I got infected with the sonic virus somewhere between 1985 and 1986. My older brother used to play the LOVE album frequently. By the time The Cult released Love Removal Machine in 1987, to me everything fell into place. After all these years I still can´t get enough of their music. It gives me strength and energy! I guess it´s part of me.
My first live experience was back in 1989, The Cult supporting Aerosmith. In 1992 I was at the legendary Pinkpop-show, The Cult were on fire. In 2008 Ian gave his tambourine to my then 10-year old daughter in 'De Melkweg' in Amsterdam. And in 2012 The Cult burned down Hammersmith Apollo in London. Memories for life!
In 2016 i was one of the lucky few who got tickets (only 50 sold) for the Scotch Of St. James in London! After the show the band hung around for a while and took time to chat with the fans. I enjoyed the concerts at the Albert Hall in Manchester (Ian threw me a tambourine), Brixton Academy in London (with meet and greet) and Vicar Street in Dublin as well.
I also had the pleasure to be a helping hand at Mick Peek's 2016 pop up exhibition 'Billy Duffy photos and prints' at the Artisan, Manchester, UK, together with my friend Leo. And hanging around with Billy whilst he was signing the photos and screenprints. Incredible experience, thanks Mick! (http://www.thecultcollection.nl/2016-02-26-bd-pop-up-exhibition-the-artisan-manchester-uk).
In June 2017 i went to see The Cult in Milan, Italy. Last summer i was at The Sage, Gateshead, UK, together with my buddy Leo. We catched up with Mick and we were able to be at the soundcheck. Afterwards Billy took the time to chat with us. Awesome experience again!
While waiting for a proper European tour, we took our chance when A Sonic Temple came to the UK last fall: 3 shows including the intimate one-off Subterania show (probably the best Cult show i have ever seen) and visiting Billy's auction of personal stuff as a bonus (http://www.thecultcollection.nl/2019-10-25-the-bd-collection-omega-auctions-newton-le-willows-uk). Very nice meeting all these hardcore Cult fans from all around the world during this tour. Hope to see you all again in 2020!
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