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Ian Astbury


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Astbury’s career began in 1981, with the gothic rock band Southern Death Cult. At that time, he was going by the name “Ian Lindsay.” Southern Death Cult gigged to support its “Moya” single, and secured a slot as an opening act for Bauhaus in 1983. Shortly after that tour, the band split up.

Along with guitarist Billy Duffy bassist Jamie Stewart and drummer Ray Mondo, Ian (now going by the surname “Astbury”), formed a new band, The Death Cult and later dropped Death from the name.

**The Cult**

The Cult was one of the most successful British rock bands of the late 1980s and early 1990s. With the 1984 release of their first album Dreamtime, The Cult were the darlings of the Indie post-punk scene, their chart topping “Spiritwalker” single having held at number one for three months. Their second album, Love, evoked memories of 1960s psychedelia such as The Doors, and the Pretty Things. It also featured their now classic hit “She Sells Sanctuary”, which introduced them to an international audience. On their third album, Electric, The Cult made a radical transformation to hard rock reminiscent of AC/DC and Aerosmith with the help of Rick Rubin. This further broadened their audience as rock began making a comeback in the late 1980s. Guns N’ Roses, who were heavily influenced by Electric, opened for The Cult on their 1987 North American tour, before going on to sell millions of copies of their debut album Appetite for Destruction.


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