Bush’s Gavin Rossdale Shares The One Lesson David Bowie Gave Him

In the mid-1990s, Bush was enjoying the enormous success of their debut album ‘Sixteen Stone,’ but being in such a prominent position attracted the music critics’ attention, which started distressing them. Speaking to Classic Rock magazine, Gavin Rossdale recalled David Bowie’s advice to cope with this stress.

Gavin recently shared that when he asked Bowie how he dealt with criticisms, the icon advised, “Outlive your critics.” He then tried to recall how these harsh criticisms had hit him at the time, and said, “Even to recount it doesn’t make sense. It feels like a different age, a different time.”

He continued, “It had its moments, but if you didn’t sell any records and you had no attention, no one gave you a sh*tty review. I learned to live with it. It was a reaction to the success. We were all caught up in the romanticism of it that it really did matter. Anyone who’s in a band is a needy person that needs validation. Singers especially.”

In 1994, two years after their formation, Bush entered the music scene with its debut album, ‘Sixteen Stone.’ The album was selling quickly, bringing them immediate success and receiving good feedback. With this fast sale, it soon attracted the attention of music circles. However, there were negative reviews as well as good ones.

Some accused the band of not doing anything new but sounding like many other Seattle grunge bands of the time. One critic directly targeted the frontman and attacked his singing style, calling it an ‘unmusical howl.’ Despite harsh criticism, the album’s reception was overall good, and this success was enough to make Bush a recognizable band in a short time.

They were already one of the most commercially successful bands of the ’90s, selling 10 million records in the United States and 20 million worldwide. Nonetheless, they did not achieve this success in their home country. The transformation of the British music scene at that time also played a part in this, as Britpop ruled the UK charts, and the grunge sound had lost its charm.

However, David Bowie was there for Gavin Rossdale when he had lost hope and encouraged the young musician to keep going without losing his courage. They continued with albums like ‘Razorblade Suitcase,’ ‘Golden State,’ which would again achieve great success. Rossdale’s relationship with Bowie goes even further than this life-saving advice. Bowie is one of his idols, and he even had the opportunity to tour with the late icon in the ’90s.