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BUSH GETS ZEN TREATMENT WITH NEW
DVD AND LIVE CD RELEASE

 

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September 22, 2005 - Bush was one of the biggest
bands of the '90s, selling more than 11 million
albums. The band also scaled the top of the Modern
Rock charts with four #1 singles and garnered 15 Top 40 hit singles. On November 15 Bush will release their first-ever combination DVD and live CD on Kirtland Records.

Guitarist Nigel Pulsford said "We appeared at a
perfect time on the American music scene for us - we were very out of fashion in the UK but the States took to us and we had a terrific ride from playing CBGB's in early 95 to Madison Square Garden within a couple of years. It was fun and inspiring to be around the US music scene at that time and although most of it seems like a blur of gigs, airports and hotels now, they were very special times that we all shared. The fans were incredible as well making us feel special and welcome wherever we went."

Zen x Four will feature all of Bush's hit videos - available for the first time on DVD - along with an exclusive CD of previously unreleased live and acoustic material that will contain over 50 minutes of music. Both configurations will be sold for a special list price of $16.98.

DVD track listing

Everything Zen
Little Things
Comedown
Glycerine
Machinehead
Swallowed
Greedy Fly
Cold Contagious
The Chemicals Between Us
Warm Machine
Letting The Cables Sleep
The Science of Things

CD track listing

Comedown - acoustic
Glycerine - acoustic
Everything Zen - acoustic
Machinehead
Everything Zen
Comedown
Bomb
Glycerine
Little Things


At the height of the alt-rock revolution, Bush emerged as the U.K.'s first and (sorry Liam and Noel) likely only answer to an era otherwise defined by Nirvana and a handful of other distinctly American bands. In the process, the group sold more than 11 million albums,
scored numerous smash singles, and assumed the throne of rock royalty. Not bad for a four-piece that met, inauspiciously enough, while its members were painting a house together. Such were Bush's humble beginnings, back in late '92, when guitarist/vocalist Gavin Rossdale joined forces with guitarist Nigel Pulsford, bassist Dave Parsons, and drummer Robin Goodridge in Shephard's Bush area of London. Forging a sound built
on monolithic, shredding six-string and one jackhammer of a rhythm section, it's no surprise that the outfit landed a Stateside deal first, promptly unleashing their debut long-player, the flat-out classic Sixteen Stone.

Helmed by Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley (producers of early 80's hits for Madness and Elvis Costello), the platter was an embarrassment of riches, packing more singles than any one band deserves. Within a year, "Everything Zen" went from MTV buzz clip to
chart-topping smash, followed in blinding succession by "Little Things" and Machinehead" (both #4 on the Modern Rock charts), "Comedown" and "Glycerine" (both
rocketing to #1 on the Modern Rock charts, not to mention crossing over into the Pop Top 40).

And they were just getting started. Produced by Steve Albini (the man behind Nirvana's In Utero, the Pixies' Surfer Rosa, PJ Harvey's Rid of Me, and just about every other modern-rock album worth owning), Bush's sophomore effort, Razorblade Suitcase, bowed at #1 in
the States, selling more than two million copies on the back of ubiquitous singles like "Swallowed." Rossdale & Co. were now one of the biggest bands in the world, and they made the most if their stature, using the time between studio albums to release
Deconstructed, a late-'97 collection of electronic remixes of their biggest hits.

The Science of Things, released two years later, proved to be yet another monster success, boasting the singles "The Chemicals Between Us" and "Letting The Cables Sleep." Bush had made its mark- not only on rock 'n' roll, but also worldwide pop culture-and the quartet was reaching its natural conclusion. That conclusion was called Golden State, their 2001 swansong that saw the group return to the arena-sized anthems that made them one of the alt-rock revolution's few unquestionable victories. While Gavin Rossdale is currently forging ahead with a new project, Institute, which is slated to release their debut album in September, Bush's legacy lives on-not only in their four landmark albums, but also in the dozens of bands that have followed in their wake. That legacy is captured right here in all of its electrifying glory.