Concert Reviews

Bush and Live Hit Up Tampa on the Altimate Tour

Bringing the 90s to Generation Z

By Patrick Skidmore 

The Altimate Tour made its way to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa on August 16. Nineties alt-rock icons Bush and Live co-headlined the tour, which marked the 25th anniversary of their albums Sixteen Stone and Throwing Copper, respectively.

Bush and Live preform at the Roxy in LA.  All photos (Photo credit: Maria Jose Govea for Live Nation.)
Ed Kowalczyk from Live performs in Tampa, August 16, 2019. Photo credit: Maria Jose Govea for Live Nation.

Rain poured down throughout the day, but that didn’t slow fans from piling into the venue. In fact, many parents brought their children to the show.

“I wanted my kids to see bands I grew up with,” Mark Sanders explained. He traveled from St. Petersburg to Tampa with his two children to share this piece of his history with them.

The show started with Canadian rock band, Our Lady Peace, who took the stage and played for a little over thirty minutes as fans continued to fill the venue.

Just after sundown, the lights dimmed and the video screens behind the stage flashed “Live” in big red letters. Fans cheered as Live’s front man Ed Kowalczyk came on stage. The band performed most of its hit songs as well as covers of R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion” and “Paint It Black” by the Rolling Stones. The band ended its night with its 1994 hit, “Lightning Crashes.”

Bush and Live preform at the Roxy in LA.  All photos (Photo credit: Maria Jose Govea for Live Nation.)
Bush performs in Tampa, August 16, 2019. Photo credit: Maria Jose Govea for Live Nation.

After a brief delay to set up camera equipment to record the remainder of the show, the lights dimmed once more, and the crowd rose to its feet as Bush took the stage.

Front man Gavin Rossdale seemed to enjoy performing, even after all of these years. He rarely stood still and even joined the crowd at one point. Bush played many of its hit songs as well as its new song off the John Wick: Chapter 3 soundtrack,  “Bullet Holes.” Fans will be happy to know the band will have its eighth studio album, The Mind Plays Tricks on You, released later this year.

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