Astbury aims for one-off shows
The Cult frontman Ian Astbury says he wouldn’t want to perform the band’s songs exactly as they appear on record – even if they could.
Instead, he insists their performances are all about creating a one-off experience. And those fans who’d rather not share that would be better off not attending.
Discussing the chance of fans hearing songs precisely as they were laid down in the studio, Astbury says: “I doubt that will ever happen – all the ad libs were spontaneous in the recordings.”
He continues: “We are not that kind of band who strive for note perfection – we go for feeling.
“We thrive in the chaos, beauty and disorder of the moment. We are not machines; that’s not why we started performing. Sometimes we can be crass, base and vulgar. Other moments can be beatific and transcendent.
“So if you’re coming expecting to hear a note-for-note rendition of a recording, save your money, stay at home and listen to the albums.”
He suggests that fans who want the best sound on the night should stand near the mixing desk, while those who want to experience the most volume should position themselves near the speaker stacks. “If you want to see fancy footwork,” he adds, “get in front of me.”
Astbury continues: “For those that do come, you shall experience a live performance – an event that will happen once and once only. Looking forward to seeing you all soon.”
The Cult tour the UK next month, when they’ll perform 1987 album Electric in full, alongside a second set of tracks from across their career.
The Cult Electric 13 UK tour
Oct 18: Cardiff University Great Hall
Oct 19: Exeter Great Hall
Oct 20: Southampton Guildhall
Oct 22: Norwich UEA
Oct 23: Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Oct 25: Manchester Academy
Oct 26: Glasgow Barrowlands
Oct 28: Nottingham Rock City
Oct 29: Liverpool 02 Academy
Oct 31: London Roundhouse
Nov 01: London Roundhouse
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