Gavin McGregor Rossdale is an English singer, songwriter, musician, and actor and is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the rock band Bush. Rosedale helped form Bush in 1992; upon the band’s separation in 2002, he became the lead singer and guitarist for Institute and later began a solo career. Take a look below for 26 more fun and fascinating facts about Gavin Rossdale.
1. Rossdale was born in Marylebone, London, the son of Barbara Stephan and Douglas Rossdale, a doctor.
2. His mother was born in Scotland, whereas his father was of Russian Jewish descent, with the family’s surname originally being Rosenthal.
3. Rossdale has been the lead singer and songwriter for the British post-grunge rock band Bush since its inception.
4. Bush’s albums include the aforementioned Sixteen Stone, Razorblade Suitcase, Deconstructed, The Science of Things, and Golden State. All albums had commercial success, which led Bush to be one of the best-selling rock groups to come out of the 1990s.
5. Although the band reached superstar status in the US, they failed to have much impact in the UK, which at the time was preoccupied with Britpop. The sole exception to this was their single “Swallowed,” which reached Number 7 on the UK charts.
6. A change in record labels and management did not bode well for the band, who disbanded in 2002.
7. On 21 June 2010, it was announced that Bush would return and planned to release a new album, The Sea of Memories, in the autumn of 2011. It was released on 13 September 2011.
8. Rossdale performed a song entitled “Adrenaline” for the soundtrack of the film XXX, which features it during the end credits.
9. This song was also the official theme song for WWE’s Unforgiven pay-per-view event in September 2002 and also was The Undertaker’s Desire/Tribute theme of that same year.
10. He also guest appeared for Blue Man Group’s “The Current” and is featured in its video.
11. In 2004, after Bush had been on hiatus for two years, Rossdale formed Institute. Their album, Distort Yourself, released on 13 September 2005 achieved moderate success and the single “Bullet Proof Skin” was used in the motion picture Stealth.
12. In an interview published in November 2008, Rossdale noted that the Institute record was, “for all intents and purposes, a solo record. It was just a bad marketing decision to call it something else”.
13. Institute broke up in 2006, after one album.
14. Rossdale’s single, “Can’t Stop the World,” was the introduction theme to Fox’s program, Drive.
15. In 2007, he covered John Lennon’s “Mind Games” for the album Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur.
16. Rossdale’s first solo record, entitled Wanderlust, was released 3 June 2008. Gwen Stefani, Rossdale’s then wife, sang background vocals on the track “Can’t Stop The World”, with other vocalists on the album including Shirley Manson, Katy Perry and Dave Stewart.
17. Rossdale also provides the vocals for the Apocalyptica song “End of Me,” which is the lead single from their latest album 7th Symphony.
18. Rossdale was a judge for the 10th annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists’ careers.
19. In 2013, Rossdale was awarded in the Ivor Novello Awards, for International Achievement in Songwriting, which was presented to him by Chris Martin.
20. Rossdale appeared in the film Constantine (2005) playing the half-demon Balthazar. He has also appeared in the films Zoolander (2001), Mayor of the Sunset Strip (2004), Little Black Book (2004), the Game of Their Lives, How to Rob a Bank, and The Bling Ring.
21. In 1995, Rossdale met Gwen Stefani, lead singer of the rock band No Doubt, when Bush and No Doubt were on tour together. During a break in his relationship with Stefani, Rossdale dated Hole frontwoman and Kurt Cobain’s widow Courtney Love for eight months in 1995 and 1996.
22. Rossdale then married Stefani in 2002. The two have three sons together: born in May 2006; August 2008; and February 2014.
23. In his 1995 autobiography Take It Like A Man, Boy George wrote that Rossdale had a relationship with Peter Robinson, also known as Marilyn, in the 1980s.
24. In 2010, Rossdale acknowledged having had a liaison with Robinson, describing it as experimentation and “part of growing up”. Robinson later called Rossdale “the love of my life”.
25. In 2004, a paternity test revealed that Rossdale was the father of Pearl Lowe’s daughter, Daisy (born 1989). Rossdale and Pearl had had a brief relationship, and Rossdale had been Daisy’s godfather.
26. Rossdale subsequently cut off all contact with Pearl and Daisy.