Ah, The Cult, the band that loves reunions. The band started out as the Southern Death Cult, a band that singer Ian Astbury formed in 1981. In 1983 he hooked up with guitar player Billy Duffy, shortened the name to Death Cult, a name that turned into The Cult in 1984 which released the albums Dreamtime (1984) and Love (1985) as a more colorful goth / punk / pop band, a style that changed to a more classic rock / AC/DC influenced kind of rock with the Rick Rubin (Slayer, AC/DC, Metallica, Black Sabbath) produced album Electric in 1987, an album that gained the band some support in the hard rock and heavy metal camps and to many fans, their finest album to date. But it was with 1989’s Sonic Temple that The Cult made it real big. The album was produced by Bob Rock (Blue Murder, Little Caesar, Mötley Crüe, Bon Jovi, Metallica) and gave the band a more slick and fatter and bigger sound, more mainstream if you will. With a bunch of hit singles and tours with Aerosmith, Guns N’ Roses and Metallica, The Cult were closer than close to become a mega arena band. But what should have been The Cult’s final shot to stardom – 1991’s Ceremony produced by Richie Zito – couldn’t match its predecessor and the guys – now reduced to a duo after Matt Sorum had split to join Guns N’ Roses and Jamie Stewart had quit – were forced to take a step back.