Review Something was missing from Bush concert
On top of the decent ski conditions after wind delayed Heavenly’s opening by 24 hours, Bush came to town. After disbanding for nearly a decade, the British band reunited for its first North American tour since 2002, where its first show happened to be at MontBleu.
I was ecstatic, taking me back to my earlier years when grunge rock was all the hype. Bands like Bush, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots and a handful of others sparked an entirely new genre of music, grunge rock. Bush in 1994 rose to the top and released its most influential album, “Sixteen Stone.”
Next came “Razorblade Suitcase,” which garnered slightly less success, but had a very powerful influence on fans like myself. On June 6, 1997, Bush rocked the house of Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View. This concert set the foundation for me and so many others in what would lead to a profound passion for grunge rock and live music.
On Nov. 26, Bush came out right on its scheduled time of 9 p.m. Even with the crowd going wild, the big question that came to my mind was, “Where’s the opener?” As with most concerts, I was expecting an opening band to set the mood and build the anticipation. Although strange, we went with it.
Fans enjoyed a blend of old and new hits. Playing songs like “Everything Zen,” “Little Things” “Glycerine,” and “Swallowed” got fans really excited, reminding them of the “good ol’ days” when grunge rock flourished. Then, with songs like “Sounds of Winter” and “All My Life,” fans got a taste of the new album.
As a special treat, Bush performed The Beatles’ song, “Come Together” and allowed many female fans on stage to finish out the night. Although a fun and unique way to end, many were hoping for an encore that never came.
Bush put on a decent performance, but lacked engagement and excitement, especially since it was the main concert for opening week. I expected Bush to return more to its roots and rock the house with the distorted rock ‘n’ roll sounds it flourished with. It did bring back some of its best hits, but not with the same rock-star intensity. I know it’s 10 years later and maybe it’s because they’re older, or maybe I’m just getting older, but I just didn’t feel the energy, and I don’t think I was alone.
Forever a Bush fan, I hope next time, they can bring back the liveliness and exuberance that fans got to experience so many years ago.
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