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Mike Watt firehose Reunion

Even though such tunes as “Epoxy, for Example” and “Herded into Pools” did not exactly do battle with “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “Head Like A Hole” for radio airplay during the early Nineties alt-rock takeover, working live acts of the era, having launched 20 tours between 1986 and 1994. And in April, singer/guitarist Ed Crawford, bassist Mike Watt, and drummer George Hurley will be reuniting for their first live dates in nearly two decades. Edward asked me last year if we would do some gigs again. I have to kind of plan things in advance, because I have so much going on, and that third opera, Hyphenated-Man, was coming out, so I said, “Edward, can we wait until next year? I’m a little busy right now.” The time opened up, so I said, “OK, let’s try and do some gigs.” He just put together a set list for us, so I’ll try and re-learn the songs. I’ve done this a couple of times with Minutemen with Georgie, where we do old songs as a duet – we’re going to do it in March in England, at All Tomorrow’s Parties. And it’s kind of hard sometimes, going back and learning the old songs.

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Mike Watt firehose Reunion

Cult Return Intense Album

The Cult are set to release Choice of Weapon, their ninth studio album, on May 22nd. The record is their first full-length work in five years, though the band has kept active by putting out “capsules” of new songs and live recordings in recent years. Co-produced by Chris Goss (Queens of the Stone Age, U.N.K.L.E.) and longtime collaborator Bob Rock (Metallica, Aerosmith), Choice of Weapon was made in several studios, including the band’s own Witch Mountain as well as spots in New York City, Los Angeles and the California desert. (You can preview “Lucifer,” a highlight from Choice of Weapon, above.) Rolling Stone caught up with frontman Ian Astbury to talk about his inspiration for the new album, which addresses the many things he believes are poisoning contemporary culture.Are you still working on this new record? I know it has a release date, but I got the impression that you were still tinkering with it.

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Cult Return Intense Album