There’s no better way to spend a warm summer night than sitting under the stars watching Bush perform live at the intimate Cal Coast Union Open Air Theatre in San Diego, Ca. Music lovers couldn’t wish for more.
The multi-platinum British alternative rock group are about halfway through their worldwide Black and White Rainbows Tour in support of their seventh studio album, Black and White Rainbows (a disc that frontman Gavin Rossdale, wrote, recorded and produced with his band), released on March 10, 2017, via Zuma Rock Records.
Following opening sets by the San Fernando Valley, California rock band, She Wants Revenge, and the Austin, Texas vintage rock band, Leopold and his Fiction, Bush delivered a performance in San Diego that had the crowd entirely entranced from the moment they took the stage. Under an explosion of colored lights, the band ripped into their debut single, “Everything Zen” from the group's humongous 1994 debut album, Sixteen Stone — the album that put Bush on the map.
The biggest takeaway from the night’s intense performance had to be the profusion of inspired greatest hits from the band’s extensive discography. The band’s dedicated fan base paid close attention as Bush played an engaging spot-on 17-song set, spanning twenty-five years and seven albums. Four new songs off Black and White Rainbows and six from the aforementioned Sixteen Stone, inclusive of the highly-anticipated powerful song, “Glycerine,” with Rossdale taking center stage, unaccompanied, armed only with an electric guitar, no drums or bass —mesmerizing. The intoxicating night ended with the band’s massive hit, “Comedown” — #1 on the US Alternative Songs (Billboard).
The hard-working rockers achieved their level of success the old fashioned way; they earned it. Bursting onto the rock scene in the 1990s, the four piece band from London went on to become one of the most commercially successful rock bands of the 1990s, selling almost 20 million records in the U.S. and Canada alone.
Add to all of this the fact that Rossdale (lead vocals/guitar and coach/mentor on The Voice UK), Chris Traynor (lead guitar), Corey Britz (bass), and Robin Goodridge (drums) may just be some of the most genuine people in all of rock and roll. Bush assaults the stage with the clear intent of having the crowd stumble towards the venue’s doors as emotionally drained as the band members find themselves following a performance. It's easy to understand why they are still one of rock music’s live performance standard bearers.
You owe it to yourself and rock, to catch Bush at least once in your life; You won't be disappointed.
Text and photos by Joshua Weesner