Tom chatted with ToneDeaf.com to talk about the band’s plans for touring for 2013. He confirms what we all knew in terms of them trying to figure the whole schedule out with all of their children. He also says there is a “99% chance” of them getting down to Australia next year! We know a lot of fans will be happy to hear that!
He also says what Gwen has said in the past – the band used to be everyone’s number one priority and now it’s their second. With their families it is obviously very understandable and we’re always so grateful for the amazing work and effort they still put into the band!
ToneDeaf.com â€” Following the release of their first album in eleven years, Push and Shove, No Doubt guitarist Tom Dumont has almost guaranteed the ska-pop heavyweights will be headed our way sometime in the near future, according to The Music.
Dumont has all but announced a tour, using the membersâ€™ kids as wriggle room in saying, â€œWill we come to Australia? There is a 99% chance weâ€™ll get down there, as soon as we figure the kids thing out.â€
Itâ€™s been a long time since Australian fans have had the opportunity to party to the likes of â€˜Just A Girl,â€™ â€˜Hey Baby,â€™ and â€˜Hella Good.â€™ The â€œbreakâ€ they decided to take after 2001â€²s Rock Steady ended up stretching on for over a decade, with singer Gwen Stefani embarking on a massive solo career and guitarist Tom Dumont branching off into his less successful side project, Invincible Overlord.
“Weâ€™d grown up and in the old days, the band was always number one for everybody, our first priority and the fun thing we did with our lives. And now the band is kept second really.”
But the group have returned with a vengeance, releasing poppy new single â€˜Settle Downâ€™ and playing a series of shows across America and Europe.
In fact, the only thing keeping the nineties institution from a definite Australian tour at this stage is figuring out what to do with the kids.
â€œIt has been a while and the big difference for us, during that time apart, everybody started families â€“ Gwen obviously did, but all of us started having kids as well,â€ Dumont said.
â€œGoing into this album, that was the big difference in our lives â€“ weâ€™d grown up and in the old days, the band was always number one for everybody, our first priority and the fun thing we did with our lives. And now the band is kept second really â€“ we all want to be really part of it as parents and everything â€“ the writing schedule, everything, is impacted by that; we just work less,â€ said the guitarist.
â€œThe thing is, thatâ€™s really great as well because you donâ€™t get as burnt out, we donâ€™t work as much as we used to in that sense, whether it be in the studio or promotion,â€ adds Dumont.
He went on to say that their commitments â€œimpacted how long it took to make the recordâ€ as well as their touring plans. â€œIn Gwenâ€™s case, she usually has her kids with her â€“ sheâ€™s the mom and we need to make allowances for that. The guys have wives at home so that makes it a little easier on us.â€