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Gavin Rossdale’s Sons Make Their Mark on New Record

09/21/2011 at 09:00 AM ET
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Like father, like sons.

Gavin Rossdale‘s boys Kingston, 5, and Zuma, 3, were never far from his mind as he was making new music with his reunited band Bush.

First, Rossdale recorded the album at his own Kingston Sound Studios. Then the band released The Sea of Memories on an imprint Rossdale, 45, named Zuma Rock Records.

“I wasn’t really sure about it, and I asked around my house, ‘Is that weird?’” the frontman — who celebrated nine years of marriage to Gwen Stefani on Sept. 14 — tells PEOPLE.

“And it was like, ‘No, that’s cool, do it.’ I couldn’t do anything involving them without making a joint decision. I’ve learned some things and that’s one of them!”

The boys are already following in Dad’s musical footsteps.

“[Kingston] still likes the drums, but he’s into everything now. He’s always busy doing things. We’re just trying to give them lots of opportunities,” says Rossdale, who’s touring the U.S. with Bush this fall. “Whereas the younger one, he’s got more focus than [Gwen] and I expected.”

“[Zuma] is really into the guitar. If I’m playing he’ll come and jam with me — he’ll sit with me, it’s really fun. He moves his hands up and down. His positioning and charisma are amazing. He’s so relaxed, looks great and he’s 3!” says Rossdale.

Meanwhile, the rocker couldn’t be happier to have Bush back together.

“Even at the height of everything going really well and the great reaction to [my] solo record, there was always, ‘When’s the band getting back together?’ It was this ricochet around my head. For me, it felt like the right place to be because it feels complete. When I wasn’t in Bush, it was just odd and weird being under my name.”

Rossdale and Stefani, 41, famously started dating while their bands were on tour together in the ’90s. So will they ever hit the road again now that Bush has reunited and No Doubt is prepping its first studio album in 10 years?

“Same state, different venues,” Rossdale says with a laugh. “I mean, it would be a great idea, but no. We keep it separate.”

– Marisa Laudadio

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auroramia on

<3

cn tower on

That’s not the most flattering picture of Gwen.

Noneya on

LOVE THIS FAMILY!! Gavin is HOT!! My grandson is also 3 and jams with his grandpa so have an absolute pic of Zuma and Gavin. LOL – Zuma not as cute as my grandson but Gavin as hot as my hubby! Cute story!

Spanish Fly on

Love these two! awewsome couple. Best of luck.

Sandy on

I am so glad that Bush is back together. They were the best band of the 90′s!!!!

LuluAZ on

They are just the cutest family. It seems as if they are doing a great job of parenting and aren’t taking their roles lightly – or leading what was the traditional Rock Star lifestyles. Adorable!

Susan Lewis on

Nice sentiment, and I am happy to see them back together.

ellen on

Gavin and Bush love him!!

Susan on

I think Zuma Rossdale is the most adorable child! His personality is mega-watts!!!

Avalon on

Saw BUSH perform last night in San Francisco and they were AMAZING!!! Great show. Gavin Rossdale is a fantastic performer.

Kelley on

Gavin Rossdale is HOT. Just saying…..

Ashley on

Why not add one of Kingston’s names in the Records name instead of two of Zuma’s? Or has he already named something after Kingston? Jw.

Shea on

@Ashley…..if you re-read, “First, Rossdale recorded the album at his own Kingston Sound Studios. Then the band released The Sea of Memories on an imprint Rossdale, 45, named Zuma Rock Records.” The studio has Kingston’s name….

Pandabear on

I just wanna comment on how amazing they look in this pic! They’re both gorgeous!

Marshelby on

I love this family, but the picture of Ms. Gwen is so not flattering. The front of your very low cut outfit should not make it look like it is your back. She is normally so fashion aware, but ouch.

Gaby on

im not so crazy about the dress but she is stunning and gorgeous…i cannot believe she is 41! She looks half of rachel zoe’s age and i think rachel is supposed to be what? 40? Whatever shes taking i wanna know cuz i wanna look like that when im 41!

cn tower on

Gaby, I think it’s more a matter of Rachel Zoe looking older than her supposed age than Gwen looking extremely young. There are lots of other celebs 40+ (even 50+) who look younger than Zoe — Halle Berry, Naomi Watts, Sandra Bullock, RAchel Weiss, the list could fill up a page.

Ashley on

Shea… Oh yes I see now lol and I thought I had read it carefully. Thanks!

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