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Bush is back with a vengeance, but leaves viewers wanting a little more

Bush - Stubb's Bar-B-Q/ Austin, TX/ 08.17.2011
DVD Review

3 1/2 stars (out of 5 stars)
May 20, 2013

Review by Andy Argyrakis

So many bands who first found fame throughout the 1990s are reuniting, but several don't need to even bother considering they didn't make that grand of an impact the first time around. Thankfully that isn't the case with Bush, who were not only forerunners in the prime of post-grunge/alternative rock, but have managed to revive their sound for today's masses, as chronicled throughout the clumsily titled (and slightly belated) live document "Stubb's Bar-B-Q/ Austin, TX/ 08.17.2011" (available separately on Blu-ray, DVD and CD).

As far as the Blu-ray edition goes, Gavin Rossdale and company blaze through a dozen tunes from past and present, seamlessly blending the two thanks to a series of anthemic choruses, searing riffs and no nonsense arrangements. Original era standouts like "Machinehead," "Everything Zen" and "Glycerine" still make for epic sing-a-longs, while cuts off the group's comeback collection "The Sea Of Memories" (such as "All My Life" and "The Sound Of Winter") are the type of full-throttled modern rockers the current class should aspire towards.

Performance wise, there's nothing to complain about, but after the band's electrifying finale "Comedown," one can't help but hope for a few more tunes to dig deeper into its five album archive. Special features are also surprisingly absent, meaning there's no additional insight into the reasons for the reunion or explanations behind its latest album. Nonetheless, what Bush does deliver is sure to be devoured by '90s faithful who will quickly discover the band's second chapter is just as exciting as the first.

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