Friday, 22 March 2002

Bush Concert Review

Concert Review By Kelly Ladd
Now this was a rock concert! Before Bush even played the first note, there was a buzz from their fans. I overheard people saying that this was their third, fourth, fifth time rockin' to their favorite band and after what I witnessed at Hard Rock Live, it sure won't be their last. Gavin and the gang, featuring special guest Sasha Puttnam on keyboards and guitarist Chris Travnor standing in for Nigel as he spends time with his new baby, took the venue by storm. The fury didn't let up until it was the last song of the encore and the band left the stage. The high-energy show started off with a girl crowd surfing on the first note Gavin sang. Almost immediately and not stopping until the last song, copycat crowd surfers rode the waves of the fans.If people didn't surrender by the end of the first song of the night, they shouldn't even have come. Gavin's sexy voice, his and Chris' invigorating riffs and wah-wahs, and Dave Parsons' bass line were hypnotizing. Fans couldn't keep their eyes off the stage, especially Gavin and what Rolling Stone called his "burdensome good looks." During their famous song, "Everything Zen," Gavin appeared on the balcony and with his tour manager and security guards in tow, ran to the center of the upper deck so everyone could see him. As he sang and played guitar, a blonde girl who he just happened to stand next to as he rocked, started rubbing on his chest and hanging all over him. The bodyguards ripped her off of him. Gavin didn't flinch; she was no Gwen Stefani. Sweating, smiling and struggling to get away from his groping fans, Gavin made his way back down to the stage. Other highlights of the night included "Machinehead," "Fugitive," "The People That We Love," and "Superman." Fans didn't want to "Come down" off of this cloud and wouldn't leave until they received an encore. Doubtful that they were going to leave their fans hanging, Bush returned with "Glycerine," "Swallowed," the Cars cover "Just What I Needed" and "Little Things." With Bush around, rock 'n' roll will never die!Set List"Solutions""The Chemicals Between Us" "The People That We Love"
"Everything Zen"
"Headful of Ghosts"
"Greedy Fly"
"Out of This World"
"Just What I Needed" (Cars cover)
"Little Things"

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Wednesday, 13 March 2002

Bush Guitarist Becomes A Father, Band Continues Touring With Fill-In

03/13/2002 5:00 PM, Yahoo! Music
Jerry Armor

(3/13/02, 5 p.m. ET) -- Bush is on a tour of the United States that hits New York's Hammerstein Ballroom Thursday night (March 14), even as guitarist Nigel Pulsford has been home celebrating the birth of his new son. The band has hired former Helmet guitarist Chris Trainor to serve as Pulford's replacement for the tour.

Pulsford let fans know about his new son on the Bush website. "I just wanted y'all to be the first to know that Judith had a beautiful baby boy last Thursday afternoon (March 7)," wrote the guitarist. "Everything went well and mother and son are doing fine and back home making the world a safer place for me. His name is Oscar and like his father he is tall, lean, and extraordinarily handsome. The tour seems to be going well. It sounds like Chris is doing an incredible job bringing something special to the role and allowing [Bush bassist] Dave Parsons to beat him at Fifa 2002. Something I had to do for years."

Pulsford added, "I've got to say it feels strange being here and reading about the gigs, but now I'm thinking about our German shows in May which will, I think, be my first shows back unless anything else is slotted in before. I've just got to figure a way to see Neil Young who plays the night after us! It's nice to have the shows to look forward to, but until then it's the family life and even less sleep than on tour."

Bush's remaining U.S. dates (subject to change):

March 14 - New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom

March 16 - Philadelphia, PA - Ship Yards

March 18 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club

March 19 - Myrtle Beach, SC - House Of Blues

March 21 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle

March 22 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live

March 23 - Sunrise, FL - Sunrise Musical Theater

March 26 - Dallas, TX - Bronco Bowl

March 27 - Houston, TX - Verizon Wireless Theater

March 28 - San Antonio, TX - Sunken Garden Amphitheater

March 30 - Phoenix, AZ - Web Theater

April 1 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield

April 2 - Anaheim, CA - The Grove of Anaheim

April 3 - Universal City, CA - Universal Amphitheater

-- Darren Davis, New York

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Monday, 4 March 2002

As its rivals have faded away, British quartet Bush just rocks

Journal Sentinel
Posted: March 4, 2002
Seems like Bush - the rock group, not the president - is having the last laugh.

Mocked as Nirvana wannabes nearly a decade ago, the British band was seen as a bunch of Johnny-come-latelies to grunge. As the years passed, however, Nirvana buckled tragically under the weight of its own anti-heroism, Alice in Chains went on a hiatus that rivals that of Guns N' Roses and Pearl Jam sank into self-parody - even worse, possibly, than a Weird Al parody (Yankovic's "My Baby's in Love with Eddie Vedder" bursts with the humor the band lacks).

Meanwhile, Bush quietly soldiered on, releasing a solid fourth album in late 2001 and watching it get pummeled by the likes of Linkin Park and Britney Spears before "Golden State" slipped off the Billboard charts altogether.

Has-beens like their peers? Don't think so. Ask the capacity crowd Saturday at the Eagles Ballroom why they braved a snowstorm to see the band. The answer is simple. Bush rocks.

The British quartet may be quiet at the cash register these days, but the band brings a raw, pure rock 'n' roll energy to its live shows that feels all the more vital in this era of lip-synching Barbie dolls and mopey nu-metal mooks.

Of course, it doesn't hurt that Bush is fronted by the famously handsome Gavin Rossdale. His band mates, credible musicians all, are virtually anonymous onstage. Rossdale isn't just a pretty face, however.

Saturday, even more so than at previous Milwaukee dates, Rossdale managed to be both Everyman and rock star. He chatted between songs about the dismal weather like an ordinary guy. Then he dashed offstage and up the stairs to the balcony to finish "Everything Zen," enlisting the help of a fan to hold his cordless mike as he played guitar.

The shortness of the band's 75-minute set was balanced by its pacing. With virtually no downtime, Bush managed to perform all its radio hits, including "The Chemicals Between Us" and "Machinehead," and still introduce the crowd to much of "Golden State."

Opening with the punkish new "The People That We Love," the band also performed its current single, "Headful of Ghosts," early in the set. The song, with its haunting chorus of "Where are my bones/Why are my days so far from home," easily joins "Come Down" and "Glycerine" (both in the evening's set list) as some of the band's finest material.

A pair of new songs, "Solutions" and the slightly creepy "Inflatable" ("You're so pretty in white/pretty when you're faithful") brought the energy down mid-set - perhaps fortunately, calming an Ozzfest-intensity mosh pit in the center of the ballroom.

Some classic Bush songs got a live update: "Chemicals" lost its techno leanings for a more muscular rock sound; and "Zen" began with a slow, teasing intro.

By the time the encores, including "Glycerine," began, Bush's greatest achievement was obvious. The band once dismissed as derivative has cultivated its own distinctive sound - and a fan base loyal even though it's no longer the flavor of the month at MTV.


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Saturday, 2 March 2002

Gavin Rossdale/Bush Fire in Milwaukee

Eagles Ballroom
Milwaukee, WI
March 2, 2002

Gavin Rossdale goes Jimi Hendrix.

Review and Photos by Phil Bonyata

Fads come and go, but Bush - once dismissed as a knock-off of the grunge scene - continue with the sound that made them famous and the fans continue to scoop-up their records, albeit a little slower now. As the founders of the movement have died or imploded such as Nirvana, Soungarden and Alice In Chains, Bush have become somewhat of an elder statesman in the alternative music scene. The British band, together now for ten years, came to a cold and snowy Milwaukee on the second stop of their current tour to promote their latest back-to-basics studio release, Golden State, and grease the wheels with their classics.
Singer-songwriter Gavin Rossdale and the band casually sauntered onto the darkened stage and waited until the anticipatory roar of
the crowd reached it's peak which prompted the band to wage war with the razor blade edginess of "The People That We Love." Rossdale, not forgetting his grunge influences, was clad in a ill-fitting and drab t-shirt, baggy pants and rather dorky tennis shoes. Would a flannel shirt really have been out of place, Gavin? Drummer Robin Goodridge and bassist Dave Parsons put the thundering groove down on track as Rossdale's lips caressed the mic (Gwen, I miss you) ever-so-closely. With the polish stripped off, the band was able to find

than in the studio. Sometimes the bands' albums have featured a slick and purposeful sloppiness that doesn't always work. Tonight they left the producers at home and played with an abandon that created a sound that wasn't always collective and unified, but had the sass and anger of what the original purveyors of grunge had in mind.
Confidently, the band featured a spartan set with stripped down lighting. Let the music do the talking. The oily resonance of "Headful of Ghosts" seeped through the perpetual stream of body surfers and found a home in the blood, sweat and beer on the floor. The backbeated "Machinehead" ebbed and flowed like a floundering ship searching for a lighthouse in the fog, only to be greeted by the crashing rocks on the shoreline.
The guitarist cranked out the hard chord opening to "Chemicals" as Gavin twirled around and around like a ballerina at her first dance class. Electric pulses from the gleaming spotlights danced along side in perfect disharmony. There's a lot to be said for hanging in there. The bass and guitar driven "Come Down" bared it's teeth early and took a chunk out of any lingering doubts in the audience. The loud guitars blazed a path for Rossdale as he fell to his knees and laid claim to the song's heart. He ripped it out and spat it on the floor leaving the song to wither and die on the stage - rock n' roll style. Not surprisingly, "Glycerine" filled out the encore, with it's familiar strains begging for it's own identity.
The band has been criticized early on for their put-together sound that was poised to reap the benefits of the grunge and alternative movements. These critics apparently have never seen this band live. Rossdale is a rock star of subtle intensity and verve. He and the band successfully crossed the threshold of imitation and stamped their own brand of originality on the collective asses of the sardine-canned filled Eagles Ballroom tonight.

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