Gwen Stefani's husband back in Orlando
Gavin Rossdale takes down House of Blues
Former Bush front man more impressive than a decade ago
Gavin Rossdale, and his new band, perform at the House of Blues on Tuesday, May 19, 2009. (NICK MASUDA/ORLANDO SENTINEL / May 19, 2009)
Gavin Rossdale, former front man of the 90s band Bush, put on a hot and steamy show at the House of Blues Tuesday night - flexing his undeniable hot looks with incredible vocals and a sensuous performance to announce his return to the Orlando music scene.
And, what the crowd lacked in size, it made up for in enthusiasm, belting out ballads from Rossdale's new record, "Wanderlust," while also shrieking every time Rossdale brought out a hit from his Bush days.
Rossdale, who has spent the better half of this decade known as Gwen Stefani's other half, brought a big-stage presence to the performance dancing from edge to edge, touching the hands of adoring fans, playing "Bullet Proof Skin" in the front row of the audience and also finishing off an inspiring guitar solo by playing it against a corner speaker while thrusting his entire body into it.
Sex sells, especially for Rossdale.
Case and point: During "This is Happiness," which is highlighted by a catchy chorus, Rossdale was writhing on the ground and also performed part of the song on his knees. He had plenty of the crowd jumping up to get a glimpse of his escapades, with multiple fans pushing themselves onto the shoulders of others. The music was only half the show and Rossdale's antics were the other.
But this was like a planned pregnancy Rossdale was very aware of his songs and how he could tug at the emotions of new and old fans.
The older hits were used sporadically, but in spots to raise the volume in the room.
They used "Machinehead" in the opening three songs, giving the start of the 100-minute set a ton of energy. They also used "Everything Zen" just before the end of the pre-encore set, highlighted by Rossdale's affair with the unsuspecting speakers.
But, it wasn't all thrust, it also was tender.
Rossdale introduced a cover of Stevie Nick's "Landslide" half-way through the set, and the acoustic number found Rossdale sitting alone on a stool at the tip of the stage, backed up by a single guitarist. He was emotional, using multiple extended pauses to cover his face and collect his thoughts.
He also highlighted the four-song encore with a solo of his mega-hit, "Glycerine," which debuted in 1996. The live version of the song is much more emotional than what you may hear on the radio, you feel the hurt that he had when he was writing it about an ex-girlfriend.
And, much like his current hit "Love Remains the Same," Rossdale seems comfortable with love and its trials and tribulations.
On Tuesday night, it just needed a parental advisory sticker.