I just want to mention how POSITIVE everyone is being with the new shows! Everyone is saying that ND are back in full force — like they never left! It makes me so happy and even more pumped for the upcoming tour — Vegas in less than two weeks! Rolling Stone added a new review of last night’s show to their website this morning, and we also added it to the tour reviews blog!
As Gwen Stefani said during the Bamboozle festivalâ€™s Sunday closer, this was No Doubtâ€™s â€œsecond show in five fucking yeeeeeeears.â€ And the intrepid band made sure their headlining set picked up exactly where they left off. This was the return of No Doubt the Billboard-dominating party band, not the continuing adventures of Gwen Stefani, globe-trotting pop star and fashion mogul. Stefani was looking as punky and spunky as she was in 1997: tight ponytail, trademark sleeveless white shirt and some chains flopping by her sides. With gusto, she bounced around, skanked like a ragdoll, banged her head, flailed her arms and basically ran around like a white blur straight through opening tracks â€œSpiderwebs,â€ â€œHella Goodâ€ and â€œBathwater.â€ Somehow she never appeared out of breath.
The band hammered away with a set made up exclusively of their voluminous catalog of hit singles â€” excepting a quick detour into Tragic Kingdom album track â€œDifferent Peopleâ€ and a lively cover of the Skatalites 1964 first-wave ska classic â€œThe Guns Of Navarone.â€ â€œUnderneath It Allâ€ was greeted with a shimmy and â€œExcuse Me Mr.â€ got a radical makeover, slowed down and skanked up until it sounded like the English Beat.
Stefani seemed almost perversely excited to be performing onstage with a band again, spending the show running out into the crowd, pointing out audience members she recognized from the previous nightâ€™s Atlantic City warm-up show, and screaming â€œI fucking loveâ€¦ thisâ€¦ songâ€ before launching into their hit cover of Talk Talkâ€™s â€œItâ€™s My Life.â€ The reason sheâ€™s so excited, she intimated, was because touring gives No Doubt inspiration to record music â€” so expect the long-awaited follow-up to 2001â€™s Rock Steady sooner than later. After nine very sultry push-ups and launching herself up the scaffolding for â€œJust A Girl,â€ the band gave the audience a sneak peek of their drum-heavy cover of Adam & The Antsâ€™ â€œStand And Deliver,â€ which theyâ€™ll be performing on an episode of Gossip Girl on May 11th.
Complete set list behind the cut!
No Doubt set list
â€œUnderneath It Allâ€
â€œExcuse Me Mr.â€
â€œSimple Kind Of Lifeâ€
â€œGuns Of Navaroneâ€ (The Skatalites)
â€œItâ€™s My Lifeâ€ (Talk Talk)
â€œJust A Girlâ€
â€œStand And Deliverâ€ (Adam & The Ants)