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The Cult, Bush and STP come together

August 22nd, 2018 development
The Cult, Bush and STP come together

By christina fuoco-karasinski, Contributor

The Cult guitarist Billy Duffy admits he and his tourmates Bush and the Stone Temple Pilots couldn’t play summer sheds like Ak-Chin Pavilion solo. But when they come together for the “Revolution 3” tour on September 1, the bands are going to rock, he adds.

“We can play places this big collectively, as a whole, but not individually,” Duffy said honestly. “It’s nice for this to happen and be part of a thing that works for everybody. It makes it more of an event.

“It’s three hours of headliners so we have to play as much as we can in the hour. It’s three hours of actual music. It’s a lot to cram into one evening.”

Duffy said The Cult’s goal is to show as many sides of it as it can.

“The no brainer is to play as many hits as you’ve got,” he said of the Ian Astbury-led songs like “Fire Woman” and “She Sells Sanctuary.” “But if we can throw two or three different songs into the 12-song set, we can show another side to the band and still make it a good concert.”

The common thread, Duffy said, is The Cult puts its “heart and soul into whatever we’re doing at that time.” That includes new albums. Duffy has been writing new material, but he’s unsure whether that means singles or an album.

“We don’t try and make the same album 15 times,” he continued. “We’re open to trying new influences into the music because, to me, that’s what a lot of the great artists have done.”

Born in Manchester, England, Duffy calls Los Angeles home these days. He’s looking forward to coming to Phoenix.

“I’ve always found the American west quite appealing,” he said. “I’ve always enjoyed my time in Phoenix. I’m always happy when I can see a cactus and a mountain. It’s so different than what I grew up with. I’m one of those English people who likes wide open spaces in the desert.

“Revolution 3 Tour” with The Cult, Stone Temple Pilots and Bush, Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Avenue, Phoenix, 800-745-3000,, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2, $29.50-$184.

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