MTV reported Monday that on November 17, in Cincinnati, OH, the Cult’s Ian Astbury announced on-stage that the Cult will be opening for Led Zeppelin in 2008. According to the article representatives for both bands have no comment, but that didn’t stop Ian from dropping the bomb at Bogart’s.
People have been talking about Zeppelin going on tour since they announced that they were doing the Ahmet Ertigun tribute show. Now this will put the Cult’s name on everyone’s lips.
This might be just what the Cult needs to get back on top. In 1988, when Sonic Temple was released, the band was headlining festivals in Europe and arenas in the U.S. Things couldn’t have been better, but the they lost their momentum with the follow-up album, Ceremony, forcing the band back into clubs and the opening slot. Things got worse when The Cult was released breaking up the band for a little while. The Cult have been steadily on the rise since Beyond Good and Evil was released. And it already seems like there is a lot of buzz around the band, and the new album, Born Into This, is being well-received.
If this tour becomes a reality, coupled with Ian’s stint as lead singer of the Doors, the Cult could finally graduate from the world’s most famous underground band to mainstream success.