On Saturday, British rockers The Cult will transform the magnificent Greek Theatre into A Sonic Temple, an epic event that simultaneously celebrates the 30th anniversary of that groundbreaking ’89 album (the band’s fourth). It also recalls frontman Ian Astbury’s Gathering of the Tribes, the alt festival that paved the way for Lollapalooza. This time, Astbury has handpicked Prayers, Zola Jesus and VOWWS to join The Cult, but the night really will be all about the Sonic Temple album — the album that many fans consider the band’s best. The Cult will be performing it almost (but not quite) in its entirety, though Astbury admits to us during a phone interview that he hasn’t spent much time revisiting it. “To be honest, I haven’t until it kind of came upon us through [our label] Beggars Banquet,” he says. “They’re reissuing the album this year, so we thought it was an opportunity to embrace the entire DNA of The Cult, with Sonic Temple being an entry point. It’s probably our best known record, but definitely was of its time. I always think of things more in the live context. I’m not really an archaeologist. I don’t sit around going through the broken… Read full this story
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