Gavin Rossdale Picks David Bowie As His Rock God

In a recent appearance on BBC Radio 2’s the Rock Show with Johnnie Walker, Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale chose David Bowie as his ultimate rock god and reflected on working with him.

Gavin Rossdale hit the music scene with Bush during the 1990s and achieved commercial success in the United States. Despite being a British band, Bush was less popular in their home country, probably because they were closer to the American grunge scene. Associated with genres like grunge, post-grunge, alternative rock, and hard rock, the band members often cited Nirvana as their main source of inspiration.

In addition to other bands like Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, Soundgarden, and Sex Pistols, Rossdale was also tremendously influenced by the late star David Bowie. As he revealed several times before in different interviews, Bowie was the first name that came to Gavin’s mind when asked about his rock god. Recently, the singer revealed that his passion for David Bowie’s music started when his aunt gave him the ‘Ziggy Stardust’ record of 1972.

The music he heard really blew his mind. Rossdale had a chance to meet David Bowie when Bush toured with the late singer. Later, Gavin stayed friends with Bowie for years until his passing in 2016. The rocker also recorded with the American pianist Mike Garson, who had worked with David Bowie in Bush’s ‘The Kingdom’ album.

Here are Gavin Rossdale’s words on his rock god:

“Hey, this is Gavin Rossdale from Bush, and the artist I want to choose as my rock god is David Bowie. It is pretty straightforward because he is probably everyone’s rock god, but somehow, when I was given that first ‘Ziggy Stardust‘ by my aunt Maggie when I was a kid, it just blew my mind. Where I grew up no one was listening to that kind of music. And so, Bowie was like this crazy backdrop, this like, world that I was desperate to discover.

I fell in love with his records since then and ended up touring with him with Bush, getting to know him, being friends with him, and staying friends with him through the years, ever since I toured for him. But sort of some weird force circled to be the situation where I just recorded with Mike Garson, who was his piano player. He returned the favor and played on a song called ‘Undone’ on ‘The Kingdom’ record. As always, his memory just lives on, and I listen to his records all the time. A great man, a great inspiration, and I love him, sorely missed.”

You can listen to the interview below.