June 23 at the Hollywood Palladium, the British band
was, in a word, electric.
By Jose Martinez
“We’re back!” declared The Cult’s lead singer
Ian Astbury during a sold out concert at the Hollywood Palladium. A little
older, puffier and not as nimble as he once was, Astbury still manages to bust
his best Jim Morrisonesque moves and deliver a rock solid performance.
Mixing crowd favorite hits with a handful of new
songs from the band’s latest release, Choice
of Weapon, Astbury and co-founding member Billy Duffy, who just plain
embodies rock star cool on guitar, wrapped up the band’s most recent U.S.
headlining tour Saturday night. Playing songs from every nook and cranny of the
band’s career, the show started with Electric’s “Lil’ Devil,” and ran the gamut, including selections from Sonic Temple (“Fire Woman”), Beyond Good and Evil (the dynamic
“Rise”), while mostly sticking to hits from Love and Electric. However, much to
the delight of hardcore fans, the encore included two songs from the band’s
1984 debut Dreamtime.
More than just a blast from the past, The Cult’s
new songs actually paired well with their tried and true sound. Tracks like
“Honey from a Knife” and “For the Animals” definitely have that classic Cult
feel, while “Embers” is just a classic Led Zeppelin like rock track. A much
maligned group by critics, The Cult still manages to offer fans honest,
unapologetic rock anthems, which tend to be sorely missing many of today’s
bands. I’ll always choose raw power over mall-friendly fluff every time.
Honey from a Knife
For the Animals
She Sells Sanctuary
Love Removal Machine
[Photo Credit: A.N.A.]