It’s an expansion like few expected but many hoped for – now that No Doubt is back on, they aren’t cutting any corners this time around – as shown in the recently expanded tour set that fans are still reeling from. With an already heavily slated set of dates that run from May through August, the group does not plan on sitting still any time soon, though babies, spouses and side projects might be calling their name.
While you’ll only hear solid classics when holding No Doubt tickets, you are sure to remain pleased with the energy that Rolling Stone deems is picked up “right where they left off.” Still, it’s a change of scene for the reunited band, who haven’t performed together as a whole for five years. “I think we’re going to sleep a lot less than we ever have. Normally, you sleep the whole day, which was my favorite party about touring, but that’s a thing of the past,” Stefani said to Music News. Still, it’s a win – win situation for the new touring families – “we get to see a lot more of the country, though, because we’re actually leaving the hotel room.” Stefani, who has two sons with husband Gavin Rossdale, will bring along eight month Zuma while older Kingston, two, plans on sharing time with his grounded daddy and traveling mom.
It has been a long time coming – there is no doubt about that. But with the return of the original punk pop quintet from Anaheim, the play on words is finally appealing as they make their way through Las Vegas, Dallas, Toronto, London, San Diego (twice), Phoenix and more. Though we haven’t heard from them since their 2001 set Rock Steady, each member individually has been in and out of the headlines whether for their latest musical ambitions or their personal ones. Most prominently Gwen Stefani has emerged as a powerhouse in her own right – always a central figure in the group as the sole female and lead vocalist, Stefani took the lead as solo artist and baby-maker when she released her debut album in Love. Angel. Music. Baby in 2004 and found success with “Hollaback Girl.”
Tony Kanal, No Doubt’s bassist, worked effortlessly during the group’s hiatus as a producer and songwriter for top dance pop acts as well as reggae ones like fellow bandmate Stefani and singer Elan Atias. Guitarist Tom Dumont formed the ska punk outfit Invincible Overload while taking a production stint with Matt Costa’s Songs We Sing.
First stop was The Bamboozle Festival, with Rolling Stone right and ready with their notepad to remark on the ups and downs of the matured group. As Stefani jumped up and down on stage just as she did half a decade ago, any hesitation that the reunion would be a continuation of the Stefani stint she picked up after Rock Steady were dumped – though the set list included most of their classics (“Spiderwebs,” “Ex-Girlfriend,” “Hey Baby” and “Don’t Speak”) they threw in a new cover, Adam and The Ants’ “Stand and Deliver,” which is the track the group will perform while on CW’s set Gossip Girl. See how the best ticket reseller online survives once No Doubt tickets open up for purchase.