GRAMMYs On The Road With Gavin Rossdale

The Recording Academy Memphis Chapter played host for GRAMMYs On The Road At The Beale Street Music Festival, held May 4–6 as part of the Memphis in May International Festival. The Chapter conducted an exclusive backstage interview with GRAMMY-nominated Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale.

Rossdale discussed recent changes in the music industry, musical inspirations, songwriting, and recording Bush's most recent release, 2011's The Sea Of Memories.

"Going into a studio every day to work is what really does it for me," said Rossdale. "Putting yourself in a chair to do something is sometimes the hardest part about [songwriting]."

Formed in 1992 by Rossdale and guitarist/violinist Nigel Pulsford, Bush was one of the first post-Nirvana British bands to garner a successful following in the United States. Their debut album, 1994's Sixteen Stone, peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and spawned the Top 40 hits "Comedown" and "Glycerine" as well as "Machinehead" — the latter climbing to No. 43 in May 1996 after appearing on the soundtrack to the film Fear. For 1996's Razorblade Suitcase, the band recruited producer Steve Albini (PJ Harvey, Nirvana, Pixies) and the album shot to the top of the Billboard 200, with "Greedy Fly" and "Swallowed" cracking the Top 10 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart; the latter also garnered the band their first GRAMMY nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance.

Two studio albums followed, The Science Of Things (1999) and Golden State (2001), but the band officially disbanded in 2002. Rossdale reemerged in 2005 with his new project, Institute, and three years later released his debut solo album, Wanderlust, which peaked at No. 33 on the Billboard 200. Bush reunited in September 2010 with a new lineup featuring Corey Britz (bass), Chris Traynor (guitar) and original drummer Robin Goodridge. In September 2011 Bush released The Sea Of Memories, which peaked at No. 18 on the Billboard 200.