Chris Traynor Biography

Tour Replacement Member – 2002

Official Member – 2010-present

Chris Traynor was born on June 22, 1973 and hails from Long Island in New York City.

He cut his teeth in the early 90’s post-hardcore scene. As a founding member of the highly influential band Orange 9mm, Traynor developed a unique style of guitar and bass in the studio. Along side of Chaka Malik, Chris went onto record 3 albums with the band including Orange 9mm, Driver Not Included and Tragic. Before the touring for their third album began Chris departed to play with another highly popular band Helmet.

Traynor moved on to become an official member of the seminal rock band Helmet on their third studio record, Aftertaste. He was was recruited for the supporting tour of Aftertaste which was recorded by their 3 remaining members prior to Chris’s arrival. He had worked on and off with the band for ten years through out the band’s breakup and reuniting before finally departing himself in 2006.

While on tour with Helmet, Chris was noticed by producer Dave Sardy, and recommended as replacement guitarist in 2001 for the multi-platinum selling rock band Bush. Bush’s guitartist at the time, Nigel Pulsford, had backed out of their current tour midstream. Traynor came on board to help finish out the rest of the tour. After the tour Bush was put on the back burner until some time later when it was announced that Bush was no more.

In between Helmet’s down time and the fall of Bush, Traynor joined up with Rival Schools. Rival Schools long time guitarist, Ian Love, had left the band in 2002 making way for Chris. They recorded a bunch of songs together, but never released an album. By September 2003 the band split and Chris along with fellow bandmate Cache Tolman headed off to do a new project with a familiar friend, Gavin Rossdale.

After a year as a touring member of the band Bush, Traynor and singer Gavin Rossdale began writing songs for a different project; which would later become Institute. Their first and only studio album titled Distort Yourself received only mild success on the airwaves. They toured throughout the United States as well as Europe before finally calling it quits in 2005.

The culmination of the time Traynor spent with Rossdale resulted in the release of Rossdale’s solo record WANDERlust, produced by Bob Rock and featuring the hit single “Love Remains The Same”. WANDERlust had nation wide success in the United States. Chris toured in support of WANDERlust in 2008 and 2009.

In June 2010, it was announced that Bush was back together. Since the original lead guitarist was not returning for the reunion Chris naturally stepped up to become a permanent member of Bush. While on tour in 2012, Chris joined up with Guitar World to keep an online journal from the road.


“It’s really intimidating. Bush is doing a cover of “Come Together” where we altered the song a little and it’s been getting a great reaction but it’s always a little bit scary to take something you think is fairly sacred and play it because you’re not gonna be better than the Beatles. I don’t care who you are. Yeah, that stuff was a huge influence on me. When my daughter was born, I put down the guitar for a month and I would listen to Beatles’ records first on the left and then on the right to kind of hear all the parts. I got way deep into the Beatles.” – Chris Traynor

Chris Traynor News

October 25th, 2014

Chris Traynor’s breakdown of his warm up routine

Bush’s lead guitarist Chris Traynor recently posted a new blog entry on Premiere Guitar’s website. “Fretboard Workshop: “Machinehead” Octaves”. Get a virtual lesson from the man himself on his warm up routine.

August 21st, 2014

Short video interview from Artisan News Service with Chris Traynor

Video news story regarding Bush’s upcoming album plus a short interview with Chris Traynor. It was kinda funny how they said the drummer was ‘Nigel Goodridge’


ArtisanNewService on YouTube

June 25th, 2014

Happy Birthday CT3

Happy Belated Birthday to Chris Traynor! He celebrated a birthday on Sunday. Hope it was wonderful.

July 10th, 2012

Limited edition Chris Traynor and Joseph Llanes T-Shirt

Just added last week… you can now purchase an exclusive Chris Traynor Tshirt featuring the photography of Joseph Llanes. Purchase price $39.95

Watch Out For The Wolf, Man.
Limited edition Chris Traynor and Joseph Llanes T-Shirt. This is a classic black and white performance image that Joseph took of Chris in Los Angeles for Rolling Stone. It’s printed on a super soft Alternative Apparel Tee with a special run off emulsion process that will be sure to get more and more comfortable as you wash it. Produced in America with pride. This shirt is limited to 500 collectors pieces and will not be offered again.
Available in Small, Medium, Large and X-Large. Shipping and handling is included for orders within the US (excluding Alaska and Hawaii…sorry folks).

Chris Traynor Official Merchandise

In addition to this tshirt… stop by the Bush Official Website and check out all the new merchandise recently added. Anywhere from a jacket to tshirts, patches and a new Bush Army necklace. You have until July 31st to enter the promo code MEMORIES to get 10% off of your order.