On the occasion of Bush's sixth album, Man on the Run, lead singer Gavin Rossdale sat down to tell Rolling Stone the saga of the band's two-decade run, from the U.K.'s leading grunge rockers to stalwarts of modern rock radio. Rossdale didn't become successful overnight: He shares the story of how his partnership with guitarist Nigel Pulsford began with the song "Comedown" — the first song Rossdale had ever written by himself — and how, while waiting for the band's debut Sixteen Stone to be released in 1994, he "painted 11 identical dentist's offices — in magnolia."
Rossdale also discussed his relationship with Gwen Stefani; the two singers have been married since 2002 and have three children together. "She's taught me how to be a better person," he said. Stefani also keeps him humble with her various stratospheric successes: "You might come in with two of something, and she's got 12 of something," Rossdale said with a laugh. Now 49 years old, Rossdale still has his cheekbones and his gift for writing melodies, plus the wisdom to enjoy everything that's happened: "I'm just really happy to have been given this opportunity to have a career in music."