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The Cult + Stone Temple Pilots + Bush @ Abbotsford Centre – August 28th 2018

Singer Ian Astbury of British rock band The Cult performing at Abbotsford Centre in Abbotsford, BC on August 28th, 2018

On Tuesday night, a triple threat tour took over the always awesome Abbotsford Centre for a night of nostalgic bliss.

“The Revolution 3 Tour” has been hitting venues all across North America. Headliners British rock band The Cult, San Diego neo-psychedelic group Stone Temple Pilots, and London alt-rock outfit Bush pulled together to unleash a nightly track lineup that would have any grunge-loving or 80s-alternative fan drooling.

The night started off with a sweaty set from Bush.

Singer Gvain Rossdale and guitarist Chris Traynor of English rock band Bush performing at Abbotsford Centre in Abbotsford, BC on August 28th, 2018

Lead singer Gavin Rossdale stormed around the stage with a ferocity behind his eyes. The admiring gaze of his fan remained unbroken through his entire set.

I was impressed with his movement and stage presence. He commanded attention and his slightly-raspy vocals were sultry and soulful.

Stone Temple Pilots hit the stage next, with their new lead singer Jeff Gutt at the helm. His range is quite similar to that of the band’s late frontman, Scott Weiland. This allowed the new acquisitions to take over at the front quite seamlessly.

From an auditory perspective, the entire band’s performance was rock solid all the way around but what had me put off was the way Gutt mimicked Weiland’s infamous performance style. It took it from being a group with a replacement singer to being a group with a sort of imposter.

Singer Jeff Gutt and guitarist Dean DeLeo of American band Stone Temple Pilots performing at Abbotsford Centre in Abbotsford, BC on August 28th, 2018

His movements felt rehearsed and almost forced. It took away from their time on stage. I couldn’t focus on the music.

Maybe Gutt should keep singing but lay off the Weiland impersonating.

Wrapping things up, The Cult took things over.

Their presence is undeniable. From the moment they walked out and stood before the audience, raucous screams roared through the house.

Ian Astbury and team worked hard for their fans. Starting things off with “Wild Flower” from the band’s 1987 release Electric. Those well-known lyrics pulsing through the air – “I’m a wolf child, girl \ Howlin’ for you”.

I was impressed with how many die-hard fanatics were in attendance. It seemed like every single person was singing along to each and every track.

British rock band The Cult performing at Abbotsford Centre in Abbotsford, BC on August 28th, 2018

The pinnacle of the performance was mid-set when they delivered a powerful rendition of “She Sells Sanctuary”, somehow better than the 1985 album version. It was more alive and that echoing scream was beautiful.

By the end of the night, I was left fulfilled.

The show checked all of the boxes for me; passionate musicians, an involved crowd, and all the songs I wanted to hear from three bands that I love.

Thank you to the musicians and their teams and the venue for such a fantastic night out.

The Cult Setlist

Wild Flower
Rain
Dark Energy
Lil’ Devil
Sweet Soul Sister (with a snippet of a Doors song)
Elemental Light
She Sells Sanctuary
The Phoenix
Fire Woman
Love Removal Machine

Photos © Jamie Taylor // Cryptic Photography

The Cult

Stone Temple Pilots

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