Adrian shared the news on Instagram this morning and also revealed that their appearance at the Global Citizen Festival is No Doubt’s “only show” for 2014. In April, Adrian talked about the band getting together for possible shows towards the end of the year, so we’ll have to see!
It’s been announced this morning that No Doubt are set to headline the annual Global Citizen Festival on Saturday, September 27, live from the Great Lawn in New York, New York’s Central Park! Their name has been released on the foundation’s website alongside headliners Jay Z, Carrie Underwood, Fun., The Roots and Tiesto.
Fans have to earn their way into the free event with limited VIP tickets available also on Ticketmaster.com, starting this morning (Wednesday, July 9) at 9:00 AM. Today.com is reporting that an hour-long special for the concert will air on NBC and the festival will air live on MSNBC and msnbc.com.
Tony spoke with Rolling Stone about the event saying how excited the band is to be playing for the first time in almost two years. He says it’s a great way for No Doubt to get back on stage and how big of an honor it was to be asked to perform. Tony says its a great opportunity to not only raise money for a great cause, but to raise awareness. According to it’s website, “Global Citizen is an initiative of Global Poverty Project, an international education and advocacy organization working to catalyze the movement to end extreme poverty by 2030.”
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We’re so excited and thrilled about the news of No Doubt hitting the stage together again and we’ll keep everyone posted on the latest!
Rolling Stone — …the Global Poverty Project, taking place this year on September 27th on the Great Lawn in New York’s Central Park…
But Jay is just one of the megawatt music names slated to perform at this year’s festival, which includes country superstar Carrie Underwood, alt-pop hitmakers fun., hip-hop’s greatest band the Roots, dance music veteran TiÃ«sto and No Doubt, who will be making their first live appearance as a band following an extended hiatus from performing. “Global Citizen will be the first show No Doubt has played together in two years,” bassist/co-founder Tony Kanal tells Rolling Stone. “It’s a great way to get us back on stage. It was such an honor to be asked to play this particular concert. It’s unacceptable that over 1 billion people live in extreme poverty, and it’s got a pretty eclectic lineup, which reflects the event’s true spirit of diversity.”
“I love how this year’s lineup brings together the king of hip-hop and the king of EDM,” notes Global Poverty Project co-founder Hugh Evans. “Jay Z and his Shawn Carter Foundation have been with us on the whole journey, and No Doubt were so excited to do it from day one…”
This year’s festival, meanwhile, will add media partners NBC and MSNBC, who will promote the event on flagships like The Today Show and broadcast it to an enormous audience worldwide. “By now, I think we’ve proved we’re not a fluke,” Evans says. “We’ve grown every year. It doesn’t get any easier, but the event does get bigger and bigger.”
The Global Citizen Festival doesn’t just aspire to engage world leaders, but also concertgoers. A key tradition of the event is its unique ticketing system: over 80 percent of the tickets are distributed free, earned by performing activist actions on the Global Citizen online platform. This aspect especially appealed to the members of No Doubt. “To get a ticket, you have to get involved in the cause â€“ that’s amazing,” says Kanal. “Eliminating that barrier of entry is in the spirit of equality that’s at the heart of the whole event. What makes this particular concert special is that it’s not just about raising money, but awareness. That’s a different way of doing this kind of show: awareness is a different form of currency, and with this you can see it rise exponentially.”
For No Doubt’s Kanal, meanwhile, the group’s participation with the Global Citizen Festival recalls the anti-racist foundation of the ska movement, with groups like the Specials releasing protest anthems like “Free Nelson Mandela.” “The Specials made people aware of apartheid, and also made an incredible piece of music,” Kanal says. “Bands like that lead by example, and in that spirit we’re playing Global Citizen. Not only do you get to have a good time playing and hearing music, but together we’re raising awareness of the plight of humanity. We’ve never been a political band, but we’re concerned about human-rights issues, and this was a win-win on all fronts. We just couldn’t say no.”
— Tom Dumont (@TomDumontND) July 9, 2014
— No Doubt (@nodoubt) July 9, 2014
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— Tony Kanal (@Tonykanal) July 9, 2014