May 18 will forever be scarred by the tragic loss of one of the greatest grunge (and overall rock n’ roll) singers of all time, Chris Cornell. On that day of shock and sadness there was a positive caveat for fans to come together and enjoy music of the same era as Bush passed through the Toronto’s Rebel Nightclub while on tour for their latest album Black and White Rainbows.
After opening their 105-minute set with their very first single dating back to 1994, “Everything Zen,” frontman Gavin Rossdale commented on his profound sadness as both a musician and father at the death of Cornell and dedicated the night’s show to him.
The four piece band from London, England continued their show playing an array of hits across their 25-year history as well as some new tunes, including their latest single “Mad Love.” Rossdale, now sans man bun, displayed some of his signature rock star jumps and lunges and occasionally he would drop the guitar and treat us to some odd twitchy dance moves.
Main set highlights included the Big Shiny Tunes 2 classic “Swallowed,” and “Little Things,” which brought Rossdale into the crowd and even onto the balcony to sing with his fans.
Perhaps the best part of the night came during the encore, which was not only decked with hits, but a respectable cover of REM‘s “The One I Love.” During the breakdown bridge of the song, Rossdale added in the chorus of Soundgarden‘s “Black Hole Sun.” The crowd erupted in pride for the late Cornell and were eager to join in.
The sing along continued into the final two songs, “Glycerine” and “Comedown.” During the final chorus Rossdale even stopped singing himself to listen to his choir finish the song for him. This left everyone with a positive feel to an overall heartbreaking day.