As much of the world enters yet another week of COVID-19 quarantine, Gavin Rossdale gifted rock fans a little zen this afternoon.
The Bush bandleader became the latest musician to perform for the Billboard Live At-Home series. Broadcasting via Billboard‘s Facebook page, Rossdale delivered a handful of classics and covers with little more than an electric guitar and microphone.
“Cheers!” he said, opening the show holding up a half-full glass of Stella. “Remember, there’s no time of day now… no nights, no weekends, just quarantine.” With that, Rossdale launched into an earthy, passionate rendition of Bush’s “Machinehead” — one of numerous hits from the band’s 1994 grunge-era smash Sixteen Stone. Next up came Bush’s 2014 single “The Only Way Out,” a track Rossdale remarked “speaks to the time at the moment” (its chorus goes, “the only way out is through”).
Rossdale broke from Bush for his next two tracks, digging into the Bob Dylan catalog for a cover of his 1969 classic “Lay Lady Lay” and then even deeper into his own with “Ambulances,” a riff-heavy deep cut from his short-lived band Institute, which he fronted during Bush’s post-millennium hiatus.
Finally, Rossdale brought it all back home with one more Sixteen Stone smash, “Everything Zen.” Before it was all over, he admitted he missed his bandmates.
Bush has a new project on the way, and like countless other artists, is surely facing some tough decisions about the road ahead. Their eighth studio LP The Kingdom is due this summer, along with a lengthy U.S. tour alongside Breaking Benjamin that’s set to begin in July. For now, lead single “Flowers on a Grave” is off to a good start on U.S. radio, spending its second consecutive week on Billboard‘s Mainstream Rock Songs chart. The band has weathered plenty of storms before, and Rossdale signed off the Facebook show looking ahead with positivity: “I wish people come out as the best versions of themselves.”
On that note, Rossdale’s Billboard set served as a benefit for the United Nations Foundation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. Check out their official site to learn more about donating toward worldwide efforts to fight the pandemic, and watch Rossdale’s full set above.