The Cult

Singer Ian Astbury has shed his rock-star vibe in an attempt to reclaim his credibility, but unfortunately his stage show simply isn't strong enough to rekindle the interest that the Cult generated during its often derivative late-' 80s heyday.

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Band: Ian Astbury, Billy Duffy, James Stevenson, Craig Adams, Scott Garrett.

Singer Ian Astbury has shed his rock-star vibe in an attempt to reclaim his credibility, but unfortunately his stage show simply isn’t strong enough to rekindle the interest that the Cult generated during its often derivative late-‘ 80s heyday.

Also, guitarist Billy Duffy’s skilled playing was often lost in the din of the rest of the band, all newcomers.

The veteran group’s latest, self-titled Sire/Reprise album marks a return to the psychedelic, brooding feel of its mid-’80s music but lacks the mystical and enigmatic character that once made the British band so appealing.

Because the Cult’s best songs started life as unashamed nods to its influences anyway, this latest uninspired rebirth by the group rings hollow.

As its record sales continue to plummet, so too will the band’s relevance to the music biz.

The Cult

(Hollywood Palladium; 3,835 seats; $ 17.50 top)

Production: Promoted by Goldenvoice/Jennifer Perry. Reviewed Feb. 20, 1995. The '90s have yet to be kind to the Cult, a chameleon-like band whose latest style change -- a return to its own past, no less -- simply reinforces that its best days are definitely behind it. The band's new songs fell flat at the packed Palladium, leaving the band's older material to carry the show.

Cast: Band: Ian Astbury, Billy Duffy, James Stevenson, Craig Adams, Scott Garrett.

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