Bush’s sold-out concert in St. Louis was everything to everyone in attendance. Fans came from just down the street and as far away as Omaha and Minnesota for this Sunday night, 90-minute blow-out of hits and newer songs from their Art of Survival October 2022 album. Since 1992 (with a brief hiatus), Bush has been rocking the world with their fast-paced, heavy grunge/post-grunge music that continues to engage newer and newer generations of fans.
The last night of Bush’s 20-city U.S. headlining tour, sponsored by St. Louis’ alt-rock station 105.7 The Point (which is celebrating its 30th anniversary), was electric. Deep red lights intermingled with strobing whites and lead singer/guitarist Gavin Rossdale’s unending, bounding, engaging energy had the crowd swept up in the magnetizing intensity that pulsated from beat one and never diminished all night.
At a few points throughout the night, Rossdale paused to interact by sharing brief anecdotes such as The Pageant was the first place he and lead guitarist Chris Traynor performed [in concert] together.
Another point saw him snake his way through both levels of the venue to serenade the entire crowd from the balcony with “Flowers on a Grave.”
For those in the far, far back, Rossdale sported a shirt from his clothing line Sea of Sound and, while we’re not sure if his black pants were also from his line, they had a small section stitched with the motto “learn from the past; live in the present; look to the future” which encompasses the strength and power that so many of the songs Rossdale has written and Bush performs (and could also simply be a nod to the new album title/tour).
As of this writing, the setlist for this concert has not been added to setlist.fm but songs included, “Identity,” “Machinehead,” “More Than Machines,” “Heavy is the Ocean,” and “Glycerine.”
Opening the night to an already packed crowd was the self-described goth Dolly Parton, Devora who is blazing a trail with what she’s defined as outlaw pop. It’s not really country. It’s not really outlaw. It’s not really pop. But it’s not not any of those things, either. Whatever it is, it’s solid and catchy and will have you tappin’ your toes and wanting more of this fuzzy. distorted, often fast-tempo sound from this Arizona-born, L.A.-living songstress who, we have no doubt, will be sizzling up the charts in no time. Songs from Devora’s short 30-minute set included “Body Bag” and “Wild West.”
A wholehearted thank you to Bush and Devora for a spectacular night and for adding a bright spark to the beginning of the last week of February in St. Louis.
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