An Exhilarating and Intimate Evening of British Rock with Bush

Gig Review: Bush at The Waterfront, Norwich , 23 September 2017

An exhilarating and intimate evening of front row British rock.

Check out Gig Photography: Bush at The Waterfront, Norwich, 23 Sept 2017 for more photographs

Over twenty-five years Bush have released seven studio albums and have been described as alternative rock, grunge, post-grunge, and hard rock, and although lead-singer, Gavin Rossdale, descended from the British rock scene of the 90s, Bush has been but a whisper here in comparison to North America, where they achieved top chart spots for the majority of the 90s. Bush took a hiatus after the release of Golden State (2001). However, In 2010, the band reformed and released The Sea of Memories, touring with Nickelback in 2012. Finally, after many years away from the UK, Bush returned as part of their European Tour, and they didn’t disappoint.

A couple of bars of ‘Everything Zen’ and the crowd go insane. Bush started as they meant to go on. This is old skool rock, with a fundamentally old skool crowd. There was expectancy, there was high energy, there were super-fans and there were father’s introducing their teenage kids to the vocals of Gavin Rossdale, and the talents of Chris Traynor, Corey Britz, and Robin Goodridge. Rossdale’s ability to engage the audience brought another dimension to the show in Norwich, UK. The Waterfront is a small all-standing venue, with a capacity of 700, in the city centre, and is often a disappointing venue for big noise artists and bands, but not even the poor acoustics of the place could hold back the incredible sound of Bush.

The seventh studio album, Black and White Rainbows, is a rare record of outstanding tracks from the start to the finish, telling a story of heartache (residue from his marriage/divorce from Gwen Stefani), and political turmoil that we are faced with at the moment, most notably the refugee crisis and global warming. Singing along with the new tracks were just as enthralling as the old stuff, and as it was such an intimate gig, Rossdale was able to see the passion of the crowd, throwing a smile directly to those of us at the front who were belting out the lyrics to ‘Nurse’ and ‘Lost in You’.

After teasing some of the front row by walking down by the railings, Rossdale jumped into the crowd half way through ‘Little Things’ in a dramatic reworking of the track. The crowd lost it, cheering, screaming, filming, taking photos, and most noticeably touching the frontman. The venue was electric. And if that wasn’t personal enough, after fuelling the fire with ‘Machinehead’, Rossdale sang an incredible rendition of ‘The One I Love’, up close and personal with several of the female fans in the front row.

One of the best gigs I’ve been to this year, came to a close on ‘Comedown’, but as the song says, ‘I don’t wanna come back down from this cloud’. Many of the fans, myself included, came home high on the music and covered in Rossdales sweat, hoping that they don’t leave it so long to return.

Bush, Black and White Rainbows Tour, Set List:

  • Everything Zen
    (Sixteen Stone)
  • Testosterone
    (Sixteen Stone)
  • The Beat of Your Heat
    (Black and White Rainbows)
  • The Chemicals Between Us
    (The Science of Things)
  • Mad Love
    (Black and White Rainbows)
  • Greedy Fly
    (Razorblade Suitcase)
  • Nurse
    (Black and White Rainbows)
  • The People that we Love
    (Golden State)
  • Swallowed
    (Razorblade Suitcase)
  • Sky Turns Day Glo
    (Black and White Rainbows)
  • Peace-s
    (Black and White Rainbows)
  • Little Things
    (Sixteen Stone)


  • Machinehead
    (Sixteen Stone)
  • The One I Love
  • Glycerine
    (Sixteen Stone)
  • Comedown
    (Sixteen Stone)

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