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The Cult on Tour

The Cult, a shape-shifting rock band, has hardly sat still since their mid-'80s conception. They were born out of England's post-punk scene, first emerging as a heavy metal revivalist band with their debut album Dreamtime in 1984. The collection of shimmering guitars, howling vocals, and neo-psychedelic sounds introduced the dawn of a new musical era as the band transitioned away from the gothic rock genre leaning in the direction of a hard rock act. Dreamtime reached the top of the charts in the UK and served as a prologue for the trilogy The Cult would produce as the '80s went on. By the time Love dropped in the summer of 1985, the fresh ensemble had built a dedicated native following through the release of the teaser single "She Sells Sanctuary." Love became the No. 4 album in the UK, but The Cult achieved international, mainstream success after recording Electric in New York in 1987. Resonant of strident U.S. arena rock, the album picked up on the popular three-chord crunch, hard-hitting kick drum, heroic guitar solos with endless rifts, and passionate vocals backed by sing-along choruses. It was a huge success and sold over one million copies worldwide -- only to be topped by their 1988 magnum opus, Sonic Temple, which featured their top-charting song "Fire Woman." The British band would go on to release two more studio albums by the turn of the century (Ceremony, 1991; The Cult, 1994) and another four over the next two decades (Beyond Good and Evil, 2001; Born into This, 2007; Choice of Weapon, 2012; Hidden City, 2016), plus a total of 41 singles throughout their career. In 2022, fans have the chance to see The Cult on tour across three different countries as they perform the great alt-rock ballads that turned them into an iconic household name.

The Cult in Concert

An ever-evolving ensemble, The Cult has witnessed several changes to its name, lineup, and musical direction since forming in the 1980s -- but two of the band's founding members, singer/songwriter Ian Astbury and lead guitarist Brian Duffy, have remained throughout it all. The current drummer, John Tempesta, joined in 2006, playing with The Cult on tour and in concert ever since. In 2015, Grant Fitzpatrick (bass) and Damon Fox (keyboards/rhythm guitar) joined to help the band record their 10th album, permanently staying on after that. Although Astbury's heavenly vocals and Duffy's thrilling guitar may remain the lifeblood of The Cult on tour in 2022, the entire outfit fulfills the band's original promise and feels like they've stepped straight out of the '90s.


Rating: 4.4 out of 5 based on 1232 reviews
  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    too short

    by flavio on 11/8/23Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort - Las Vegas

    one of the best cult shows(8) that ive seen highly reco

  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    Bad Ass

    by MamaCareBear on 11/8/23Humphreys Concerts By the Bay - San Diego

    Amazing venue, not huge and everyone just was having an amazing time and just a very memorable night.

  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    One of the BEST EVER

    by STL on 11/4/23

    Working in the industry and venues, I have seen hundreds and hundreds of bands. The Cult are one of the best ever live concerts as well as Astbury and Duffy being 2 of the best musicians of all time. Professionals who put it on the line every time for the MUSIC. Astbury encourages the audience to get up and move, and that is absolutely one of the funnest things about seeing bands live. These guys make you want to get up and rock! If you ever have a chance to see them, don't hesitate. Never stop rocking guys!

  • Rating: 4 out of 5

    No Spotlight/Front Lights but great Concert

    by William B on 11/1/23Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort - Las Vegas

    The Pearl is a great venue. Security/staff/ushers were there when needed. Beverage line well managed; but every thing served in lidless plastic cups is recipe for disasters. Sound was dialed in and very good. Loud. Thumpin. Ian's voice was marvelous. He was obviously having fun. Billy solid on the guitar. Drums, awesome. They played alot of favorites, but did NOT play Fire Woman nor Edie (Ciao Baby). Chief complaint - no frontal lighting at all. No spotlight. No bright frontal lighting so you could SEE the bandmembers faces. I thought that was weird. Opening act Cold Cave was like an angry Echo and the Bunnymen. Odd 'all strobe' light show. I didnt like any of their songs at least on this first listen.

  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    Great show

    by Raveonzeek on 11/1/23Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort - Las Vegas

    Loved it! They rock and have so much energy! Great all around.

  • Rating: 5 out of 5


    by Dinosaur on 10/31/23Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort - Las Vegas

    Wonderful performance. Great band to watch live. We were thrilled to get such a professional concert.

  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    Insane Performance

    by JROCK on 10/31/23Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort - Las Vegas

    I saw The Cult in 2015, and now again in 2023. All I can say is that the 2023 performance eclipsed the 2015 show. Great setlist, incredible performance by the band and especially Ian. Just 5 star all the way around. Don't think twice about going to see The Cult. I want to thank them for playing Hollow Man which was my number one request.

  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    Great always

    by Shawnda on 10/31/23Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort - Las Vegas

    The Cult never disappoints. Can't wait to see them next year.

  • Rating: 5 out of 5


    by hcm on 10/31/23Humphreys Concerts By the Bay - San Diego

    Great energy. Great venue. The Cult was AMAZING! Loved!

  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    The Cult. Did not disappoint. Great show!!!

    by Rocker. on 10/31/23Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort - Las Vegas

    All was great! Wish set were longer but that’s always the case when there’s so many great songs. No front lighting so hard to see band most of the time. Venue issue I guess. But overall…. The best show that one seen in a long time.