DVD review: BUSH – Live!

DVD/Blu-Ray

A lot of bands seem to be doing comebacks this year, and for those of you who maybe aren’t too excited about the Destiny’s Child or Fall Out Boy reform, it’s great to hear that 90’s alternative rockers Bush have been back on the music circuit recently. Bush Live! recorded during the band’s string of sold out gigs in 2011/12, is from the full length concert at the Roseland Theatre (Portland, Oregon, USA).

There’s nothing exceptional in regards to how the gig was filmed (apart from an odd moment when the camera jerks upside down during “The Sound of Winter”), which was disappointing given the fact they’d gone through the effort of releasing it on Blu-Ray, so it’s just as well lead Gavin Rossdale managed to deliver a powerful performance and avoid leading a potentially tedious show.

There’s a relatively mixed set list on the DVD, from classics like “Glycerine” to the soon to be classic “All Night Doctors” which sounds as if it’s geared up to be a definite Bush anthem – not that the oldies are any less entertaining; the live performances sound much heavier than the studio versions (with a couple a capella bits thrown into the set as well).  

The entire gig felt like it should’ve been performed in a bigger venue or at least outdoors, the Roseland really didn’t do it justice, but considering Rossdale did a run around all the audience whist simultaneously singing “The Afterlife” and hugging fans I’d say that justified the otherwise confined setting.

The bonus features are pretty standard, no behind the scenes extras like many fans might be hoping for, but there’s some beautifully arranged acoustic performances for tape.tv that the gig itself was missing. There are also 2 new music videos from the band but nothing you can’t find on YouTube I’m afraid.

Perhaps not a Blu-Ray worthy purchase, but would be worth investing in a DVD copy if you regret missing them on tour. I feel like a live CD would’ve made more sense given the lack of extravagant film-making of the main concert, but having said that it might be worth buying for the bonus tracks performed against a gorgeous Berlin sunset (if you’re soppy like that of course!).

***

Samaa Husain


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