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Bush returns to the stage in Boston! (Photo slideshow)

Bush at House of Blues Boston (Photo by Arlene Brown)

Bush at House of Blues Boston (Photo by Arlene Brown)

Bush fans, this is the tour for you! The band is showing off their new stuff from their latest album, Man on the Run, along with chart-toppers of yore. It’s filled with the classic sounds of Gavin Rossdale’s voice, Chris Traynor’s guitar, Corey Britz’s bass, and Robin Goodridge on drums.

Playing to a sold out House of Blues in Boston on Monday Feb 23rd, fans were treated to classics like ‘Everything Zen’, ‘Greedy Fly’, and ‘Chemicals Between Us’. The encore was not one to forget: ‘Machinehead’, a killer cover of the Talking Heads’ ‘Once in a Lifetime,’ a beautiful solo from Gavin of ‘Glycerine,’ and ‘Comedown’ as the show closer. Interspersed with the classics were several brand new songs from Man on the Run. Crowd favorites included ‘Bodies in Motion’, ‘Man on the Run’, ‘House is on Fire’, ‘Only Way Out’, ‘The Gift’, and ‘Just Like My Other Sins’. It would have been great to hear ‘Let Yourself Go’ from the new album, but we can’t hear everything from our favorite bands every time we see them.

The grungy, hard core, sweat-inducing power of Bush is something that helps bring out one’s inner beast. Seeing Bush live even after all these years still brings out that wild child inside. Watching another generation fall in love with these guys shows that rock music is heading in the right direction. Bush could not have ended the night with a better song than ‘Comedown,’ one of their best songs ever.

The two opening bands for Bush were Stars in Stereo and Theory of a Deadman. LA based Stars in Stereo is led by singer, Bec Hollcraft, with Drew Langan on drums, Frogs McCormack on bass, and Jordan McGraw on guitar. Bec has a crazy pair of lungs on her, sounding a bit like Paramore with a bit more edge. The band’s on stage camaraderie is fun to watch and their edgy rock sounds are fun to listen to.

Vancouver based Theory of a Deadman just released their 5th album, Angel. Watching this band explode over the last couple of years has been amazing. With sweet guitar riffs from David Brenner and a solid bass from Dean Back, these guys show their grungy rock roots. When you add in the support of a killer drummer, Joe Dandeneau, and top it off with super hot lead singer Tyler Connolly, it takes their show to a level of sexiness that you just can’t take your eyes and ears off of.

No concert dates have been announced in the Pacific Northwest as of yet but keep checking their tour page for future announcements.

Arlene Brown is both a writer and photographer for SMI. She likes to take things one picture at a time. Covering and reviewing shows from Soundgarden, The Proclaimers, Lorde, The Head & The Heart, to Hank3, Bob Log III, New Politics, Black Joe Lewis, Grouplove, including local and national rising bands and more, she truly loves to try to get that perfect shot. Looking for that raw emotion, energy, power that only live music can deliver, she captures the essence of a show in her own unique style.