According to a posting on the unofficial Gavin Rossdale blog, the former BUSH/INSTITUTE frontman has sent out an e-mail to fan mailing list confirming that he is about to begin recording his first solo album with former BON JOVI and METALLICA producer Bob Rock. Gavin also revealed that former HELMET guitarist Chris Traynor will make an appearance on the CD. Traynor was also in INSTITUTE and was briefly a member of BUSH, replacing founding member Nigel Pulsford in 2002.Gavin's message reads as follows: "I wanted to let you know what I have been working on and what's happening. "First off, I am setting up my new website at GavinRossdale.com (not live yet but coming very soon). And I am about to go in and record my first solo record. I am working with the producer Bob Rock. "We have a great band to do the record and we start next week. "We'll do half the record in Los Angeles and the other half in Hawaii, where [Bob] lives — on the north shore. "So, as you can imagine, I'm pretty excited about that. "I have spent all of last year writing — and here goes. I have also done the theme for a new show on Fox which starts on Sunday called 'Drive' (8:00 p.m. EST/PST). That song will be on the record and a taste of what's to come. [Check out a sample of Rossdale's theme song for 'Drive' at YouTube.] "I know I've taken silence to a new quiet but you knew I was up to something. "Kingston [Gavin's son with Gwen Stefani] is magic, by the way. "So, check out the new song. Obviously it is only a small part of it, but you'll get the vibe. Otherwise, we're going to be getting the website going. And we'll be making big sound. "Thank you to all of you who came out and supported INSTITUTE. I really enjoyed being in that band. "Chris is making this record with me." Rossdale's last release was INSTITUTE's debut album, "Distort Yourself", which came out in September 2005. Rossdale first began writing the songs that appear on "Distort Yourself" as a side project, but it became his full-time concern when BUSH went on hiatus in 2002. "Distort Yourself" was produced by HELMET's Page Hamilton, a longtime influence on Rossdale.
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