Ian Astbury

Born: May 14, 1962
Heswall, Merseyside, England

Ian Astbury’s childhood was spent on the move, due to his father’s career as a merchant naval officer. Astbury spent a fair amount of time in Canada and Scotland before the family moved in late 1979 to Heswall, England. It was there that Astbury began feeling out the local music scene, and jamming with local musicians. With one final movement to Bradford, Yorkshire, Astbury quickly formed a band that delved into the gothic side of rock and roll. He called the band the Southern Death Cult, and eventually they developed into the Cult. Guitarist Billy Duffy helped form the sound, giving the band a decidedly hard rock feel. The band produced hot albums that tiptoed the line between heavy metal and gothic pop, with songs like “Love Removal Machine” and “Fire Woman.” In the 90’s, however, grunge took over, and the Cult lost favor with the majority of audiences. They broke up in 1995, and Astbury formed the Holy Barbarians, but they failed to have any commercial success. Duffy and Astbury reunited in 1999 to reform the Cult, and produced Natural Born Guerilla in the same year. A short tour followed, and the Cult headed back to the studio to record Beyond Good and Evil, a must-listen for rockers in the new millennium.

Instruments Played / Skills:
Songwriter Vocals

Hard Rock

Bands That Ian Astbury Has Played For:
Cult, The

Ian Astbury Has Worked With:
Jamie Stewart Billy Duffy Les Warner
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