Bush rolled into The Rave in Milwaukee on 8 October 2011, fronted by Gavin Rossdale, with an energy that was reminiscent of a time when they topped radio playlists in the late ’90s. The are touring in support of The Sea of Memories, their first studio release in over a decade released last month.
Robin Goodridge sat upon a drum riser that extended about 10 feet above the main stage, flanked by ramps on either side. Lead guitarist Chris Traynor was positioned stage-right while bassist Corey Britz took the opposite side. Rossdale played to every facet of the crowd–eying the balconies and mingling with the fans along the rail–he was constantly in motion.
They opened with Little Things from their debut Sixteen Stone, projecting many of those in attendance back to 1994. Sixteen Stone and The Sea of Memories embodied the majority of their set, comprising 11 of the 16 tracks on the night. Rossdale shed his trademark camouflage shirt by the third song, The Chemicals Between Us, joining many of the fans who had already partially disrobed as the spacious Eagle’s Ballroom became a furnace.
The closed their set with The Beatles Come Together, Glycerine, and Comedown giving everything for about 90 minutes. Bush demonstrated they haven’t lost a step and their pristine sound and energetic performance commanded attention. This can easily be labeled as a must-see tour, especially with Chevelle on the marquee. Filter seemed to be a step or two behind Bush and Chevelle but that also suggests why they opened the show.
Remaining Tour Dates
10-10-11 – (Monday) – Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
10-11-11 – (Tuesday) – Paramount Theater – Huntington, NY
10-13-11 – (Thursday) – The Wellmont Theatre – Montclair, NJ
10-14-11 – (Friday) – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
10-15-11 – (Saturday) – House Of Blues – Boston, MA
10-17-11 – (Monday) – Fillmore – Silver Springs, DC
10-18-11 – (Tuesday) – Masquerade Music Park – Atlanta, GA
10-19-11 – (Wednesday) – House Of Blues – Orlando, FL
10-21-11 – (Friday) – Concrete Street – Corpus Christi, TX
10-23-11 – (Sunday) – Verizon Theatre – Grand Prairie, TX
10-25-11 – (Tuesday) – Pharr Events Center – Pharr, TX
10-27-11 – (Thursday) – Dos Amigos – Odessa, TX
10-28-11 – (Friday) – Sunken Gardens – San Antonio, TX
11-03-11 – (Thursday) – Heineken – Madrid, Spain
11-05-11 – (Saturday) – Docks – Hamburg, Germany
11-07-11 – (Monday) – Huxleys Neue Welt – Berlin, Germany
11-08-11 – (Tuesday) – Live Music Hall – Köln, Germany
11-10-11 – (Thursday) – Backstage Werk – München
11-11-11 – (Friday) – Gasometer – Wien, Vienna, Austria
11-13-11 – (Sunday) – Komplex – Zurich, Switzerland
11-14-11 – (Monday) – den Atelier – Luxembourg-City
11-15-11 – (Tuesday) – Melkweg – Amsterdam, Netherlands
11-18-11 – (Friday) – Trix – Antwerpen, Belgium
11-19-11 – (Saturday) – Boule Noire – Paris, France
11-20-11 – (Sunday) – Bush Hall – London, United Kingdom
11-21-11 – (Monday) – 100 Club – London, United Kingdom
11-22-11 – (Tuesday) – Cargo – London, United Kingdom
11-26-11 – (Saturday) – Montbleu Resort Casino & Spa – Stateline, Nevada
12-01-11 – 96X Winter Meltdown – Norfolk, VA
12-03-11 – (Saturday) – 91X Next Big Thing 11 – Tampa, FL
Canceled – (Sunday) – Bospop Festival 2011 – Weert, NL
Canceled – (Saturday) – Forest Glade Festival – Austria
1. Little Things
2. I Believe In You
3. The Chemicals Between Us
4. Greedy Fly
5. The Sound of Winter
6. Everything Zen
7. All My Life
8. The People That We Love
9. The Heart of the Matter
10. All Night Doctors
12. The Afterlife
14. Come Together (The Beatles cover)
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Gear Used for this Shoot
- Canon EOS 5D Mark II body
- Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 L USM Lens
- Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L II IS USM Lens
- Canon 50mm f/1.2 L USM Lens
- Black Rapid Double Strap
- Think Tank Pixel Shoulder Harness
- Think Tank Pro Speed Belt V2.0
- Think Tank – Lens Changer 50
- Think Tank Speed Freak V2.0 Waist Pack
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