Led by guitarist / vocalist Gavin Rossdale, alt rockers BUSH were the first post-Nirvana British band to hit it big in America. Of course, they became a hit by playing by the grunge rules — they had loud guitars, guttural vocals, stop-start rhythms, and extreme dynamics.
Performing to a sold out crowd of 10,000 die hard fans at the MidFlorida Amphitheater in Tampa, during their critically acclaimed 2019 Altimate Tour, this 90 minute performance was filmed in 4K UHD with 15 cameras to capture the show from every angle. Produced by award-winning producer Barry Summers of Rock Fuel Media, the concert features the band’s biggest hits including “Machinehead”, “Glycerine”, “Comedown”, “Swallowed”, “Everything Zen” and their newest hit song, “Bullet Holes” from the new blockbuster John Wick 3 soundtrack.
This special edition package includes a Blu-ray disc, a standard definition DVD, and a bonus audio CD of the entire concert.
What We Thought:
Bush – Live in Tampa was actually released a few months back, but because of the status of the world, I didn’t get a copy until now. But that turned out to be a good thing because about a month ago I rewatched the Keanu Reeves movie Constantine and in it is Bush singer Gavin Rossdale as one of the bad guys. Since then I’ve actually been on a bit of a Bush kick listening to their first three albums Sixteen Stone, Razorblade Suitcase and The Science of Things repeatedly. This 3-disc release is filled with mostly songs from those albums so I enjoyed it.
It’s a pretty impressive release featuring a Blu-ray of their concert at the MidFlorida Amphitheater in Tampa in 2019 along with a DVD version of the concert and an audio CD for you to take it on the go. It’s not just your standard live concert broadcast either. Most of the time you get generic views of the band and the crowd in live concert releases, but here you get a dozen plus camera locations which gives you the feel of being there and seeing the entire show. With almost 30 years of performing live, Bush can still put on a show and the Blu-ray really captures that in stunning detail.
Gavin may not have the angsty voice of his prime years, but overall sounds pretty good. He still very much commands the stage though. The band may have switched some members since their 1990s heyday, but the band as is still gives a strong performance. Watching this concert from 2019 makes me want to see them live next time they are near me (when concerts can happen again).
Bush – Live in Tampa may not have my personal favorite Bush song (Cold Contagious), but still very much captures my teen years. Sixteen Stone was a CD I blasted in the early 1990s along with their follow up albums. The bulk of the songs they perform here are from those albums and brought me back to a simpler time in life. If you haven’t listened to the band in years (maybe decades), give this release a try, you’ll be singing along to Comedown and Everything Zen and remembering all the words as well!
- The Chemicals Between Us
- This Is War
- Everything Zen
- The Sound of Water
- The Disease of Dancing Cats
- Bullet Holes
- Little Things