Q&A with Bush lead singer Gavin Rossdale

Prior to their 2015 North American headlining Man on the Run tour, Bush will be taking center stage at X107.5’s Holiday Havoc at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas on Dec. 12. With the show just weeks away and the tour kicking off on Jan. 30th, we spent some time catching up with the rock band’s lead singer and rhythm guitarist, Gavin Rossdale, to give you the inside scoop of what he has in mind for the band’s upcoming Vegas stay.


Gavin Rossdale photo by Lionel Deluy

When was the last time you played a concert in Las Vegas?
I don’t know, we play quite a bit there so I’m not quite sure, but not too long ago. I haven’t played since I was making my new record so it’s one of the first shows we will be doing for this new record.

What do you like most about playing in Las Vegas?
Well I love playing, the thing is, is that Vegas, I like it for the locals. I like it for the people that are going through, the transient crowd is cool, but there is something exciting about locals that live there because there is an incredible underbelly of Vegas that I really like. So, I just love coming out there, its always a bit of a thrill, you never know what time it is, you never know what day it is and no one cares, and every night is fun and every night everyone goes for it so it’s very European you know; it’s very non-restrictive.

What do you do for fun when you’re here?
I like to go out and get some good food, I like to go and see bands or I like to go to see a magic show. I love to see the shows, I haven’t seen a magic show for awhile [and] I love magic. David Blaine is one of my heroes so, that is really good fun for that. I’ve seen lots of different [Cirque du Soleil] productions you know, just all different manners of things… just having a laugh and going out and enjoying other people’s work.

Where are your favorite places to hang out and eat in Vegas?
I like Hakkasan, that is a really fun place and I like Mario Batali’s place[s]…it’s always a good time. I just like the fact that you never know what time it is. It’s like a time loss and it’s brilliant. No one wants to know what time it is, it’s amazing.

Will you be donating anything to the Hard Rock Hotel memorabilia cases?
I don’t really know, it’s funny though how [things] are stuck in the case [when they] used to be on stage flying around. I was just reading Johnny Lydon’s biography and he was complaining about the cases – I don’t have the complaint about the cases… it’s always fun to see little bits of that but I don’t know…


What can fans expect of your upcoming tour?
We are really proud of the “Man on the Run” record and this is the precursor, we have a couple of weeks of sort of festival-type dates and then we go out on the full tour. So when we come there to Vegas on the 12th [it will be] one of the first times we’ll be playing quite a few new songs off the new record and it’s really important for us to be able to play the new songs as well – we don’t lose our minds, we want people to have that familiarity of Bush but yet at the same time, creatively I think it’s really good fun for us to push the envelope a little, and stay fresh because then it’s more exciting for us so we keep the balance. I mean trust me, I’m not saying that we’re not going to play the hits as well, I’m all for a balanced show. I can’t stand it when I go to see bands I love and they don’t play anything familiar, it’s kind of a bit like I don’t know… it loses me a bit. So I think it’s an interesting balance to be found and it’s up to each person to have the responsibility to play great songs and great music and find that balance.

What can people expect of the Holiday Havoc show?
Usually it depends on how long we play. Sometimes if you play at a festival, it all depends on the build. [Sometimes] you don’t get asked to play for that long so I want to make sure that I’m aware of how long it is and then when you’re limited on the number of songs then I’m less inclined to play five new songs if I’m only playing ten songs… I’m not going to play five new ones so, it really comes down to what we are asked to play but generally, it’s going to be you know, the way we play shows is as if the show is [the] last show and so therefore, there are no half measures is what I’m trying to say.

Will your wife, Gwen Stefani, be coming along for the show?
That I don’t know. You know, she’s a busy girl and I hope so but I never like to assume.

If you could play one last song, what would it be?
Something like “God Save The Queen.”

Is there anything else you’d like to add?
I’m really excited to come out there and play and I’m looking forward to seeing everybody!

Check out the official music video for Bush’s first single, “The Only Way Out,” off of their new record, “Man on the Run:” 


Trading one desert for another, I moved to Las Vegas from Arizona nearly three years ago. It was something about the sparkling lights and the all-encompassing entertainment factor that persuaded me to swap cacti for casinos and dry heat for well…even drier heat. And while I do love a good show, I will always keep true to my country girl ways seeing that I am an absolute sucker for a good country concert and will always indulge the opportunity to go out country dancing! But in a city that undoubtedly has some of the world’s best cuisine, a wild assortment of endless experiences, and of course phenomenal shows, Vegas certainly has that unparalleled good time vibe that can make a city slicker out of just about anyone… including myself!