot sun in Southeast Portland. Opposite the main stage, you might have noticed a brightly painted van adorned with a basketball hoop—AKA Rigsketball. This highly conspicuous vehicle belongs to Bim Ditson of And And And, who has made it his mission to figure out just which Portland band is best at slamming three-pointers and coming up with their own inventive Rigsketball moves. After three rounds, it all winds down tonight, when the winner band will be crowned. But we're all pretty much winners when we can celeb ...
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Ian Astbury takes dead aim at critics of The Cult on Choice of Weapon
Natiobak Post - over 4 years
"I didn’t Wikipedia ‘punk rock’ — I lived through it. I’m part of that generation who laid down their lives and their sanity to build this thing”
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Cult frontman Astbury gets primal [Video]
Calgary Sun - almost 5 years
The Cult's frontman Ian Astbury cuts an imposing -- some might say menacing -- figure on the cover of the veteran British rock band's just-released first album in five years, Choice of Weapon.
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Catching up with Cult front man Ian Astbury
San Francisco Chronicle - almost 5 years
Catching up with Cult front man Ian Astbury The Cult has just released its first new full-length album in five years, "Choice of Weapon." A long time has passed since the British hard-rock band ruled MTV with tunes like "She Sells Sanctuary" and "Wild Flower," but on its ninth studio recording, produced by Chris Goss and longtime collaborator Bob Rock, the group still makes a wonderful racket. The first 12 years of being in a band was just a blur. Standing still and looking at your pinky is in fashion with so many new bands. What did you learn from inhabiting one of your idols' leather pants? Learning the lyrics is one thing, but learning about the intention and subtext was really important. Do you think it's a good idea for bands to go back to their roots? There was a time you and Billy Duffy would have thrown each other off the tour bus. There's a certain respect we have for those records we made, the music we made. Aidin Vaziri is The San Francisco Chr ...
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Music Review: The Cult - Choice of Weapon
Seattle Pi - almost 5 years
Music Review: The Cult - Choice of Weapon Seattle Post-Intelligencer Copyright 2012 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 01:21 p.m., Thursday, May 10, 2012 Created in Britain in 1983 on the heels of the post-punk movement, the band had split up in 1995, bailing out of a South American tour and citing unspecified reasons for the breakup (read: alcohol abuse and hateful riffs between members). Original members, front man Ian Astbury, whose distinctive wailing voice has settled pleasantly into a rich deeper register, and guitarist Billy Duffy, an ace at memorable guitar passages, have created an album rich in Metallica atmosphere that boasts a topical integrity that addresses the current state of our information overloaded society by confronting political oppression. In lyricist Astbury's view, that belief system is a devoted fascination with ind ...
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James Rotondi: Ian Astbury: The Cult's "Smash-and-Grab Buddhist"
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
Ian Astbury doesn't need to look very far for a reminder of his Buddhist beliefs. Tattooed to his wrist is the final line from the Tibetan Heart Sutra: "Gone, gone, gone beyond, gone altogether beyond. O what an awakening, all hail!" Yet the 49-year-old singer of veteran English rock band The Cult -- and collaborator with members of The Doors, Black Sabbath, Guns N' Roses and other rock titans -- has also traveled far afield in search of spiritual and cultural insights, from Dharamsala to Kathmandu to Puna. In turn, he has become an eloquent, impassioned defender of Eastern traditions, once suggesting, in an essay in the pages of Spin Magazine, that the Tibetan flag be adopted as "the international banner of free speech, free thought, religious and racial tolerance for all." Tibet, he suggested, "is symbolic of our spiritual crisis [in the West], a need to turn inwards for a solution." A restless autodidact who routinely references Joseph Campbell, Terence McKenna, Pema ...
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The Doors: The Seedier Side Of The Sixties Dream - Sabotage Times
Google News - over 5 years
... Morrison came to symbolise the archetypal rock star, the turned on, freaked out sexually charged pseudo savant that provided the future career template for every groin thrusting leather kegged poser from Michael Hutchence to Ian Astbury
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'60s Rockers Resurrect Their Sound In San Francisco - KTVU San Francisco
Google News - over 5 years
When surviving Doors Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger announce the formation of "The Doors of the 21st Century" with former Cult lead singer Ian Astbury and former Police drummer Stewart Copeland, there was no shortage criticism of the idea
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/Scream: Complete Control Session - LoudVision
Google News - over 5 years
Peter Stahl si diverte a più riprese a scimmiottare Ian Astbury molto più che in passato, mentre sfuria nello sfogo hardcore di "Jamin' At 606". Se conoscete gli Scream solo di nome come band di passaggio di un imberbe Dave Grohl pre-Nirvana,
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Slash and Mary J. Blige Collaborate on New Song - Ultimate Classic Rock
Google News - over 5 years
Ian Astbury, Lemmy Kilmeister and Iggy Pop were a few of the artists who showed up, proving once again that Slash works exceptionally well with others. His last single, 'Beautiful Dangerous,' featured pop diva Fergie, so the fact that he's now working
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2 Become 1: Musical Match-Ups We'd Like To See - Houston Press (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Our second choice was Ian Astbury of The Cult. Animal Collective & Brian Wilson: This is one that has always intrigued us. We can hear beachy melodies in the Animal Collective's stuff, even if we aren't total converts. Hearing Wilson sing over their
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Revisiting 'L.A. Woman' with half of the Doors - OCRegister
Google News - over 5 years
Instead of onetime Fuel singer Brett Scallions handling the late Jim Morrison's vocals, as was the case four years ago (the Cult's Ian Astbury assumed that role before that, when this resurrection was called the Doors of the 21st Century),
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Farrell looks back to Lollapalooza 1991, which was in Tinley Park - SouthtownStar
Google News - over 5 years
A precursor to Lollapalooza, this two-day event — a mini tour organized by the Cult's Ian Astbury, with the first day outside San Francisco and the second outside Los Angeles — featured a diverse bill that included Soundgarden (which features Park
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Letzter Ritt durch Feuer und Nacht - Frankfurter Neue Presse
Google News - over 5 years
Das goldene Zeitalter der Hippies scheint sich in der aktuellen Musikszene zu wiederholen – aber nicht ohne einen Beitrag der Protagonisten dieser Zeit: Bereits 2003 taten sich Organist Manzarek und Gitarrist Krieger mit dem "Cult"-Sänger Ian Astbury
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Al Pistoia Blues è 'Doors Day' con Krieger e Manzarek - News mag
Google News - over 5 years
Rimpiazzato Ian Astbury, che aveva inizialmente preso il posto del Re Lucertola per tornare a cantare nei suoi Cult, il tastierista e il chitarrista dei Doors ripercorreranno tutti i brani storici della band californiana con l'aiuto della voce del
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Metall och sommar (17:37) - Realtid.se
Google News - over 5 years
Nyligen gjorde Boris en skiva ihop med Cult-sångaren Ian Astbury, men han är inte med nu. Så, ut i solen nu. Men bara för säkerhets skull. Om regnet drar in tipsar Fredags-Kangas här om några av sina favoritlåtar om sommaren. Saknar du någon?
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KYUSS LIVES! Frontman Performs With THE CULT At Italy's SONISPHERE (Video ... - Blabbermouth.net
Google News - over 5 years
They will once again be joined by guru and master producer Chris Goss, frontman of MASTERS OF REALITY, producer on various QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE albums as well as credits on countless other works. THE CULT is Ian Astbury (vocals),
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40 ans après: l'héritage de Jim Morrison - Canoë
Google News - over 5 years
Le chanteur du groupe The Cult, Ian Astbury, qui a chanté avec les survivants des Doors, opine: «Dès ma première écoute des Doors, en 1971, à l'âge de 10 ans, je me suis soudainement rendu compte d'une présence très particulière, dans la pièce
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ian Astbury
    FORTIES
  • 2012
    Age 49
    On 26 May 2012, Astbury married The Black Ryder singer/guitarist Aimee Nash in Las Vegas.
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  • 2010
    Age 47
    In 2010, he provided the vocals for the song "Ghost" on guitarist Slash's self-titled solo album.
    More Details Hide Details The track also featured former Guns N' Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin on rhythm guitar. Astbury is also credited for playing the drums on a track called "Gasp" by "Japanese Cartoon."
  • 2009
    Age 46
    In 2009, The Cult announced a series of shows across Canada, the US, and various countries in Europe.
    More Details Hide Details It was billed as "'Love' Live", where the band performed its classic album, "Love," in its entirety. On 29 May 2010 Boris performed "The End" with Ian Astbury at Vivid Festival on Sydney. Boris and Astbury released a four-song EP in September 2010 on Southern Lord and Daymare Records, containing four tracks entitled Teeth and Claws, We are Witches, Rain (The Cult cover), Magickal Child. He lives in Los Angeles and plays on the football team Hollywood United with Billy Duffy and Steve Jones of The Sex Pistols and is a supporter of English Premier League club Everton FC.
  • 2007
    Age 44
    The Cult's current lineup consists of Astbury and Duffy, alongside bassist Chris Wyse, drummer John Tempesta and touring rhythm guitarist Mike Dimkitch. In October 2007, The Cult finally released Born into This.
    More Details Hide Details The first single was "Dirty Little Rockstar," which enjoyed strong radio airplay.
    During early 2007, The Cult entered the studio to begin production on Born into This, the group's first album in six years.
    More Details Hide Details Also planned for release was a DVD of the band's 13 November. 2006 concert at Irving Plaza in New York City.
  • 2003
    Age 40
    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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2002
    Age 39
    Astbury described the fight with the record label as "soul destroying"; disillusioned, he brought The Cult to another hiatus in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details Astbury became lead singer of The Doors of the 21st Century in 2002. The group featured original Doors members Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek.
  • 1999
    Age 36
    In 1999, Astbury and Duffy reformed The Cult to head one of the most financially successful tours that year.
    More Details Hide Details A new contract with Atlantic Records was inked, and in 2001 came the release of Beyond Good and Evil. Early radio success was being had by the single "Rise", until the band had a falling out with Atlantic and they ended all commercial promotions and radio play for the album.
  • 1996
    Age 33
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Although they were not a commercial success, the Barbarians were well received by many who had regained respect for Astbury as an artist. One notable appearance by the band was at the small Tunbridge Wells Forum which saw them being joined onstage by Vic Reeves for a rendition of The Cult's classic "Wildflower". Personal difficulties and a drive for further introspection drove Astbury away from his new group, as he began working on a solo album (eventually released as Spirit\Light\Speed).
  • 1994
    Age 31
    In 1994, The Cult returned with an untitled album and a change of musical pace.
    More Details Hide Details Their hard rock sound was gone, replaced instead by Astbury's growing interest in alternative music, fashion and introspective lyrics. The self-titled album was not a commercial success, due mostly to the lack of radio support for the album's two singles ("Coming Down" and "Star"). To support the album they set out on a tour; in Brazil, however, Astbury's creative differences with guitarist Duffy reached their peak, and the former walked out on The Cult.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1983
    Age 20
    Southern Death Cult lasted until March 1983, when it was dissolved.
    More Details Hide Details Along with guitarist Billy Duffy, bassist Jamie Stewart and drummer Raymond Taylor Smith, Astbury formed a new band, Death Cult, released The Death Cult EP and later dropped Death from the name to become The Cult. The Cult have been a postmodern rock band active since 1983. Their first album, Dreamtime was released in 1984, and followed by Love in 1985. Love featured the single "She Sells Sanctuary", which introduced the band to an international audience. Many songs of these early albums focus on Native American themes, a pre-occupation of Astbury. On their third album, Electric, The Cult made a transformation to hard rock sound with the help of Rick Rubin. After the release of the 1989 album Sonic Temple, and the single "Fire Woman", Astbury relocated to Los Angeles, California.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1980
    Age 17
    He moved to Bradford in late 1980, where he was a founding member of the positive punk band Southern Death Cult in 1981.
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    In 1980 he was in Liverpool, where he was active on the punk scene based around Eric's Club.
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  • 1979
    Age 16
    In 1979, while living in Glasgow, Astbury was influenced by The Doors' song "The End", which he heard while watching the movie Apocalypse Now, later describing this as "a religious experience".
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1962
    Born
    Born on May 14, 1962.
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