The Cult Announce “Electric 13″ Tour

British rockers hitting the road this summer and will perform landmark 1987 album in its entirety


By Alex Baker


Singer Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy will be dusting off their leather trousers this summer for an extended tour jaunt that will see them playing their classic 1987 album, Electric in its entirety. The singer and guitarist will be joined by bassist Chris Wyse and drummer John Tempesta for the outing which has been dubbed the Electric 13 tour.


In addition to playing what became their first platinum selling album in its entirety, the band will also be breaking out a number of other classic Cult numbers like “She Sells Sanctuary.”


The Cult’s life blood has always been playing live,” explained frontman Astbury. “We are between albums and decided to continue the momentum created by Choice of Weapon, and stay in people’s hearts and minds.”


Choice of Weapon was the band’s most recent album, which was released last year. The Cult first burst onto the UK charts in the mid Eighties as a gothy post punk act. However by 1987 the band had injected their sound with a heavy dose of classic hard rock and teamed up with Def Jam producer Rick Rubin. The formula proved an alchemy for success and Electric made them a stadium rock act in the U.S. The band toured extensively throughout the late Eighties and early Nineties, giving the likes of Guns N’ Roses one of their first big breaks by enlisting them as a support act.


Multiple breakouts and reformations have ensued throughout the decades and during his downtime, Astbury has now and again found time to front The Doors on various tour outings.


The band’s most recent tour saw them playing Electric’s predecessor, Love in its entirety.


The Electric 13 tour is set to kick off July 25 at the House of Blues in San Diego. For a complete list of dates and information on tickets, visit

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