Legendary British rock band The Cult played a career spanning set of high energy rock-n-roll at the 44th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. The concert was held Saturday, April 14th in front of the Long Beach Performing Arts Center and was part of the Grand Prix’s Rock-N-Roar concert series.

Formed in 1983, The Cult’s sound has evolved from gothic to straight forward hard rock. Vocalist Ian Astbury and lead guitarist Billy Duffy are the longest tenured members of the band and they are also the primary songwriters.

The capacity crowd roared as the band took the stage and played the first chords of “Wild Flower” from the 1987 album Electric. This set the tone for memorable two hour set that had a little something for everyone. They made sure to satisfy the hardcore older fans by playing “Sprit Walker” from their debut album Dreamtime and four tracks from 1985’s Love album. The newer fans got two tracks from their most recent album 2016’s Hidden City.

This incarnation of the band includes Grant Fitzpatrick on Bass, Damon Fox on Keys and John Tempesta on Drums. Vocalist Astbury mentioned that this was the band’s first show of 2018 but you couldn’t tell. The band sounded tight and their musicianship was top notch. Astbury’s vocals have held up well over the years and his energy kept the crowd on their feet all night.

The band’s encore song was “Love Removal Machine” which was the perfect ending to an incredible evening of music. Astbury seemed genuinely moved by the enthusiastic crowd and thanked them several times. He mentioned that the band didn’t usually play shows at big events like this. Lucky for Long Beach they did.


Set List

Wild Flower
Spirit Walker
Lil’ Devil
Peace Dog
Honey From a Knife
Sweet Soul Sister
The Phoenix
King Contrary Man 
Dark Energy
She Sells Sanctuary
Fire Woman

Love Removal Machine

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Jody & Judy

We met over 15 years ago when we were booking rock bands for the Beachfest, a local music festival here in Long Beach, CA. Since then we have seen hundreds of shows together. This is our forum to talk about concerts, bands and records that we love in the hope that we can keep rock alive.

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