THE CULT — set to hit the road for the first time since 2002 on Wednesday, March 1 — have announced that their "Return To Wild" tour will be available to fans worldwide via an exclusive deal with "Instant Live," a division of Live Nation, that enables fans to immediately purchase a live recording of a concert as soon as the show ends. These recordings will mark the first live CDs to officially be made available in the iconic band's career (a live DVD, "Music Without Fear", was released in 2002).
THE CULT have also confirmed the line-up for the 2006 trek, which was jump-started with a Friday, February 24 performance of their hit "Wild Flower" on CBS' "Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson". The tour, which runs from March 1 in San Francisco to March 26 in New York City, will feature singer Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy plus bassist Chris Wyse (JERRY CANTRELL, OZZY OSBOURNE) — who performed on THE CULT's last studio disc, 2001's "Beyond Good and Evil" — and drummer John Tempesta (WHITE ZOMBIE, HELMET).
For the live releases via Instant Liveb>THE CULT and manager Tom Vitorino have announced that all shows are being recorded in SRS Circle Surround sound and sold as limited-edition releases at the concerts. These premium digipacks will include the hits, rarities, and acoustic versions of CULT songs. The Internet community can search Napster, the official online distributor, after each show, for immediately available downloads.
Vitorino says, "Instant Live removes the filter that has existed in the live recording arena between artist and audience. It negates the poor quality of bootlegging. This medium is not a 'tour souvenir,' but a high-end, expediently delivered package of the band in its purest form; and as art should be, totally uncensored."
"We are excited that Instant Live is able to play a marketing and promotional role in the rebirth of THE CULT and are looking forward to offering their fans a chance to own a copy of each night's show from this tour," said Stephen Prendergast, General Manager of Live Nation's Instant Live. "Instant Live will also be providing recordings of both new and classic CULT songs to radio and media."
THE CULT tour dates:
Mar. 01 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
Mar. 03 - Las Vegas. NV - The Joint
Mar. 04 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
Mar. 05 - Cabazon, CA - Key Club
Mar. 07 - Los Angeles, CA - Henry Fonda Theater
Mar. 08 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theater
Mar. 10 - Dallas, TX - Ridglea Theater
Mar. 11 - Houston, TX - Warehouse
Mar. 12 - Austin, TX - La Zona Rosa
Mar. 14 - Tulsa, OK - Cains Ballroom
Mar. 15 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
Mar. 17 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theater
Mar. 18 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
Mar. 19 - Detroit, MI - Emerald Theatre
Mar. 21 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
Mar. 22 - Boston, MA - Avalon
Mar. 24 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
Mar. 25 - Atlantic City, NJ - House of Blues
Mar. 26 - New York, NY - Nokia Theatre