No doubt Gavin Rossdale is better known as Gwen Stefani's husband than he is as the singer/guitarist for Institute (they only lasted one album and broke up in '06). But in the '90s Rossdale's greatest claim to fame was as the lead singer/songwriter for Bush. The London born musician led his group to a major commercial success with '94's "Sixteen Stone."
Bush disbanded (unofficially) in '02 as Rossdale busied himself with the short-lived Institute, some film work and one-off projects like '07's recording of John Lennon's "Mind Games" for the album "Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur."
The following year saw the release of Rossdale's solo debut "Wanderlust." The set "was nearly a Bush" album, but Rossdale's former bandmates turned him down when he suggested working on it with them. "I always want it to be a Bush record," explained the singer. "I feel guilty when I do a record and I don't offer it to them first." However, there was a Bush connection with the contributions of Chris Traynor (guitarist on Bush's last tour and with Institute). The album also featured the near-ubiquitous drummer Josh Freese (A Perfect Circle, ASHES diVIDE, Nine Inch Nails, Rob Zombie and countless others).
"Love Remains The Same" was the first single while Rossdale's wife added her vocal talents to "Drive."
Despite Rossdale's comments, it's hard to fathom "Wanderlust" as a Bush album. If so, it would have turned out different. "This Is Happiness" is as close as Rossdale gets to his former life. While tracks, "Can't Stop The World," "The Skin I'm In" and "Another Night In The Hills" are strong much of the album is spent on ballads - some good, some not so much. On the plus side there's "Forever May You Run," "The Trouble I'm In" and the single "Love Remains The Same."