Aug 24, 2019

Bush / Live - Mecu Pavilion

By Bob Suehs

BUSH / LIVE

8/24/19

Baltimore, Maryland

Mecu Pavilion 

BUSH Set List:  Machinehead, This Is War, Everything Zen, Body, Sound of Winter, Alien, Bullet Holes, Little Things, Glycerine, Come Down

LIVE Set List:  All Over You, Selling The Drama, Losing My Religion, Shit Town, The Dolphins Cry, Paint It Black, Lakini’s Juice, I Alone, White Discussion, Heaven, Turn My Head, Lightning Crashes

 90’s rock royalty Bush and Live performed to a sold out crowd at the Mecu Pavilion in downtown Baltimore on a mild Saturday evening.

 Both bands had equal set times and this co-headlining tour is the best example of what the 90’s hard rock scene was like.

 Canadian rockers Our Lady Peace opened the show.

 Delivering non-stop hits, Bush played 2nd on this night and Gavin Rossdale looks almost exactly how he did back in 1992 excluding several new tattoos.

 Lead guitarist Chris Trainer has been in the band for almost a decade now and his presence, as well as his playing, adds to the Bush live experience.

 Original drummer Robin Goodridge looks quite different in comparison to how he used to look in the 90’s.  His playing remains solid and the rhythm he held down with bassist Corey Britz was the glue that held Bush together.

 Opening with “Machinehead”, Bush led the charge with rock anthems that made the crowd roar.  Gavin would eventually leave the stage during “Little Things” and interact with the crowd for several minutes.

 “Bullet Holes” sounded sharp and clear, “Glycerine” was moving, and “Come Down” was an interesting way to end their upbeat, energetic set.  Their set opened with a hard rocker and closed on a low note; the 90’s rock acts always utilized this high/low musical dynamic.

 Pennsylvania rockers LIVE closed the show and from the moment Ed Kowalcyk took the stage it was evident that the bands fanbase was intact, in attendance, and ready to rock with the band!

 “All Over You” opened their set and the crowd sang every word while guitarist Chad Taylor, bassist Pat Dahlheimer, drummer Chad Gracey, and touring members Zak Loy (guitars) and Clint Simmons (Percussions) performed flawlessly.

 Kowalcyk took the stage wearing a hat and mirror glasses which hid his face.  After the first song he threw down the hat and shades so he could interact and make eye contact with the crowd.

 Kowalcyk commented that between the band members they had 13 children and at various points in the show he referenced his pride for Pennsylvania.  He made references to his Martin Guitar being from PA and Harley Davidson.

 “Paint It Black” by The Rolling Stones and “Losing My Religion” by R.E.M. were performed between LIVE originals.  Kowalcyk introduced the Stones song as, “The song everyone wished they had written”.

 At the merch table fans could purchase a LIVE rug/blanket, various shirts ($40), and an autographed poster of Gavin from Bush for $40.

 Sound wise, Bush were excellent while Live’s mix was too loud at times.  “Lightning Crashes” was the last song in Live’s set and it was odd that they chose to close the night out with such a somber track.  The song itself is quite sad yet the audience were dancing, singing, and celebrating the melancholy salute that is “Lightning Crashes”.

 As soon as Live’s set ended “Monkey Wrench” by Foo Fighters started immediately which seemed to be a deliberate act.

 This was hands down a great night to re-live the 90’s and experience two amazing acts who dominated the airwaves in the 90’s.