Bush is somewhat of an enigma. Formed in London in 1992, the band hit mainstream success with their debut album, Sixteen Stone. Four songs charted and they became alt-rock radio mainstays. In North America.
Back home, they were a blip that couldn’t compete with the growing wave of Brit-pop found in Oasis, Blur or Supergrass. But they made hay on this side of the pond and found themselves nominated for a best hard rock performance Grammy (losing to Smashing Pumpkins). The Steve Albini-produced Razorblade Suitcase followed as they rode their wave of success. However, their following albums suffered from a court battle with their record company and perhaps due to a departure to more electronic sounds away from the moody grunge that their fans so loved.
They peaked again in 1999 by playing Woodstock ’99 but by 2002, members had left the band and their record sales plummeted. They eventually disbanded in that year and leader, Gavin Rossdale moved on to new projects as an actor as well as musician. The band would eventually reunite and play their first show in eight years in 2010, though without founding members, Nigel Pulsford and Dave Parsons. Replaced by Chris Traynor and Corey Britz, the newly formed Bush began touring and releasing albums again in 2011. They released their seventh studio album, Black and White Rainbows last March and hit the road in May to support it.
They played Toronto on May 18th. Justin Roth was there to capture the show.