The Cult kicked off a 23-date small tour, right here in Baltimore, to a packed house at Rams Head Live. Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy performed an all-out-greatest-hits show that if I had to describe in one word, it would be incredible.
“Spiritwalker,” off 1984’s Dreamtime, started the night. I had forgotten about that song until I heard it performed live for the first time. They didn’t play that song when I saw them last in 2001. It was perfection at its finest, and it was only song number one.
Duffy then started the guitar intro to “Rain” and the crowd was ecstatic. 1985’s Love album is, in my opinion, one of the most underrated rock albums of all time and this song is proof of that. Now, in case you have been living under a rock, The Cult released their tenth album Hidden City last year. It was well represented with the playing of “Birds of Paradise,” “Deeply Ordered Chaos,” and “G O A T,” in between “Peace Dog,” “Rise,” “Fire Woman,” and “She Sells Sanctuary,” my personal favorite Cult song. These songs are ageless. Even though Astbury and company don’t tour a lot anymore, the tracks have remained relevant and ever so popular, even more than in 1990.
Ian is a unique front man. He interacts with the crowd about his beliefs and love for the planet and its inhabitants. “Love” and the fan favorite, “Love Removal Machine,” ended the evening and their 18-song set list. After the Baltimore show, the band played Carolina Rebellion for the first time, and I heard that went as well as this show.
Ian Astbury is an iconic singer and I highly recommend if you ever get the chance to see The Cult live, do so. They limit their live shows per year. He explained in my interview, which you can read here, that he most likely will only do about 50 shows this year.