Did his wife going back to work have anything to do with Gavin Rossdale re-forming Bush? Earlier this month Gwen Stefani told Entertainment Weekly that she was renouncing her solo career and returning to No Doubt--ten years after the So Cal rockers released Rock Steady--to begin work on their sixth studio album.
Now we've gotten word that the widow's-peaked rock star-cum-actor has not only re-formed his post-grunge outfit, but they've already booked a show at The Epicenter Music Festival in Fontana, California this September. What? You thought he was just a house husband all these years, taking Kingston and Zuma to play dates?
No indeed. Rossdale been ruminating about re-forming Bush ever since he found himself in the studio recording a follow-up to his 2005 solo album Wanderlust, and thought something just didn't sound right. "It just dawned on me that really kind of the weakest link in doing these songs was maybe bringing it under my own name," Rossdale told The Pulse Of Radio.
He lured original drummer Robin Goodridge back into the fold, but failed to convince founding bassist Dave Parsons and guitarist Nigel Pulsford to suit up again. Instead, Rossdale drafted Chris Traynor for guitar detail and Corey Britz for bass.
The next order of business was to hire the right producer, so he called up Metallica producer Bob Rock and they set to work. First dubbed Everything Always Now, until they realized it was too reminiscent of Bush's massive hit "Eveything Zen," the Bush man decided not to be so obvious and has rechristened the opus The Sea Of Memories.
Besides the album and tour dates, there will also new Bush music to come when NHL 12, which will be playable on Sony PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, hits stores Sept. 13 and a yet-to-be unnamed new Bush tune will be featured on its soundtrack.
In other Bush news, Gavin Rossdale's daughter Daisy is now the "face" of celebrity jeweler Stephen Webster. The leggy 5' 10" model, who has her own jewelry line, replaces Christiana Aguilera. For Aguilera's part, she said that she's "hurt" that she's been dropped, but according to the Daily Mail she's the only one. Stephen Webster said working with Daisy has been a "day at the beach compared to Christina and her non-stop demands."