Couldn't resist seeing The Cult again when I heard they'd be back at the 9:30 club, especially when I found out they'd be playing the entire "Love" album this tour! Paula and I went down straight after work & got in line with a few other long-time fans who were a very friendly bunch too, especially Tom who had flown up from Pompano Beach, FL to celebrate his birthday with an amazing double-header as he'd also caught Motorhead, Reverend Horton Heat & Nashville Pussy at the 9:30 the night before! Had to tell Tom that I agreed it was a great idea as I'd road-tripped with my friends to see the Cult for my birthday last year!
As we were 3rd & 4th in line we got excellent spots on the barricade right in front of Ian! The show started late, the first band "Living Things" were OK but nothing special, took a few pix I put up here (you can tell I am bored when I start futzing with special effects like rear curtain sync.... The 9:30 doesn't allow pro cameras without a pass but at least I was able to get some decent pix with my little point & shoot.
Sigh.... Ian Astbury has always been influenced by Jim Morrison so it was sad to see that this time rather than looking like the awesome long haired vision in tight leather pants of yore he was more like the somewhat bloated Jim badly needing a shave. Sigh...if he feels a need to grow something I would gladly buy him a chia-pet, the boy needs a little fixing up :) (Liz here freely admits she has always had a bad crush on Ian - it was seeing pix of his glorious long straight hair on the Electric album that inspired my waist length jet black hair I still sport!)
So maybe the show wasn't quite so glorious as in the old days, still Billy Duffy looked great & played even better and John Tempesta from White Zombie is fantasic on drums - maybe a bit nostalgic but I still had a great time, I know I'll go see them again next time, sheesh hard to believe the first time I saw them was 20 years ago when they opened for Metallica (and for the record I went to see the Cult & first heard Metallica by staying after they played!)
first, the entire "Love" album (my personal fav!)
Big Neon Glitter
Brother Wolf sister Moon
then they went offstage, took a short break & came back for some of their (mostly-older) hits -
Dirty Little Rockstar
Love Removal Machine
(very mild dissappointment in that they didn't play "Spiritwalker" as we'd gotten to hear that from outside in line while they soundchecked)
Set of photos on Flickr:
John Tempesta - formerly of White Zombie - on drums
A piece of Ian's tambourine - during "Rise" he kept tossing the little round metal parts out of previously broken ones at me and I kept missing them and especially felt like an idiot when a piece stucky to my sweaty arm & then fell inside the barricade! So he broke another & tossed a larger piece to me so now I have a most excellent souvenir!