The post-Cobain era of alternative rock was very kind to Gavin Rossdale and his band, Bush. The band's multi-platinum debut record, Sixteen Stone, thrust them into mainstream and made Rossdale the crush of sixteen-year-old girls around the world. But let's face it, Bush happened to be in the right place at the right time, and how can you blame them? While they never achieved the commercial success of Sixteen Stone, they formed more of their own musical identity on 1999's The Science of Things before calling it quits after 2001's Golden State.
After an eight-year break, Rossdale re-formed the band and was forced to replace original guitarist Nigel Pulsford and bassist Dave Parsons, who declined his invitation for a reunion. These days, the former grunge heartthrob is a family man who isn't looking to recapture the 90's and has no problem playing for 40-year-old women, as he explained to Up on the Sun during an early-morning pre-tour rehearsal.
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Jim Louvau: How many children do you have now?
Gavin Rossdale: There's so many I've lost count (Laughs) . We have three boys, but they're all different ages so it's like a relay race of issues in my house, it's cool.
What were you doing for the past eight years when the band wasn't active?
I did an Institute record with Page Hamilton and sort of did a whole d-tuned wall and had a lot of fun doing that. I did my solo record, which went nine weeks at number one and sold two million singles. Apart from that not much. Stupidly, I regret I never sat on a beach for six months.
Technology has really changed since you first started the band. Do you enjoy it?
The closeness has made us further apart. People have their Instagram accounts and don't have to be accountable, and they put up these kind of semi-fake lives. Like, this is me really happy, but I'm not going to document when I'm not happy. There's a sense of it being forced and sort of competitive living where people are like you think you had a good time tonight but look at my selfies.