Think I took a long break from running? I haven't been to a concert since February. I know! But the shows just haven't been there lately. Finally, here in October, the situation will be corrected.
Saw them pre-blog. 1995 at Shoreline in California? Richard Patrick has always been a cool guy to me. Probably because he was with NIN through Pretty Hate Machine then went on his own. They continue to play a catalog of songs that everybody knows. Hey, man, nice shot. Take a picture. Etc. The crowd was pretty thin with a 6:30 show start but I enjoyed it and was glad to see Filter once again. Richard did some crowd surfing right out to me. Good stuff.
Like (not love) the music. Got plenty of it. But just haven't dug into these guys for some reason. The set was good. Just 3 dudes (look like kids!) playing hard. Stayed out of the fray and off to the side for this one to plan my assault on the front line for Bush.
I am sad to say that I haven't seen Bush live since I was at Purdue University! Holy crap. That night was Bush with No Doubt. And I think you know what happened between those 2 bands. Babies. But the last decade has been shaky for Bush so when I saw them on the schedule, I was in.
Took them forever to get to the stage. Opened with new material. New album is out now and I think its great. So I was glad to hear this stuff after looping on it all week upon release. Most of the other folks were not singing along so I took them for older Bush fans. Gavin wasn't too chatty but played hard...its almost weird to think great music comes out of that guitar the way he strums it. During quite a few quieter songs, I could hear the actual sounds of the pick hitting the guitar strings on stage right in front of me. It was weird in a sense then to hear the music coming out of the stage speakers to the sides and knowing it was the same thing. Anyway.
The ladies still love Gavin. When we would come down, it was a mass of chicks flocking to him. He played to it though. Coming down to the front row often and probably getting clawed to death. My wife says I have a man-crush on Gavin. Maybe.
Gavin even braved the crowds and made a loop around the arena through the seats...no aisles! Then he popped down to the floor and jetted to the center to build a mass frenzy to end the song. Hard to see but maybe you get the idea in my video.
After an 8 year hiatus/disband, Bush is back. Gavin is a talent and I am glad to see this happen. Sixteen Stone remains an iconic album in my collection. The music still stands but the album was at a place and time and just fit. I think its better than other stuff that gets more attention at that time. The new stuff is great too so I hope it serves them well and Bush comes around a few more times in the years to come.
Some video of the show. Remember, not trying to record the whole thing. Just give you a flavor of what it looked and sounded like. Finding that the iPhone video is much better than Flip video for sound at shows. iPhone camera still blows with concert lighting. Enjoy.
Got a Machinehead. Its better than the rest.