“The Altimate Tour”
+LIVE+ – BUSH – OUR LADY PEACE
Pacific Amphitheater, Costa Mesa, CA – 8/10/19
Review and Pictures: Joe Schaeffer
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. Dubbed ‘The Altimate Tour’, the three bands held court at the Pacific Amphitheater in Costa Mesa, CA on August 10th, 2019
Our Lady Peace
Our Lady Peace’s set was short but to the point. Just seven songs long, they were still able to showcase front man Raine Maida‘s signature vocal stylings. Formed in 1992, Our Lady Peace is one of Canada’s most popular bands and is also one of the few Canadian rock acts that managed to achieve success in both the 1990’s and 2000’s.
Bush then took the stage with Gavin Rossdale looking no older than he did when the band first broke America. He spent much of the evening bouncing around the stage with the kind of energy not often found in most 50+ year old men. He addressed the fans often and encouraged them to sing with him and at times, in place of him.
Joining Rossdale on stage were lead guitarist Chris Traynor and bassist Corey Britz. Missing on this evening was longtime drummer Robin Goodridge, who was replaced by Nik Hughes. The band quickly ran through a collection of both old and new songs. Opening with “Machinehead” off their 1994 debut “Sixteen Stone” and hitting their stride with “Everything Zen.”
They performed a furious version of their new track “Bullet Holes” which is featured on the John Wick Chapter 3 soundtrack.
Rossdale took the opportunity to thank the crowd for their years of constant support, telling them to always be true to yourself. During “Little Things” he made his way through the sellout crowd to serenade them. The excited crowd were seen taking selfies with Rossdale.
An amazing night of music was cultivated with “Glycerine” and “Comedown” which are some of the bands best loved songs.
Finishing up the evening were +Live+. They are an American rock band from York, Pennsylvania, consisting of Ed Kowalczyk (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Chad Taylor (lead guitar, backing vocals), Patrick Dahlheimer (bass), and Chad Gracey (drums). They are augmented on this current tour by guitarist Zak Loy and percussionist Robin Diaz.
With songs like “All Over You,” “Selling the Drama” and “I, Alone” Ed Kowalski showed he can still deliver high intensity vocals. They even managed to throw in a couple of covers… R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion” and the Rolling Stones classic “Paint It Black” to demonstrate their musical pliability.
Kowalczyk began the encore with his acoustic guitar for a beautiful version of “Heaven“. His bandmates rejoined him onstage for “Turn My Head” and finally their biggest hit from 1994, “Lightning Crashes“.
The highly successful “Altimate Tour” has dates continuing into October. It’s a must see event for sure.