POSTPONED: Lush @ Crystal Ballroom | 90s British Alternative Rock Band, Dream Pop, Shoegazing

This show has been postponed until September. Please check for updates.


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April 19, 2016
7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show | $25 ADV, $30 Doors | All Ages
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Crystal Ballroom
1332 W. Burnside, Portland, OR 97209

20 years after Lush’s last studio recording and live show, one of the most greatly missed British bands of the Nineties have decided that 2016 is the time to put an end to the constant requests and are to play a series of shows in the spring, visiting America, the UK and mainland Europe.

Lush established themselves as a band who expertly fused melody and guitars, a sound that was christened ‘shoegaze’ well after they released their first records on 4AD in 1989, though they always had a stronger vocals and pop-centric sparkle than the typical shoegaze band.

Though Emma, Miki and Phil are all back on Lush duties, it’s evident to them that the fourth member of the band, drummer Chris Acland, is missing. The band officially announced their split in February 1998, but the end had come in October 19996 when, completely unexpectedly, Chris hanged himself, leaving his shocked and grieving bedmates feeling that it was impossible to carry on without him. Given such an ending, it’s a chance for Lush to create a new chapter in their lives, while still respecting what has been lost.

“Even now,” says Miki, “it won’t be at all easy knowing Chris won’t be there. We know you can’t recapture what you had before, but hopefully it will be brilliant in a different way. If I think of all best bits of the band, how great it is to play live, and to play your own songs, then there’s an open door you can walk through. I know I’ll regret it if I didn’t.”

The loss will be somewhat mitigated by the presence of Justin Welch, an old friend of Chris’ who drummed for Spitfire and then Elastica. “Justin even still has an old snare drum of Chris’,” says Emma. “But Justin can’t replace Chris, he’ll just be doing his own thing.”

Justin also worked with Emma on the initial demos for her post-Lush band project Sing-Sing, while Miki cut all her ties with music except for the very occasional guest vocal (both on record and stage). Phil joined The Jesus & Mary Chain and is still gigging with the band today. Having just completed the Mary Chain’s Psychocandy tour this year, the timing is perfect as he’s free to reunite with Emma and Miki, who themselves didn’t want to get back together – both being parents with full-time jobs – until it felt absolutely right.

For Lush fanatics, and anyone who needs reminding of the band’s recorded legacy, 4AD are releasing a limited edition box set at the beginning of December, with artwork by Chris Bigg, who, alongside design chief Vaughan Oliver, was responsible for all those iconic 4AD covers in the Nineties. The box is a five-disc set, comprising the early compilation Gala (1990), the three studio albums Spooky (1992), Split (1994) and Lovelace (1996) and the B-sides collection Toppling (the Canadian version, also 1996), plus all manner of rarities (B-sides, radio sessions, remixes and demos, some previously unreleased).

But that was then, when Lush were part of a thrilling explosion of British guitar bands who took on the mainstream (interesting fact: they are the only 4AD band to have been on Top Of The Pops). In 2001, 4AD released a Lush Best Of, which was=s named after their 1996 single ‘Ciao!’ which in one sense, served a belated ‘wave goodbye’. But this is now…so say hello, Lush. Good to have you back.

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24 Responses to POSTPONED: Lush @ Crystal Ballroom | 90s British Alternative Rock Band, Dream Pop, Shoegazing

  1. Marissa April 11, 2016 at 9:47 am #

    Because Lush rips!

  2. Qing April 11, 2016 at 9:59 am #

    Would love to get my shoegaze on!

  3. Michael April 11, 2016 at 10:30 am #

    What a great night this will be at The Crystal Ballroom. Lush is a band i have always wanted to see. PDXpipeline please set me up with tickets to see this amazing band.

  4. Bob mackay April 11, 2016 at 11:05 am #

    I have the perfect pair of shoes picked out for gazing…

  5. Z April 11, 2016 at 5:24 pm #

    Lush. Better than gin blossoms.

  6. Dan Wheeler April 11, 2016 at 6:43 pm #

    because I’ve been a fan since back in the day. Lush & Curve & the Sundays were my favs! =)

  7. Jello April 11, 2016 at 7:54 pm #

    I saw Lush on an early U.S. tour and fell in love. Fabulous, genre-shifting shoegaze. This will be a great show, I’m sure!

  8. Andy April 12, 2016 at 12:36 am #

    Lush are deluxe and stuff. I really need to be at this show.
    Used to have a massive crush on Miki.

  9. Marc April 12, 2016 at 10:01 am #

    I would love to see Lush!

  10. Amber Hutchins April 12, 2016 at 12:32 pm #

    Lush is great! I just looked them up and I’ve been listening to them all morning!

  11. David Rottenberg April 12, 2016 at 12:34 pm #

    This would be SO much fun! I’ve never been to the crystal ballroom, This would be a great first show!

  12. Chris Johnson April 13, 2016 at 11:23 am #

    Yeah! Lush.

  13. erica April 14, 2016 at 2:51 pm #

    Lush me!

  14. RG April 14, 2016 at 3:14 pm #

    Saw Lush double billed with Ride in ’91 and it was one of the few saving graces to get me through adolescence in small town ohio. Would be great to see under better circumstances!

  15. Shaun Peace April 14, 2016 at 3:19 pm #

    Ahh!!! Lush!!! This show will be a…”Superblast!”

  16. Eric P April 14, 2016 at 3:29 pm #

    Have loved Lush since Gala, but they never toured anywhere near my hometown.

    Now I’m here in Portland. Would love to FINALLY see them live!

  17. Bhambar Baby April 14, 2016 at 3:38 pm #

    AHH! In the early 90’s I worshipped at the alter of 4AD. Later I was a Britpop slave (I saw Elastica at La Luna.) I’ve never seen LUSH but I think it’s about time I witness these rad ladies!! Plus Justin on drums, yes please pick me!

  18. Mike S. April 14, 2016 at 3:50 pm #

    Lush at The Crystal Ballroom April 19,2016. Be there or be square. I do not want to be square so please help be there.

  19. Monica Burnett April 14, 2016 at 7:29 pm #

    I’m a die hard Brit pop fan! Need to see Lush again!!

  20. Mike April 14, 2016 at 8:20 pm #

    Lush is one of my favorite 90’s bands and to be able to see them at a great venue like The Crystal Ballroom with that floor that has you dancing on air as they say would be quite a memorable concert to see.

  21. Dave G. April 15, 2016 at 12:11 am #

    So I’m a lush….what about it…?

  22. Matthew H. April 15, 2016 at 10:42 am #

    It’s always been a Fantasy of mine to live the Lush life at the Crystal Ballroom! I think it would be a Superblast to get caught in their Undertow…Please hook a Ladykiller up!

  23. Yaz April 15, 2016 at 2:40 pm #

    Yes Please! Send this 90’s teen back into her ethereal dream world…

  24. gail April 15, 2016 at 3:53 pm #

    Hi! I saw them back in the day and would love to go again (but poor)!

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