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Ian Astbury

Ian Astbury is a English rock singer and guitarist. Astbury's career began with the Southern Death Cult, a 1980s Gothic rock band. Personnel and stylistic changes transmutated the band into The Cult, one of the finest hard rock bands of the late 1980s and early 1990s. Their first album, "Love" evoked memories of 1960s psychedelia such as The Doors and the Pretty Things. With their second album, "Electric", the Cult changed to a harder sound reminiscent of AC/DC and Aerosmith. They quickly became one of the most popular and influential hard rock bands in the world during that period, along with Guns 'N Roses.

Always influenced by Jim Morrison, Astbury in 2001 filled his hero's footsteps by becoming lead singer in a new version of the Doors with Robbie Krieger and Ray Manzarek. In 2003, Astbury performed with surviving members of the MC5 at the 100 Club in London.