The alternative scene
The grunge revolution of the ’90s brought angsty, heavy rock into the mainstream via bands like Nirvana and Soundgarden, paving the way for a second wave of bands that added a poppier sheen to the distorted guitars and rumbling vocals of grunge. Bush, Live and Our Lady Peace all came out of that second wave, and the three bands crossed paths at festivals and awards shows throughout the ’90s and early ’00s. So they’re the perfect lineup for a tour that’s been dubbed ALTimate, celebrating the 25th anniversaries of their respective hit albums Sixteen Stone, Throwing Copper and Naveed.
Singles from those albums dominated alt-rock radio for years, from Bush’s “Everything Zen,” “Comedown” and “Glycerine” to Live’s “I Alone,” “Lightning Crashes” and “All Over You” to Our Lady Peace’s “Starseed”and “Naveed.” Those songs are still getting tons of airplay on mainstream and even classic rock radio, as alt-rock has become part of the rock pantheon. That’s not to say that these bands are stuck in the past, though; all three have released new music in the past year, continuing the mix of hard rock and catchy hooks that gives grunge’s second wave its enduring popularity.
Hard Rock Hotel, 8 p.m. Oct. 11, starting at $49.95 plus tax and fee. 800.745.3000 Ticketmaster