Bush, STP and The Cult Alternative rock tour
Irving, TX – Bush, The Cult & STP brought The Revolution 3 Tour and alternative promise land to The Pavilion at the Toyota Music Factory. The powerhouse lineup brought out die-hard fans who heavily supported one act or the other, or even all three.
Stone Temple Pilots opened the show Tuesday night with a crowd of longtime die-hard fans. A band with an extraordinary history had concertgoers off their seats. Jeff Gutt, STP’s new lead singer and an X-Factor celebrity singer, looks and sounds great. Selected last November as STP’s new singer, Gutt beat out hundreds of other applicants. Oddly, Gutt’s stage persona has some striking similarities to Scott Weiland, the band’s original front man. On this night, STP played two new songs, “Meadow” and “Roll Me Over” from their recent self-titled studio album Stone Temple Pilots. After a long hiatus, new singer, and new album, the Stone Temple Pilots seem to be on track. There were no complaints Tuesday evening with fans rocking to classic hits like “Wicked Garden,” “Vasoline,” “Plush,” “Interstate Love Song,” “Dead & Bloated,” and “Sex Type Thing.”
The Cult took the stage shortly after STP’s performance to quite the fanfare. While all three bands are similar in style, The Cult has far more history. It was understandable why STP was the opening act and not the headliner. However, The Cult’s performance didn’t seem to fire up the crowd early on. One could also wonder why this time-honored band isn’t headlining. The Cult pulled out all the stops with some of their classic hits like “Wild Flower,” “Sweet Soul Sister,” “She Sells Sanctuary,” “Fire Woman,” and the number one topless bar song of all time “Love Removal Machine.” With a few octave changes and different chord rifts, The Cult mixed things up well.
Show headliner Bush took the stage with their 1994 hit “Machine Head.” With a backdrop screen and good stage lighting, the setting is musical and straightforward. Front man Gavin Rossdale’s clothing is effortless with a ripped sleeveless t-shirt and signature arm stocking. For a moment you look for stage props and pageantry but the music of Bush consumes you. It’s the music that all the fans have shown up to hear this evening.
Throughout the evening you can hear the crowd singing along to some of Bush’s top hits. During “Glycirine,” Rossdale went silent giving the audience a cue to fill in. Another opportunity for audience participation was during “Comedown” where the entire house filled the room vocally.
A high show moment was during “Little Things,” where Rossdale ran through the main crowd towards the back of the house. With heavy security and fans chasing, he kept his mic active and continued to sing. With a set-list of only ten songs, Bush could have easily played another two or three. It was a long evening with three great bands and a weeknight of extended fun.