The Cult safe after bus crash in Croatia

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The Cult frotnman Ian Astbury tells the media that he had quite the scare after the band’s tour bus was involved in an incident earlier this week in Croatia.  the band was on its way to Slovenia from Croatia when it slammed into a guardrail, causing the bus to tip before finally writing itself.  The incident damaged part of the front end of the bus.  In an interview, Astbury explained what happened.  “I was the only one awake,” he said.  “All of a sudden, the bus veered violently, hit the guard rail and tipped on a 45-degree angle, then righted itself and came to a halt.  The guard rail was the only thing that prevented us from going over an 80-foot drop.”

Being the only one awake at the time, Astbury was thrown into the bus’s aisle, causing injuries to his back, neck, and shoulder.  He was the ony one who sustained any major injuries.  the band was able to work on the bus and make its way to its next stop.

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The Cult releases second single from its new album

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Veteran rock act, The Cult, has officially released the second single off of its highly acclaimed new album, “Choice of Weapon.”  The song, ‘Honey From a Knife’ is the hard rocking opener to the new album.  Behind the work of the band–Billy Buffy (guitar), Chris Wyse (bass), John tempesta (drums) and Ian Astbury (vocals), this song comes right at listeners. 

Along with being released to radio stations nationwide, “Honey From a Knife” is also now available as a ringtone on all U.S. carriers. 

The Cult is currently touring in support of “Choice of Weapon.”  And fans can check out all the current and upcoming tour dates online at http://www.thecult.us and on its Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/officialcult.  They can also keep up with all the latest on the band’s Twitter page at http://twitter.com/officialcult, on Myspace at http://www.myspace.com/thecult.  If you’re not hearing ‘Honey From a Knife’ at your favorite radio station, make sure to call them up and request it right now!

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The Cult’s ‘Choice of Weapon’ off to a huge start on the charts

 

The Cult has a lot of reason to be very happy today.  The band’s new album has debuted at #34 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.  That’s only part of the good news for the band.  The album has taken off all over the place.  It has debuted at #3 on Billboard’s Hard Rock chart, #15 on the Rock chart, and #7 on the Indie Albums chart. 

The album’s making waves both in Canada and overseas, too.  The album debuted at #15 in Canada, and at #20 on the UK’s charts. 

The band kicked off its world tour in support of the album May 25th alongside Against Me! and The Icarus Line.  The band will perform at the Congress Theatre in Chicago, Illinois tonight before heading back up north to Canada tomorrow and back down to Pittsburgh Sunday night. 

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Members of The Cult to appear on Rockline May 23rd

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA–Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy, of The Cult, will appear on the nationally syndicated music based radio show, Rockline.  The duo is scheduled to be on the show May 23rd.  They will be discussing the band’s new album, “Choice of Weapon.”  The album is currently slated to hit stores May 22nd.  They will also debut new songs from the album and take listener calls.  Fans can talk to the band by calling the Rockline toll free line, 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). 

The duo’s appearance on the show comes just before the band kicks off its world tour in support of the new album on May 25th.  the band kicks off its tour in San Diego, California at Humphreys By the bay. 

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Rock vets The Cult release a powerful “weapon” with new album

Twenty-Twelve has been an amazing year for music.  This year isn’t yet halfway over and already so many great albums have been released.  Now, yet another album can be added to that list of great releases in The Cult’s new upcoming album, “Choice of Weapon.”

“Choice Of Weapon” is a fitting title for the band’s new album.  It’s a reflection of the feelings toward everything going on in the world right now.  Frontman Ian Astbury said in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, of the album’s title, “a weapon can be a statement, a verbal statement,  a weapon can be an article of clothing.”  The band’s choice of weapon in this case, is that verbal weapon.  The single, ‘For The Animals’ is a prime example of that.  Astbury writes in this piece, “Who you trying to screw – All the animals/Where you gonna turn – To the untamed/What you trying to prove – You not participating”  The animals in question are the people.  It’s a scathing social commentary about the increasingly disenfranchised youth of the world. 

Another good example of the commentary that abounds on the album comes in the song, ‘Life > Death.’  While it isn’t as up-tempo as some of the other pieces on the album, the lyrical and musical combination makes for an emotional piece that’s in reality one of the album’s best songs.  Astbury wrote in this song, “You break the man/leave his shell on the ground/what have you done?/with your own life?/your world..You can’t destroy them/the beauty and the youth/you’ll never beat them/you’ll never hide the truth.”  For all the pessimism and negativity in the world, this song seems to intimate Astbury’s hope for something better.  It almost comes across as him saying that as bad as things might be or get, all the negative forces in the world can’t destroy the positive forces that will always exist.  The softer musical content of the song really helps to hammer that message home.  It’s almost a bittersweet sound, but still positive in its own way.

This album has even more songs that will move listeners.  What’s listed here is just a small sampling of what fans can expect from this impressive opus.  Making the album even better is that it comes with a bonus disc with four extra tracks.  The abundance of impressive musical content is only one part of what makes “Choice of Weapon” the impressive recording that it is.  The addition of mega-producer Bob Rock (Metallica) on the boards makes the album that much greater.  Rock was able to catch every little nuance of each song.  There are little guitar licks and added special effects throughout the record that might not be caught until after the first few times.  In hearing those tiny additions, one really hears the greatness of this record.  It’s like a great classic movie helmed by an equally great director.  Catching different elements makes it that much better each time it’s experienced.  And that’s a sign of an album that lyrics or no lyrics, has added itself into an already busy mix of albums vying for a spot on the list of top albums of the year.

The band is supporting the new album with a world tour that kicks off May 25th in San Diego, California.  From there, the tour will take the band across the country throughout the month of June before it heads overseas for the European leg of its tour.  Fans can keep up with all the tour dates and more online at http://www.thecult.us, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/officialcult, and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/officialcult.

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The Cult to appear on VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show

The Cult is preparing to kick off its tour in support of its new upcoming album, “Choice of Weapon.”  In celebration, the band has already planned a performance next week on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live.  Now, the band is honored to announce that it has added another television appearance to promote its new album.

The Cult has added an appearance on VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show this Satuday night at 11pm.  After its appearances on VH1 Classic and ABC, The Cult will kick off its world tour with a performance at Humphrey’s By the Bay in San Diego, California May 25th.  The U.S. leg of the tour will see the band head down the west coast and into the midwest before making a quick stopoff in Canada on its way to the Northeast.  From there, the band will head down the east coast and swing back to the southast before closing out its U.S. tour at the Hollywood Palladium in Hollywood, california on June 23rd.

Fans can get a full listing of tour dates online at http://www.thecult.us, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/officialcult, and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/officialcult.