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Bush are a British rock band formed in London, England in 1992. Bush (British band)_sentence_1

Their current lineup consists of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Gavin Rossdale, lead guitarist Chris Traynor, bassist Corey Britz, and drummer Nik Hughes. Bush (British band)_sentence_2

In 1994, Bush found immediate success with the release of their debut album, Sixteen Stone, which is certified 6× multi-platinum by the RIAA. Bush (British band)_sentence_3

They went on to become one of the most commercially successful rock bands of the 1990s, selling over 10 million records in the United States and 20 million in the world. Bush (British band)_sentence_4

Despite their success in the US (especially in the mid-1990s), the band were considerably less popular in their home country – a period when Britpop groups dominated the UK charts and the appeal of the grunge sound had declined – and they have enjoyed only marginal success there. Bush (British band)_sentence_5

Bush have had numerous top ten singles on the Billboard rock charts and one No. Bush (British band)_sentence_6

1 album with Razorblade Suitcase in 1996. Bush (British band)_sentence_7

The band broke up in 2002 but reformed in 2010, and have released four albums since then: The Sea of Memories (2011), Man on the Run (2014), Black and White Rainbows (2017), and The Kingdom (2020). Bush (British band)_sentence_8

History Bush (British band)_section_0

Formation and Sixteen Stone (1992–1995) Bush (British band)_section_1

After leaving his band Midnight, Gavin Rossdale met former King Blank guitarist Nigel Pulsford at a Wembley performance by Baby Animals supporting Bryan Adams in November 1991. Bush (British band)_sentence_9

The two musicians became friends over a shared appreciation for several artists, including Big Black, The Fall, Pixies, and The Velvet Underground. Bush (British band)_sentence_10

They formed a new band which they called Future Primitive. Bush (British band)_sentence_11

Describing the early sound of the group, one British record label executive said years later, "They weren't what they are today – they were a little like the more commercial side of INXS". Bush (British band)_sentence_12

To complete the lineup, the pair recruited bassist Dave Parsons, and drummer Robin Goodridge joined in mid-1993 shortly before Bush were signed. Bush (British band)_sentence_13

While still known as Future Primitive, the band released the song "Bomb", later to be featured on the band's debut, as a single through Rossdale's own Mad Dog Winston Records. Bush (British band)_sentence_14

In 1993, the band was signed by Rob Kahane, who had a distribution deal with Disney's Hollywood Records. Bush (British band)_sentence_15

The band completed recording its debut album Sixteen Stone in early 1994. Bush (British band)_sentence_16

However, the death of Disney executive Frank G. Wells eliminated a supporter for Kahane, and executives at Hollywood deemed Bush's album unacceptable for release. Bush (British band)_sentence_17

As a result, the members of Bush took jobs performing menial labour. Bush (British band)_sentence_18

Interscope Records ultimately decided to release the album, and at the end of 1994, Kahane sent an advance copy of the album to a friend at influential Los Angeles radio station KROQ-FM, which added the song "Everything Zen" to its rotation. Bush (British band)_sentence_19

On the Billboard Music Charts (North America), Sixteen Stone peaked at No. Bush (British band)_sentence_20

4 on the Heatseekers and Billboard 200 charts. Bush (British band)_sentence_21

The album spawned two Top 40 singles. Bush (British band)_sentence_22

After about six months of promotion for Sixteen Stone, the album began to sell well, once "Comedown" and "Glycerine" struck America. Bush (British band)_sentence_23

Additionally, “Little Things” and “Machinehead” both charted well in North America. Bush (British band)_sentence_24

In Canada, the band were initially forced to release Sixteen Stone under the name Bush, as the 1970s Canadian band Bush still held the rights to the name Bush in the Canadian market. Bush (British band)_sentence_25

The dispute arose after the British band's lawyers threatened to intervene to prevent the Canadian band from reissuing its 1970 album, although it was entirely between the bands' lawyers as Rossdale and Domenic Troiano, the leader of the Canadian band, both expressed a willingness to negotiate a solution. Bush (British band)_sentence_26

In 1997, after the band's second album Razorblade Suitcase also bore the X, Rossdale and Troiano directly negotiated an agreement under which the British band were allowed to drop the X in exchange for donating $20,000 each to the Starlight Foundation and the Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund. Bush (British band)_sentence_27

Both Sixteen Stone and Razorblade Suitcase were then reissued without the X. Bush (British band)_sentence_28

Razorblade Suitcase (1996–1998) Bush (British band)_section_2

In late 1996 Bush released the first single "Swallowed" from their second album titled Razorblade Suitcase. Bush (British band)_sentence_29

The song spent seven weeks on top of the Modern Rock Tracks chart. Bush (British band)_sentence_30

This was followed by single "Greedy Fly". Bush (British band)_sentence_31

The album hit number 1 in America and placed high in many European countries. Bush (British band)_sentence_32

Razorblade Suitcase featured American recording engineer Steve Albini, a move which was viewed negatively by critics. Bush (British band)_sentence_33

Albini had worked with Nirvana on their final studio album, In Utero, three years before. Bush (British band)_sentence_34

Bush later released the remix album Deconstructed. Bush (British band)_sentence_35

The album saw Bush re-arranging their songs into dance and techno stylings. Bush (British band)_sentence_36

The album went platinum less than a year after release. Bush (British band)_sentence_37

The Science of Things (1999–2000) Bush (British band)_section_3

Following the completion of touring, Rossdale went into seclusion in Ireland, where he worked on material for the group's next album. Bush (British band)_sentence_38

Rossdale periodically sent demo tapes of his works in progress to his bandmates. Bush (British band)_sentence_39

The group finally convened to record in London in August 1998, where the band reteamed with Sixteen Stone producers Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley. Bush (British band)_sentence_40

The release of The Science of Things was held up by a court battle between the band and Trauma Records. Bush (British band)_sentence_41

The case was settled in early 1999 and the album was finally released that October. Bush (British band)_sentence_42

The Science of Things was a major departure in several forms from Bush's first two albums. Bush (British band)_sentence_43

Like the multi-platinum successes of Bush's first two albums, this album also reached platinum status. Bush (British band)_sentence_44

Also, while the band's previous albums were strongly influenced by grunge, The Science of Things featured some electronic music influences in addition to the sound defined by Bush's earlier work. Bush (British band)_sentence_45

For example, although lead single "The Chemicals Between Us" had a prominent guitar riff, it also had many electronic elements usually found in dance music. Bush (British band)_sentence_46

Although the album had a few hit songs, it failed to chart in the top 10. Bush (British band)_sentence_47

The band's performance at Woodstock '99, however, helped The Science of Things achieve platinum status despite its slow start. Bush (British band)_sentence_48

Three singles were released from The Science of Things, most notably "The Chemicals Between Us", which spent five weeks at No. Bush (British band)_sentence_49

1 on the Modern Rock Tracks and peaked at No. Bush (British band)_sentence_50

67 on the US Hot 100. Bush (British band)_sentence_51

"Warm Machine" was the second single released. Bush (British band)_sentence_52

"Letting the Cables Sleep," the third single, reached No. Bush (British band)_sentence_53

4 on the Modern Rock Tracks and also received considerable airplay, and appeared in an episode of the medical drama series ER. Bush (British band)_sentence_54

Golden State and breakup (2001–2002) Bush (British band)_section_4

In October 2001, now on the Atlantic Records record label, Bush released its next album, Golden State. Bush (British band)_sentence_55

While the album attempted to return to the simple, catchy sound of the band's debut, it failed to achieve the same commercial success as the band's previous releases. Bush (British band)_sentence_56

Several singles were released, most notably the hit "The People That We Love (Speed Kills)", but none were mainstream successes. Bush (British band)_sentence_57

The album was the band's least successful, selling only 380,000 copies in the US. Bush (British band)_sentence_58

"The People That We Love (Speed Kills)" was used in the game Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit 2. Bush (British band)_sentence_59

In January 2002, Pulsford retired after the release of Golden State to spend more time with his family. Bush (British band)_sentence_60

Chris Traynor filled in for him for the subsequent tour, which would turn out to be Bush's last for eight years. Bush (British band)_sentence_61

Due to declining record sales and a lack of support from Atlantic Records, Bush disbanded in 2002. Bush (British band)_sentence_62

In 2005, a greatest hits album called The Best of: 1994-1999 and a live album called Zen X Four were released. Bush (British band)_sentence_63

Post-breakup (2003–2010) Bush (British band)_section_5

Gavin Rossdale formed a new band, Institute, in 2004, serving as their lead vocalist and guitarist, just as in Bush. Bush (British band)_sentence_64

Chris Traynor also joined the band, as lead guitarist. Bush (British band)_sentence_65

In addition to playing in Institute, Traynor also joined the reunited metal band Helmet in 2004 on bass; he quit the band in 2006. Bush (British band)_sentence_66

Institute released one album, Distort Yourself, but failed to achieve much commercial success in spite of opening for U2's Vertigo Tour at some shows. Bush (British band)_sentence_67

Institute broke up in 2006 and Rossdale then embarked on a solo career. Bush (British band)_sentence_68

In 2007, he covered the John Lennon song "Mind Games" for the Lennon tribute album Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur. Bush (British band)_sentence_69

His first solo album, Wanderlust, supported by leading single "Love Remains the Same", was released in June 2008. Bush (British band)_sentence_70

Rossdale also ventured into acting, appearing in the films Zoolander, Little Black Book, The Game of Their Lives, Constantine, How to Rob a Bank and others. Bush (British band)_sentence_71

Robin Goodridge recorded with the British rock band Elyss in 2004, although they have not released any new material since. Bush (British band)_sentence_72

In 2006, Goodridge began drumming for indie rock band Spear of Destiny, and appeared on their 2007 album, Imperial Prototype. Bush (British band)_sentence_73

During the summer of 2008, he toured the UK with British rock band Stone Gods after their current drummer Ed Graham reportedly fell ill. On 29 July it was announced that Graham had left the band and on 6 October 2008, the band's website announced that Goodridge had joined the band. Bush (British band)_sentence_74

Nigel Pulsford has spent most of his time since leaving Bush raising his children with his wife. Bush (British band)_sentence_75

In an interview with Blender, Gavin Rossdale admitted that the likelihood of a Bush reunion was "very high". Bush (British band)_sentence_76

He then added "quite high," In a November 2008 interview, Rossdale revealed that he had tried to contact the other members of Bush, "I reached out to them." Bush (British band)_sentence_77

Reunion and The Sea of Memories (2010–2013) Bush (British band)_section_6

On 22 June 2010, it was announced that Bush would play their first show in eight years at the second-annual Epicenter Music Festival in Fontana, California on 25 September 2010. Bush (British band)_sentence_78

A new album, then-titled Everything Always Now, was also announced as well as a new single "Afterlife". Bush (British band)_sentence_79

Founding members Nigel Pulsford and Dave Parsons both decided not to rejoin the band. Bush (British band)_sentence_80

Pulsford's and Parsons' successors were Chris Traynor and Corey Britz respectively. Bush (British band)_sentence_81

Traynor had also stood in for Pulsford during the Golden State tour. Bush (British band)_sentence_82

The new line-up played seven shows in 2010, performing songs from Bush's previous four albums as well as a new song, "Afterlife". Bush (British band)_sentence_83

Gavin announced on radio that their new album had been named The Sea of Memories and was released in September and managed to peak at No. Bush (British band)_sentence_84

18 on the Billboard Top 200. Bush (British band)_sentence_85

The first single of the album, "The Sound of Winter" was released in July 2011 and reached number one on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. Bush (British band)_sentence_86

On 19 November 2011, Bush performed a live set for "Guitar Center Sessions" on DirecTV. Bush (British band)_sentence_87

The episode included an interview with program host, Nic Harcourt. Bush (British band)_sentence_88

Their song "Into The Blue" was featured on The Avengers soundtrack album released on 1 May 2012. Bush (British band)_sentence_89

They toured with Nickelback on their Here and Now Tour. Bush (British band)_sentence_90

Man on the Run (2014–2016) Bush (British band)_section_7

On 26 March 2014, it was reported that Bush had begun recording their sixth studio album with producer Nick Raskulinecz. Bush (British band)_sentence_91

Gavin Rossdale announced on 18 August 2014 that the new album, Man on the Run, was available for pre-order in both digital and deluxe edition CD form. Bush (British band)_sentence_92

A day later, the band revealed that the lead single from the album would be "The Only Way Out". Bush (British band)_sentence_93

In November 2014 the band announced tour dates for the early months of 2015 beginning on 30 January. Bush (British band)_sentence_94

In June 2016, Bush released a music video for the new song "People At War". Bush (British band)_sentence_95

Black and White Rainbows (2017–2019) Bush (British band)_section_8

In January 2017, it was reported that Bush had mastered and completed work on their seventh studio album. Bush (British band)_sentence_96

On 6 February 2017, the band announced the title, release date of 10 March 2017, and track listing for their seventh studio album, Black and White Rainbows. Bush (British band)_sentence_97

The lead single from the album, "Mad Love", was released the same day. Bush (British band)_sentence_98

On 2 April 2018 a tour of the United States of America, called Revolution 3 Tour, was announced for the summer. Bush (British band)_sentence_99

They will perform as headlining with Stone Temple Pilots and The Cult. Bush (British band)_sentence_100

Rossdale also revealed that he was working on some material called "heavier" than the recent productions in anticipation of a forthcoming band album. Bush (British band)_sentence_101

The Kingdom (2019–present) Bush (British band)_section_9

In May 2019, Bush set The Mind Plays Tricks on You as the title of their new studio album, tentatively due in early 2020. Bush (British band)_sentence_102

Drummer Robin Goodridge departed from the band in 2019. Bush (British band)_sentence_103

With Goodridge's departure, Rossdale became the only original member of Bush remaining in the band. Bush (British band)_sentence_104

On 10 May 2019, it was announced that a song, "Bullet Holes", would feature in the film John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum. Bush (British band)_sentence_105

The song and music video were released on 17 May 2019. Bush (British band)_sentence_106

Rossdale claimed in late May that the new album, featuring songwriting from Tyler Bates, was influenced by Bush's presence on music festivals dominated by primarily metal bands, and that he had been specifically listening to System of a Down during the writing process for the new album. Bush (British band)_sentence_107

On 3 March 2020 the band released a new single, "Flowers on a Grave" and announced their new album was re-titled The Kingdom. Bush (British band)_sentence_108

The album was released on 17 July 2020. Bush (British band)_sentence_109

Musical style and influences Bush (British band)_section_10

Bush have been described as post-grunge, grunge, alternative rock, and hard rock. Bush (British band)_sentence_110

One of the first bands to be described as post-grunge, Bush were labeled almost pejoratively as post-grunge. Bush (British band)_sentence_111

Matt Diehl of Rolling Stone described Bush as "the most successful and shameless mimics of Nirvana's music". Bush (British band)_sentence_112

In the book Fargo Rock City: A Heavy Metal Odyssey in Rural North Dakota, Chuck Klosterman wrote, "Bush was a good band who just happened to signal the beginning of the end; ultimately, they would become the grunge Warrant". Bush (British band)_sentence_113

In the book Accidental Revolution: The Story of Grunge, Kyle Anderson wrote about Bush's album Sixteen Stone, writing: Bush (British band)_sentence_114

Bush have noted Nirvana's music as a key influence in their work, but remained insistent that their style is original. Bush (British band)_sentence_115

Talking to The Morning Call in February 1996, lead guitarist Nigel Pulsford remarked "Nirvana was a big influence. Bush (British band)_sentence_116

They acted as a catalyst, put the guitar band back in vogue and inspired us to perform". Bush (British band)_sentence_117

Of the similarities in the music of the two acts, Gavin Rossdale told Rolling Stone that he "hoped" there was an element of Nirvana in Bush but also that felt he "had [his] own thing". Bush (British band)_sentence_118

In 2011, Rossdale proclaimed Pixies as "the most influential band" to him. Bush (British band)_sentence_119

In addition, members of Bush have cited artists including The Beatles, Big Black, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, PJ Harvey, Hole, Hüsker Dü, Jane's Addiction, My Bloody Valentine, Led Zeppelin, Tom Petty, The Replacements, Sex Pistols, Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth, Soul Asylum, Soundgarden, and Neil Young as influential or inspirational. Bush (British band)_sentence_120

Band members Bush (British band)_section_11

Current Bush (British band)_section_12

Bush (British band)_unordered_list_0

  • Gavin Rossdale – lead vocals, rhythm guitar (1992–2002, 2010–present)Bush (British band)_item_0_0
  • Chris Traynor – lead guitar (2002, 2010–present), backing vocals (2002)Bush (British band)_item_0_1
  • Corey Britz – bass, backing vocals (2010–present)Bush (British band)_item_0_2
  • Nik Hughes – drums (2019–present)Bush (British band)_item_0_3

Former Bush (British band)_section_13

Bush (British band)_unordered_list_1

  • Nigel Pulsford – lead guitar, backing vocals (1992–2002)Bush (British band)_item_1_4
  • Dave Parsons – bass (1992–2002)Bush (British band)_item_1_5
  • Robin Goodridge – drums (1993–2002, 2010–2019)Bush (British band)_item_1_6

Touring musicians Bush (British band)_section_14

Bush (British band)_unordered_list_2

  • Sacha Puttnam – keyboards, piano, backing vocals (2002)Bush (British band)_item_2_7
  • Sibyl Buck – bass (2012, 2013)Bush (British band)_item_2_8

Timeline Bush (British band)_section_15

Discography Bush (British band)_section_16

Main article: Bush discography Bush (British band)_sentence_121

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Awards and nominations Bush (British band)_section_17

American Music Awards Bush (British band)_sentence_122

Bush (British band)_table_general_1

YearBush (British band)_header_cell_1_0_0 Nominated workBush (British band)_header_cell_1_0_1 AwardBush (British band)_header_cell_1_0_2 ResultBush (British band)_header_cell_1_0_3
1997Bush (British band)_cell_1_1_0 BushBush (British band)_cell_1_1_1 Favorite Alternative GroupBush (British band)_cell_1_1_2 NominatedBush (British band)_cell_1_1_3
1998Bush (British band)_cell_1_2_0 BushBush (British band)_cell_1_2_1 Favorite Alternative GroupBush (British band)_cell_1_2_2 WonBush (British band)_cell_1_2_3

Grammy Awards Bush (British band)_sentence_123

Bush (British band)_table_general_2

YearBush (British band)_header_cell_2_0_0 Nominated workBush (British band)_header_cell_2_0_1 AwardBush (British band)_header_cell_2_0_2 ResultBush (British band)_header_cell_2_0_3
1998Bush (British band)_cell_2_1_0 "Swallowed"Bush (British band)_cell_2_1_1 Best Hard Rock PerformanceBush (British band)_cell_2_1_2 NominatedBush (British band)_cell_2_1_3

MTV Video Music Awards Bush (British band)_sentence_124

Bush (British band)_table_general_3

YearBush (British band)_header_cell_3_0_0 Nominated workBush (British band)_header_cell_3_0_1 AwardBush (British band)_header_cell_3_0_2 ResultBush (British band)_header_cell_3_0_3
1996Bush (British band)_cell_3_1_0 "Glycerine"Bush (British band)_cell_3_1_1 Viewer's ChoiceBush (British band)_cell_3_1_2 WonBush (British band)_cell_3_1_3
1996Bush (British band)_cell_3_2_0 "Glycerine"Bush (British band)_cell_3_2_1 Best Alternative VideoBush (British band)_cell_3_2_2 NominatedBush (British band)_cell_3_2_3
1996Bush (British band)_cell_3_3_0 "Machinehead"Bush (British band)_cell_3_3_1 Best Video From a MovieBush (British band)_cell_3_3_2 NominatedBush (British band)_cell_3_3_3

MTV Movie Awards Bush (British band)_sentence_125

Bush (British band)_table_general_4

YearBush (British band)_header_cell_4_0_0 Nominated workBush (British band)_header_cell_4_0_1 AwardBush (British band)_header_cell_4_0_2 ResultBush (British band)_header_cell_4_0_3
1997Bush (British band)_cell_4_1_0 "Machinehead"Bush (British band)_cell_4_1_1 Best Song From a MovieBush (British band)_cell_4_1_2 WonBush (British band)_cell_4_1_3

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