It’s officially started! First off — I want to thank my loyal visitors for sticking with me last night. It was getting pretty intense for awhile! I kind of went through and straightened up the post a little, and now you can see what tonight’s post might resemble with Bamboozle. We have made a separate tour blog for the summer which will be launched the following week, so we will be covering Bamboozle here on BSO tonight. Anyways, thank you so much to Carol, we added over 50 photos from the show last night, along with a couple professional shots that have surfaced already. And thanks to MTV, the show’s first review came in — and it’s positive! Just what we expected! We can’t wait till Vegas!
Forget Fridayâ€™s three-song warm-up on the â€œTodayâ€ show; this was the real return of No Doubt: Saturday night at the Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, the O.C. hitmakers blasted back with full force, skanking and strutting their way through a ridiculously tight, upbeat, 90-something-minute workout in front of a raucous, fist-pumping crowd.
It was full-speed ahead, all hits, no misses. Gwen and the guys looking (and sounding) like they hadnâ€™t missed a beat, despite the fact â€” as Stefani pointed out â€” that it was their â€œfirst show in five fâ€”ing years.â€
Taking the stage to a super-heroic instrumental track (DUNNN-DAAA-DUNNNNNN!) and the delighted squeals of long-waiting No Doubt fanatics, the band made up for their half-decade hiatus. Wasting nary a word (aside from Stefaniâ€™s shouted instructions for the crowd to â€œput your hands in the air!â€), they launched headlong into â€œSpiderwebs,â€ all breezy horns and ska-stroked guitars, Stefani bobbing and weaving across the stage, bassist Tony Kanal and guitarist Tom Dumont popping in place and grinning like kids.
And the energy didnâ€™t let up for a second.
â€œHella Goodâ€ was next, all bleepy and funky, followed by a breezy take on â€œBathwaterâ€ and a dub-ified version of â€œUnderneath It All.â€ Stefani removed her white coat and stalked the stage, looking lithe in a wife-beater â€” blue bra straps, too, if youâ€™re keeping score at home â€” and baggy pants, shiny suspenders dangling behind her (the rest of the guys followed her lead, decked out in white from head-to-toe). Only after powering through four tunes did she stop and address the crowd, dropping the â€œfive fâ€”ing yearsâ€ lineâ€ then joking, â€œI betcha didnâ€™t think I was really gonna do this â€¦ I toldya so!â€ to gratuitous amounts of cheers.
From there, they worked their way through a new version of â€œExcuse Me Mr.â€ (very Police-y, right down to the â€œEeee-yo-ooohs!â€), which segued into the dubby, stop-start intro to â€œEx-Girlfriendâ€ the entire band sounding tighter than the slots on casino floor. Then it was on to a sweet and soulful â€œSimple Kind Of Life,â€ which Stefani introduced by saying â€œThis is the first time Iâ€™ve sung this one since the two babies came out of my belly.â€
The entire band was showcased on a seriously fun cover of the Skatalitesâ€™ â€œGuns of Navarone.â€ Then Kanal and Dumont traded a goofy ska-shuffle on â€œHey Babyâ€ (Stefani also showcased her rather impressive hip-shaking techniques), then a racing version of the underrated â€œNew,â€ from the equally underrated 1999 flick â€œGo.â€ All of which were received with overwhelming â€œWHOOOâ€s and the flashes of a million camera phones â€¦ a couple of which Stefani also grabbed and snapped with.
Then, it was time to take this thing home. â€œDonâ€™t Speakâ€ was as heart-wrenching today as it was 14 years ago, and Kanal â€” in a delightfully retro move much in spirit with the evening â€” thrust a lighter aloft and waived it side to side, a move mimicked by many in the audience. â€œJust A Girlâ€ closed out the set, Stefani bounding and posing, the girls in the crowd screaming along to her every word. Then they embraced, thanked the crowd and departed.
Of course, there was an encore, featuring a smooth â€œRock Steady,â€ a fun take on â€œDifferent Peopleâ€ (complete with soul-review-style introductions of the entire band by Stefani) and then â€œSunday Morning,â€ which shook the Borgata floor.
And then, it was over, and the reunion was officially under way. One show in the bag, and what a show it was. No Doubt sounded great, brought the energy and looked like they were having an absolute blast (and the crowd did too). In fact, it felt as if they hadnâ€™t been away at all â€” or, at least, not for five fâ€”ing years.
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- Hella Good
- Underneath It All
- Excuse Me Mr.
- Happy Now?
- Simple Kind of Life
- Guns of Navarone (Instrumental)
- Hey Baby
- End It On This
- Don’t Speak
- It’s My Life
- Just A Girl
- Rock Steady* (slot might be changed from night-to-night)
- Different People
- Sunday Morning