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The Cult Survive to Play After Terrifying Bus Crash in Croatia

The Cult were a little shaken, but still managed to perform in Ljubijana, Slovenia after surviving a terrifying bus crash en route to the show.


The group was heading from Croatia to Slovenia when their bus veered off the road into a guardrail and nearly tipped over. Singer Ian Astbury says, “I was the only one awake. 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 guardrail was the only thing that prevented us from going over an 80-foot drop.”

Since Astbury was up and about at the time of the crash, he felt the brunt of the accident. The singer was thrown into the aisle and sustained injuries to his neck, back and shoulder. Luckily, the rest of the band and crew were tucked snug away in their bunks asleep at the time of the crash and didn’t move about the bus too much.

After the wreck, the band’s driver managed to get the bus to a nearby service station for repair, and following some temporary patching they continued on their journey.

As for Astbury, the singer got some pain medication and spent a good portion of the remaining drive icing his injuries. However, there was one other side effect of the bus crash.

Due to the accident and repair time, the band fell behind on time and when they finally arrived at their stop, it was 5:00AM. Astbury explained, “No one has had any sleep, so the guys are pretty beat, and we are still in shock to be honest. You never think something like this is going to happen to you, and it just did.”

The Cult will remain on tour in Europe through July 19 before returning to Concord, Calif. Aug. 19 to begin the next leg of their tour. The group is currently promoting their latest album, ‘Choice of Weapon,’ which arrived in May.

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