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Posted: June 1, 2012
The Cult’s Billy Duffy is featured in the June issue of Premier Guitar, where he gave an extensive interview about his band, his sound and his gear.
Midway through the QxA, the longtime White Falcon player talked about where he got his original Gretsch G7593.
“It’s a mid-’70s White Falcon. I ordered it in 1982 in England — I had to go and score it from a guitar shop on Denmark Street in London. In those days, you’d put down the deposit, and then they’d go and find it. Then it was weeks of ‘Where’s my White Falcon?’ ‘It’s coming, it’s coming!’” Duffy said.
“Now, I already had a doublecutaway Gretsch, a stereo model, also from the ’70s. It had the same neck, same [Bigsby] whammy bar setup, the square inlays on the neck — and I like those all right — but the body isn’t very thick. Those guitars are more like a [Gibson] 335. So I really still wanted a single-cutaway, which were hard to find in England. Basically, the one that became my trademark guitar is actually my second White Falcon. I just liked the single-cutaway better — it was fatter.
“My understanding at that time was that all the single-cutaway Falcons were custom-ordered, and it was the double-cutaway that was the production model. Now, because you had to order them, they were all slightly different. Mine has a sort of patch on the back to protect the guitar from your belt buckle — from your country pants [laughs]. But the other one from the same era doesn’t.”
The Cult released Choice of Weapon earlier this month, their first new studio album in five years.
Posted: May 23, 2012
Duffy reminisced about the first Gretsch he ever owned, a double-cutaway stereo 1970′s White Falcon that he no longer has.
“I had to sell that one to get what I really wanted, which was the single-cutaway Falcon with the curved palm bar, which has a very different feel than a short-armed Bigsby.”
Duffy also confirmed that he is working with Gretsch on a signature White Falcon.
“They forensically analyzed my guitar – the ’70s Falcon I used on “She Sells Sanctuary,” with all its battle scars and whatnot, and they’re going to make something based on it,” he noted.
Posted: May 19, 2012
The Cult took to Jimmy Kimmel Live on Friday night to perform “For the Animals” off new studio album, Choice of Weapon, which drops this coming Tuesday, May 22.
Posted: May 15, 2012
The Cult’s Billy Duffy and Ian Astbury sat down with the guys from VH1′s That Metal Show over the weekend to discuss their prestigious career and new album, Choice of Weapon.
They were joined late in the show by former Warlock vocalist and current solo artist Doro.
Watch the full episode in the video below:
For more information and a full list of tour dates, visit The Cult’s official website.
Posted: April 26, 2012
With Choice of Weapon due out in May, The Cult have released a video for the album’s newest single, “For the Animals.”
From director Michelle Peerali, the clip stars actress Hanna Mosqueda and tells a tale of lost youth overwhelmed by her circumstances but rises up in the end.
Each member of the band also makes a cameo in the video.
Watch “For the Animals” below:
In addition, the band announced the addition of a Los Angeles date to their summer North American concert tour, set to kick off May 25. The Cult wraps up the first leg of the tour with a headline show at the Hollywood Palladium on Saturday, June 23.
Said guitarist Billy Duffy, “We are super excited to return to one of our favorite Los Angeles venues to debut, live in our hometown, some of the new songs from our new album, Choice of Weapon. The Palladium has hosted a few stellar Cult shows over the years, and this one, I can guarantee, will be up there with the best.”
For more information, visit The Cult’s official website.