The Cult jumped into the spotlight with “She Sells Sanctuary” in 1985, a song that topped at No. 5 on the UK charts. The band went more psychedelic with their second album “Love” that sold 2.5 million copies worldwide and even toured with support band Guns N’ Roses, a group that was unknown at the time.
Lead singer Ian Astbury has been compared to Jim Morrison of The Doors, and he was even offered the lead role in Oliver Stone’s film on the vocalist, a part that Astbury declined and later went to actor Val Kilmer. The Cult’s next album is due out this year.
Public Enemy, fronted by Chuck D and MC Flava Flav, gives a voice to the ignored through socio-political messages such as “Fight the Power” and “Rebel Without a Pause.” “Public Enemy #1” dropped in 1987 with a raw urgency of startling lyrics and unconventional samples. The group's second album “It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back” brought hits such as “Don’t Believe the Hype” and “Bring the Noise.” Their 1990 album “Fear of a Black Planet” included “Fight the Power,” which became the theme song for Spike Lee’s “Do The Right Thing.”
Tickets start at $45 and go on sale Friday, April 24.
Tickets: Hard Rock Hotel box office, (702) 693-5000