Original Member – 1994-2002
Current Member – 2010-present
The vocalist/guitarist was born in London, England on October 30, 1967. Gavin grew up in Kilburn, a north west section of London. His father is a doctor (general physician) whilst his mother was a model. Not too shabby right. His parents divorced when he was twelve and he mainly grew up with his father. Oddly enough, Gavin was mute as a child, and it wasn’t until he was 4 years old that he said his first word, “Cookie.” (Before that, his sister Soraya did all of the talking for him). At the age of 8 he spent almost the entire year in and out of hospitals (due to chronic ear problems) but recovered by age 9.
Later on, in his late teens, Gavin started singing and he put together a band called Midnight (originally called The Heroes). They played some gigs in the UK and even got a chance to open for such English acts like Big Country. Midnight was on the rise and the boys landed themselves a record deal. Unfortunately the group wasn’t highly successful, they only released a few singles and proved in be more popular in Spain, for some odd reason. Midnight split, but Gavin along with long time friend Sacha Putnam continued on in The Little Dukes. Once again it didn’t work out. Frustrated, Rossdale decided to tread a new route by teaching himself to play the guitar.
His next band would yield the success that he was looking, even more than he would dream of. (Well after a quick name change anyhow.) From Future Primitive to Bush, the road was a short one. It only took him three years after first forming the band to gain popularity.
The road to fame may have been a short one, but the road out from under Nirvana’s shadow has been a long one. Rossdale’s early Bush career was a struggle to stay sane with the barrage of Nirvanawannabe comments and trying to keep hold of his long time girlfriend Jasmine Lewis. Rossdale handled it in the best way he could, always being cool and collective and not succuming to the harsh reality of things.
Onward on upward, for the most part, Bush was able to shake the Nirvana connection after releasing their second album. And by this time Rossdale also picked up a new sidekick, Gwen Stefani. After a long term relationship the two decided to get married and had duel weddings in September 2002.. wait they actually had three weddings.
Soon after the Golden State Tour wrapped up Rossdale released his first single as a solo artist for the ‘XXX’ soundtrack. Gavin co-wrote the track ‘Adrenaline‘ with Glen Ballard.
In early 2003 Gavin performed with Camp Freddy in New York City, accompanying him would once again be Chris Traynor (Nigel’s somewhat temporary replacement at the time). 2003 was a busy year for Gavin, but not for just for creating Bush music. He made an appearance with ‘The Blue Man Group‘ on the track, ‘The Current‘. During 2003 Gavin also extended his talents into acting. His first venture (which was later scrapped) would be the ‘Redlight Runners‘. The film didn’t get enough backing to get off the ground. Filming for ‘The Games of Their Lives’, ‘Little Black Book‘, ‘Constantine‘ would soon follow, along with Battle Olypmia (a short film to promote bringing the 2016 Olympics to Los Angeles). Also, Gavin would begin writing and recording 14 possible tracks for his next venture. Not with Bush though, but rather his new group ‘Institute‘. Co-produced by Rossdale and Page Hamilton (of Helmet). Ex-Bush fill-in Chris Traynor would also become part ‘Institute‘. Their new album was released in September 2005 via Interscope Records and was titled ‘Distort Yourself‘.
In early 2007, Rossdale started to trickle back into the music world by lending one of his new solo songs, ‘Can’t Stop The World‘, as the theme song for the short lived tv series ‘Drive‘, on Fox. The show was cancelled rather quickly.
April 2008, Gavin Rossdale released the first single ‘Love Remains The Same‘ from his new album ‘Wanderlust. The album’s summer release was looking bleak until ‘Love Remains The Same‘ starting getting picked up for us in many tv and movie promos, including ‘Nights In Rodanthe’. In late 2008, was the long awaited dvd release of the movie ‘How To Rob A Bank’, in which Gavin’s on screen performance expanded. The movie had been playing at festivals since summer 2007.
June 2008 Gavin kicked off a summer tour for his new album in New York City at his Hard Rock Cafe record release party. As the success of ‘Love Remains The Same‘ began to build Gavin added a week long promo tour on the US east coast in December 2008. January 2009, his second single ‘Forever May You Run‘ broke onto the radio airways for a short time and was continuing to be overshadowed by its predecessor ‘Love Remains The Same‘. April 2009, Gavin hit the road again with 41 scheduled dates. Gavin released his third single ‘This Is Happiness‘ to get a more ‘rockier’ single out there with the hopes of crossing back over into the alternative radio scene.
June 2010, Gavin went onto KROQ radio to announce the Bush reunion. Even though only 50% of the original members would reunite the band announced they would be moving forward with a new album entitled ‘Everything Always Now’. The first new single ‘Afterlife’ was played during the KROQ announcement for the band’s return. Unfortunately, the original October release for the Bush’s new album postponed. The fans were disappointed and had to wait almost a full year for the album to be release and it appeared sporting a new title ‘The Sea of Memories’. The band has been touring on and off since 2010, with their biggest shows taking place as opening act for Nickelback in the summer of 2012.
Official Webpages & Fansites
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Zoolander (cameo role) 2001
XXX (song on Soundtrack) 2002
Redlight Runners (small role in unreleased film) 2003
Terminator 3 (song on Soundtrack w/ Blue Man Group) 2003
Little Black Book (small role as ‘Cafe Clerk’) 2004
Luminal (sound director) 2004
Constantine (role as ‘Balthazar’) 2005
Stealth (1 song on soundtrack) 2005
The Miracle Match (small role as ‘Stanely Mortensen’) 2005
Frost Flowers (role unknown) 2007
DT8 Project (feat. on 1 track ‘Falling’) 2007
Battle Olymipia (role as skyline athlete) 2007
How to Rob a Bank (role as ‘Simon’) 2007
Criminal Minds (episode ‘The Performer’, role as ‘Paul Davies’) 2009
Burn Notice (season5, episode 8, role as ‘Armand’) 2011
Mad Dog Winston Music, Ltd.
What is Mad Dog Winston Music? It’s Gavin Rossdale’s record label. There isn’t much information available so we’re posting all we know.
The label was started in 1994 as a means for Bush, then know as ‘Future Primitive’ to release their own music. Only one single was ever put out (‘Bomb’). Soon after ‘Future Primitive’ was picked up by a major record label and no longer needed to press their own music.
It would be 1997 before Mad Dog Winston would appear again. In conjuction with Interscope records, Mad Dog Winston helped release an album for a Swedish band called ‘Souls’. The ‘Souls’ only ever released one album entitled ‘Bird Fish or Inbetween’. The ‘Souls’ also had the chance to open for ‘Bush’on selected dates during Bush’s Razorblade Suitcase Tour.
2011 Mad Dog Winston Ltd. surfaced again as Bush branched out from signing with a major label and created ‘Zuma Rock Records’. All songs from 2010 and 2011 have been published under Mad Dog Winston Ltd.