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The Cult Announces North American Tour Dates

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The Cult announced a 20-date North American tour that will kick off May 25 in San Diego, bringing the band’s incendiary rock energy to major and secondary markets across the continent.

In addition, the tour will include headline dates at the Great Canadian Beaverfest in Windsor, Ontario, and at the Erie Canal Harbor Central Wharf Concert Series in Buffalo, N.Y.  For most of the dates, The Cult will be supported by Against Me! and The Icarus Line.  Tickets will be available for purchase later this week.

“This is going to be a very intense, high-energy tour,” said The Cult’s vocalist, Ian Astbury.  ”We are really looking forward to the time we spend on stage connected to our music and our audience.  That’s our purpose.”

The Cult is touring in support of Choice of Weapon, which is due out May 22 via Cooking Vinyl.

Until then, fans can pick up a new track titled “For the Animals” via iTunes by clicking here.

And for a full list of tour dates, visit The Cult’s official website.

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Gretsch Guitars Catches up with Billy Duffy at SXSW

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Gretsch Guitars caught up with Cult guitarist Billy Duffy down in Austin for the 2012 SXSW music fest. Check it out …

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Billy Duffy Hints At Signature Model

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Billy Duffy from iconic British rocker band The Cult recently sat down for an extensive interview with MusicRadar to talk about his band’s upcoming album – Choice of Weapon – his relationship with singer Ian Astbury and, of course, his love of the Gretsch White Falcon.

But Duffy also caused a stir when he hinted that he and Gretsch are developing a signature model of his favorite guitar.

“You know, I’m not a hoarder of guitars. I’ve got a few Gretsches, and they’re all good, working guitars,” Duffy said.  ”I don’t use them all the time, but I use them when I can. It’s a pretty big thing, you know, the Gretsch – it’s heavy.

“And we’re working on a signature model, too, so that’ll be something nice to look forward to.”

Duffy admitted that he had eyed Gretsch products for a long time, and once he had the capital to purchase one, there was no questioning what direction he was going.

“The Gretsch thing was just a search for a different sound, something unique. And what brought it into focus was when I went to see Bow Wow Wow. I kind of knew those guys a little bit, but seeing Matthew Ashman with that Gretsch… I was transfixed. I said, ‘If I get any money, I’m buying a Gretsch.’

“Soon after, I got in the band Theatre Of Hate, and ironically, the singer played a Gretsch. He had an odd-green model, with the pickup by the neck – it was great.

“He asked me one day what kind of guitar I was going to play, and I said, ‘Well, I’ve got a job now, don’t I? I’m buying a Gretsch!’  Took all my money and got the double cutaway.”

Read the full interview with Duffy here.

The Cult is performing at the SXSW Music Festival on March 17, and Choice of Weapon is due out May 22.  For a download of lead single “Lucifer,” check out the band’s official website.

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The Cult Confirm 2012 Debut At SXSW

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With a new album - Choice of Weapon - due out May 22, The Cult will make its 2012 concert debut at the South By Southwest Music Festival next month, headlining Austin’s Auditorium Shores Stage on Saturday, March 17.

The appearance will be free and open to the public, and it starts at 8 p.m.

“SXSW is thrilled that The Cult is returning to play our biggest stage at Auditorium Shores,” Festival Producer Darin Klein said in a statement. “We’re excited to hear their new tunes and their classic hits. The show is free and open to the public, so everyone in Austin should get fired up for a great night of music.”

Choice is The Cult’s first new studio album in five years.  Written by founding members Ian Astbury (vocals) and Billy Duffy (guitar), the effort has been said to reveal the band in its rawest state.

“What we do with The Cult is try and let the songs become who they are. It’s like school children, you try and give them good guidance, but they’re going to end up doing what they want to do. In the end, you have to just relinquish power,” Duffy told Noisecreep.  ”You want to capture a feel and document the era when you wrote them. You don’t want to overdo it, or you end up with something like ‘Chinese Democracy.’ You know what I mean?”

Future tour dates will be announced on The Cult’s official website, but for now, fans can download the new track “Lucifer” here.

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The Cult Set Album Release Date

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Having wrapped up recording their first studio album in five years, British rockers The Cult have set a date for Choice of Weapon‘s release.

May 22 is when the 10-track set drops, via Cooking Vinyl.

The band describes the effort as its rawest and most visceral, encapsulating cinematic visions and themes of love, revolt, and redemption.”

Fans can get an early taste of the album by logging onto the The Cult’s official website, where it is offering a download of the new song “Lucifer.”

The album was written by Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy, recorded in New York City, Los Angeles, the California high desert, and the band’s Witch Mountain studio between July and December 2011. The new release features founding members Astbury on vocals and Duffy on guitars, with drummer John Tempesta and bassist Chris Wyse.

“What we do with The Cult is try and let the songs become who they are. It’s like school children, you try and give them good guidance, but they’re going to end up doing what they want to do. In the end, you have to just relinquish power. You want to capture a feel and document the era when you wrote them. You don’t want to overdo it, or you end up with something like ‘Chinese Democracy.’ You know what I mean?” Duffy said in an interview with Noisecreep.

At this point, The Cult has one show scheduled with Guns N’ Roses on June 29 in Austria. The Cult is working on film and graphic elements to accompany the album’s release, and plans are being confirmed for the band’s 2012 World Tour.

Meanwhile, The Cult’s smash-hit ”She Sells Sanctuary” and Sunshine State rapper Flo Rida’s Top 10 track ”Good Feelin” will be featured this Sunday as a mashup in one of Budweiser’s Super Bowl commercials.

Stay tuned!

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