The echoes of the past are set to shake through the present as Death Cult, the storied post-punk progenitor to The Cult, announces a return for a sole U.S. performance on October 23rd. This is not just a concert; it’s a ritualistic celebration of a legacy that has spanned over four decades.
The evening will be centered around Death Cult and their eponymous EPs, but the setlist will boast a musical odyssey that spans the three phases of the band, from Southern Death Cult to Death Cult, and The Cult’s first two albums: Dreamtime (1984) and Love (1985).
Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy, the architects of this musical movement, will follow the Los Angeles outing with a U.K. trek featuring the same remarkable celebration of The Cult’s origins. The U.K. and Ireland tour will include a dozen dates, a tribute to the band’s early years, and a reflection of their evolution from goth/post-punk roots into a more hard-rock sound.
Tickets for all dates are on-sale this Friday, August 18th, at 10 am local time. Check venues and ticket platforms for local pre-sale options.
Also, see The Cult’s website for more ticketing details as they come
Frontman Ian Astbury’s journey began with the Southern Death Cult in 1981, alongside Barry Jepson, David “Buzz” Burrows, and Haq Nawaz “Aky” Qureshi. They dabbled in the goth/post-punk genre, releasing the single “Moya”/”Fatman” before parting ways. Their legacy was immortalized in a 1983 compilation by Beggars Banquet.
1981 saw the birth of Southern Death Cult. By 1983, after their sole album release, Death Cult emerged from the ashes of both Southern Death Cult and Theatre of Hate, with Astbury and Duffy at the helm—a partnership that’s continued for over 40 years.
By June, they had penned ten tracks, four of which made it to their debut EP. Astbury’s admiration for Native American cultures shines through in tracks like “Ghost Dance” and “Horse Nation.” The former draws inspiration from the Ghost Dance movement and spiritual leader Wovoka, while the latter borrows heavily from the book Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.
The band released two 12-inch records that year, including the Death Cult EP. These releases are considered seminal classics for several generations of post-punk and gothic rock fans.
By 1984, Death Cult had evolved into The Cult. They debuted with the shortened name with the album Dreamtime and have since graced us with 11 albums, earning gold and platinum accolades in the U.S. and internationally.
Besides the Los Angeles concert at the Ace Hotel, the rest of The Cult’s upcoming U.S. gigs are set to be a different experience, with reps for the band indicating that there will be a more “traditional” setlist that spans their entire discography.
The Cult Presents Death Cult Tour Dates 2023:
- October 23: Los Angeles, CA — The Theatre at Ace Hotel *
- November 6: Belfast, UK — Telegraph
- November 7: Dublin, IE — Olympia
- November 9: Sheffield, UK — Foundry
- November 10: Liverpool, UK — Guild of Students
- November 12: Glasgow, UK — Barrowland
- November 13: Nottingham, UK — Rock City
- November 14: Birmingham, UK — O2 Institute
- November 16: Bournemouth, UK — O2 Academy
- November 17: Norwich, UK — UEA
- November 18: Manchester, UK — Albert Hall
- November 20: London, UK — Brixton Electric
- November 21: London, UK — Brixton Electric
The Cult Tour Dates 2023:
- October 5: Sacramento, CA — Aftershock Festival
- October 6: Reno, NV — Grand Sierra Resort & Casino – Grand Theatre *
- October 8: Eugene, OR — Hult Center for the Performing Arts – Soreng Theatre *
- October 11: Spokane, WA — Northern Quest Resort & Casino
- October 12: Boise, ID — Revolution Concert House *
- October 14: Shelton, WA — Little Creek Casino Resort – Skookum Event Center
- October 15: Portland, OR — Roseland Theatre *
- October 17: Saratoga, CA — The Mountain Winery
- October 19: San Diego, CA — Humphreys Concerts by the Bay *
- October 20: San Diego, CA — Humphreys Concerts by the Bay *
- October 21: Rancho Mirage, CA — Aqua Caliente Rancho Mirage – The Show
- October 26: Chandler, AZ — Gila River Hotels & Casino – The Showroom at Wild Horse Pass
- October 27: Las Vegas, NV — The Pearl *
- October 28: Las Vegas, NV — The Pearl *
* Cold Cave opens
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