The Cult 'Still in Shock' After Tour Bus Crash
"The guard rail was the only thing that prevented us from going over an 80-foot drop," frontman Ian Astbury says.
The members of veteran British rock band The Cult escaped serious injury Thursday when their tour bus crashed in Central Europe.
"I was the only one awake," frontman Ian Astbury said. "All of a sudden, the bus veered violently, hit the guard rail and tipped on a 45-degree angle, then righted itself and came to a halt.
“The guard rail was the only thing that prevented us from going over an 80-foot drop," he said.
Ashbury hurt his back, neck and shoulder when was thrown into the aisle. He was given medical treatment as the driver got the bus to a service station a few miles away. None of the other band members --- guitarist Billy Duffy, bassist Chris Wyse and drummer John Tempesta -- was badly hurt in the crash, which happened at about 6 a.m. local time.
The quartet, whose rock staples includes “Fire Woman,” “She Sells Sanctuary” “Love Removal Machine,” was en route from a gig in the coastal tourist of Split, Croatia, to Ljubiana, Slovenia.
After the bus was patched up, the band was able to make it to the venue for that night's show at Kino Siska and played a full concert. Repairs on the bus took several hours, so the group wasn't able to hit the road for a show at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark until 5 a.m. Friday.
"No one has had any sleep, so the guys are pretty beat, and we are still in shock, to be honest," Astbury said. "You never think something like this is going to happen to you, and it just did."
The Cult’s European tour in support of its album Choice of Weapon continues through July 22. The band then returns to North America for a dozen shows before crossing the pond for 10 more dates.