Live Review: The Cult + The Mission

By on 14 September 2012

The Cult + The Mission
12th September 2012
Academy, Sheffield

It is finally here. The tour that shall forever be known as “That tour where Jaz Coleman gave everyone the middle finger” rolls into Sheffield tonight with a definite buzz of anticipation in the air. The pulling power of three big name bands now down to two may have put some off, but not many, although The Cult probably have overestimated themselves if they thought they could still pack a UK arena in 2012.

First on is The Mission, and bang on time too. As they don’t have a new album to plug they dive headlong into a set crammed full of classics (but still manage to sneak a couple of new songs in for good measure). ‘Beyond The Pale’, ‘Severina’, ‘Wasteland’, ‘Deliverance’, and even a cover of Bob Dylan’s ‘All Along The Watchtower’ are just a few of the big numbers to get an airing during their 90 minutes on stage. The Mish’ give one hell of a solid performance showing all the polish that a veteran act should do. As a result the crowd can’t help but be pulled into sing-a-long-after sing-a-long. Of course Wayne Hussey manages to also find time to have some sly fun at Killing Joke’s expense, but the air on stage still remains jovial and not bitter. All too quickly though we reach the customary pretending to leave part, before the band returns to the stage to give a rousing version of ‘Tower Of Strength’ to end a frankly faultless performance.

The Cult may not be able to fill arena’s like they used to, but the die hard fans are out in force and go crazy once their intro-tape hits. Security had been reminding members of the audience prior to the headliners’ performance of the band’s bizarre photo rules that are done away with one song into the set. The band eases the fans in with ‘Lil’ Devil’ and ‘Rain’ to begin with but allocate plenty of time to newer songs from their latest album ‘Choice Of Weapon’. Ian Astbury continues to channel the ghost Of Jim Morrison with his lizard king swagger, but unfortunately his vocals are pretty slapdash throughout as not only does his microphone sound too quiet, but he also only ever commits to singing every other word in the songs. The musicians in the band however put on a fantastic performance led by riff god Billy Duffy. The final stretch of the set though is full of classic tracks like ‘Rise’, ‘Spiritwalker’, ‘Sanctuary’ and a big encore in the form of ‘Love Removal Machine’.

Despite the smaller venue and being one band down the night was worth the money. The Mission were on top form and, based on this performance, could still give any young band a run for their money. While The Cult remind us that they haven’t had their time just yet. We’ll just have to wait and see what Killing Joke bring to the table next year.

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