Bush (Canadian band)

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OriginToronto, Ontario, Canada

Bush was an early-70s Canadian rock band. It evolved from the respected club act Mandala, which had a minor Canadian hit with the song "Love-Itis".

Bush consisted of ex-Mandala bandmates Domenic Troiano, Roy Kenner, Hugh Sullivan, Pentti Glan, and Prakash John. The group released a single eponymous album in 1970, on the RCA label in Canada and Dunhill in the US, and toured with label mates Steppenwolf and Three Dog Night. Three Dog Night released one of their songs, "I Can Hear You Calling" as the B-side of their successful single "Joy to the World". The song, co-written by Troiano, Kenner, Glan and Sullivan, also appeared on Three Dog Night's Naturally album. Bush was short-lived as a band, but its jazz-influenced rock influenced many musicians.[1]

Name dispute[edit]

Bush became newsworthy again in 1995, as the result of an intellectual property dispute with the British alternative band Bush. As Troiano still owned the rights to that name, the British band were forced to release their albums in Canada as "Bushx".[2] In late April 1997, Troiano and Gavin Rossdale reached an agreement under which Rossdale's band was permitted to use the name Bush without the letter X, in exchange for donating $20,000 each to the Starlight Foundation and the Canadian Music Therapy Fund.[3]

Subsequent careers[edit]

All of the band members continued in music after the breakup of Bush. Kenner and Troiano joined The James Gang, following the departure of Joe Walsh. They performed together on the albums Passin' Thru and Straight Shooter, after which Troiano left to join The Guess Who. Kenner stayed with The James Gang, then with lead guitarist Tommy Bolin, for two further albums, Bang and Miami.[4] John and Glan became session musicians, who also toured with Alice Cooper and Lou Reed. Troiano later developed a successful solo career, which also included Kenner at various times. John later fronted a Toronto-based rhythm and blues band, The Lincolns, which continues to play today. In 2005, Domenic Troiano died at age of 59, of prostate cancer.



  1. ^ Jean Marie Leduc, Jean-Noël Ogouz -Le rock de A à Z: dictionnaire illustré 1984- Page 217 "L'adjonction de Roy Kenner (chant) ajoute une dimension supplémentaire, mais en novembre 71, Joe Walsh s'en va, suivi ... Le nouveau guitariste Domenic Troiano (Canadien, ex-Mandala. ex-Bush) est lui-même remplacé en 1973 — après "
  2. ^ Hamilton, Pierre (December 2005). "Need to Know: How To Understand Naming Issues". Exclaim!. Archived from the original on 2012-07-29. Retrieved 2008-05-05.
  3. ^ This Week in History: April 16 to 22 Archived 2016-01-11 at the Wayback Machine "The final terms of the legal agreement allowed for the dropping of the "X" in exchange for two donations of $20,000 each to the Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund and the Starlight Children's Foundation Canada. So in the end everybody won."
  4. ^ Profile of Roy Kenner by Jeremy Frey; www.allmusic.com.
  5. ^ David Makin Reantasy, Montreal: The book to read, the place to be 2015 1504950712 "Roy Kenner joined guitarist Domenic Troiano's band Mandala and recorded the minor Canadian hit 'Loveit is' (1968). ... Bush's 'I Can Hear You Calling' (1970) and 'Young Street Patty' (1970) from their self-titled album would become minor ..."

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