Rockers The Cult choose their weapons

THE CULT ... coming to the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, with The Mission and Killing Joke.
THE CULT ... coming to the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, with The Mission and Killing Joke.

ONE of the biggest British rock bands of the 1980s are back with their first album in five years.

The Cult are taking to the road for a UK tour, which takes in the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle on Tuesday, September 11.

Tickets, priced £35, are on sale now from (08444) 936666.

Formed as Southern Death Cult in Bradford back in 1981, The Cult enjoyed huge success after the release of their second album, Love, four years later.

It included massive hits in the shape of She Sells Sanctuary and Rain, and they went on to break the mainstream in the US with singles such as Love Removal Machine and Fire Woman.

The band have split twice amid internal tensions, but their latest reformation in 2006 evolved into a world tour, and a new album, Born Into This, the following year – their first studio offering in six years.

Singer Ian Astbury – one of two original members, with guitarist Billy Duffy – vowed there would be no more albums, but, happily for fans, has changed his mind, and now the band are to release Choice of Weapon on Cooking Vinyl on May 21. It sees them reunited with Bob Rock, the producer of previous albums Sonic Temple, The Cult and Beyond Good And Evil.

For The Animals, the first single, is released this week, and there will be a very limited picture disc 7in available for Record Store Day on April 21.

The Cult recently headlined the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas, and have also announced dates with Guns ‘N’ Roses and Ozzy and Friends, and a string of summer US and Europe festival and headline shows.

Their five-date UK arena tour will see them play to more than 40,000 fans, with two other popular bands from the 1980s, The Mission and Killing Joke.

Astbury said: “This is a fantastic bill and these will be magical shows, a unique occasion that we look forward to with great anticipation.

“The band is killing it right now, and we are excited to get back to the business of playing live.”

The new release features founding members Astbury on vocals and Duffy on guitars, with drummer John Tempesta and bassist Chris Wyse.

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