JAM Magazine Concert Reviews

May 16, 2017
House of Blues - Dallas
Dallas, TX USA
Review by Mike DiQuinzio
Photos by Michael Insuaste

The Cult

Cult Classic

Filmed by Michael Insuaste

The last time The Cult played Dallas, they were the special guest of another band whose larger-than-life reunion tour overshadowed their hits-heavy opening set. This week, The Cult returned to Dallas's House of Blues with a headlining set and a packed house.

Drummer John Tempesta (The Cult, White/Rob Zombie) is the current occupant of The Cult's drum throne, and what a job he did. It was great to see him in a more relaxed environment, feeling the groove rather than attacking his kit like usual. Rhythm guitarist and keyboardist Damon Fox held the band together nicely with his playing and perfect backup vocals. Ian Astbury was his usual charismatic self, strutting across the stage with tambourine in hand and engaging the crowd between songs, but guitarist Billy Duffy was undoubtedly the star of the evening. Every single solo he played was absolutely mesmerizing as his feel and tone combined to take each song to the next level while showing everyone what it means to be "on".

To the casual rock fan, The Cult is one of those bands that if their name doesn't ring a bell, you probably know at least three of their songs anyway. Many others of us are more familiar with full albums and although we love to hear "Fire Woman" and "She Sells Sanctuary" as much as anyone, a little "Peace Dog" or "Love" are what make our night. But here's the thing: this show was all about the new or new-to-me songs.

For whatever reason, there is a huge gap in my Cult knowledge that extends from 1991's Ceremony all the way through last year's Hidden City. However, except for the show-stopping "Sweet Soul Sister," these songs were the highlights of the set. They not only kept my interest, they made me want to go home and listen to what I've been missing out on all this time. Hopefully more people felt the same way, as songs like "Honey From A Knife" and "Deeply Ordered Chaos" were just as exciting as the more familiar "Wild Flower" and "Love Removal Machine".

Hidden City is out now on Dine Alone Records.

Setlist:
Wild Flower
Rain
Dark Energy
Honey From A Knife
Love
Lil' Devil
Gone
Birds Of Paradise
Deeply Ordered Chaos
Sweet Soul Sister
Fire Woman
The Phoenix
She Sells Sanctuary
Encore:
Peace Dog
Love Removal Machine