The Cult was a British gothic rock, alternative rock, and hard rock band, originally formed in 1982 as Southern Death Cult disbanding with Ian Lindsay (Now back to Ian Astbury) forming Death Cult in 1983 before settling as The Cult. The group disbanded in 1995 and reformed in 1999. After reuniting with a new album (Beyond Good and Evil), the current status of the band has been "on hold" since 2002, when singer Ian Astbury sought out a new opportunity to sing with The Doors, and drummer Matt Sorum joined Velvet Revolver.
Astbury's (consistent) partner in The Cult has been guitarist Billy Duffy. Original bassist Jamie Stewart left the band mid-way through The Cult's genesis, and their drummer situation was always volatile and changing.