None of the members of The Cult were seriously injured when their bus crashed into a bridge guard rail earlier this week. At the time, the bus was traveling from Split, Croatia, to Ljubijana, Slovenia.
“I was the only one awake,” said vocalist Ian Astbury, who was seated in the bus’ front lounge when the incident occurred at 6 a.m. local time. “All of a sudden, the bus veered violently, hit the guardrail and tipped on a 45-degree angle, then righted itself and came to a halt. The guardrail was the only thing that prevented us from going over an 80-foot drop.”
Astbury was thrown to the aisle and suffered injuries to his neck, back, and shoulder. The rest of the band and crew were asleep in their bunks, so no one else was badly hurt.
The driver was able to get the bus to a service station a few miles away. Astbury’s injuries were iced and he received pain medication. After temporary patching up of the bus, the band made it to the venue for that night’s show, and played a full concert. Early the next day, the fully-repaired bus took them on a 20-plus-hour trip to the next gig.
Astbury, guitarist Billy Duffy, bassist Chris Wyse, and drummer John Tempesta are touring in support of Choice of Weapon. Following the European trek, the band will kick off the second leg of its North American tour.