British grunge rockers Bush will end a year-and-a-half-long hiatus from the stage next week
with a club show in Pomona, Calif., and they expect to release their third studio album in the
fall, a band spokesperson said.
The June 10 show at the 900-capacity Glass House is one of five warm-up gigs the band will
play in advance of its appearance at this year's Woodstock concert July 25, according to band
spokesperson Michael Pagnotta.
The Glass House performance will be followed by an industry-only show June 11 at the
Roxy in Los Angeles -- during a trade show sponsored by the industry magazine Radio
and Records -- and three nights at Irving Plaza in New York, July 21-23.
The shows, Bush's first since they wrapped up a U.S. tour Nov. 20, 1997 in Maui, Hawaii,
come while the group remains embroiled in a multimillion-dollar lawsuit with Trauma Records
concerning the band's unreleased third studio album, The Science of Things.
Trauma sued Bush for $40 million, claiming the band broke its contract by failing to deliver the
album. Trauma lawyer Skip Miller claimed in March, when the suit was filed, that Bush had
finished the album but had shopped it to other labels, thereby breaching their Trauma contract.
The suit against the bandmembers -- singer Gavin Rossdale, guitarist Nigel Pulsford, bassist
Dave Parsons and drummer Robin Goodridge -- came as they were finishing the follow-up to
the multiplatinum Razorblade Suitcase (1996). That album was produced by Steve
Albini (Nirvana, the Pixies) and spawned the radio hits "Swallowed" (
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Pagnotta said Wednesday (June 2) the band is negotiating with Trauma and is likely to re-sign
with the label. "We're hopeful that the settlement will happen shortly," he said. "It could be
Miller could not be reached for comment.
Bush recorded 16 songs for The Science of Things with producers Clive Langer and
Alan Winstanley (Elvis Costello, Republica). The songs include "Altered States," "Ban the
Bomb" and "Jesus Online." Although the album is not yet scheduled for release, Pagnotta
said it should hit shelves in the fall.
Formed in 1992, Bush were among the first UK bands to pick up on the grunge-rock sound of
U.S. groups such as Nirvana. They signed a U.S. deal for their debut album before securing a
British contract and, throughout their career, have maintained a higher profile in the U.S. than in
their own country.
Their first album, Sixteen Stone, made them a U.S. radio staple with such hits as
"Everything Zen," "Comedown" and "Glycerine." The Christmas 1996 release of
Razorblade Suitcase was followed in late 1997 by the electronic remix album
Pagnotta said the band has been rehearsing in England for the past month in preparation for
the U.S. shows.