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Live – The Cult, Perth, 28 September 2013

| 1 October 2013 | Reply

Metro City, Perth, Western Australia
Saturday 28 September 2013
Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar
Photography by Maree King

The Cult LIVE in Perth 28 Sep 2013 by Maree King  (7)
The Cult hit the stage half an hour late after a rumoured backstage tantrum, and deliver the first few tracks from their seminal 1987 album Electric slightly clinically, but they warm up quickly and let the fire into their bellies for side 2 of the record.

On a minimalist set featuring only a plain black curtain backdrop, a handful of Marshall amps and a whole lotta love for their rock n’ roll, the one-time Bradford band tear out fiery takes on Electric Ocean and Love Removal Machine.

Ian Astbury sports a fur lined vest, dark glasses and slicked back hair, looking more like The Damned’s Dave Vanian than the chubby, bearded Morrison-alike of his last visit to Perth three years ago. The enigmatic frontman hit all the notes in far better form than on that last visit, but repeatedly taunts the audience for texting, talking, and “not connecting” with him.

Shaking his tambourine, he holds court shaman-like, but whenever Billy Duffy steps forward to take a solo on his huge white Gretsch guitar it is he who is the medicine man.

After playing most of Electric – Born To Be Wild was absent, as was Outlaw and Memphis Hip Shake – it’s a run through some more recent material such as Embers, dedicated to Heath Ledger, Honey From A Knife and Lucifer from 2012’s Choice Of Weapon.

The new tracks explode in the live arena, but it’s the classics that the fired up crowd want, like the wah wah pedal-abusing Sweet Soul Sister, introduced by Astbury’s ‘you guys are really uptight. Come on, loosen up’ and ‘see what happens when the audience is dead – you talk about SPORTS!’

It always seems petty when a band rants at their audience for not being better or giving them whatever gratification they seek, and when Astbury resorts to sarcasm – ‘Watch out – we’ll connect!’ – its amateurish. Most of the crowd seem connected enough and if the singer isn’t feeling it, he shouldn’t be paying out on his customers.

Having said that, by the time they explode into a triumphant three song encore with She Sells Sanctuary, all is forgiven and that connection is well and truly in place. Spiritwalker and Sun King follow in quick succession, Duffy windmilling the Gretsch as Astbury holds court centre stage, finally looking happy with the response.

Set list:

Wild Flower
Peace Dog
Lil’ Devil
Aphrodisiac Jacket
Electric Ocean
Bad Fun
King Contrary Man
Love Removal Machine
Honey From A Knife
Sweet Soul Sister
The Phoenix

She Sells Sanctuary
Sun King


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