As Theory of a Deadman opened with uninspired and generic rock, I even heard grumbles from the crowd citing the opening act made people not want to even be in a band. This makes sense in a way, as they got their start on 604 Records, a label founded by Nickelback frontman, Chad Kroeger. The formulaic sound was technically well played, just missing heart, and was worth skipping.
Then came a distortion-laden set by the headliners. They combined Bush 2.0 (from their reformation in 2010-present) with nostalgic hits from their years atop the mid-90s power chord temple. Libidos went wild as front man Gavin Rossdale hopped off stage serenading lascivious ears with “Little Things” from their modern classic Sixteen Stone. Both familiar and brand new songs spanning the toils of 20 years worked well, and the veteran rockers left the audience’s appetite for grunge-destruction thirsting for more and glowing about the show. I was one of them.
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