THE CULT Frontman: 'It's Very Exciting Right Now'

THE CULT frontman Ian Astbury recently spoke to about the group's upcoming nineteen-date cross-country tour, which is scheduled to kick off March 1 in San Francisco.

"It's very exciting right now, because the rehearsals have been going so well and it's authentic," Astbury said. "I'm playing the music, and I'm feeling the music. I've definitely been onstage with THE CULT and not felt it — and that's the worst feeling in the world. So this is very gratifying. These songs feel fresh."

Astbury insists, however, that we not call it a comeback. "This run of dates is called A Return to Wild — not Resurrection, Insurrection, Sonic Interjection, Revival. It's fucking authentically real," he said.

Astbury spent the last couple of years taking on the duties of the late Jim Morrison, touring with the DOORS keyboardist Ray Manzarek and Robbie Krieger as the DOORS OF THE 21ST CENTURY. His time with the legendary Sixties rockers — who were recently forced to disassociate themselves from the "DOORS" name after a legal battle with their former drummer, John Densmore — inspired Astbury to reconsider his creative relationships.

"Working with those guys really helped me to finesse myself as a human being," he says. "Because all of a sudden, I wasn't 'Ian Astbury of THE CULT' — but I'm definitely not 'Ian Astbury of the DOORS,' I had no delusions of that. I had to look at myself and my own shortcomings and strengths and deal with a lot of internal issues."



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