Gavin McGregor Rossdale (born 30 October 1967) is an English musician most famous for being the lead singer and guitarist of the former rock band Bush and later the lead singer and guitarist of Institute, which broke up in 2006 after only one album.
Rossdale modelled briefly, producing some fashion shots. He learned to play bass guitar after hanging out with his sister Lorraine's boyfriend, who was in a band called The Nobodyz, but he switched to rhythm guitar. At 17, he left the Westminster School, played semi-professional football until side-lined by an injury, and formed a band called Midnight (formerly Little Dukes), which produced a couple of singles and many publicity photos. In 1991, Gavin moved to Los Angeles for 6 months, lived where he could, and took whatever part-time jobs were available, including production assistant on video shoots. He spent some time in NYC before returning to England where he hooked up with future manager Dave Dorrell (MARRS), whom he had met in LA. In 1992, Gavin formed Future Primitive, whose original line-up (under the name The Diceheads) included screenwriter Sacha Gervasi, who left to pursue a film-making career. The band changed its name to Bush in the summer of 1994 and released the promo Sixteen Stone.
Bush's albums include Razorblade Suitcase (recorded by Steve Albini), Deconstructed, The Science of Things, and Golden State, none of which matched the sales success of the debut album, Sixteen Stone.
In 2004, after Bush had been on hiatus for two years, Rossdale formed Institute. Their first album, Distort Yourself, released September 13, 2005 achieved moderate success and the single "Bullet-proof skin" was used in the motion picture Stealth.
In 2005, Rossdale appeared in the motion picture Constantine (2005) playing the villain Balthazar. Rossdale has also appeared in the films Zoolander (2001), The Mayor of Sunset Strip (2003), Little Black Book (2004), and The Game of Their Lives (2005). He also co-starred in the heist film How to Rob a Bank alongside Nick Stahl and Erika Christensen. Rossdale will next be seen in the crime/drama/horror film "Frost Flowers", due out in 2009.
In 2007, Rossdale announced on his website that he was working on new music for a solo album. He wrote that he was very happy with the sound of the album, citing he went back to his roots with Bush. Rossdale's single, "Can't Stop the World," is the introduction theme to Fox's programme, Drive.
In 2007, he covered John Lennon's "Mind Games" for the album Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur. Later that year, Gavin finished recording his first solo record entitled WANDERlust, to be released June 3rd 2008. Gwen Stefani, Rossdale's wife, sings on the track "Drive. He also made a guest appearance on the DT8 Project album Perfect World, taking lead vocals and co-writing the track Falling.
On April 1st 2008 the first single from WANDERlust, "Love Remains The Same", was released through digital retailers.
In 2004, a paternity test revealed that Rossdale was the father of Pearl Lowe's daughter, Daisy Lowe (b. 1989), as opposed to Lowe's ex-husband, as previously thought. Rossdale and Lowe had a brief relationship and Rossdale had been the godfather of Daisy. Following the revelation, Rossdale cut all ties with the Lowes.
On September 14, 2002 Rossdale married Gwen Stefani, American pop-rock singer and lead singer of the ska punk band No Doubt. During an August 8, 2005 appearance on the radio show Loveline, Rossdale said that he and Gwen preferred to keep their relationship entirely out of the media. He also said that he grew up in a chaotic home, and stated that having a stable environment for his family was important to him. On May 26, 2006, they had a son, Kingston James McGregor Rossdale, at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Kingston weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces. On August 21, 2008, Stefani gave birth to the couple's second son, named Zuma Nesta Rock Rossdale, in Los Angeles. He weighed in at 8 pounds, 5 ounces.
|Year||Title||Peak chart positions||Album|
|2002||"Adrenaline"||—||—|| 24|| 20||—||—||xXx soundtrack|
|2008||"Love Remains the Same"||27||37||—||33||37||—||Wanderlust|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or have yet to chart.|