My friend won tickets to see Gavin Rossdale last night in Clifton Park, NY, and I can't thank her enough for allowing me to be her +1. For me, Bush was my "Nirvana". I wasn't really into Cobain and company when they first started blowing up, but Bush has been a staple in my music collection since Sixteen Stone. I remember first hearing them when I was 9 or 10, driving with my dad. He wanted to change "Machinehead" as it was playing on the radio, and I would not let him. I was even into their later albums (The Science of Things/Golden State), though many fans jumped off the bandwagon in the late 90's/early 00's.
Thankfully, there was only one opener on this tour. Unfortunately, it was Endless Hallway. Aside from the fact that this is one of the more lazy and cliche band names I have ever encountered, their music did not elicit any sort of reaction from the crowd (unless you count the drunk cougars who were only there to hook up with a "rockstar"). The only positive I can think of for them was that they at least dressed like they were in a band (undershirts, tight jeans, carrabeaners (sp?), and the look of not-showering for weeks on end). They really didn't remind me of anyone...Just generic rock music you have probably heard on the radio somewhere.
After they left the stage, we had to wait another 45 minutes to an hour for Gavin's crew to set up. It seemed like an inordinate amount of time, but his performance was definitely worth the wait. Once the house went dark, he and his back-up band came out with guns blazing and the opening riff from "Machinehead". Though the crowd consisted of maybe 500 people, he was very gracious and endearing with his musicianship and crowd interactions. Mixed between tracks off of his latest solo album, he played gems such as:
"Chemicals Between Us"
"Landslide" (Fleetwood Mac cover)
His encore consisted of four songs, with the last two being "Glycerine" and "Comedown" (my favorite track). It was the perfect way to end the show, and he had the crowd entranced with every word.
If this tour is coming anywhere near you, I highly encourage everyone to snatch up some tickets and remember what it was like to love music in the 90's. I forgot how awesome it is to see an actual legend in rock take the stage, and it's an opportunity you shouldn't pass up.
Side note: There was a group of drunk 30 year old women drinking Smirnoffs in front of me. One of them yelled "Glycerine!" before and after every song he performed. Finally, when it came time to actually play the song, it was dedicated it to her (that's what I meant when I said his crowd interactions were top-notch and entertaining). She got so excited from her 15 seconds of fame that, as soon as he started playing his acoustic guitar, she begins "moshing". What I mean by this is that she starts running her fat drunk ass into as many people as possible. Security sees this right away, kicks her out, and the song goes on. The best part was that the line being sung while she was dragged out by her shirt was "now you're here, now you're away".
Does anyone else cringe when they hear people say "scene"?
I felt the same way when my parents tried talking to me about sex...It's just not natural.
The whole ass-clown electrosynthpopboyband is going to be as respectable as hair metal when studying musical history in 50-100 years.
I truthfully feel bad for the 17-18 year olds in bands right now who will consider forgoing their education to write music and be in bands that are part of a vapid and soon-to-be-dying genre. Sorry, but you're about 2 years too late with that one.
Enjoy your sweet haircuts and American Apparel fashion shows for now...Life will catch up to you eventually.
That's a very broad sentiment, but let me explain. I graduated college last May, and have since taken a job in our nation's capitol. My current occupation has almost nothing to do with music, and it makes me miss college even more.
Back at school, my friends and I hosted a webcast that featured some pretty awesome bands. If you were at any point into Cartel, you've probably seen our videos on Youtube (my username is the same there). I loved bringing bands in, and seeing how these individuals came together to make music I really cared about.
I even went so far as to get an internship at a major label during my last semester, and commuted to Manhattan three days a week. I wouldn't trade those experiences for the world, but there are a few reasons why I am not actively pursuing a career at a label...
I'll never say never to going back to a label (or possibly management), but I really miss the comradery of the music industry. The people working on the ground level are super passionate, and it's like being part of a gigantic extended family.
This website helps me to relive my "glory days", and I'm going to try and become a more active part of the AP community. I've been reading this site for six years, a member for three, and who knows what could be next
P.S. If you want to be best friends, feel free to reach out.