KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas is a sentimental occasion for Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale, since it’s the show where he met wife Gwen Stefani 17 years ago. And when Rolling Stone spoke with Rossdale backstage at Almost Acoustic Christmas in 2011, he immediately got nostalgic, reminiscing about the dressing room where the two met.
So, last night, at the end of two years of touring, back at Almost Acoustic Christmas, the rock & roll husband and wife celebrated their history at the event by performing together. Rossdale, on stage with just a guitar, started in on “Glycerine,” singing the song’s first verse alone. Then an unannounced Stefani walked onstage to join in on the second verse, drawing an insane response from the crowd.
After the show, Rossdale told Rolling Stone that the initial idea for a duet was Stefani’s, and it left a stunned Rossdale speechless. “She actually asked me about this and I was so surprised, I didn’t say anything for two days,” he said. “She said, ‘Maybe we should do a song together.’ And I couldn’t answer her.”
After Rossdale got over his shock, the two worked out the logistics and ultimately settled on “Glycerine” rather than Bush’s “The Afterlife,” which Rossdale said is Stefani’s favorite song. Performing the song alone together was his idea. “I thought it would be so powerful, the two of us on stage like that, that’s what we went for,” he said. Rossdale was very pleased with the result; asked how “Glycerine” sounded with Stefani on the song, he laughed and said “So much better.”
For Rossdale, it was the cap to a special evening. “This is the culmination of two years of work, and then to finish it off playing here, in this venue, this full circle thing, it was an incredible night.”