Tuesday, 13 October 2009

25 year old LOVE



"She Sells Sanctuary" is approaching its 25th anniversary. Voted the 8th best Indie track ever by VH1, we have been boogying our butts off to this around the world for years. This summer The Cult have been touring the 1984 "LOVE" album and it is great to see Astbury and Duffy back on the stage. On Saturday we went to witness them play the Royal Albert Hall! We had a box and several bottles of champagne (£47/bottle ouch!). And we boogied our butts off again. They played LOVE straight through except for "The Phoenix"starting with "Nirvana" and Astbury ordering us to "Wake Up!". Not a bad request for an audience who were over 40 or under 15!

After doing justice to LOVE, they took a break with Astbury telling us to "Stick Around!". We did! The boys came back and unleashed a hit from all their subsequent albums. A sheer headbanging romp through "SunKing", "FireWoman", "WildFlower", "Electric Ocean", "Love Removal Machine", amongst others. Astbury had the Hall clapping in unison and then asked if we wanted some Bon Jovi or Coldplay with some arm waving. He was taking the piss and claimed to actually like Chris Martin!
They went off again with Astbury asking if we believed in magic. Duffy returned and announced he would now play with the original guitar that LOVE was recorded with and had been kept in a cabinet ever since. Astbury then introduced the original 1984 bandmembers; Jamie Stewart and Mark Brzezicki. They played an encore of "The Phoenix" and "She Sells Sanctuary".

It was a blistering night from a band who sent members to Big Country, Velvet Revolver, Guns & Roses, The Mission. They play their last date at The Shepherd's Bush Empire on Sunday 18th October. It may be your last chance to catch some LOVE. Get on down there and dance your ass off!

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