OC Weekly Celebrates Anniversary

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Wow! What an honor! OC Weekly has published a blog this afternoon also taking part in No Doubt’s 25th anniversary of their Fenders in Long Beach debut gig after seeing our post. Good friend of BSO and the band, Tazy Phillips, helped the blog with some more information about the iconic show and what’s in store for the new era!

OC Weekly — Twenty five years ago today, No Doubt played their first show at Fender’s Ballroom in Long Beach, opening for ska legends the Untouchables. (They played second among 14 bands.)

According to the No Doubt fansite Beacon Street Online (who first published the poster today), the band’s official site mentions the gig in their history:

March 14, 1987: After several raucous party performances, No Doubt play their first “official” gig at Fender’s Ballroom in Long Beach, California; the band was second on a bill of 14 with The Untouchables headlining. Tony, a high-school junior, was one of several hundred people watching. Shortly thereafter, he tries out. Band accepts him even though he’s never been in a band, has long hair and is wearing Mexican sandals. By the summer, Tony, an organized perfectionist, becomes the band’s unofficial manager.

So we know that No Doubt ended up being superstars, but what about everyone else from this lineup? Ska Parade founder Tazy Phyllipz fills us in (with a little help from Wikipedia!).

Kevin Lyman According to Phillipz says Lyman, the creator of Van’s Warped Tour, used to book at Fender’s Grand Ballroom. “But I do not know if he booked No Doubt’s first show,” he adds.

By the way, if you wanted to know what No Doubt is doing to celebrate, here’s what Gwen Stefani posted on Facebook today: “How will we celebrate the 25th Anniversary? I know how I’m gonna celebrate. By making music today with Tony, Tom and Adrian. Gx.”

What else did No Doubt do to celebrate? They launched official Twitter accounts for everybody! Hence, aside from @nodoubt there’s @gwenstefani, @tomdumontND, @tonykanal and @adrianyoungND.Thanks for two decades and a half of music, No Doubt! Time to tweet at you!

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