Taken from AOL, the band (mostly Gwen) sat down for a new interview, and basically rehashed the same information about being pregnant and wanting to get out for the tour. Gwen states that she doesn’t expect to write any new material on the road at the moment, but Tony will be bringing along a digital on-the-road studio if inspiration strikes though. For the first time ever, the band will be traveling in separate buses on the road, and they are all looking forward to the crowds this time: old fans and new Gwen fans.
The alt-pop superstars havenâ€™t played together in years, though their frontwoman, Gwen Stefani, became even more popular in the interim as a solo superstar.
â€œThere was a gameplan,â€ explains Stefani. â€œI was gonna go on [a solo] tour, come home and get pregnant. Then I was going to write an album with No Doubt. But it wasnâ€™t working while I was pregnant. All I was doing was eating. So I continued to eat and once I had a baby, it still wasnâ€™t coming. I felt very homebound and I just couldnâ€™t picture myself for the next year in a room trying to write music. I felt like I had to get out there and feel inspired.
â€œYou canâ€™t just push a button and write a song,â€ she says. â€œSo we just decided to go on a tour.â€ Of course, touring with families in tow but without new material invites accusations of nostalgia-mining. After all, No Doubt formed way back in 1986, though the Anaheim-born band didn’t blow up until 1995â€™s 16 million-selling Tragic Kingdom rode alternativeâ€™s second wave into the record books after â€œDon’t Speakâ€ clocked four months at number one. They landed another smash by switching their Jamaican influence from ska to dancehall on 2001â€™s Rock Steady. But aside from a 2003 cover of â€œIt’s My Life,â€ the band has been a musical memory while Stefani won over a new generation of fans with her electro and hip-hop influenced solo works.
â€œFor us, itâ€™s really as simple as being excited to play music and revisit what weâ€™ve always been about as a band, which is playing live and enjoying that incredible gratification of rocking together onstage,â€ says guitarist Tom Dumont. â€œAll that stuff about nostalgia, thatâ€™s just over-thinking.â€
Perhaps, but drummer Adrian Young recognizes that Stefaniâ€™s solo career is what is keeping them relevant to the kids. â€œI think it makes a huge difference because thereâ€™s going to be so many young people who went to see Gwenâ€™s shows who have never seen No Doubt, itâ€™s going to make the concert feel different.â€
Not taking any chances, the band is also making a cross-generational appeal by appearing on an episode of hot teen soap Gossip Girl next month, performing a cover of Adam Antâ€™s â€œStand and Deliverâ€ in a flashback that acts as a launching pad for the showâ€™s new 80s-set spinoff.
â€œIt was a really good exercise for us to go in the studio and record it,â€ Stefani says. â€œSometimes when you’re songwriting you can get a bit stuck. So to try on someone elseâ€™s song and go through the whole process of recording it can be a bit challenging because youâ€™re competing with the perfection of the original.â€
But she adds touring should provide an even better writing boost. Or at least recharge tanks which had run rather dry during their years apart and her maternity leave by helping them reconnect with each other and their fans.
â€œI just needed to change the atmosphere, get out of my house and not be in mom mode. To be onstage and see people singing those songs that we wrote, there’s nothing more inspiring than that,â€ Stefani says. â€œThe bigger hits are obviously exciting when youâ€™re playing live because of the response of the audience. Itâ€™s not even about the songs anymore, but the mode the audience goes into. Thereâ€™s nothing like that feeling of playing songs that people love.â€
â€œI don’t expect I’ll write any songs on this tour,â€ she admits, â€œbut on the other side of this tour I will be a different person. What weâ€™re searching for is a new direction, new inspiration and new music.â€