Bush plays Atlantic City and give the crowd a night they won’t forget.

Bush, one of the biggest selling acts of the 90s, played to a packed house in Atlantic City Saturday night. The British band from London formed in 1992. Their music arrived just at the tail end of the grunge era that was made so popular by bands such as Sonic Youth, Nirvana, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam. They exploded onto the music scene but fared better in the U.S then they did in their own homeland. Their debut Sixteen Stone was a smash hit in the states, eventually selling over 5 million records. Songs such as “Machinehead”, “Comedown”, “Glycerine” and “Everything Zen” were played all over the radio airwaves. The critics at the time were not so kind to the band for various reasons, yet music fans here were drawn to them. Besides having a frontman (Gavin Rossdale) with model looks and big-time charisma, they also had a powerful drummer in Robin Goodridge and two exceptional guitarists in Nigel Pulsford and Dave Parsons. 

The band’s popularity went through the roof when MTV seemingly had their videos on constant rotation. Bush released three more albums, including the stellar Razorblade Suitcase. They called it quits after their 2002 release Golden State. It was the same year guitarist Nigel Pulsford left. Bush reunited eight years later, sort of. The original guitarists were replaced by Chris Traynor and bassist Corey Britz. The lineup has remained the same since. They released a few albums and are touring in support of their 2017 release, Black and White Rainbow.

The crowd seemed restless before the band came out, and a little fired up.  You could get an idea of how this was all going to go down. Bush has a huge fan base in the tri-state area. They played Jersey ten months ago at local radio station WMMR’s annual BBQ. The lineup was pretty impressive. It included acts such as Godsmack, Zakk Sabbath, The Struts, Live, The Pretty Reckless and Rival Sons. Bush’s set was met with thunderous applause. They pretty much stole the show. There is no doubt some of the people who were in attendance at that show are here tonight and are hoping for a repeat performance. The band did not disappoint.

The band came out and Rossdale flashed that ever so famous smile as the band played the opening chords to “Everything Zen”. The whole orchestra section stood up and the majority remained standing for the night. The set was a great mix of their work from their entire catalog. It included a bunch of songs from their debut album Sixteen Stone. The band also managed to play songs from each of their other six albums, including the great song “This is War” from their current release.  

The encore was truly electric as they saved the best for last by playing “Machinehead” and “Comedown”. They also played a great cover of R.E.M’s “The One I Love” as well as their huge hit, ” Glycerine”, which prompted the loudest sing-along of the night.   

If there is one thing that really stood out about this show, it was the pure energy of it all. Rossdale was all over the place, literally. If he wasn’t playing his guitar front and center, in reach of the fans at the edge of the stage, he was singing and walking down the aisles, letting fans take a selfie or a video. He eventually made it up to the last row of the upper level seats. The fans just lost it up there. The smiles that he brought to the fans were priceless. There are times you go to a show and there is little interaction or even chemistry between an audience and the band. This was definitely not one of those nights nor one of those bands. Guitarist Chris Traynor also made his way into the crowd. It’s not very often you can get to pat the back or shake the hand of one of your favorite guitarists or hug and high five your favorite lead singer. It made a phenomenal show even more memorable than it already was. 

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Event Date: 07-APR-2018