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The Cult - Sept 17, 2022, The Grey Eagle, Calgary AB Featured

Live Reviews Monday, 19 September 2022 12:50
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With their 10th studio album Under the Midnight Sun on the horizon, The Cult embarked on this 12-date tour with nearly half the dates spread across Western Canada. Calgary was the second slot on the tour, which saw the band at the Grey Eagle Resort and Casino, a mini Las-Vegas of sorts, where patrons can hit the slot machines, smoke cigarettes and eat cheap wings before their favorite band takes the stage in the next room.

At this concert, seats were put in place. They were soon completely disregarded, though, as The Cult took the stage, with people rushing to the front of the stage and standing in the aisles. A rather plain mesh background was up behind the band, meaning that this Cult show was less about flashy stage props and more about the focus being on the mystic rock music the band has brought to the masses during their near 40-year existence.

Opening with the sludgy Rise” from Beyond Good and Evil to get the crowd properly amped, the band then went into Sun King” and Automatic Blues” from their classic Sonic Temple album before getting to the first peak of the night, Sweet Soul Sister.

The incomparable Ian Astbury was well aware of the venue being on aboriginal land, paying respect in between songs - his hair styled in double-braided native American fashion. Always outspoken, he commented on a few of the fans in the front - Where are my longhairs at? The long-haired men, that is” while also acknowledging the younger folk in the audience.  

By the time the batch of hit songs were played - Fire Woman,” “Revolution,” “Rain” and She Sells Sanctuary,” the crowd was getting a bit too feisty, with the seats being used for walking across, dancing, and even fighting. Yes, during She Sells Sanctuary” a brawl broke out right in front of the stage, which Astbury noticed. He had the crowd mellow out and pointed out a victim of the violence who had his hoodie ripped - What size do you wear, brother? Extra large - well hook you up.

The band then took a short break before the series of encore songs began, Lil’ Devil,” the live debut of new song A Cut Inside” and the immortal Love Removal Machine.” Astbury asked the audience member if he got his new Cult hoodie, which he replied with some devil horns thrown towards Ians direction. It was a heartwarming gesture which resulted from a nasty incident that could have turned far uglier - instead, the fans will remember The Cult on this night as being a true band of the people - playing their hits and new material with passion and showing that same amount of passion to the fans.

- Ryan Dyer

Written by  Ira Hunter
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