THE CULT kicked off its “Electric 13” tour this past Thursday (July 25) at the House Of Blues in San Diego, California. The band is performing its 1987 album “Electric”, on its entirety on the trek, which is scheduled to wrap on September 8 in Los Angeles. The live show also includes a second set pulling from the band’s eight other studio albums.
THE CULT‘s setlist for the San Diego concert:
01. Wild Flower
02. Peace Dog
03. Lil Devil
04. Aphrodisiac Jacket
05. Electric Ocean
06. Bad Fun
07. King Contrary Man
08. Love Removal Machine
09. Zap City
11. Memphis Hip Shake
“Pure Cult” set
13. Honey From A Knife
14. Sweet Soul Sister
18. The Phoenix
19. For The Animals
20. She Sells Sanctuary
22. Sun King
Fan-filmed video footage of the show can be seen below.
Prior to embarking on the tour, THE CULT guitarist Billy Duffy said: “The plan is to play the ‘Electric’ album in order then break and play a bunch of other stuff from the other eras, similar to the ‘Love Live’ tour from a few years back. I’ve really enjoyed playing ‘Bad Fun’, ‘King Contrary Man’ and ‘Electric Ocean’ again as its been a while. There’s moments when it’s really exciting and that’s really cool.
“It will be interesting to see how ‘Memphis Hip Shake’ goes down, as it will end that first section of the set, as it sounds really good, but it’s not your traditional set-ending song. But then ‘Black Angel’ ended the ‘Love Live’ set really well.”
Born out of the ashes of the U.K. post-punk scene, THE CULT evolved to become one of the most influential and controversial rock bands of the late 20th century, selling millions of albums, headlining venues worldwide, infusing innovative possibilities into the worlds of music, art and fashion and quickly ascending through the ranks of the indie music world to achieve global status.
In 1987, THE CULT released “Electric”, an album of stylistic change that aimed the band straight at the heart of the rock market. Recorded in New York City at the legendary Electric Ladyland studios and filled with the energy of the dirty NYC streets, together with a young producer named Rick Rubin, who resonated more with the hip hop world of THE BEASTIE BOYS, RUN DMC, and PUBLIC ENEMY; the band delivered an recording that has gone on to become one of THE CULT‘s most successful and influential albums, and as a follow-up to “Love”, kicked the door wide open to a passionate new audience.
“Electric” went on to become the band’s first platinum album. They quickly captured media attention featuring heavily in music and fashion magazines as well as becoming an MTV staple after dark and where spun heavily on radio coast to coast.
“Electric” was supported by an incident-filled world tour with GUNS N’ ROSES as the opener in North America. Beginning in January of that year, THE CULT headlined in the U.K., Europe, the U.S., Canada, and Australia, opened select dates for IGGY POP and DAVID BOWIE, returning at the end of the year to sell out Wembley Arena and Brixton Academy in London.