A Q&A with Gavin Rossdale of Bush
by Kevin Tall of Creative Loafing Tampa
Bush played The Ritz on August 2 and Kevin Tall caught up with lead singer Gavin Rossdale for a quick chat.
Bush played The Ritz on August 2 and Kevin Tall caught up with lead singer Gavin Rossdale for a quick chat before the band headed to Europe to finish off their summer tour.
Kevin Tall: How was the American leg of your tour this summer?
Gavin Rossdale: Oh, it was fantastic. I make a habit of having low expectations so everything is a bonus, but this was really quite special. It was a great opportunity to connect with so many people and I had a blast. They tried to kill me on the schedule—I ended up with 21 shows in 19 days, so it’s really good [if you’re] 22 but jeez…
Your latest album, The Sea of Memories, has been out almost a year. It’s an ambitious sound, especially coming a full decade after Bush’s last release. How pleased are you with its reception?
Thrilled. For me the whole thing was to do the record to cure my insomnia and depression at not doing what I love the most and almost taking the turn that I felt I shouldn’t take and really come down to not doing my band. So to get the opportunity just to make a Bush record was an achievement in itself because I couldn’t let it die or lie, you know what I mean? Just to see the printed record… I already felt like the king of my own stupid hill, you know? The rest of it, the reception of the record, the shows and everything like that, it’s just been magical.
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BUSH is part of the Jim Beam Live Music Series and is playing at The Ritz theater in Tampa on August 2.
you can also listen to an exclusive preview for the “Come Together” cover here
This summer, Jim Beam® is building on its bold music legacy while continuing its ongoing commitment to our nation’s troops with the 2012 Live Music Series. The Jim Beam® Live Music Series is a string of six live concerts, each featuring one of six artists who has partnered with the world’s No. 1 bourbon to bring bold music experiences to fans across the country – Kid Rock, DAUGHTRY, David Gray, Darius Rucker, Bush and Train. Extending the program beyond live concerts, Jim Beam is offering bold, legendary cover songs recorded by the Live Music Series artists on JimBeam.com/LiveMusicSeries.
Live Music Series 2012 Concert Schedule:
• Kid Rock: Friday, June 1, at the House of Blues in Boston
• Daughtry: Thursday, June 7, at the Temple Hoyne Buell Theater in Denver
• David Gray: Saturday, June 30, at the House of Blues in Chicago
• Darius Rucker: Tuesday, July 24, at the House of Blues in Dallas
• Bush: Thursday, Aug. 2, at The Ritz theater in Tampa
• Train: Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Mann Theater in Philadelphia
Bush performed at the Best Buy Musical Instruments Theatre – Presented by E1 Records via 98Rock.com
By Oscar Ramirez
Bush- The Ritz Ybor
So I got there later than expected. Same stage setup as Cali’s, No opening band. Merchandise consisted of shirts that just said Bush on the front with the new Bush font. On the back of the shirts, it said “Back 2010″. Bush started playing at around 8:30pm. I really like the intro sample they use for this tour, it really made Machineheads opening riff epic. Iam not going to lie, I thought the setlist would be longer than this, but it wasnt. Mainly because I believe the band is still fresh and have a few kinks to work out. For example: Gavin started earlier on the vocals for Afterlife accidently but corrected himself right after. During warm machine an entire measure of the second verse was cut off by the rest of the band as Gavin tried going into it, with a look of displeasure. And a few others, but that didnt take anything away from the energy of the show, and its completely understandable with the fact that they added songs to the standard playlist that werent expected in a short amount of time to rehearse.
Being able to watch Prizefighter, Warm Machine again and Alien is an experience in itself. Prizefighter brought back memories of ’99. Also Everything Zen is usually played longer than usual, but this time it felt longer than that, which was cool, and brought back alot of elements of the live shows from the 90′s. I dont think Ive ever seen it played longer than that night. Alien was a nice surprise, for many years it is safe to say that it’s the one song that fans have requested the most live, aside from singles.
I also have to add that Chris has seriously amazed me with how far he is has come, in his playing. He found a unique and creative way to extend the lead and technicality of the songs in ways I never would have pictured. I was really really stunned. And Cory played comedown and every other song so smoothly with complete confidence. All in All I can say we have a band here, that is a complete upgrade to what we had years ago, especially once they work out the schematics. Robins set was amplified with a really neat thump, that no band Ive ever seen use in that appropriate way. It really complimented explosive parts of every song.
After the show, the guys came out and greeted patient fans as always. And as always I try and get some new info.
NEW INFO: After asking the guys when the new album will be released, here is what I got.
-No music video has been recorded
-No trailer has been recorded
-And Everything Always Now, will not be released through Interscope any longer. And this is more of the bands decision. Gavin said “They scare me”. I got a little more insight about it than that, but its nothing I feel right about mentioning about in a review. This explains the plan for an October release falling through. I hope for the best. As a diehard fan, there is nothing more I want, than to listen to a new bush album asap. I can think of alot of Labels that market bands perfectly (island records, Equal vision, Vagrant), most of them indie, but with alot of pull and a successful roster.
-Also Cory added Mike Pedicone got hmiself a pretty big new gig with a “big” band. With the info being released soon.
Anyway, Iam looking forward to this album, regardless what, how ,and who its released through. All in all We have Bush back, and I have a feeling we have ALOT to look forward to with them, for years, and new eras.
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The Ritz Ybor photos and videos – here