Saturday September 7, 2013 / 8:00pmThe Cult
Floor (Standing Room Only)
How was your experience?
The concert was awesome. Wondering about the 4-star rating? Well, in two words: I'm old. I showed up early, like before the doors opened, and used my Passbook app to pick up my tickets at Goldstar will call. The attendant seemed a little confused by this and just looked me up by my ID. So I had to stand in line on WIlshire for a half hour or so, which wasn't that bad. Followed by staking out a good spot at the front of one of the Wiltern's terraces. I picked the middle one - not so close that it was stupid crowded, but not too far away either. So far, so good. My mistake was not plopping my ass down right then to wait for the opening act. At 42 - funny enough, I think I was about average age in this crowd, if not on the young side (or they just all party way harder than I do) - I just can't stand for 5 hours like I used to. I caught a bit of a sit between the opener and the Cult, but I was totally uncomfortable most of the night. Anyhow, the opener, White Hills, was alright. They reminded me of a blend of older influences like Bauhaus, The Cure (especially rhythmically), and early Jesus and Mary Chain along with more modern fuzz rock bands like Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Their last two songs were less derivative then the ones earlier on, and I'd actually listen to more stuff like that. The ones in the middle were more self-indulgent noodlefests that didn't go anywhere. The Cult was awesome on many levels. Billy Duffy's licks are intense, but he makes it look totally effortless. Ian's vocals were tame early in the night, but like many aging rockers who've learned to save the best for last, he was totally rockin' out by the end of the night. He got by on charisma and presence until then. The rest of the band was awesome as well. Unlike many bands doing nostalgia tours, this one played with fire and for quite a while. After doing all of Electric, they moved on to a selection of later hits and deep tracks. They left off a couple huge hits (Fire Woman and Edie, notably) but they said their other LA set the next night at House of Blues would be different, so the die-hard fans had something to look forward to. Oh yeah, while I occasionally felt a wafting of air conditioning float by, it was as sweltering as you'd expect a September indoor concert in LA to be. Like I said, I'm old. The price was totally right. Adjusting for inflation, I think this was the equivalent of getting $10 concert tickets back in the day, so bravo Goldstar.