Sun King. In 1986, in the wake of their successful album “Love”, British rock band The Cult performed at the Pinkpop festival in Geleen in the south of The Netherlands, near to where I live. As a young rock music and guitar enthusiast I enjoyed this performance very much, especially guitarist Billy Duffy’s powerful guitar riffs and his use of mouthwatering Gretsch hollowbody electric guitars. In 1992 the band was back at Pinkpop (now in Landgraaf, the town where the festival is organized since 1988 and also the town where I now live) but this time delivered an ill-famed performance leading to the band being banned from future perfomances at the festival. Yesterday, 18 years later and after the ban was lifted, The Cult played the Pinkpop stage once again, now during the festivals Classic edition. This time I didn’t go, but a picture in last weeks paper announcing the band’s return to the festival and showing Billy Duffy in a heroic rock guitarist pose with one of his Gretsches triggered me to do a sketch instead. “Sun King”, the title of the opening track from The Cult’s 1989 “Sonic Temple” album again showcasing Billy’s guitar work, seemed to be an appropriate title for this sketch. Ink pen and watercolour.

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