For today’s Flashback Friday, we’re looking back at No Doubt’s amazing set during the Enough Already benefit show held back in Hollywood, California on January 11, 1997 (Tom’s Birthday!). The concert was put on in dedication of Bradley Nowell, good friend of No Doubt and late singer of Sublime. The band headlined the tribute concert at the Hollywood Palladium which raised over $40,000 for a scholarship fund for Bradley’s son, Jakob.
Rolling Stone reviewed the show saying:
While there was a dearth of the usual Gwen-o-philes at the Palladium, No Doubt’s engaging ska and endless energy was the ideal capper to a long and surprisingly varied night. Gwen Stefani’s coltish, coquettish persona was cutesy but truly charismatic, while the endlessly skanking horn and keyboard players incited the crowd to manic proportions.
“Spiderwebs,” “Don’t Speak” and “Just a Girl” were included, but when nearly the entire evening’s cast of musical characters joined No Doubt for a marvelous rendition of the Beatles “Ob La Di, Ob La Da” — a tune that lends itself easily to ska influences — and Brad Nowell’s beloved Dalmatian, Lou, made an onstage appearance, it was a poignant moment of pleasure and sadness. As the Beatles wrote, “Ob la di, ob la da … life goes on,” but sadly, not for Brad
No Doubt put on an ideal set with some of the biggest hits and covers of both Sublime’s “Pawn Shop” and The Beatles’ “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”, which ended the night with a huge group onstage of No Doubt’s closest friends and other participating bands.
Setlist: Excuse Me Mr. / Happy Now? / Just a Girl / Sailin’ On (fast) / DJs / Don’t Speak / Total Hate/Pawn Shop / Sunday Morning / Spiderwebs / Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da