Ongoing History Daily: The Bush(-X) saga

When Gavin Rossdale and Bush first appeared in Canada back in the 90s, they were known as “Bush-X.“ Why, when the rest of the world called them just “Bush?” Legal reasons.

Back in the early 70s, there was a Toronto band called Bush and just as they were about to issue one of their records on CD in 1994, this new band from England showed up. Their lawyers knew about the old Bush and were prepared to prevent them from issuing this CD. But the old Bush wasn’t going to be pushed around because, after all, they had first dibs on the name.

In the end, the new Bush blinked and agreed to add the “X” to their name to avoid any court cases. It took several years to work things out so that the new Bush could drop the “X” from their name in Canada.

If you missed the last post, it was all about how Billy Corgan wrote one particular hit for the Smashing Pumpkins.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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