Stone Temple Pilots, Bush + The Cult Preview ‘Revolution 3′ Tour in Hollywood
Three bands, a slew of hits, one hot summer bill ... and it all kicked off with a spring preview in Hollywood Tuesday night (April 3). Stone Temple Pilots, Bush and The Cult provided a mini-concert for fans at NeueHouse, with more able fans able to catch the performance via a webcast.
Prior to the show, fans were easily reminded of the great careers that all three bands have had by simply looking around the venue, where posters of album art filed the walls. Core, Sixteen Stone, Ceremony, Razorblade Suitcase, Electric, Purple and so many more reflecting what could be pulled from for the summer run.
The Cult were first up, as singer Ian Astbury seemed in good spirits offering a "Howdy Hollywood" before launching into the first song "Wild Flower." Dressed all in black, Astbury made good use of his tambourine during the performance, even bouncing the instrument off the ground and catching it in one fell swoop during the song. A revved up and more tribal sounding version of "Dark Energy" followed, with the group drawing the biggest response of their mini-set as soon as the familiar guitar of "She Sells Sanctuary" kicked in.
Bush played second, teasing fans a little bit with a few seconds of "Glycerine" that proved to be a false start. As guitarist Chris Traynor walked toward drummer Robin Goodridge, the band revved up into something significantly heavier rocking out "Machinehead" for the crowd as singer Gavin Rossdale bounced around the stage. Giving fans something a little more modern, the band launched into "The Sound of Winter," fully feeling the aggression of the performance with Rossdale and Traynor back-to-back grinding away on their instruments. Finishing out their set was "Comedown," which stretched out into more of a full on jam by the end of it, involving fans in a sing along along the way and building to a furious finish.
Finishing out the night were Stone Temple Pilots. The band has spent the spring with audiences becoming accustomed to new vocalist Jeff Gutt and their three-song set was a nice appetizer, but did not include some of the more varied arrangements in their full set. They started with fan favorite "Wicked Garden," followed by "Vasoline" and "Sex Type Thing," each remaining true to the arrangements fans have come to know and love. For this reviewer, it was the third time seeing a Gutt-led STP, with the singer coming off more comfortable in his element with each performance. Having spent the spring reintroducing themselves to fans, STP are already in solid touring form.
It should be noted that while The Cult opened, Bush played second and Stone Temple Pilots closed, "Revolution 3" is a triple-headlining tour with each of the acts getting full sets and revolving the order of their performance throughout the upcoming dates.
You can see all of the stops for the Revolution 3 tour right here. There is currently a pre-sale underway with the password "Rev3" as advertised during the webcast, while tickets go on sale to everyone this Friday (April 6).