Lush Brutality

The artistic war and gravitational pull of Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy’s relationship has, for years, been pivotal to creating their unique brand of rock. Astbury, lyrics and manifesto, was brought up on Native American spirituality and today flexes Tibetian Buddhism as Duffy, increasingly articulate maturing muso guitarist, exudes tough, earthed and pragmatic Mancunian tendencies; … Continue reading

Born To Lose. Live to Win.

Earlier in December an all star 70th birthday party was thrown, at The Rainbow Bar and Grill, Sunset Strip. Slash, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum, Billy Idol, Billy Duffy from The Cult, Steve Jones of The Sex Pistols, Zakk Wylde, Scott Ian and Charlie Benante from Anthrax were all there to wish Lemmy Happy Birthday. Yet, underneath the hat, Lemmy looked ill, old and tired. News of an aggressive cancer and a … Continue reading

Powerhouse riffs surge through electric show.

The last time The Cult toured the Electric album in Australia the band was falling apart, in debt and about to cancel a profit-making tour to Japan. The lead protagonists relationship in tatters: Ian Astbury, a singer losing touch with his idealism creating friction with the pragmatic clarity of guitarist Billy Duffy. As the two … Continue reading