Live + Bush Celebrate Iconic Albums In Denver [Review + Photos]

 

If you ever had forgotten about all of the wonderful music that came out of the 90’s, all you would have had to do was step inside the sold out Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, Colorado Saturday night to confirm the era still is alive and well.  Bush + Live have teamed up this summer for a co-headline trek that brings The Alt-Imate Tour across the county celebrating the 25thanniversary of their landmark albums ‘Sixteen Stone’ and ‘Throwing Copper.’

Our Lady Peace is one of Canada’s most underrated bands and was a nice fit to open this tour. Led by the signature vocals of frontman Riane Maida, OLP performed a flawless set that innervated the crowd. They have released nine albums spanning both the 1990s and 2000s and touched on older hits including “Superman’s Dead”, “Clumsy”, and “Starseed.” OLP garnered the most reaction as they perfected chart-topping “Somewhere Out There” and an emotional version of “Innocent.”

Bush was up next and delivered a galvanizing performance. From the opening riff of “Machinehead”, lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Gavin Rossdale was in complete rock star mode jumping into the crowd and taking laps around the auditorium engaged  amongst mobs of fans. The set celebrated the anniversary of ‘Sixteen Stone’ (1994) hitting on six of the albums songs including “Comedown”, “Everything Zen”, and “Little Things”. Rossdale said he was excited about the future of the band and launched into its newest song “Bullet Holes, “featured on the soundtrack of John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum. Bush closed with an impassioned version of “Glycerine” and vociferous version of “Comedown” as the crowd lit up the venue with singing and cellphone lights.

Live would finish out the night as lead vocalist Ed Kowalczyk appeared out of the darkness building the drama with “The Dam At Otter Creek”. The band delivered a marvelous performance which included guitarist Chad Taylor, bassist Patrick Dahlheimer, drummer Chad Gracey, guitarist Zak Loy, and percussionist Clint Simmons. Live has just released a special 25th anniversary edition of ‘Throwing Copper’ and to no-ones surprise became the focus of their set. The songs “All Over You,” “Shit Towne” and “I Alone” received the most crowd reaction. The band played two covers R.E.M.’s “Loosing My Religion” and a juiced version of “Paint It Black” from The Rolling Stones. Although I liked those two covers, the band released an excellent EP last year called ‘Local717’ and it would have been nice to hear one or two of those new songs. Kowalczyk is at his best alone with him and just the crowd.  He beautifully performed an acoustic version of “Heaven” and dedicated it “to all the mothers and daughters” in attendance. The band joyfully closed with the iconic “Lightning Crashes” which erupted into a sing-along ending the fans will never forget.