There was a sense of the 80’s as the iconic British goth/rock band The Cult performed this past Wednesday in at the Pend Oreille Pavilion in Spokane, Washington. The pavilion was packed with fans spanning generations to help The Cult celebrate the bands 40th anniversary and their 2022 release Under the Midnight Sun.
As lights dimmed and the band came out to the cheers of the packed crowd in attendance, vocalist Ian Astbury takes the microphone and red lights flooded the smoke filled the stage. Synth keyboards blasting playing out through the speakers only added to the already eerie feel of The Cult’s stage presence. Opening the night with “Rise” from the 2001 album Beyond Good and Evil, then taking us back to the 1980’s playing songs from the albums Electric and the platinum selling Sonic Temple. Later they would give the audience a taste of their most recent work, playing “Mirror” and “Vendetta X” from Under the Midnight Sun . The crowd were on their feet all night, singing all night not long as they played fan favorites. Astbury’s power and iconic voice ringed out through the pavilion, mixed in with mesmerizing keyboards and the hard hitting solos of guitarist Billy Duffy, the entire set left an ever lasting impression on the fans in attendance.
The band would close out the night with the 1985 hit single “She Sells Sanctuary”, before departing the stage. The crowd was still as hot as when the night started, cheered for an encore – the band came back out performing two more songs from Electric before giving a final good-bye to the crowd.
The Cult is currently is on tour in the United States through out the month of October. November will see Astbury and Duffy will be performing as Death Cult in the United Kingdom and Ireland, playing a set list featuring songs from Astbury’s Southern Death Cult, the Death Cult E.P and The Cult’s first two albums. A full list of dates and tickets can be found via The Cult’s website.