Touring in support of their latest release Black and White Rainbows, the multi-platinum band Bush rocked the Cal Coast Open Air Theater in San Diego on Thursday, July 27th. With a string of monster hits in the mid-1990s, the band continues to be a touring staple here in the U.S.
Along with guitarist Chris Traynor, bassist Corey Britz, and drummer Robin Goodridge, the ‘face’ of Bush will always be their highly recognizable lead singer, Gavin Rossdale. Although he is now 51 years old, Rossdale still looks at young as ever and continues to be incredibly active on stage. As with all shows for the past few tours, the band opens with “Everything Zen”, which was their first ever single, dating back to 1994.
Although many fans may not be familiar with their latest work, the band sprayed out their newest offerings that included 4 songs off their latest album (their 7th studio compilation) — including the lead single “Mad Love”, “Nurse”, “The Beat Of Your Heart” and “Peace-s”.
“The Chemicals Between Us” and “Hounds of Winter” were played early in the set, leading nicely into the grungy “Greedy Fly” which had a lengthy guitar solo by Rossdale that absolutely ripped. He later dropped his guitar for a stellar offering of “People That We Love”, allowing him to jump around the stage throughout the song. Rossdale continues to have never ending energy and definitely feeds off of the energy of the crowd. During the regular set closer “Little Things” he quickly referenced the “wild times in history” that we are experiencing. Again he left his guitar behind to navigate the stage and sing to individuals in the front row from his knees. The song played out with an extended outro before the band left the stage for a quick break.
A four song encore included 3 of their biggest hits, all which came off their 1994 rookie album ‘Sixteen Stone’. With its unmistakable riff and vocals, “Machinehead” led off the curtain call followed by a cover of the R.E.M. classic “The One I Love”, which saw Rossdale jump into the pit to sing directly to some lucky fans.
Rossdale does seem most comfortable with a guitar in his hands, before “Glycerine” he dedicated the song to the US Military. He performed this song solo before being joined by his fellow bandmates for the night’s final song, “Comedown” which has become a staple at the end of each set over the past few tours. The thumping bass and slow guitar intro eventually lead to a furious finish, with encouragement by Gavin the fans sang the final verse of the song. Still in command after all these years, Rossdale is still undeniably a tier 1 frontman . . . putting on a solid, highly entertaining rock show.
Earlier in the evening, Los Angeles electro-rock band She Wants Revenge supported Bush with a solid 9 song set that included “These Things”, “Take The World” and without a doubt their largest hit “Tear You Apart”. The four piece band (comprised of founding members Justin Warfield and Adam Bravin) combine moody rock with a story telling narrative on each of their songs.
The Black and White Rainbow tour continues on through August 12th with scheduled stops on the East Coast then Bush has European shows on the books in September and October.
Bush Set List: Everything Zen | Nurse | The Chemicals Between Us | The Sound Of Winter | Mad Love | Greedy Fly | The Beat Of Your Heart | The People That We Love | Swallowed | The Gift | Alien | Peace-S | Little Things
Encore: Machinehead | The One I Love | Glycerine | Comedown
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