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Shepherds Bush Empire, London 18 October 2009
albums in their entirety seems to be a good selling point these days.
A chance for fans to relive golden memories to transport them back in
time, to a time when they played an album to death that is now etched in
memory for ever.
chance for fans to know exactly what they're gonna get at a gig rather
than night of nameless tunes. This can also be very profitable for
the bands, and for those whose career is in decline, this can be sure way
of putting pennies into the coffers. A win win situation, something
that will go for a long time yet.
the turn of the Cult, who were to perform their 1985 Beggars Banquet
release of 'Love'. A breakthrough album that combined the indie goth scene
with fusions of rock. An album that gave the Cult three top 40
singles and went on to sell 2.5 million copies worldwide.
The band had
just completed an European tour and had played the capital just a week
before at the Royal Albert Hall, but this had to be the hot ticket, for
this show at the more intimate Empire was to be grand finale of this tour.
support the fans had a long wait before the band came on stage just after
9pm.The band launching straight into the 'Love' LP in it's original
who brought the CD release some years later would've found that tracks
'Judith' and 'Little Face' were omitted as these were not on the orignal
was in the spotlight for most of the gig, and I mean that literally as the
lighting man kept the rest of the band in the dark for most of the gig.
Not that people downstairs were complaining. From were I was up on
the balcony the dance floor was swarming with bees who had just had their
hive kicked in.
who had been suffering from a cold earlier on the Europeon leg was in fine
voice, but still had the Jim 'dead in the bath' Morrison look with bushy
shoulder length hair and a beard which hadn't been touched in weeks.
It was the
three singles that caused most reaction. 'Rain' and 'Revolution' had the
crowd singing in unison, but it was 'She Sells Sanctuary' which brought
the memories back of a happy youthful time of '85.
As I never
brought 'Love' album at the time of release ,it was the encores that I
enjoyed the most making the set stretch to a full 90 minute show. 'Fire
Woman' was rauchous and 'Love Removal Machine' went down so well it seemed
the goths in attendance had forgiven the Cult for going metal.
dead Mickey Mouse logo behind them they returned to play two tracks from
the first LP as a treat for those who had brought tickets for both London
shows. 'Horse Nation' and 'Spritwalker' ending an enjoyable set.
For me this
was the end of a mammoth eight gigs in nine days, which ended in
style at the aftershow, and it was to be a star studded affair too.
Comedian Mighty Boosh Noel Fielding was all glammed up, Sex Pistol Paul
Cook was keeping a low profile and - sporting a new moustache that the
Three Musketeers would've been proud of - was Hot Legger Justin Hawkins.
sight was Ian Astbury himself who was covering himself in a hoodie.
Didn't he want to be recognised at his own aftershow? It's only
rock'n'roll but I like it.
Cult go from here is anyones guess, but expect a tour of 'Electric' some
Set list: Nirvana / Big Neon Glitter / Love / Brother Wolf Sister Moon /
Rain / The Phoenix / Hollow Man / Revolution / She Sells Sanctuary / Black
Angel / ...Electric Ocean / Wild Flower / Sun King / Rise / Dirty Little
Rock Star / Fire Woman / Love Removal Machine / Horse Nation /
photos by Mark Taylor
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