On Friday June 8th, 2012, The Cult played to a packed house at New York City’s Terminal 5.
Supporting their latest release and ninth studio record Choice of Weapon, The Cult kicked things off with 1987′s “Lil Devil” from the Rick Rubin-produced Electric. Quickly leaving that album and introducing many in attendance to the opening track of Weapon, Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy tore into “Honey From a Knife.”
The rest of the night was full of familiar tunes like “Fire Woman” and “”She Sells Sanctuary” and killer, brand new songs like “Lucifer” and “The Wolf.”
The highlight of the set had to have been the performance of “For The Animals.” It might not have been the crowd’s favorite as it comes from the new record that’s only been out a couple of weeks, but there was no doubt it was a passion fueled anthem for Astbury and the gang. “This song is for the 99%. F— Occupy Wall Street. Occupy yourselves,” Astbury said as the band kicked it into high gear.
For a band that formed in 1983, The Cult has all the charisma and raw power that they’ve always had. Obviously, the relationship between Astbury and Duffy plays an enormously significant role, but it doesn’t hurt to have Chris Wyse (Ozzy Osbourne) on bass and John Tempesta (White Zombie/Rob Zombie) on drums.
The show ended with a two song encore of “Horse Nation” and “Love Removal Machine.” For all in attendance, it was one hell of a night.
Opening for The Cult were The Icarus Line and Against Me!. The most memorable moment of the entire evening had to have been when Joan Jett came out on stage with Against Me! to help Tom Gabel sing The Replacements’ “Androgynous.”
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