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Bad-ass rockers The Cult have reconvened following half a decade in the wilderness. Frontman Ian Astbury talks about standing-in for Jim Morrison, jamming with UNKLE and explains why it's good to return to his day-job.
Paul Nolan, 06 Mar 2008
“There wasn’t just me lined up, I know that he was talking to Michael Hutchence as well,” remembers Ian. “Michael was a good friend of mine and we spoke about it. I think at one time Oliver had the idea that a musician should play the role, just from the point of view that a musician would have the experience of being onstage. For me, at 26 years of age, I didn’t want to approach the icon of Jim Morrison. And I didn’t feel I had any acting ability.
“I did go out with Oliver Stone one evening, but we spent more time talking about Native Americans. Then he started talking about making a film about Native Americans, with me involved, and that’s definitely something I would have done. Unfortunately, it didn’t come to pass.”
One notable support act The Cult had in the ’80s was a nascent Guns 'N' Roses. What did Ian make of Axl Rose?
“Axl’s a very pensive man,” he replies. “He’s deeply introspective and he takes it very seriously. I found him to be articulate and really sensitive. People portray him as being a complete wacko, but I don’t know what’s more wacky – staying in the same town and doing the same thing for 70 years of your life, or really going out and having experiences.
“I think a lot of people need someone like Axl Rose in their lives, ’cos they’re not gonna do it themselves. People want to go to concerts and see amazing performers. So, the more Axl Roses, the better.”
Born Into This is out now on Roadrunner. The Cult play the Olympia, Dublin on March 4.