Monday, 10 December 2001

Gavin Rossdale-K-Rock Klaus-Fest

Sunday, 9 December 2001

Gavin Rossdale-12th Annual KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas

Wednesday, 28 November 2001

Gavin Rossdale

Tanis Taylor - Wednesday, November 28, 2001

GAVIN ROSSDALE IS the smouldering front man of British rock band Bush. Forged in 1992 with Nigel Pulsford, Bush soon became a titanic hit in the US, while fame eluded them on home turf. But now, with new album Golden State, single The People That We Love out on East West/Atlantic Records and a sell-out British tour to bolster their support, Bush look set to sway the pundits, cast off the Nirvana tag and give Blur a run for their money. But does that stop him from being paranoid?

What's it like to revel in relative obscurity at home when you're godlike in the US?
God, that's such a boring question, you don't know how many times I've been asked it. What can you say? Certainly, here rock music is on the rise and everyone seems to love all these American imports so we'll see. But what gets overlooked is that we have a great following here. It's not like in America and we're not going to rival Robbie Williams with our fan base, but that's because no-one ever gives us a chance, no-one plays our stuff on the radio here. We're an English band who've done really well worldwide and are continually beaten with this question like a stick.

But don't you enjoy the anonymity?
I'm kind of borderline here so I do still get paparazzi outside my door just waiting for me to mess up. I mean, the pictures of me with my dog and my girlfriend (Gwen Stefani) have definitely been done now. They're just waiting for the harem to follow.

Are you not tempted to invent a pseudonym and reinvent yourself as a struggling band from up North?
Probably that's exactly what we should do. It's something I was thinking of the other day, but it's sad to have to think so defensively about something we're proud of.

Why are you so unique in the US market?
I've made my living out of words and that's always been our biggest English sensibility - the fact that they're not the same as words in American rock bands. We don't tend to play that same adolescent 'I really p***ed off my parents and took the BMW' genre.

Why Bush - adulation for George W?
Absolutely not. I came up with it driving on the A40 and just seeing the sign for Shepherd's Bush and thinking, 'Yeah it's a great and graphic word.' It certainly has a couple of meanings to me that seem really pertinent. I like it.

Describe Bush's sound
Really dynamic, warm, abrasive rock records. All the chaos of anyone's life. I've always thought that rock music is just a really good way of emphasising words outside other forms of music. Hopefully this one will be our definitive rock record and will open those stubborn doors.

What has made Bush so successful?
We're a pretty resilient band, we've gone through six labels and other stuff that would just slice most bands into smithereens. We've weathered so many storms that it's quite amazing. We're either stupid or resilient - probably a bit of both.

Do you ever worry you'll exhaust your emotions through your lyrics?
No. I keep a vast stash of twisted, bitter emotions under my bed.

Have you finally managed to shrug off the Nirvana tag?
Yes. I think we purged that with the second album, but it's always difficult. Anyone in the media gets distilled into a couple of neat phrases. The idea that it wasn't Britpop and had angsty elements kind of suggested the Nirvana connection. If you asked me if I wanted to watch Blur - walking around naval-gazing - or the raw, visceral physical emotion of Nirvana, I wouldn't know. But the tag did stubbornly stick.

Who is the most exciting band out there at the moment?
At The Drive In, an amazing American band out of Texas. I think there are some good English bands. I really like Tool, Super Furry Animals and Supergrass.

Did you ever anticipate teenage groupies screaming out 'Gavin' adoringly?
I wouldn't have imagined it, but all singers in this twisted, arrogant, profession get screamed at. I mean, what a weird way to make a living, making your voice get as tuneful as possible and having a rant about something that's really bothering you. It's an antiquated, bizarre way of living. But curiously, I really like it.

What's the strangest gift you've received from a groupie?
I've had a really bizarre set of photographs which arrived this week from up in the north of England somewhere. A couple of girls in little rubber pornographic suits. Really intense. I always ask for the pervy ones, they're really fun to look at.

Hopes for the future?
That this record finally gets the audience it deserves.

Why do you think England is so resistant?
The fact is that we've had 12 radio hits off our four albums but I think the press and radio get frustrated trying to pigeonhole us. I mean my favourite records at the moment are not necessarily rock so we're not easily pigeonholed in that guitar bracket. Plus there's only one radio station here, Radio One and if you don't get on it people don't know your music. We have a lot of help from XFM, thank God for them, but between the rock press and XFM that's the basis of our career here.

Stage or studio, which do you prefer?
I get a kick out of both. Touring is amazing and I love that whole thing of conversing but then alternately when you're in a studio and your hearing back your mini creations it's pretty exhilarating. When it goes right

What would you be if you weren't a musician?
I'd love to be a filmmaker - something artistic and creative. Maybe I'd build strange structures out of decaying material. Something hands on, art-driven and communications based.
Saturday, 24 November 2001

Gavin Rossdale/Bush at the Brixton Academy

Brixton Academy
by John Aizlewood
The Guardian Newspaper
November 24, 2001

It's difficult not to feel at least a smidgen of sympathy for the multi-million-selling Bush. Not only are the Londoners a 21st-century Foghat - big in the US, object of ridicule over here - they are also saddled with the burden of being seen as Nirvana with a better looking singer. The rejection by their homeland still burns: when singer Gavin Rossdale announces, "I was born in this town. I live in this town", it's less about pandering to his audience than a clear confirmation that he just can't let it go.

Rossdale has written every note of every song on their four albums. Live, the imbalance remains uncorrected. Rossdale, all David Bowie cheekbones and Hugh Grant hair, is a star - and doesn't he know it? He changes his shirt after two songs, his banter is risible, his guitar-playing at best rudimentary, and his gesture of choice a limp-wristed wave. And yet the man is mesmerising. Impressively backlit, he pogos like an energetic kangaroo, diving into the audience on two occasions, and when he stands on his own personal stage, towering above his colleagues - guitarist Nigel Pulsford and bassist Dave Parsons are allowed one brief turn - it seems somehow fair and just.

Bush are not US stadium staples by sheer good fortune; Rossdale's music is as all-encompassing as his aura. The Nirvana comparisons are irrefutable: it would be better if they simply covered Smells Like Teen Spirit and had done with it. Even so, Rossdale has mastered the slow-fast-slow grunge template, and the formula remains unchanged from the opening blast of Solutions to the singalong finale of Little Things. Few touches deviate, but nothing is less than thrilling and little is indulgent.

The band are tightly drilled but, like Kurt Cobain, Rossdale is covertly a man of pop. Each Bush song, particularly The Chemicals Between Us and the mighty Swallowed, has a chorus worthy of the Lightning Seeds. If Rossdale leaves a legacy behind him, it will be to have seamlessly merged pop and grunge.
Thursday, 22 November 2001

Gavin Rossdale of Bush Singing on Stage at Brixton England UK

Thursday, 8 November 2001

Gavin Rossdale-MTV Europe Music Awards 2001 - Press Room

Friday, 26 October 2001

Gavin Rossdale of BUSH performs at the 2001 Radio Music Awards at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas

Cohost Gavin Rossdale at the 2001 Radio Music Awards at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas


Thursday, 25 October 2001


Date City Venue
10/25/2001 Las Vegas, NV The Joint
10/27/2001 New Orleans, LA Voodoo Festival
10/31/2001 Detroit, MI WRIF Show
11/20/2001 Glasgow Barrowland
11/21/2001 Nottingham Rock City
11/21/2001 Brixton Academy - Brixton
11/24/2001 Manchester Academy - Manchester
11/25/2001 Newport Newport Centre
11/27/2001 Paris Olympia
11/28/2001 Brussels Ancienne Belgique
11/29/2001 Amsterdam Heineken Music Hall
12/01/2001 Cologne E. Werk
12/02/2001 Hamburg Docks
12/03/2001 Berlin Berlin Arena
12/05/2001 Vienna Gasometer Hall
12/06/2001 Munich Colosseum
12/07/2001 Zurich Beulach at the Stadthalle
Tuesday, 23 October 2001

Golden State (album) October 23 2001

Monday, 22 October 2001

Bush at The Roxy Theater

Bush, singer Gavin Rossdale, at the Roxy Theater in Los Angeles, Ca. Monday, October 22, 2001. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images.
Saturday, 16 June 2001

Gavin Rossdale,joins friends from the band No Doubt - Gwen Stefan and Tom Dumont at the 15th Fulfillment Fund Achievement Awards

Saturday, 2 June 2001

Gavin Rossdale attends the 2001 MTV Movie Awards - Arrivals

Tuesday, 17 April 2001

Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani courtside at a Los Angeles Lakers game

Friday, 23 March 2001

Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani attends The Mexican Premiere

Wednesday, 21 February 2001

Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Steffani-43rd Annual Grammy Awards

Tuesday, 6 February 2001

Kylie Minogue and Gavin Rossdale

Monday, 22 January 2001

Christian Dior fashion show

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