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Ongoing History Daily: Ian Astbury’s strange disappearance

Ian Astbury of the Cult has always been a reasonably intense rock’n’roll sort of guy. He was known to cause riots, rip up hotel rooms and take the occasional shot at the guys in the band.  But nothing was quite as weird as that episode during the tour behind the Love” tour of 1985-86. 

One night, he just walked away and disappeared.  He was eventually found at a train station in England with a sports bag containing several hundred English pounds, an automatic pistol and—get this—a bayonet. 

Ask Ian about it now and he swears he can’t remember where he was going or what he planned to do.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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One thought on “Ongoing History Daily: Ian Astbury’s strange disappearance

  • I was expecting this story to end with him in Hamilton. I’ve heard he lived there for some reason … but now my dates feel off. I wanted to say late 80s, early 90s, but that doesn’t really seem to make any sense with The Cult in full swing at the time.


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