Gavin Rossdale is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the British rock band ‘Bush’. Although he is a native of London, he found bigger success in the U.S. as compared to his home country where he had been criticized for not being a part of the Britpop scene. Undaunted by his countrymen’s disapproval, this talented singer and his band mates went on to achieve great fame and fortune in America. Rossdale and fellow guitarist Nigel Pulsford formed the ‘Bush’ band in 1992 along with Dave Parsons and Sacha Gervasi. Their first album ‘Sixteen Stone’ was a huge hit and the band went on to become one of the best selling rock groups of the decade. The band found commercial success and fame for the next few years. However, declining sales led to the disbanding of ‘Bush’ as the members went their separate ways after a decade of working together. Rossdale formed another band, ‘Institute’, with Chris Traynor, Cache Tolman and Charlie Walker. The band released only one album and could not do well, and broke up within two years. He then attempted to establish himself as a solo singer, but could not find much success. In 2010, Rossdale reorganized the band ‘Bush’ with new members and released an album ‘A Sea of Memories’ which was well liked by the audiences.
Childhood & Early Life
Gavin Rossdale was born as the only son of Douglas Rossdale, a doctor, and Barbara Stephan, a former model. He has two sisters and one half-sister. He is of mixed ancestry.
His parents divorced when he was young and he was brought up by his father.
He realized his interest in music early on and learnt to play bass guitar from his sister’s boyfriend. Later on he began to play rhythm guitar.
He attended Westminster School, but dropped out at 17 to start his own band. His band, called ‘Midnight’ was popular at the clubs and produced a couple of singles, but could not attain greater success.
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In order to explore bigger opportunities, he moved to Los Angeles in 1991 for 6 months. There he took a number of odd jobs like a house painter and a video art illustrator.
On his return to England, he met guitarist Nigel Pulsford, bassist Dave Parsons, screenwriter Sacha Gervasi and drummer Robin Goodridge with whom he formed a band called ‘Future Primitive’ in 1992.
In 1994, the band changed its name to ‘Bush’ and released their first album ‘Sixteen Stone’. The album was great success and became a best seller.
Their second album ‘Razorblade Suitcase’ was out in 1996. Although this album received mostly negative reviews from critics, it reached the number-one spot on the Billboard 200.
They released a remix album, ‘Deconstructed’ in 1997. The album consisted of complete remixes of the band’s previous songs and did not include any new material.
‘The Science of Things’ was the band’s album released in 1999. The album sold well, but was not as successful as the previous ones.
The post-grunge album ‘Golden State’ came out in 2001. The album did not fare well and registered very low sales as compared to the group’s previous albums.
The band’s sales and popularity had begun to decline which led to the break-up of the band in 2002 with each of the members going his separate way. Rossdale went on a hiatus and did not perform anything for the next couple of years.
He formed a new alternative rock band ‘Institute’ in 2004 with Chris Traynor, Cache Tolman and Charlie Walker. The band released its first album, ‘Distort Yourself’ in 2005 which was moderately successful. However, the band could not do well and broke up in 2006.
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Rossdale came out with his debut solo album, ‘Wanderlust’ in 2008. His attempt to go solo did not work much in his favour as the album did not do well.
He revived the band ‘Bush’ with former ‘Bush’ band mate Robin Goodridge, ‘Institute’ band mate Chris Traynor and new member Corey Britz. The reorganized band brought out their album, ‘The Sea of Memories’ in 2011. The album met with mixed reviews.
In addition to singing, he has also played small roles in several movies like ‘Zoolander’ (2001), ‘Little Black Book’ (2004), ‘Constantine’ (2005), and ‘How to Rob a Bank’ (2008).
The debut album of Bush, ‘Sixteen Stone’, released in 1994 was their most popular album. It featured singles like ‘Everything Zen’, ‘Comedown’, and ‘Glycerine’. Many of the singles became big hits and made it to the Top 40 list.
Bush’s second album, ‘Razorblade Suitcase’ which was out in 1996 was one of the last popular albums to bear a grunge sound. The tone of this album was darker than its predecessor and included singles like ‘Swallowed’ and ‘Greedy Fly’ which made it to the Top 20 of the U.K Singles Chart.
Awards & achievements
He won the Ivor Novello award for International Achievement in 2013. The award honours British musicians and songwriters.
Personal Life & Legacy
Rossdale married Gwen Stefani, the lead singer of the band ‘No Doubt’ in 2002. They have two children.
It was discovered in 2004 that he is the biological father of singer Pearl Lowe’s daughter Daisy Lowe.
He loves reading and his favourite writers are Ian McEwan, Kate Hughes and Paul Auster.
He is good friends with tennis player Roger Federer and his wife.
He is a dog lover and always has one or two pet dogs at home.