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Live and Bush celebrate 25th anniversary of iconic albums in Allentown, Holmdel, and Bethel this summer

Live and Bush celebrate 25th anniversary of iconic albums in Allentown, Holmdel, and Bethel this summer
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From a press release:

Seminal rock bands Live and Bush are joining forces for The ALT-IMATE Tour, a high-powered co-headlining summer run that will see these two iconic acts celebrating the 25th anniversary of their respective landmark albums, “Throwing Copper” and “Sixteen Stone.”

Produced by Live Nation, this hits-packed road show with special guests Our Lady Peace will hit arenas and outdoor amphitheaters in 33 cities across the country, kicking off June 6 in Mashantucket, Connecticut with stops in Boston, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and more before wrapping Sept. 8 in Rochester, Michigan at Meadow Brook Amphitheatre.

The tour will stop at the PNC Bank Arts Center (116 Garden State Parkway, Holmdel, NJ) on Saturday, June 15; the Great Allentown Fair (302 N. 17th St., Allentown) on Tuesday, Aug. 27; and the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (200 Hurd Rd., Bethel, NY) on Friday, Aug. 30.

Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, March 15 at 10 a.m. at Citi is the official pre-sale credit card for the tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase pre-sale tickets beginning Tuesday, March 12 at 10 a.m. until Thursday, March 14 at 10 p.m. through Citi’s Private Pass program. Artist pre-sales are also available now through Thursday, March 14 at 10 p.m.

“We are thrilled to be touring this summer with Live,” says Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale. “The wealth and depth of songs from both bands should provide a great night of music. Looking forward to seeing you all this summer.”

“Bush is a great band, and Gavin is a super passionate singer and performer. I’m really looking forward to spending the summer with them,” said Live frontman Ed Kowalczyk. “I know the fans are going to get one hell of a show.”

Released in 1994 and fueled by blockbuster No. 1 singles “Lightning Crashes,” “Selling the Drama,” “Glycerine,” “Comedown,” and “Machinehead,” breakthrough albums “Throwing Copper” and “Sixteen Stone” sold more than 20 million albums combined. Both were spotlighted on Rolling Stone’s list, “1994: The 40 Best Records from Mainstream Alternative’s Greatest Year,” and remain timeless favorites thanks to radio staples that include “Everything Zen,” “Little Things,” “I Alone,” and “All Over You.”

“It’s an amazing feeling to know that these songs still resonate so profoundly with people,” says Kowalczyk. “And I still totally get off on celebrating this music with them. With ‘Throwing Copper,’ we were taking on big things with a big sound. Love, truth, birth, death, philosophy, religion, spirituality… we were asking the perennial questions and poking around for answers with this massive and dynamic sound. It attracted people from all over the world. We were inviting them to imagine that rock and roll could be a valid forum for exploring these types of things… we built it and they came.”

“‘Sixteen Stone’ propelled us onto the musical landscape,” says Rossdale. “Those songs have found a way into the soundtrack of people’s lives, and that is the highest compliment available. We’ve continued to make music that resonates with people.”

With a discography that includes such monumental rock albums as 1994’s six-times-platinum-selling “Sixteen Stone,” 1996’s triple-platinum-selling “Razorblade Suitcase,” and 1999’s platinum-selling “The Science of Things,” Bush has sold close to 20 million records in the U.S. and Canada alone. They’ve also compiled an amazing string of 18 consecutive Top 40 hit singles on the Modern Rock and Mainstream Rock charts. 11 of those hit the Top 5, six of which shot to No. 1: “Comedown,” “Glycerine,” “Machinehead,” “Swallowed,” “The Chemicals Between Us,” and “The Sound of Winter.” The latter made rock radio history as the first self-released song ever to hit No. 1 on Alternative Radio, where it spent six weeks perched atop the chart’s top spot.

This song appeared on 2011’s “comeback album,” “The Sea of Memories,” which was Bush’s first studio album in 10 years. That year, Billboard ran a story about the band under the headline “Like They Never Left” – a fitting title as the multi-platinum quartet (vocalist/songwriter/guitarist Gavin Rossdale, guitarist Chris Traynor, drummer Robin Goodridge, and bassist Corey Britz) promptly picked up where they left off. They’ve continued to dominate rock radio and play sold-out shows to audiences around the world ever since. The band is currently working on the follow-up to 2017’s “Black and White Rainbows,” which People magazine hailed as “a triumphant return.”

Live, the multi-platinum band from York, Pennsylvania – Ed Kowalczyk (vocals, guitar), Chad Taylor (guitar, backing vocals), Patrick Dahlheimer (bass), and Chad Gracey (drums, percussion) – have sold over 22 million albums worldwide and earned two No. 1 albums, “Throwing Copper” and “Secret Samadhi.” Their catalog is filled with such gems as “Lightning Crashes,” “I Alone,” “All Over You,” and “Lakini’s Juice,” which live on today as classics on rock radio. “Throwing Copper,” which is being celebrated in 2019 with a new deluxe 25th anniversary edition via Radioactive/Geffen/Ume, produced the band’s biggest single, “Lightning Crashes,” which was No. 1 on Modern Rock radio for 10 consecutive weeks. “Throwing Copper” reached No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and eventually surpassed sales of 10 million albums sold, with Rolling Stone honoring the album with placement on their list, “1994: The 40 Best Records from Mainstream Alternative’s Greatest Year.”

“Secret Samadhi” (1997) immediately shot to No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and eventually went double platinum. The release of the platinum-selling “The Distance to Here” (1999) turned Live into an international powerhouse and moved the band from arenas into stadiums. Live has been and remains today a global concert juggernaut. The band released an acclaimed five-song EP in 2018, “Local 717,” their first new music in over a decade.

See NEPA Scene’s photos of Live performing at the 2017 Musikfest in Bethlehem here and Bush at the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg with Atlas Genius and Big Jesus last year here.