Bush’s Gavin Rossdale Owns a Piece of ‘Hotel California’ and Doesn’t Care

NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 10: Gavin Rossdale of the band Bush perform live at Ford Amphitheater on August 10, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York, NY. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)

Here is an incredible story of Gavin Rossdale’s visit to a London guitar shop that sells vintage and rare guitars.

Gavin tried out many of the guitars he liked all over the store until he came across a purple Fender Jazz Master. Unbeknownst to Gavin, this guitar once belonged to the one and only Eagles bandmate, Joe Walsh. The guitar played a role in rock and roll history, as this very purple guitar was used in the Eagles’ swan song, “Hotel California!” In 1978, the song won a Grammy Award for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Performance, and Best Rock Performance. The record was certified 26 x platinum in the United States and 32 million worldwide.

It’s a weird story to all of this that Gavin isn’t even close to being an Eagles fan. In fact, Gavin had the guitar checked out, and yes, the guitar once belonged to Joe Walsh. The guitar was returned to Gavin with an autograph. Gavin was not happy. “As soon as I saw it, I had to get that shit off my hands. I’m a professional musician! I don’t give anything away, it’s just for my kids to sell when I’m dead…wake up, I do not care !

A bit of Gavin Rossdale’s history is that he used this very purple Fender Jazz Master guitar on Bush’s debut album, “Sixteen Stone.”

Bush’s new album, “The Art of Survival”, which also features the Purple Fender Guitar (with Joe Walsh’s signature removed) is now available in stores.

Also check out Meltdown’s Talking Rock Podcasts interview with Gavin Rossdale http://Talkin’ Rock with Bush’s Gavin Rossdale and Voodoo Moonshine’s Jeff Losawyer https://wrif.com/episodes/talkin-rock-with-bushs-gavin -rossdale-and-voodoo-moonshines-jeff-losawyer/

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Born in Mt Clemens, Screamin has been rocking the Riff airwaves for 25 years. When he’s not on the streets, you can find him in his rock room, where he collects classic jukeboxes and pinball machines. Screamin also has his own rock cover band called “Chit” which plays throughout the Metro Detroit music scene.

Nicholas E. Crittendon