James Stevenson has rejoined The Cult for the band’s forthcoming Electric 13 shows. Mike Dimkich had been playing guitar alongside founder Billy Duffy since the band reformed in 1999, but is moving on to cover for Greg Hetson in Bad Religion, who’s reported to be dealing with “personal issues.”
The Electric 13 shows will see The Cult play their classic 1987 album Electric in full. Some of those songs have never been played live before.
Billy Duffy says via Classic Rock: “Electric is very much a two-guitar album. So with Mike moving on, we’ve decided to welcome James back into the fold. As a Cult alumnus he was the obvious choice.”
The band have started rehearsals as a three-piece with Duffy, bassist Chris Wyse and drummer John Tempesta. “We felt like we just wanted to get a bit of the rust off,” Duffy explains.
Stevenson has said of his first stint with The Cult: “It was great fun for me – just stand at the back and play A and E all night!” He’s also worked with UK Subs frontman Charlie Harper, The Alarm and Glen Matlock, plus Chelsea and Generation X, as well as many sessions.
Electric was a big change for The Cult, seeing Duffy move to playing Gibson Les Pauls and a stark production from Rick Rubin. Duffy says, “The plan is to play Electric in order, then break and play a bunch of other stuff from other eras. It will be interested to see how “Memphis Hip Shake” goes down – it sounds really good but it’s not your traditional set-ending song.”
A two-disc set called Electric Peace, pairing Electric with the abandoned follow-up album Peace, is due out on July 29 via the Beggars Archive label.