Summer concerts in Florida are both good and bad. The good is our area gets some killer concert tours through the summer. The bad is that most of them are in outdoor arenas and it is brutally hot. August 8th was one of those days. It was sweltering hot outside for the fans sitting at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa, FL. But, they were here to see The Revolution 3 Tour with Stone Temple Pilots, The Cult, and Bush as the headliner. As hot as it was, this was too good of a lineup to miss, and DreadMusicReview was fortunate to be approved to cover the show.
Stone Temple Pilots was first to the stage that evening. Stone Temple Pilots (commonly called STP) formed back in 1989 under the name of Mighty Joe Young and then changed it to Stone Temple Pilots when they were signed to Atlantic Records. Their first album, ‘Core’, was released in 1992. The album was a huge success ultimately being certified Platinum 8 times. Singles from the album included “Sex Type Thing”, “Plush”, “Creep”, and “Wicked Garden”. They followed up with ‘Purple’ in 1994 which had the singles of “Vasoline”, “Interstate Love Song”, and “Big Empty”. “Big Empty” was featured on The Crow movie soundtrack. ‘Purple’ became a #1 charted album and was certified Platinum 6 times. The band continued their success throughout their career releasing 4 additional albums. In 2013 the band parted ways with vocalist Scott Weiland and brought in Chester Bennington from Linkin Park. The band released their first EP titled ‘High Rise’ with Chester Bennington on vocals. Chester left Stone Temple Pilots in 2015 to return to focus on work with Linkin Park while in that same year Scott Weiland passed away unexpectedly. In 2017 Chester Bennington passed away and in November of the same year Jeff Gutt, who placed second on the third season of X-Factor was announced as the new vocalist for Stone Temple Pilots. On March 16, 2018 the band released their second self-titled album with Jeff on vocals. Stone Temple Pilots has remained intact as a band since their inception outside of their vocalist. The band consists of Jeff Gutt (vocals), Dean DeLeo (guitar), Robert DeLeo (guitar), and Eric Kretz (drums).
I was fortunate enough to have covered Stone Temple Pilots at Carolina Rebellion this year, so I already knew this was going to be a good set. When I saw them a few months back, Jeff was sporting bleach blonde hair. So I was surprised when he walked out with dark brown hair instead. But, no hair color change could affect how good Jeff’s vocals as part of Stone Temple Pilots. They started off with “Wicked Garden” from the band’s debut album ‘Core’. The band was rocking the song and Jeff was definitely nailing it. They followed with “Vasoline” from ‘Purple’ and then “Big Bang Baby” from the 1996 album ‘Tiny Songs… Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop’. I was personally thrilled to hear them perform “Big Empty” from the ‘Purple’ album. Dean, Robert, and Eric had it down pat and Jeff’s vocals on it were perfect. It’s probably my favorite song from them so to hear it performed live was a thrill. The band mostly performed their older songs including “Plush”, “Interstate Love Song”, and “Dead & Bloated”. They also included “Meadow” from their 2017 self-titled album, the first album with Jeff on vocals. They closed out their set with “Sex Type Thing” and the fans roared in approval.
Next up was the British rock band, The Cult. Back in 1981 in Bradford, Yorkshire, Ian Astbury formed the band Southern Death Cult. Though the band toured through the UK, they only stayed together for sixteen months. In 1983 Ian teamed up with guitarist Billy Duffy to form Death Cult. They performed live and released a self-titled EP later in 1983. In January 1984 the band changed their name to The Cult before making their first TV appearance. The Cult released their debut album ‘Dreamtime’ in September 1984. It reached #21 on the UK charts. But it was in May 1985 where their fourth single from ‘Dreamtime’, “She Sells Sanctuary” was released it reached #15 on the UK charts and stayed on the Top 100 for 23 weeks. The band released 5 additional albums before they broke up in 1997. The Cult reformed in 1999 and went back on tour. In 2001 they released their seventh album ‘Beyond Good and Evil’ and then in 2002 the band went back on hiatus. In 2005 the band got back together again and went back on the road to tour. They released their eighth album ‘Born into This’ in October 2007. It would be 3 years before the band released new material under an EP titled ‘Capsule 1’ in 2010. In 2012 they released their ninth studio album ‘Choice of Weapon’. Their tenth and most recent studio album, ‘Hidden City’, was released in 2016. The Cult is Ian Astbury (vocals), Billy Duffy (guitar), Damon Fox (keyboards), Grant Fitzpatrick (bass), and John Tempesta (drums).
The Cult opened with “Wild Flower” from their 1987 album ‘Electric’. Ian sounded good and seemed excited to be on stage. They followed up with “Rain” from their second album ‘Love’. The band had a projector screen behind them that displayed clouds behind them during the song. The Cult had the engaged and cheering with “Sweet Soul Sister” and “Rise”. As they performed “She Sells Sanctuary” the audio for Ian’s vocals sounded off. It wasn’t anything major but definitely noticeable. After the song, a technician came out and was making some adjustment to Ian’s transmitter or receiver. As they performed “The Phoenix” everything sounded great again. When Ian went to sing the chorus the first time to “Fire Woman” there was a squelching sound that sounded like feedback through the microphone. Ian threw down the microphone stand, screaming in anger and stepped to the back of the stage temporarily. He came back after a technician reset the microphone and continued the performance. In the middle of the instrumental, he took his tambourine he was playing and smashed it on the stage into pieces. It shattered after three hits and one of the crew brought him out another one immediately to finish off the song. They wrapped up with “Love Removal Machine”, thanked the crowd, and said goodnight. Overall, The Cult performed very well that night despite the technical issues.
The stagehands were quickly moving stuff off stage in preparation for Bush. The band formed in 1992 under the name of Future Primitive. After some lineup changes they re-named themselves as Bush after the district in London, Shepherd’s Bush. By the next year, they had a record deal with Disney Hollywood Records. But, Disney did not release the album. In 1994 Interscope Records picked up the album and released ‘Sixteen Stone’. The album peaked at #4 in the U.S. on Billboard’s Top 200 and was eventually certified Platinum six times. Their follow-up album ‘Razorblade Suitcase’ was released in 1996 and peaked at #1 on the Billboard Top 200. It was eventually certified Platinum three times. Though their third album ‘The Science of Things’ had a slow chart start and was eventually certified Platinum. But, their fourth album ‘Golden State’ did not chart as well. The band ended up disbanding in 2002. It wouldn’t be until 2010 when Bush came back together with a new lineup and the new album ‘The Sea of Memories’. The album had very mixed reviews but did reach #18 on the Billboard Top 200 and their single “The Sound of Winter” hit #1 on the Rock and Alternative charts. ‘Man on the Run’ in 2014 peaked at #33 on the Billboard Top 200 and their most recent album ‘Black and White Rainbows’ was released on March 10, 2017. Bush is Gavin Rossdale (vocals, rhythm guitar), Chris Traynor (lead guitar), Corey Britz (bass), and Robin Goodridge (drums).
The lights dimmed at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre as Bush took the stage. As soon as those infamous guitar rifts to “Machinehead” from ‘Sixteen Stone’ played, the crowd went into a frenzy and were on their feet. Gavin sang with intensity and passion which made such a contrast to Chris and Corey who looked so calm and cool during the performance. They slid into “This is War”, which has a much different vibe and sound than prior Bush songs. It’s a little slower than the Bush songs I’m used to hearing, but live it had such energy and feeling. They followed up with “Everything Zen” which the band played with reckless abandon. During the song, Gavin dropped to his knees playing his guitar right in the center stage in front of the photographers. The followed up with “The People That We Love” from ‘Golden State’ and then slowed it down with “Swallowed” from ‘Razorblade Suitcase’. One of the high points for me was their next song, “The Sound of Winter” from ‘The Sea of Memories’, which has easily become one of my favorite Bush songs. I never had the opportunity to hear it live until that night. The band really had fun with the crowd with their cover of “Come Together” by The Beatles and then “Glycerine” where Gavin had the crowd hold up their cell phones to light the stage. They wrapped up their set with “Little Things” and “Comedown”. It didn’t feel it, but I was surprised how short their set was that night.
The Revolution 3 Tour is absolutely worth seeing. It’s energetic, fun, and has three amazing bands to see perform. Don’t miss this one!