O, VCR!


Bush Days — Being a Bush fan in Canada was not an easy thing. Sure, the band travelled the U.S. extensively, and later when they became cool in Europe, they played more there as well. But as often happens with large rock tours over the years, Canada was often forgotten.

After I got into them, Bush played three times in Toronto — once in July 1997, once on December 16, 1999, and once on May 2, 2002. Now, they did play a couple of other Canadian cities, but for the most part, Canada didn’t see a lot of Bush during their heyday.

Which was a huge factor in my beginning to collect music videos off of the television; video on the Internet was no help at the time, as YouTube was still ages away and it seemed as though no one figured out how to use an embed tag until 2000 or later — sure, MTV.com had 15-second clips of their music videos, but all told, times were tough for Bush fans.



So I remember getting home from school one day and managing to get a tape into the VCR in time to capture a 15-odd minute long program showing them perform three songs while on tour in support of Sixteen Stone… and that was the first time I got to encounter “Bubbles”.

The concert was footage recorded from their infamous gig at Red Rocks in Colorado, a show that’s as famous with among Bush fans as Altamont is to fans of the Rolling Stones.

At the time, it inspired me with its energy and fervour. Now it still does, of course, but it also inspires me as the Gavin Rossdale of then was little more than my age now… like there’s still time to make of my life whatever I wish, you know?

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    My name is Bobby.

    I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things.

    I write occasionally for Smashing Magazine and the London Community News online, and weekly for Interrobang, the student voice newspaper at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario.

    I've also been published by the Canadian University Press.
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