Bush and Live Roar Through the Classics on Co-Headlining Tour

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+LIVE+ perform onstage during a private concert to launch their upcoming 25th Anniversary Summer tour with Bush at The Roxy Theatre on March 12, 2019 in West Hollywood, Calif. 

The '90s came alive for music fans who packed the Grand Theater at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn., Thursday (June 6) night as alt-rockers Bush and Live kicked off The Alti-mate Tour. The Live Nation-produced package celebrates the 25th anniversary of Bush's Sixteen Stone and Live's Throwing Copper. The two bands are co-headlining with support from Our Lady Peace.

"This is a big night for us," Bush singer Gavin Rossdale told the crowd. It hasn't been a year since the band played the venue last August with The Cult and Stone Temple Pilots on the Revolution 3 tour, but the crowd's response was still emphatic. Clearly Bush and Connecticut love each other.

Bush, which closed the show, bowed at 9:45 and delivered an electrifying performance, highlighted by the singer's near messianic interaction with the crowd at the 4000-seat theater as he ran through it from orchestra to balcony not once, but twice. Followed by security, Rossdale, like an alt-rock Michael Hutchence in a blousy black tank top, first moved through the crowd three songs in, singing "This Is War" (from 2017's Black and White Rainbows). People reached out to him, screaming and holding up cellphones. He stopped now and then to hug a woman or take a picture, but never lost his place. A spotlight operator desperately tried to follow Rossdale as he moved to the balcony and eventually back to the stage to joyous cheers. He later returned to the audience during "Little Things" (from Sixteen Stone). It remains to be seen if he will do this at other shows, but he seems driven to connect with his audience and remind them that Bush is not just a heritage act, but very much alive and well and making new music. People pay a lot of money for meet-and-greet ticket packages these days, but Rossdale is giving it away for free if you're lucky, and who doesn't want to take a chance on that?

The crowd was already eating out of his hand when the band opened with "Machinehead." The playing was tight and the members – drummer Nic Hughes, bassist Corey Britz and lead guitarist Chris Traynor -- thundered through their songs. The band also played its newly released song, "Bullet Holes," which is featured on the soundtrack of John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum. The video, which features footage from the film, played behind the band with a dizzying light show.

The show closed with two of the biggest hits from Sixteen Stone. First, Rossdale played alone in a spotlight and turned in a mesmerizing version of "Glycerine"; the room glimmered with cellphone lights as if reflected by a mirror ball. They closed with "Comedown" and the response was so big, Rossdale turned his mic to the audience and let them sing.

Co-headliners Live kicked off its show with singer Ed Kowalczyk appearing in the crowd singing "Dam at Otter Creek," and though his tenure in the audience would not last as long as Rossdale's, it was equally well-received. The Pennsylvania band – guitarist Chad Taylor, bassist Patrick Dahlheimer and drummer Chad Gracey – was joined by second guitarist Zak Loy and percussionist Clint Simmons, adding nuance to the band's power throughout the set. July 19 will mark the 25th anniversary of Throwing Copper (with a deluxe multi-format reissue via Radioactive/MCA/Ume). As expected, the band focused most of the evening on songs from the release.

Kowalczyk, who looked like a shamanistic Stanley Tucci with his necklace and flowing black shirt, is a roaring tenor who commands the stage with his passion and spirited dancing. Taylor and Dahlheimer, with their facial hair, fedoras and sunglasses, flanked Kowalczyk throughout the night like a modern ZZ Top. They are a tight group and hits like "All Over You," "Shit Towne" and "I Alone" stood out in the set as the members moved around the stage, mugging for the crowd.

Live did make a curious choice by including two cover songs in the set. The first was R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion" – three songs in – which the singer explained was about celebrating their influences. The second, The Stones' "Paint It Black," amped up the excitement with its fast tempo, but both seemed somewhat out of place, though the crowd loved them.

The singer joked, "You're gonna go out and tell all your friends on the Internet that the Alti-mate Tour is fucking awesome, right?" before calling in "White Discussion." He also performed two songs alone, including the uplifting ballad, "Heaven," written for his daughter, which he dedicated "to all the mothers and daughters here tonight."

The band closed with the much-anticipated "Lightning Crashes," which gave rise to an a cappella sing-along with the audience.

Toronto rockers Our Lady Peace had the early slot but opened the show to a sizeable crowd and people filing in. Though they only played a six-song set, the band got the audience bouncing with "Clumsy" and "Starseed."

Set Lists

Our Lady Peace

Drop Me in the Water
Innocent
Superman's Dead
Somewhere Out There
Clumsy
Starseed

Live

Dam at Otter Creek
All Over You
Losing My Religion
Selling the Drama
Shit Towne
Iris
The Dolphin's Cry
Paint It Black
Lakini's Juice
I Alone
White Discussion
Heaven
Turn My Head
Lightning Crashes

Bush

Machinehead
Testosterone
This Is War
The Sound of Winter
Greedy Fly
Everything Zen
The Disease of the Dancing Cats
Bullet Holes
Alien
Little Things
Glycerine
Comedown

Tour dates

June 7 – Atlantic City, N.J. @ Hard Rock Live

June 8 – Burlington, Ontario @ Spencer Smith Park

June 11 – Boston, Mass. @ Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion

June 13 – Gilford, N.H. @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion

June 14 – Canandaigua, N.Y. @ Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center

June 15 – Holmdel, N.J. @ PNC Bank Arts Center

July 26 – Appleton, Wisc. @ Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium

July 27 – Council Bluffs, Iowa @ Stir Cove at Harrah's Casino

July 28 – Kansas City, Mo. @ Starlight Theater

July 30 – New Orleans, La. @ Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square

Aug. 2 – Wichita, Kansas @ Hartman Arena

Aug. 3 – Denver, Co. @ Fillmore Auditorium

Aug. 6 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Greek Theater

Aug. 7 – Concord, Calif. @ Concord Pavilion

Aug. 9 – Tuolumne, Calif. @ Black Oak Casino

Aug. 10 -- Costa Mesa, Calif. @ OC Fair

Aug. 11 – Tucson, Ariz. @ AVA Casino

Aug. 14 – Rogers, Ak. @ Wal-Mart AMP

Aug. 16 – Tampa, Fla. @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater

Aug. 17 – Miami, Fla. @ Bayfront Park Amphitheater

Aug. 18 – Jacksonville, Fla. @ Dally's Place

Aug. 20 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Cadence Bank Amphitheater at Chastain Park

Aug. 23 – Essex Junction, Vt. @ Champlain Valley Exp0

Aug. 24 – Baltimore, Md. @ MECU Pavilion

Aug. 25 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Stage AE

Aug. 27 – Allentown, Pa. @ The Great Allentown Fair

Aug. 29 – Wantagh, N.Y. @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

Aug. 30 – Bethel, N.Y. @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

Sept. 4 – Dayton, Ohio @ The Roxy Music Center at The Heights

Sept. 6 – Tinley Park, Ill. @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater

Sept. 7 – Allegan, Mich. @ Allegan County Fair

Sept. 8 – Rochester, Mich. @ Meadow Brook Amphitheater