Bush Days — There was no sadder day for Bush fans than that fateful one in October of 2004 when the news came that poor Winston — the infamous Hungarian sheepdog belonging to Gavin Rossdale — passed away.
Winston was a character, a personality about the group that made him the fifth member (sorry, Sacha Puttnam). Winston was not only present for the recording of all of Bush’s first four studio records, he also appears on each of the albums with his own canine vocals.
Sixteen Stone: opening howl on “X-Girlfriend”
Razorblade Suitcase: growls on “Personal Holloway”
The Science Of Things: barks in “Altered States”
Golden State: ??
Not only did Winston represent a grounding side of Rossdale, he represented the idea of Bush being a family more than even the music did. And in 2004, he represented the first real loss that Bush fans had to experience, an irreplaceable facet of the original lineup that will be remembered by more than just the tattoo inside of Rossdale’s arm.
It’s hard to believe Winston has been gone as long as he has… even harder to believe that Rossdale’s kids will never have met him or shared in our simple joy of seeing Winston in old photos and videos of the band; for a canine, Winston introduced a lot of humanity.