Bush (1992-2002, 2011-)
Gavin Rossdale (vocals, guitar)
Nigel Pulsford (guitar)
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Bush's lead singer/guitarist Gavin Rossdale was born in Kilburn, London in 1967. He attended a private school alongside Shane MacGowan of The Pogues.
The band was founded in London in 1992 when Rossdale met guitarist Nigel Pulsford in a London nightclub and the two discovered common musical ground: The Pixies, Jane's Addiction and Nirvana among them.
The band used to live in Shepherd's Bush in west London; hence the name Bush.
In 1993 the band was signed by Rob Kahane's Trauma Records, which had distribution by Disney Music Group's Hollywood Records. Following the death of supportive Disney executive Frank G. Wells, Hollywood Records decided not to release Bush's first album after all. The members of Bush took day jobs until 1994, when Trauma Records got distribution through Interscope Records.
In 1994 Bush released their first album, Sixteen Stone, which has sold over 6 million copies and is certified 6x multi-platinum by the RIAA.
Bush's second album, Razorblade Suitcase, reached #1 in the US and #4 on the UK Album Chart following its 1996 release. The album was noticeably moodier, as the exhaustive touring and sudden success of Sixteen Stone had swept the band along in what Rossdale explained to Rolling Stone as a "Non-stop bubble where everything's done for you, you don't get a chance to stop and think, you have no idea if something's good or bad and you can't phone in sick."
Bush's lead singer Gavin Rossdale was mentioned in Boy George's autobiography, Take it Like a Man. Boy George asserted that Rossdale had been the boyfriend of British pop singer and drag star Marilyn in the 1980's.
Some Canadians may know the band as Bushx because of a naming conflict with a 1970s Canadian band. In 1997, the newer Bush earned rights to their proper name under a deal that involved donating $40,000 to charity.
Prior to the release of the band's third album, The Science of Things, Trauma Records sued Bush for allegedly breaking contract by shopping their new album to other record labels. The band ultimately signed a new long-term contract with Trauma, which dropped its lawsuit. The Science of Things went platinum and reached #11 on Billboard.
By 2001 the band was signed with Atlantic Records. With their album Golden State selling under 400,000 copies, and Atlantic showing low support, Bush disbanded in 2002.
Lead singer Gavin Rossdale formed a new band in 2004 called Institute. Rossdale has also taken to acting, appearing in the films Zoolander and Constantine, among others.
Since Bush's breakup, co-founding Bush guitarist Nigel Pulsford has focused on raising his children and spending time with his wife.
In 2010 the band began to play live dates again, and in September 2011 released a new album called The Sea of Memories, which reached #18 on the Billboard 200.
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