Monday, August 22, 2016

The Cult @ Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego - August 22nd, 2016

The Cult was announced two hours before show time as the opener of the last date on this leg of the Not In This Lifetime tour and you could tell they weren't happy about it.

Politics aside, it was great shot of nostalgia hearing Fire Woman, Sweet Soul Sister and She Sells Sanctuary. Ian Astbury has ditched the Indian regalia and the Jim Morrison giddup and now looks and acts like an underdressed Bono but his voice is as strong as ever. Billy Duffy is still the king of gothic/hard rock riffs and the songs from their new album Hidden Flowers sound as good as anything they released in the past. 

Unfortunately, opening for the most anticipated reunion of the century is not an enviable task and the old stadium was half empty during their whole performance. This didn't phase them however, and they soldiered on admirably, playing like they had everything to prove because they did. 

A great set from a great band that deserves to be seen as a headliner in a smaller venue.

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