No Doubt announced on its website yesterday that the band will be going back on tour this summer, bringing along their young pop-rock counterparts, Paramore. It’s like a dream right out of “Guitar Hero World Tour.” (For those you aren’t strangely obsessed, both bands have a song in the newest game).
But I digress.
As most people know, No Doubt has been on hiatus for the last five years, in which time Gwen Stefani has kept busy rising to superstardom in her own right, and had a couple of kids with former Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale (aka my last-ever guy crush, circa 1994). But now the rest of the band can knock off the “Spiderwebs” and hit the road with the new material they’ve been working on.
In their statement, drummer Adrian Young said:
Now that five years have passed, the excitement level for us is extremely high. We are so fresh and ready! I feel like a kid again when rehearsing these songs.
The last time the band toured was in 2004, with Blink-182 (who are also in the process of getting back together, if you haven’t heard), so it’ll No Doubt be a fresh, fun show. You know what they say, absence makes the heart grow fonder or whatever. And, even though Gwen’s been all B-A-N-A-N-A-S, it’s never been the same as the whole, Rocky Steady group, complete with the never-ending tension between Gwen and Tony Kanal, the bassist and her ex-boyfriend from 500 years ago.
While having Paramore come along to support them on tour may seem like a perfect combo, I can’t help but find it a bit strange that singer Hayley Williams was four years old when No Doubt released their self-titled debut. But I guess Save Ferris and Letters to Cleo wouldn’t exactly bring the kids out these days. Case in point: my 15-year-old sister is in love with Hayley but has never heard of the last two bands I mentioned.
No dates are confirmed yet, though the North American tour will kick off in May. The Sounds, Janelle Monáe and Bedouin Soundclash are also slated to perform.