In a new set of interviews in anticipation of the band’s headlining set for the inaugural Kaaboo Del Mar festival, Tony spoke about the band being on the road this year and what’s next for No Doubt.
Tony spoke to San Diego Union Tribune in regards to how excited the band was to be closing our their 2015 festival tour in southern California and considers Kaaboo Del Mar a hometown show. He shares that the band at the moment doesn’t have any upcoming plans (when asked if No Doubt was planning something for their 30th anniversary next year) and says that they were extremely lucky to perform at 8 different festivals over the last few months.
On Kaaboo, Tony told PE, â€œItâ€™s overdue and itâ€™s our last show this year and our last planned show for right now.” Tony noted that the band has been having the times of their lives on the road and says that the last fews shows “have been so high energy and so much fun”.
When asked if he imagined himself still performing in this band 29 years later, he laughed and said, “Starting out, youâ€™re just doing it because you love it so much; thatâ€™s what I remember about us. Looking back now, some of the things that seemed like big obstacles seem so small now â€” â€œWow, how will we get through this?â€ But we always did.”
Tony said that he has a few projects that he’s working on but plans to spend a lot of time with his family in the next coming months. He acknowledges that Gwen will be busy in immediate future with The Voice and while working and promoting her upcoming solo album. “The fact that our band has weathered so much and stayed together for so long and we still get on stage and have a good time together, thatâ€™s a big deal for us. We donâ€™t take that for granted. Weâ€™ve had lots of breaks, especially over the last 10 years, so to still be getting together and to be able to get on stage and play together is a big deal.”
He also reflected on Tragic Kingdom and how it still continues to impact the band. “It was the record that changed our lives, honestly. Literally, it was such an amazing thing to happen to us. It was a labor of love. It took three and a half years to make that record. There were so many peaks and valleys in making that record â€“ the struggles with the record company at the time to keep getting more studio time and it all worked out. Itâ€™s one of those albums that resonated so well. The timing of it was perfect. It just struck a nerve, it struck a chord, it did something. You canâ€™t really explain it. Itâ€™s one of those things that just happens occasionally and it just becomes a movement in itself. We were so fortunate and so, so lucky that it happened to us.â€