Heswall, Merseyside, England
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Ian Robert Astbury (born 14 May 1962, Heswall, Cheshire, England) is an English rock musician and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist for the rock band The Cult.
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Ian Robert Astbury (born May 14, 1962, in Heswall, Cheshire) is an English rock singer and lyricist. Ian Astbury`s career began in 1981, with the gothic rock band Southern Death Cult. At that time, he was going by the name Ian Lindsay. Southern Death Cult gigged to support its "Moya" single, and secured a slot as an opening act for Bauhaus in 1983. Shortly after that tour, the band split up. Along with guitarist Billy Duffy bassist Jamie Stewart and drummer Ray Mondo, Ian (now going by the surname "Astbury"), formed a new band, Death Cult, released the Death Cult (EP) and later dropped Death from the name.
Born in Heswall, in Cheshire England. He was named after his father Robert Astbury, who was a merchant seaman, and kept the family moving while Ian was young. Grew up in Merseyside England, then Liverpool, then Glasgow, Scotland. He immigrated to Canada in 1973. He moved to Belfast in Northern Ireland in 1979, then Brixton, England, and then eventually ended up in Bradford England, in autumn of 1981. His mother died of cancer on his 17th birthday - his father also died of cancer when Ian was 29 years old. In 1996 when he toured with his side band "The Holy Barbarians", he read poetry by Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac aloud to the audience during concerts.
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Post-punk, gothic rock, hard rock, heavy metal
Vocals, percussion, harmonica, guitar
The Cult, Southern Death Cult, Death Cult, The Doors of the 21st Century, Holy Barbarians, Circus of Power, The Wondergirls, Slash, Boris, UNKLE