Thursday, July 5, 2012
THE CULT Suffer Terrifying Bus Crash In Croatia!
THE CULT are currently on tour in Europe in support of their NEW album 'Choice Of Weapon'. Earlier this week, at around 6:00 AM local time they experienced a terrifying crash in their tour bus while they were traveling from Split, Croatia to Ljubijana, Slovenia. Here is what happened:
"I was the only one awake", said the band's vocalist Ian Astbury, who was seated in the bus's front lounge. "All of a sudden, the bus veered violently, hit the guard rail and tipped on a 45-degree angle, then righted itself and came to a halt. The guard rail was the only thing that prevented us from going over an 80-foot drop".
Astbury was thrown into the aisle and suffered injuries to his neck, back and shoulder. The rest of the band and crew were asleep in their bunks, so no one else was badly hurt.
Limping down the highway, the driver was able to get the bus to a service station a few miles up the road. Astbury's injuries were iced and he received pain medication. After some temporary patching up of the bus, the band was able to make it to the venue for that night's show, and played a full concert. But it wasn't until 5:00 AM. the next morning that their fully-repaired bus arrived to take them on the 20+ hour trip to the next gig.
"No one has had any sleep, so the guys are pretty beat, and we are still in shock, to be honest", admitted Astbury. "You never think something like this is going to happen to you, and it just did."
The Cult "Choice Of Weapon" Tour (Remaining tour dates):
7: Zottegem, Belgium, Rock Zottegem Festival
8: Weert, Netherlands - Bospop Festival (w/ Patti Smith)
10: Utrecht, Netherlands - Tivoli (headline)
13: Pizzola Sul Brenta, Italy - Contarini Festival (headline)
14: Rimini, Italy - Velvet Rock (headline)
15: Milano, Italy - Carroponte (headline)
17: Barcelona, Spain - Razzmatazz (headline)
18: Madrid, Spain - La Riviera (headline)
19: Porto, Portugal - Mares Vivas Festival (with Garbage)
18: Ventura Theatre, Ventura, CA
19: Concord, CA - Sleep Train Pavilion
20: Portland, OR - Roseland
21: Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre
22: Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
24: Edmonton, AB - Edmonton Events Centre
25: Medicine Hat, AB - Esplande Theatre
26: Calgary, AB - Cowboys Calgary
28: Regina, SK - Event Plex at Evraz Place
31: Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre
1: Montreal, QC - Metropolis
2: Quebec City, QC - Grand Theatre
The Cult's Official Site (Ticket information available)
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