November 23, 2014 03:20 PM

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Gavin Rossdale is a man on the run.

Becoming a dad again has been an exhilarating experience for the British rocker, but with his new album and busy touring schedule, he says there aren’t enough hours in the day.

“I am touring now and about to begin another world tour in February,” Rossdale, 49, told PEOPLE during the Chris Evert/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic gala at Florida’s Boca Raton Resort & Club on Saturday night. “I hate to be away from my boys. I really miss them.”

The Bush frontman said he loves to watch his older sons Kingston, 8½, and Zuma, 6, dote on their baby brotherApollo, 9 months.

“Apollo is so small that the older brothers love to protect him,” Rossdale said. “They were very happy when he was born. They just love him. There is no jealousy because they really care about him.”

Rossdale’s busy wife Gwen Stefani was back in Los Angeles caring for the boys while he played tennis for charity.

Competitive and talented on the court, Rossdale interrupted his current tour to return to Evert’s annual event. For nearly a decade, he has helped her raise money for Florida’s most at-risk kids. (Since 1989, Evert’s charities have raised more than $21 million.)

“I wish my boys could have come to Florida with me,” said Rossdale, whose new album is appropriately titled Man on the Run.

The musician explained how he has scheduled the band’s breaks for the 2015-16 tour so he can see his sons as often as possible.

“I start in America, then see my kids before I head for the European leg,” he said. “After that, I will see them again before I go to South America, then another time before I go to Australia. I make time for them, but it feels like I will be touring for the rest of my life!”

Because both Rossdale and Stefani also have a full plate of projects in December, they have decided to spend the Christmas holidays in Los Angeles instead of flying home to England.

“Gwen is working and I am touring, so we decided to wait until January to take the kids to England,” Rossdale said. “I let my dad know it will be after the holidays.”

Instead, the family of five will spend Christmas enjoying the California sun.

“Santa will bring us a lot of sun block,” he joked. “We can’t wait!”

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— Linda Marx


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