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Fresh 102.7 — â€™90s ska-rockers No Doubt are back in the game with their brand new album â€œPush & Shove,â€ out on September 25th. The first single off off the new CD, â€œSettle Downâ€ has been taking over the airwaves for the last few weeks and the band has already released a video for the song. Oh, and the band performed at this yearâ€™s Teen Choice Awards, too.
No, theyâ€™re not wasting any time.
In case you missed the new video, the four members of the band play the roles of truck drivers/rock stars. This got Fresh 102.7â€²s Dylan thinking: â€œHave No Doubt ever had to drive their own equipment around and can anyone in the band actually drive a big rig?â€
When Dylan had a chance to sit down with Gwen Stefani, Adrian Young, Tom Dumont and Tony Kanal on their recent press tour, he got the answers to those questions and so much more.
â€œI can, yeah,â€ says Gwen. â€œIâ€™ve done a lot of driving on tour. I used to drive the trailerâ€¦ Iâ€™m not exaggerating!â€
â€œSheâ€™s not kidding,â€ says bassist Tony Kanal. â€œWhen we first used to tour we used to have a big 12 passenger van â€“ which weâ€™d put 15 people in â€“ and then weâ€™d have this trailer behind us. And weâ€™d take turns, weâ€™d actually flip a coin to see who was going to drive that night. Whoever wasnâ€™t driving could have some drinks, whoever was driving had to not drink.â€
â€œAnd they made me do it,â€ says Gwen. â€œI had to drive with the sun coming up in a cornfield, hoping Iâ€™m not going to kill everyone because Iâ€™m so tiredâ€¦ rolling the window down trying to make sure the cold air kept me awake!â€
Back in 2010, the band performed a medley of Beatles hits (with their own twist) at the Kennedy Center Honors ceremony which was attended by Sir Paul McCartney himself, seated next to Oprah Winfrey and Barack & Michelle Obama.
â€œBig deal, whatever,â€ Tony said jokingly.
â€œIt was incredible,â€ says Gwen. â€œIt was really, really fun. And to watch them all swaying to the music up there, it was surreal.â€
â€œThereâ€™s a few milestones in this band,â€ continues Tony. â€œAnd that was one of them. That was one of those moments where youâ€™re like â€˜this is so awesome that we still get to be doing thisâ€™ and have these kind of experiences together. Weâ€™ve had so many incredible experiences together, from playing in a garage when we were kids to traveling around the world together to now raising our families togetherâ€¦ itâ€™s just been an amazing ride and that was one of those special moments.â€
After the performance, Paul â€œwas very complimentary,â€ says Tony, â€œand that was so reassuringâ€¦ thatâ€™s like the pinnacle!â€
More recently, Gwen Stefani hosted First Lady Michelle Obama at her home to celebrate families and benefit the Obama presidential campaign. â€œIt was like a little picnic with face painting and all stuff for children to do,â€ says Gwen. â€œWhat was really great was just listening to her speak. She talked about what was important to herâ€¦ sheâ€™s just very gracious and very inspiring. It was another one of those weird â€˜is this happening?â€™ moments.â€
â€œGwen introduced her,â€ says Tony. â€œTo watch our band mate get up there and introduce the First Lady was incredible.â€
Now that everyone in the band has their own family and kids, writing songs for the new album became a constant struggle while finding the time and energy to get both the parenting and rock star jobs done.
â€œEvery single album was different,â€ says Gwen. â€œâ€˜Tragic Kingdomâ€™ took three years on Beacon Street in a garage that we built [with an] 8-track recorder that the record company graciously bought us. Then with â€˜Return To Saturnâ€™ we rented a house up in the Hollywood Hills and half the guys lived thereâ€¦. that was a really struggled album coming off the success [of Tragic Kingdom]. Then with â€˜Rocksteadyâ€™, it was this lighthearted fun thing we were writing in Tomâ€™s bachelor girl-trap padâ€¦â€
â€œThis one was a real struggle to get together and find the time to do it,â€ Gwen continued. â€œWe wanted to do it so badly, and that desire, the fight is what made it so great.â€
â€œEspecially for Gwen being a mom and having to leave her two boys and come to the studio.â€ adds drummer Adrian Young. â€œAll these sacrifices and the struggles to schedule and make it all happen. But we all really wanted to make this record and obviously thatâ€™s why we did it. Now itâ€™s so amazing to be sitting here talking about it!â€
No Doubtâ€™s â€œPush & Shoveâ€ hits shelves on September 25th.