Bush and Chevelle co-headline for a double dose of hard rock with support from The Dead Deads and Black Map.
25-July-2016: Black Map opened the evening tearing through a seven-song set, including “Code,” “And We Explode,” “Head for the Hills,” “Gold,” and “I’m Just the Driver.” They play straight-ahead, hard rock loaded with driving guitar riffs, pounding bass lines, and powerful drumming.
Frontman and bassist, Ben Flanagan, is reminiscent of Maynard James Keenan from Tool. The trio delivers a big sound, larger than you might expect from a three-piece.
Black Map hails from San Francisco, California. Along with Flanagan are Mark Engles (guitar) and Chris Robyn (drums).
Next up was The Dead Deads with their genre-crossing mix of punk, rock, and metal. Each of the all-female five-piece goes by their unique “Dead” moniker.
The band powered through a high-energy set with tracks like “Lemonade” from debut release Rainbeau, and “Sympathy Sex” from their upcoming album.
Meta Dead struck guitar poses while wailing on guitar and traversing the stage. Hella Dead whipped her hair around and bounced up and down while playing the keys. Their chemistry was palpable; the group was both engaging and entertaining while appearing to be having fun.
Look for big things from them in the future.
Based in Nashville, Tennessee, The Dead Deads all-female lineup includes Meta Dead (lead vocals, guitar), Billy Dead (vocals, drums), Betty Dead (vocals, lead guitar), Daisy Dead (vocals, bass), and Hella Dead (vocals, keyboards).
It was later in the evening as Chevelle began their set. The temperature had dropped as the sun receded and dusk rolled in. The crowd managed to stay warm as the band kicked off with “Ouija Board” followed by “An Island” and “Take Out the Gunman,” all from La Gargola. (2014).
They followed with a few fan favorites, including “Vitamin R (Leading Us Along)” and “The Clincher.”
The Chevelle sound is engaging, being both heavy and melodic. Lead vocalist and guitarist Pete Loeffler is not flashy on the guitar, yet his sound is huge. He doesn’t spend much time talking to the audience either, except for a quick introduction to a few songs, apparently preferring to let the band speak through their music.
Tonight was no different as Pete introduced the first track, “Door to Door Cannibals,” off their latest release, The North Corridor. That release recently No. 1 on the Billboard Top Rock Album chart and broke the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 chart.
They continued their set with a few older tracks, including “I Get It” before playing their latest single, “Joyride (Omen),” and one of their heavier songs, “Face to Floor.”
Chevelle closed with a run through a block fromWonder What’s Next (2016) including “The Red” and “Send the Pain Below.” Fans were on their feet and cheering throughout the set.
Chevelle is Pete Loeffler (vocals, guitar), Sam Loeffler (drums), and Dean Bernardini (bass).
Bush took the stage to a thunderous roar from the anxious crowd. They wasted no time keeping the energy going by jumping right into one of their biggest hits, “Everything Zen.” Vocalist and guitarist Gavin Rossdale was a ball of energy, jumping and running about the stage, keeping the audience highly engaged.
On several occasions, Rossdale went into the photo pit to engage with the fans in the first few rows. He also ran into the crowd and continued singing while a throng of girls tried to get close to touch him. He made his way across the whole pavilion to cheering fans, many chasing him, before heading back to the stage.
Their 17-song set spanned their career, and was heavy on hits, including “The Chemicals Between Us,” “Swallowed,” and “Little Things.”
Bush opened their encore with one of their hardest driving songs, “Machinehead,” from their 1994 release, Sixteen Stone. They followed with “Glycerine” and “Comedown,” before ending with R.E.M.’s “The One I Love.” It was a killer set much appreciated by the fans.
In addition to Gavin Rossdale, Bush is Robin Goodridge (drums), Chris Traynor (guitar), and Corey Britz (bass).
The Bush and Chevelle co-headline tour runs through mid-August. Chevelle also has some headline shows throughout the fall, along with several festivals before touring with Disturbed starting in late September.