Photos + Review: Bush at Riverside Municipal Auditorium (Riverside, CA)

Please extend a warm welcome to Fatima Kelley, our newest photographer extraordinaire from San Diego!  When she’s not busy immersing herself in the music scene you can find her at her flower shop or listening to Tom Waits, The Smiths, Rancid, Patti Smith, NIN, and Radiohead among others.  Welcome Fatima!

Theory of a Deadman (Vancouver) and Bush (London)
February 2nd, 2015
Riverside Municipal Auditorium in Riverside, CA

British alternative rock band Bush is hitting the road in January for a headlining tour supporting the release of their sixth studio album, Man on the Run.  The tour kicked off in San Francisco and made a stop in Riverside.

I was lucky enough to catch the band at the Riverside Municipal Auditorium during their final California date.  Opening for Bush was Canadian rock band, Theory of a Deadman who started the show off right with high energy and their signature post-grunge country inspired sound.  Tyler Connolly’s vocals were on key and powerful enough to demand the crowd’s attention for their entire set ..and mine too.  I would have loved for their set to keep on a bit longer!

As Bush came on stage the crowd literally exploded.  Gavin Rossdale has always admitted how much he loves performing live and it showed.  His energy seemed to grow right along with the energy of the crowd.  The setlist also just seemed to be right on point with the increasing tempo of the show.  Included were some songs from the new album like, “Bodies In Motion” which was performed second, “The Gift,” and “The Only Way Out.”  But the band didn’t leave out any of the classic hits and the crowd just loved every moment of the show.  I have to admit it was hard not to shout along during “Sound of Winter” which opened the show and especially for “Everything Zen” and “The Chemicals Between Us”…Ok I sang my heart out throughout the entire show.  Even after leaving the photo pit I just couldn’t bring myself to leave the floor and I am so happy I didn’t . Throughout the show Gavin left the stage to get closer to his fans, he literally walked the auditorium singing his heart out to them during “Little things.” Without a doubt, Bush are an amazing band to witness live.  Another key moment for me was watching them cover an old time classic song “Once in a lifetime” written and originally performed by Talking Heads and of course the power finale of “Glycerine” and “Comedown.” Bush is definitely a band meant for a live audience and their new record is a must have.

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