Bush, The Cult & Stone Temple Pilots: Sterling Heights, MI 2018

Julien K, Bush, The Cult, and Stone Temple Pilots @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheater in Sterling Heights, Michigan

Review & Photography by: Emily Veillette

Stone Temple Pilots, The Cult, and Bush embarked on a cross country triple-headlining tour earlier this summer. On July 24th they took the stage in Michigan in front of thousands of rock fans. These three bands have been playing massive shows since the 80’s and 90’s and continue to sell-out crowds.

The special guest of the night was a synth-rock band called Julien-K. This band has been in the scene since 2003 as a side project by members of a band called Dead by Sunrise. Dead by Sunrise also happens to be a side project which included the late Chester Bennington of Linkin Park. Being connected to a legend like Bennington, it was no surprise that Julien-K set a great mood for the rest of the night.

Bush was next up on the stage and was welcomed with much excitement by the crowd. Fans screamed out their love for the band during the entire set. Bush played an hour long set which featured great song choices. I recognized more songs than I thought I would, which means the band has plenty of hit songs that are still popular on today’s radio. Their performance was so great that I stuck around to catch the rest of the set after the photo session was finished. Lead singer Gavin Rossdale surprised fans when he ran through the pavilion and into the crowd filling the hill above. Fans could be heard screaming in the mic as he surrounded himself by people and belted out the lyrics. The set was concluded with their big hit and my personal favorite, Comedown.

Following Bush was The Cult, who also performed for an hour. I was not familiar with The Cult, but the crowd sure was. I could hear ladies yelling out their love to band members, especially the main singer who appeared in black leather and dark sunglasses. The Cult has been in the music scene the longest, since 1984. It’s a cool thing to see fans continuing to support bands more than 30 years after they began. This band’s music was that of classic punk rock and heavy metal. The stage setup was also fun to look at, with fiery screens in the back sound and colorful spotlights.

The final band to play was Stone Temple Pilots. The Michigan stop on the tour was a special one for this band. Joining the band since 2017 is Michigan born Jeff Gutt who is filling in for the late lead singer Scott Weiland. Gutt appeared on the X Factor years ago and also led the band Dry Cell. Because of Gutt representing Michigan and the general success off all theacts, the photo pit was packed full with at least 15 photographers. Gutt carried on the Stone Temple Pilots sound in a perfect way, with energetic stage presence and a great vocal tribute to the original singer. The band performed both old and new songs for the remaining hour of the night. Band members did a great job engaging with the audience and the photographers which made for some cool shots.

Don’t miss future projects and tours by these bands, check out their websites here!







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