Everything Was Zen At The Bush Concert In Hollywood

Bush
She Wants Revenge

Leopold and His Fiction
Date: 
July 28, 2017
Location: Hollywood Palladium

 

On a warm evening two weeks ago, passionate fans lined up along the the sidewalk of Sunset Blvd in Hollywood. Why were they in line in front of the Hollywood Palladium? To see British alternative rock band Bush of course! A few fans, such as yours truly, were in line over an hour before doors opened as we counted down the hours before we could see this band. The 1990s rock band are currently on tour promoting their latest studio album Black and White Rainbows. Joining them on this tour are fellow rock bands She Wants Revenge and Leopold and His Fiction. The line wrapped around the corner as individuals asked eager fans for donations for their social causes. The doors soon opened as fans scattered to every nook and cranny of the venue.

As the audience spoke among themselves and bought drinks, the lights dimmed down. The first band of the night – Leopard and His Fiction – emerged from the darkness to cheers from the crowd. This garage rock formed back in 2005 with their latest album Darling Destroyer released earlier this year. All the members of His Fiction were dressed in black; fitting as the majority of their performance would be in low lighting. Lead singer Daniel Leopold’s black tank top exposed his muscle while his dark yellow khakis complimented his blonde hair. The band’s sound (fusion between classic rock ‘n’ roll with 2000s garage band aesthetics) had the audience yelling their lyrics in delight. Though they performed for half an hour, the band sure made up the most of it. The memorable performance of theirs that night had to be “It’s How I Feel (Feel)”. That chorus reminded in my mind for the rest of the night. This is definitely a band to keep an eye out for in the future. I’d gladly go see them again whenever they’re performing in Southern California once again. A side note, through the night there were moments where Leopold resembled (at the very least reminded me) of a young Gavin Rossdale.

Idle chatter died down soon thereafter as the whole venue became shuddered in a blanket of darkness. Once the intro of “Red Flags and Long Nights” hit the air audience members scrambled to the front. The very moment that people became aware of the band’s presence on stage everyone flocked to the center vying to obtain the best view as possible. Righteously so as this is one band that everyone should see live. This San Fernando Valley Gothic rock band formed in the early 2000s, releasing three studio albums to date. Justin Warfield and Adam Bravin are the founding members who have been with the band since day one. Accompanying them at the moment are Thomas Froggatt, Scott Ellis, and Jason Payne. As with Leopard and His Fiction, every member wore black matching the mood of their songs. Behind the band stood a large projections screen which illuminated once they started playing. The screen displayed the band’s logo (band’s name written in cursive) in orange against a black backdrop. Warfield’s mesmerizing singing left everyone in a hypnotic state as he breathed life to these songs. Warfield and Bravin stood out among the others on stage with their stylish hats. Low lighting consumed the band’s entire performance, a staple of theirs when they perform.

The hauntingly beautiful “These Things” proved to be an excellent song to jam to. This being one of my favorite songs of the band, not surprised that this ended up being a favorite of mine this evening. Dancing to this song along with everyone else wound up being a highlight of the night. Other incredible tracks performed that evening included “Never”, “Someone Must Get Hurt”, and “Replacement”. Those familiar with the band are aware of the recurring themes of heartbreak and failed romances in their songs. As they wrapped up their tremendous performance, Warfield told a story a fan asked him a few nights prior. The fan asked him, “Since you sing so much about heartbreak, how do you deal with it?” Warfield’s response went along the lines of “The heart is a muscle. Every time that it gets broken, it comes out stronger. What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger.” Coincidentally, he mentioned that evening marked his wedding anniversary to his wife Stefanie King. They saved the best for last as they ended with “Tear You Apart”. This is the second time I’ve seen them perform the song, and I have to say that it gets better every time. As I lost myself in that song, I awoke as the song sadly came to an end.

As people conversed with one another again, the lights dimmed down. Suddenly bright white lights consumed the stage as the members of Bush hit the stage. At the moment Bush consists of Gavin Rossdale (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Chris Traynor (lead guitar), Corey Britz (bass), and Robin Goodridge (drums). The 1992 British band originated from London, England. The band acquired tremendous success with their debut album Sixteen Stone which went on to sell six million copies worldwide. The band broke up in 2002, but reunited in 2010 and have been together ever since. As mentioned previously the band are on tour promoting their seventh studio album, Black and White Rainbows, on March 10, 2017. As with the previous two bands, all of Bush wore black clothing; including a black jacket that Rossdale had on. The band began the night by playing an explosive rendition of their debut single, “Everything Zen”.

Through the night the projection screen displayed colorful patterns and imagery, matching the lyrical content or mood associated with the song. For “Everything Zen” the projection screen presented silhouettes of woman walking behind an orange background. Once the song ended, Rossdale took off his black jacket. For the rest of the evening he had on a bright white T-shirt which by night’s end would be completely drenched in sweat. “Nurse” and “The Chemicals Between Us” illustrated the rocking, entertaining night in store for the audience. Of their setlist, “The Sound of Winter” ended up being the best performance of theirs. The lights on stage brightened up with a dark yet cool shade of blue. Winter imagery graced the screen as snowflake inspired patterns consumed the screen. Through those three and a half minutes I felt as if I were walking through a winter wonderland with blast of cold air blown all around. “Mad Love”, the lead single of the latest album, demonstrated the shift in the band’s evolving sound. Though different compared to their earlier work, the songs off their latest album are still enjoyable to rock out to. As the night progressed I noticed how phenomenal Rossdale is as a front man. He turned out to be more charismatic than I ever imaged him to be. Paired with his incredible guitar playing, he’s one of the best live singers that I’ve seen to date. “The Beat of Your Heart” one of the better songs off their new album with a catchy hook. It ended up being nice hearing some of Bush’s older songs such as “The People That We Love”; speed kills! During an extended version of “Little Things” Rossdale walked through the crowd all throughout the middle. The front man never lost a beat as he interacted with fans as he sang the chorus on repeat. This caught me off as one usually doesn’t see big name artists jumping into crowds.

After a brief hiatus, the band returned for an encore performance. Upon returning they played the intro to “Machinehead”, causing the audience to give a thunderous reception. Without a doubt, this performance became the strongest of all the tracks they performed that night. Things slowed things down as they covered R.E.M’s “The One I Love”. I enjoyed their cover of the song, but felt it carried a different meaning then R.E.M’s version. Through the night whenever Ross played songs of lost love I constantly wondered if he thought of Gwen Stefani. I know, they divorced over a year ago and they both have moved on…but I can’t help in thinking about that. Once ready to perform their largest hit – “Glyercine” – Rossdale dedicated it to the men and women serving in the U.S Military. This is the first Bush song I ever heard, the track that made me fall in love with the band. Seeing it performed live is a fantastic experience that I’ll constantly remember. The night came to a triumphant end with “Comedown”. One thing about Bush is that they play LOUD! Even though I had ear plugs on, my ears were ringing for a long time. The decision to attend this concert came about last minute, I became swayed to attend by a coworker. In the end I made the right decision in seeing this explosive performance from Bush.

Bush Setlist
1. Everything Zen
2. Nurse
3. The Chemicals Between Us
4. The Sound of Winter
5. Mad Love
6. Greedy Fly
7. The Beat of Your Heart
8. The People That We Love
9. Swallowed
10. The Gift
11. Alien
12. Peace-S
13. Little Things

Encore
14. Machinehead
15. The One I Love
16. Glycerine
17. Comedown

She Wants Revenge Setlist
1. Red Flags and Long Nights
2. These Things
3. Take the World
4. Someone Must Get Hurt
5. This is the End
6. Never
7. Replacement
8. Sleep
9. Tear You Apart

Review by Edgar Sanchez

Finding Your Neverland Media.

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