I’ve never really been a big fan of The Cult but last night (June 15th 2011) I attended The Cult performing live at The Academy of Middle Abbey Street in Dublin and I have to say, I was absolutely blown away. Before I drift off, I must say how explosive the support act was. A band called The Minutes were special guests on the night and after watching them rip it up, I have since downloaded their debut album ‘Marcata’, which was only released last month actually. These guys are one of the freshest live bands that I have seen in the past 5 years.
Now, on to The Cult. In my opinion The Academy is a great venue for smaller and more intimate gigs. Especially upstairs whereby you have an amazing view of the stage and no queues at the bar which is always a good thing!
The Cult have been rockin’ the music scene since the mid 80′s and last night was no different. The raw energy from the band was inspirational. Banging out classic hits like ‘Sweet Soul Sister’, ‘Fire Woman’ and ‘Rain’ – they definitely gave fans their monies worth. And who could forget the unexpired classic hit ‘She Sells Sanctuary’ which was probably the highlight of the night and still brings goosebumps to my arms every time I hear it. Apart from the slight technical difficulties towards the end of the gig which left lead guitarist Billy Duffy feeling very unhappy and walking off stage during their superb cover version of ‘Break On Through’ by The Doors - the atmosphere throughout the whole gig was electric.
It has been a long time since I’ve seen such a raw rock and roll band stripped down to the basics. The Cult cut out all the bells and whistles of what most bands try to bring to their live shows which is in fact, how rock and roll should be played. Ian Astbury mightn’t be the most glamorous or flamboyant front man in the world, but he knows how to put on a show. Although his choice of outfits still leaves questions!
Overall, I’m really glad that I had the opportunity to see such a great and memorable band live which is when they’re at their best. I will definitely be going to see them again if they ever come back.