By Megan Connor
British hard rock band The Cult will be lighting up the Paramount stage and livening up Long Island’s music scene when the musicians stroll into town and perform on Tuesday, Aug. 12.
The rockers from across the pond have been playing shows since they formed in 1983, and are still going strong.
Audience members can expect to hear tracks from the band’s most recent album, entitled “Choice of Weapon.” This ninth studio album was released in 2012 and debuted at no. 36 in the United States; it was even named iTunes’ Rock Album of the Year.
Lead vocalist of the hard rock and heavy metal band Ian Astbury will be joined by fellow band mates Billy Duffy, Chris Wyse, and John Tempesta on stage in Huntington.
But it wasn’t always smooth sailing for fans of The Cult, with Astbury announcing in July of 2009 that the band would not record or produce any more studio albums, instead focusing solely on EPs and digital releases. However, the band’s followers collectively let out a loud sigh of relief when 2012 rolled around and “Choice of Weapon” was released.
Judging from the buzz The Cult cultivated from their Coachella set in April of 2014, Paramount audience members are in store for a show-stopping performance. The Rolling Stone even named The Cult as “One of the Best Things at Coachella 2014” after experiencing their performance of rock and roll and flashing lights.
But what has kept people coming back for more during The Cult’s three-decades-plus career is the band’s recognition and dedication to its loyal fan base. The band dedicated the Coachella set to a fan who died of a drug overdose while attending the previous weekend’s festival. Astbury relayed his beliefs of rock and roll as a messianic calling and pleaded to eager eyes of the dangers that sometimes come along with festival atmospheres.
“Take care of each other. We’re at the dawn of a new enlightenment,” Astbury reportedly said to the crowd.
The Cult take on The Paramount and claim center stage starting at 8 p.m. on Aug. 12. Tickets are $37.50-$75. For more information, visit paramountny.com.