Bush in Frankfurt (ii) … A Review

Short version: A-mazing!

To elaborate: Of the four musicians who went on stage around 9:00 PM, only two were with the band when they released their last album, ten years ago. Of the original founding nucleus, only singer Gavin Rossdale is left. The other two apparently couldn’t be bothered to go on tour, again. With some band reunions or comebacks, esp. when there is essentially only one person left, you get to wonder why do it? You ask yourself, who needs that, anyway? Imagine Billy Corgan get some new musicians and call the band Smashing Pumpkins … oh wait, bad example, that’s what he’s doing. Imagine Dave Grohl change the Foo Fighters’ name to Nirvana. Ridiculous? Definitely no need. With Bush, however, after hearing the new material and having been to this concert, the only thing I keep asking myself is: Why did he wait so long?

Bush at the Gibson (i)

Gavin Rossdale, as Bush perform Machinehead

I, for one, didn’t miss a thing. The new Bush sounded like the old Bush, and yet at the same time current and alive. Of course, some say, it’s always sounded like Bush when Gavin Rossdale went on stage, even solo. I’m not sure, I totally agree. Partially, yes, but I distinctly remember hearing Rossdale say, in an interview around the release of his album Wanderlust, that that album sounded different because he’d grown fed-up with noisy guitars. And I kept thinking: Right, what a shame. With a couple of loud guitars, Wanderlust could have been not just a decent but a really cool album. Well, there’s no mistaking he’s discovered his taste for guitars, again.

The songs they played were a pretty good mix, covering new stuff (such as Sounds of Winter, All Of My Life) as well as all the important milestones of the band’s history. The concert started furiously with the Sixteen Stone song Machinehead and everybody knew where this night was going. I didn’t have time nor leisure to write down the whole set-list, but I remember hearing the following songs, too: Everything Zen, Glycerin, Alien, Swallowed, Cold Contagious, The Chemicals Between Us. There seem to have been some issues with the band equipment, which upset Rossdale a little, but I cannot say I noticed anything detrimental.

When the band stopped playing after somewhat more than an hour, I was the slightest bit disappointed I hadn’t heard Comedown, but then there was the encore. To see and hear Bush come back on stage and perform Pink Floyd’s Breathe and the Beatles’ Come Together both in very special ways was charming, hilarious and altogether awesome. They added a few more songs and concluded the concert with the song I’d been waiting for performed with just as much energy as the opening track and letting me leave the concert drenched to bone in sweat and deeply satisfied.

Bush at the Gibson (ii)

Gavin Rossdale without the red jacket that he definitely didn’t need after the first song

While queuing two hours before the band started to play, I was already thinking how great it was that a 90s-band that hadn’t released an album in ten years, could still draw such a crowd. After the concert, I was surprised and delighted to see how many of those people could also sing along. All in all a night to remember and worth every single Euro.

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4 thoughts on “Bush in Frankfurt (ii) … A Review

  1. […] some songs from last Thursday’s concert still reverberate in my head and leave me in a music mode, I thought I’d share some of the […]

  2. Seb Lee says:

    It really was a lot of fun, and they rocked it, like they allways do/did!!
    Can´t wait for the next show on saturday!!! THANK YOU BUSH!!!

  3. Isa says:

    Please get informed about a band before writing a review. There is not only Gavin Rossdale left from the old lineup, drummer Robin Goodridge also is. Cheers.

    • Thanks for the advice. I might reply: Please read carefully before commenting. I wrote “Of the four musicians who went on stage around 9:00 PM, only two were with the band when they released their last album, ten years ago” and “Of the original founding nucleus, only singer Gavin Rossdale is left”.
      The founding nucleus I was talking about were Gavin Rossdale and Nigel Pulsford. Robin Goodridge joined the band later, after several other drummers, though that happened in time for Sixteen Stone.
      So, I was saying two things: Of the band as such, there are two people left, of the people who originally sat together and got the idea to start a band, there’s one person left. Hope that clears that up.

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