No Doubt To Play First O.C. Show In Years

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Hopefully we’ll be in the pit for Irvine! See you all there!

No Doubt’s official return after years of being mothballed while singer Gwen Stefani pursued a chart-topping solo career will include two shows this summer at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine.

The concerts, July 31 and Aug. 1, will be the band’s first headlining dates in O.C. in more than six years. The group – the most commercially successful act to ever emerge from Orange County – played the arena that was then called Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim in November 2002. Since then, the only O.C. sighting of Stefani, bassist Tony Kanal, guitarist Tom Dumont and drummer Adrian Young playing together has been surprise appearances during the encores of Stefani’s shows in Irvine in 2007.

The Orange County performances will be the final dates on the band’s summer tour, which launches May 3 at the Bamboozle Festival in New Jersey. Fans who can’t wait can trek to the San Diego area, where the group will play the Cricket Amphitheatre (formerly Coors Amphitheatre) in Chula Vista on May 22.

Tickets for the shows, prices not yet announced, go on sale to the general public on March 7 at Ticketmaster outlets and through Ticketmaster.com. A presale for members of the No Doubt Tour Club will begin at 4 p.m. Feb. 26. For information on joining the club, CLICK HERE.

Starting today, the band will be offering a new widget on its Web site that will offer fresh video content from the band every day. Fans who share the widget the most will be eligible for prizes, including a chance to meet the band.

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Thanks to M for pointing out, O.C. Register didn’t brush up on events from 2005 I guess, because No Doubt did hit the stage for the Music Relief Tsunami Benefit early that year. I mean, technically it’s been “years,” but, you probably get what I’m saying.

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