You could make the argument that Bush killed grunge.
This isn’t a slam on the British rockers per se, because, hey, maybe grunge deserved to die by the time Bush released its huge-selling 1994 debut “Sixteen Stone.”
By then, the music had become what it had initially defined itself against: commercial, mainstream arena rock.
Bush, which is touring to support the new album “Man on the Run,” was the apotheosis of this move toward the middle: unabashed, radio-friendly populists whom the masses loved and scene purists hated.
Adore ’em or loathe ’em, though, on the 20th anniversary of “Stone,” songs like “Comedown,” “Glycerine” and “Machinehead” continue to linger in the collective conscious of pretty much anyone who came of age in the ’90s, denoting the sound of grunge blossoming and fading at once.
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Holiday Havoc 2014, with Bush
7 p.m. Friday
The Joint at the Hard Rock, 4455 Paradise Road