Gavin Rossdale is on his tour bus, heading towards Grand Rapids, Mich. It would be tempting to say something about him being on the road again, but really, despite becoming a husband (to No Doubt’s Gwen Stefani) and father, the Bush frontman never really got off the road. His post-Bush band, Institute and solo dabblings saw him performing, just not as much as in Bush’s heady ’90s heyday.
“I never really stopped being out there — I just operated on a different plane,” Rossdale tells Metro.
“It was a different atmosphere from doing my heavy rock band to my big ballad solo career.”
That is, things got smaller. To paraphrase a line from the rock mockumentary, “This is Spinal Tap,” he found that his appeal “becoming more selective.”
“The whole thing was quite troubling,” Rossdale muses. “It always felt I was in the right place doing the wrong thing. But, if you take away the commercial side — obviously, it didn’t do as well as Bush — it was really rich, musically. I worked with so many people who were so experienced. I had to take it on the chin: This isn’t going to be successful, don’t worry about it.”
With Bush reconvened — joining Rossdale and drummer Robin Goodridge are new members Chris Traynor and Corey Britz — and a new album, “The Sea of Memories,” released last month, things have clicked back into place.
“Now I’m doing this it feels so brilliant,” he says. “This is exactly where I should be, doing exactly what I should be doing, exactly who I should be doing it with. That doesn’t happen often, does it?”
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“The Sea of Memories” picks up where Bush left off with anxious modern rock. “Bands become soundtracks to your life,” says Rossdale. “When bands break up, everyone loses a little bit. We don’t want people to stop; it says to us, ‘Yeah, sorry. Everything fades.’ When bands reform, everyone gets the sense of rejuvenation, ‘Yeah! The party’s still going!’