Bread, prison and Bruce Lee - Bush lead singer Gavin Rossdale gets On The Couch and tells nme.com his loves and hates...
What song describes you best?
“‘Public Image’ because I really love all the words, and there’s been times when that song has just come into my head when people have been talking to me.”
What is heaven?
What is hell?
“When no one speaks the same language in the same room. When no one understands each other and everyone’s at odds.”
What’s your earliest memory?
“Buying bread with my mum, and the smell of it.”
What’s your greatest fear?
“Prison. Ugh, can you imagine it? I’d fucking hate that loss of freedom.”
Who is your all-time hero?
“Bruce Lee and Tom Waits. They both had great power, but in a controlled way.”
What’s the worst trouble you’ve been in?
“I’m always in trouble. I haven’t been in physical trouble for years, nothing like that, but I always get mental trouble and stress and frustration. Volatility is definitely in the area with me!”
Who was the first love of your life?
“A girl called Lindsay when I was about 18. We were together for five years and that vogage of discovery was amazing and terrifying. But she was kinda crazy!”
What is your greatest talent?
“I don’t know if I’m great at anything. Actually, I’m great at looking after my dogs.”
Can you read music?
Upon whom would you most like to exact revenge?
“I’m a quadruple Scorpio so I have levels of revenge that are beyond most people’s understanding or concern. I’m obsessed with revenge and I don’t forget anything. But I really believe people get what’s coming to them and you have to rise above. I’m so fucking risen, I’m like a loaf of bread!”
What can you cook?
“The hands and feet of people who have pissed me off! Failing that, weird, tasty Italian food.”
What’s your most treasured possession?
“A beautiful oil painting by Arslan of a woman lying on a bed. Everything else can and should be replacable.”
What have you most regretted doing while drunk?
“The usual. General bad behaviour, saying stupid things and having a weird dance partner.”
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
“You never get what you want and you always get what you want. They work hand in hand with each other and I believe in both of them. ”
If you were invisible for a day, what would you do?
“Exact really good juvenile revenge on some people. Then go and put our records on the radio so people fucking heard our music as opposed to just reading things about it. And change playlists to play a lot of us, Primal Scream, Underworld, Public Image and Massive Attack.”
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What would your three final wishes be?
“Feed the world, destroy all wheel clamps and I would wish for a worldwide approach to drugs led by Holland.”