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Archive for May, 2009

ROS audio

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

Hello!  I’ve been working on organizing the audio section some, and starting to add files that I haven’t gotten up yet.  I just added the 7/26/00 show, which is a bit of a gem as they played Artificial Sweetener, Home Now and Too Late.  Will be adding more files soon.

more love 4 NxD, news articles

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

Just added letters from Sam, Matt, Sean, Pam, and Catherine to the Love 4 NxD page.  Just a reminder-today is the last day to enter for the tickets and meet & greet passes!

A couple new articles:

From May 26 –

If a kewpie doll sang in a band and had two kids, she’d be Gwen Stefani.

Gwen Stefani was ready to get back with No Doubt after two solo albums and an active home life.

The pop star and style icon turns 40 this fall, but she still uses words like “you know” and “like” at least five times a minute. That’s part of Stefani’s charm, and her carefree teenybopper mentality is one of the many reasons fans are excited about her first tour with No Doubt in half a decade.

It’s been 14 years since the quartet busted out of Orange County, California, with its signature sound of sunny, ska-influenced pop. In 2004, No Doubt went on hiatus as Stefani launched the first of two successful solo albums. In the meantime, drummer Adrian Young and guitarist Tom Dumont worked on side projects and watched their families grow. Stefani and her husband — former Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale — welcomed two sons, while bassist Tony Kanal is the only member to remain single and child-free.

No Doubt is currently in the midst of a 53-date North American tour, for which they’ve dusted off such classic hits as “Just a Girl,” “Spiderwebs” and “Bathwater.” Each member now travels in their own individual tour bus — a must for an entourage that includes kids, toys and nannies.

CNN: You’d hear rumors every once in a while that you guys were breaking up, or had broken up. Were those annoying, or did you kind of roll your eyes and say, “That’s part of the game?”

Adrian Young: I think we expected it. And there might even be some people that will think that we broke up, and that this is a reunion tour — and it’s just not the truth. We went 17 straight years without stopping, and we started having families, and we were burnt and we needed to do our own thing for a while.

CNN: What was it like to get all four of you together in a room again?

Tom Dumont: It’s kind of like an old glove. It just fits.

Young: Like an O.J. glove?

Dumont: No, no, no. I know it’s a weird analogy, but in the sense of — you know, it fits.

Tony Kanal: You know when somebody says “glove” now, you immediately think of O.J.

Young: “If it fits, you must acquit.” That’s our band motto now.

Dumont: We’re not going to quit. We’re just great old friends. It’s almost like we’re brothers and sister, and it’s great to be having fun together again.

Young: I feel more like we’re married.

CNN: I hear it’s a little bit different this time. Instead of sharing a tour bus, you’ll each have your own individual buses.

Kanal: This will be our first time on separate buses, only out of necessity. Everyone’s bringing their family.

CNN: Are you just trying to get away from the kids, is that what you’re saying, Tony?!

Kanal: No, no, no! I would love to be on the bus with them.

Gwen Stefani: Tony’s going to be making kids on his bus.

Kanal: Yeah, maybe my girlfriend and I will be in the process of starting our family.

Stefani, Young and CNN (in unison): Really?!

Kanal (ignoring everybody’s reaction): But by default, I’m putting a studio on my bus. Because I don’t have a crib on my bus — they have cribs on their buses — I’m putting a studio on my bus so we can keep writing if the inspiration comes, and we feel like doing it.

Stefani: We’re just putting the studio out there so we can pretend we might go out there and write songs, but we’re really just going to have fun. … We like writing songs, as well [but] I have to tell you, it’s a very tortured process. There is nothing more rewarding when you know you’ve written a hit, and you know this magic happened.

CNN: Did you guys really go to group therapy?

Kanal: No. … We had some self-imposed therapy sessions where we were trying to write music, and we were sitting in the room together, and a lot of stuff came out, and you know, it was kind of an emotional venting. We got rid of a lot of stuff. It was good.

Stefani: We spent a lot of time together in the last 12 months. Right when I came off tour (from her second solo album, “The Sweet Escape”), we started to write, and I was pregnant (with her second son, Zuma), and we did a lot of eating, a lot of chatting — and then we had this magic 15 minutes from 4:45 to 5 o’clock where music would actually come out for a minute.

One day, I was like, “Argh! I’m in this room still! Let’s go on tour!” And everyone was like, “OK!” It was very spontaneous, and it’s all kind of geared towards getting out there … and getting inspired, and hopefully coming out of the other side and making an album.

CNN: Gwen, when you were off doing the two solo albums, did you feel guilty at all? Because I know you all were trying to get back together for a couple of years.

Stefani: I’m one of those people that I have to follow the inspiration when it strikes. …

These guys are just very supportive. We’ve been together forever — forever, forever — since we were kids, and this is just the one time in our lives we’ve had a break from each other. Everybody did their own thing. And I think all of us doing our own thing makes us even more grateful for each other, and kind of definitely not taking each other for granted — not that we ever did before. … But it’s even more intense right now.

CNN: Things have changed since the last time No Doubt was on the road, and there a lot of people who don’t have that disposable income to spend on tickets for concerts.

Young: One of the things we did for this tour for some of the venues is we have $10 lawn tickets for people that maybe want to come to the show, but they’re strapped — and we’ve never done that before as No Doubt, and it feels really good to do that.

CNN: I was calling this a reunion. Was that bad?

Stefani: We don’t really care. We’re just so happy that people want to come out and see the show, whatever they want to call it. We’re just happy that people still are even talking about it. … Even if you didn’t really like our songs, or you had this kind of idea about us, come see us live, and we’ll slap you around. You might have some fun, you know.

From May 22 –

Let’s make this clear right from the start — No Doubt never broke up.

Yes, it’s been five years since we’ve seen the ska/pop band together as one, but guitarist Tom Dumont was sure they would re-form.

In fact, he had No Doubt.

“It was always very clear. We were not breaking up. Hiatus is the best word,” Dumont said last month as the band was making final preparations for its reunion tour, which makes its first Southern California stop tonight (May 22) at Cricket Amphitheatre in Chula Vista.

No Doubt will return to the area later this summer for three shows at Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk and four nights at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine.

Lead singer Gwen Stefani and the band announced their reunion last year, but they left zealous fans clamoring for tour dates until earlier this year.

While No Doubt was on hiatus, Stefani’s star status grew. She made two popular albums, which included the hit singles “Hollaback Girl” and “Wind It Up,” and toured extensively.

Stefani also had two children. After her second — Zuma, born in August of last year — No Doubt became her musical focus again.

It was Stefani, Dumont says, who urged the band to hop back on the road.

“You know what would be fun?” Dumont recalls her suggesting. “Let’s just go out next summer and play a bunch of shows.”

As you can imagine, coming off a long hiatus is no easy task.

“At first, there was a little bit of an unknown,” Dumont says. “Like, ‘Have we grown apart?’ ‘Are we going to get along?”‘

Pretty quickly he figured it out.

“We’re kind of like siblings. That’s the way I look at it,” he says. “We have that kind of bond and friendship. We’ve been through this incredible thing together, even though there are periods where I didn’t see Gwen for months on end, or might not have seen Tony (Kanal, the bass player) for a month or so, we would hang out again, or we would go out to dinner or go to a bar, and it was just like brothers and sisters.”

While they clicked personally, they didn’t necessarily click creatively.

The original plan was to have new music ready for the tour. The band had been meeting for writing sessions while Stefani was pregnant last year, but Dumont says those weren’t too “fruitful.”

“For us, for some reason, making records has always been a process,” Dumont says. “‘Tragic Kingdom’ took two or three years. It’s just slow for us. We’re not extraordinarily prolific.”

In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, Stefani said pregnancy and creativity didn’t mix for her.

“I don’t know how other women feel, but I lose connection with myself because my body becomes this other vessel for this other human, even after a few months, you don’t have your body back, you’re not yourself.” she said. “I was feeling not very modern, not very creative.”

That’s why it made sense for the band to tour first, then worry about a new record. They wanted to get “reacquainted as a live band,” Dumont says.

So the band is bringing a portable studio on the road and hoping that inspiration strikes while it plays its past hits.

“That’s kind of what this is about. Let’s go out and get that incredible gratification of playing shows and have fun together again,” he says. “Hopefully that will inspire us and help us figure out what we want to make a record about.”

Dumont isn’t too committal about No Doubt’s future.

“We’ve never been ones to make long-term plans,” he says. “Really, the plan is to make a No Doubt album and that’s as far as we know.”

He knows that without new material, No Doubt runs the risk of living too much in the past.

“We don’t want to do this for nostalgic reasons,” Dumont says. “We do want to have fun and have people be stoked, but we hope we have something new to offer the world in the next year or so.”

And after that? No ones knows yet.

“We all have a really good time doing this,” he says. “We get along well and we’re friends. I don’t see why we can’t do this for 20 more years. But it’s not going to be every year for 20 years.”

Love 4 NxD page update

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Hello!  I just updated the Love 4 NxD page with letters from Heather, Laura, Tom, Kristen, Sandra, Bethany, and Nicole.

Birthday Boy

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Happy B-Day, ‘lil Kingston!  :D

desktop stuff

Sunday, May 24th, 2009

Hello!  I just resurrected another old page that was MIA – the decor page.  It has some fonts, a screensaver, the official ROS desktop theme!, etc.

I also added letters from Amy and Matt to the Love 4 NxD section.

Who wants to meet No Doubt?!

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

So……………I have a pair of tickets and meet and greet passes for both the 6/19 Darien, NY and 6/27 Jones Beach, NY shows which were donated to GP to give out.  WHO WANTS THEM?!!!!!!!!!

I’ve been trying to think up a good contest for a couple days now.  I just put up a section that used to be on the site before it went down, and I hadn’t gotten around to putting back up yet – the “Love 4 NxD” section.  All of the entries currently on that page were submitted years ago, and I’d like to add some fresh ones!

So, I was thinking that in order to enter the contest, people could submit something to add to that section.  The two winners will be drawn randomly.  I thought about somehow picking the “best” submissions as the winners, but that didn’t seem fair, as it would cause people to agonize over what they wrote, over-think it, and maybe write what they think others want to hear rather than writing from the heart.  Plus, some people are super awesome fans, but don’t have a way with words, so that wouldn’t be fair to them…

So yeah, two random winners, one for each show.  When you send me your submission, please specify which show you want to be entered into the drawing for, Darien or Jones Beach.  Each show will have it’s own “hat”, so to speak.

I will accept entries until May 31st at midnight EST.  I’ll contact the winners the next night (June 1st).

Good luck!  :D

Edit: I forgot to say that the tickets and passes are to be picked up at will call, and I don’t believe they allow you to leave the venue after you pick them up.  So scalpers need not apply.  The winners of the contest have to be the ones to pick up at will call.

Also, there are some new No Doubt t-shirts available at ShockHound that aren’t being sold on the tour!

No Doubt is on the cover of the latest Billboard magazine!   It just came out-I don’t have it yet.  You can read the article on the Billboard site.

Jimmy Kimmel videos

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

Hello!  NxD played Underneath It All and Sunday Morning on Kimmel.  I just added them to the videos section.  I must have forgotten to program my DVR to account for the 5 minute delay in the show’s running, because it stopped recording in the middle of Sunday Morning.  Sorry about that.  :(

You can see the whole performance at

Ellen videos, new contest…

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Hello!  I just added videos from the Ellen show to the video section.

Also, there’s a new tour contest sponsored by State Farm.  Details:

Sign up now for a chance to see No Doubt…VIP style! We’re talking limo service, spending money, awesome seats, and a meet and greet with the Band!

State Farm is sponsoring the tour and running a sweepstakes to send 4 lucky fans and their friends to a No Doubt concert in Las Vegas in August, complete with a Meet and Greet with the band!  You can enter to win here.

Four winners will be selected and each winner and 3 of their friends will receive VIP treatment for a 3 day/2 night trip to a No Doubt concert in Las Vegas in August.  The winner’s VIP treatment will include airfare, hotel, $1,000 of spending money, limo service, autographed merchandise, and a chance to meet the band!”

Also, the YouTube channel hollywoodtv has a video up of clips of performances from Jimmy Kimmel here.

gallery, PacDoubt

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

Hello!  I added a couple photos to the gallery.  Also, I had the old “PacDoubt” game saved to my PC, and I decided to make a page for it here.   Anyone remember that?  :)

Gossip Girl video

Monday, May 11th, 2009

Hello!  I’ve just uploaded a video of No Doubt as broadcast on Gossip Girl tonight.  I also made a quick handful of screenshots.

Edit: I’ve also added the full performance version.

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