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video downloads update

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

Hello!  I’ve added some more videos to the downloads section.  Some were already there, and I’ve replaced them with better quality versions.  Some were not there (recently).  To view them, please go to the video downloads section, sorted by date added. :)

World Stage videos, Adrian…

Saturday, December 29th, 2012


MTV UK has shared a few more videos from the MTV World Stage show. They have Push And Shove, Don’t Speak, Looking Hot, and Settle Down videos on their site here! EIT has also added the full TV broadcast to their downloads section!

Adrian is on the January cover of the UK’s Rhythm magazine!  From their site: “After an 11-year gap between studio albums, No Doubt are back with their infectious brand of reggae and ska-influenced rock, with Adrian Young holding down the beat. Rhythm sat down with the madcap drummer and got the lowdown on the band’s return, his embracing of electronics and an unwavering love for reggae beats.”

Adrian was in the studio with the band Wonder Bread 5 on Wednesday recording a song for the clothing company Loud Mouth Golf. Wonder Bread 5 posted a video and some photos to their Facebook page! Here’s the video:

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

Hello!  Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays!

No Doubt has posted a holiday video greeting to YouTube!:

They’ve also posted a video of “Just A Girl” live in Irvine from the 2009 tour!:

They also noted that MTV UK has posted a video of the “Push And Shove” performance from MTV World Stage. You can view it here!

No Doubt has been included in KROQ’s “Rock’s Top 12 Live Acts Of 2012” list!:

“While the OC party-rocker’s latest full-length, Push and Shove, might’ve felt too pop for the band’s diehard fan base, they could all agree that Gwen Stefani and the boys can more than hold their own onstage. The band’s triumphant six-night stand at the Gibson Amphitheater was capped off by a surprise set at this year’s KROQ Almost Acoustic Xmas show, with the band primed and ready to take the energized new show across the country (and the world) in 2013.”

Los Angeles magazine has also named them #3 in their 10 Best Gigs of 2012 list!:

“3. No Doubt at the Gibson Amphitheatre (Nov. 24)

The Gibson was plaid and checkered as No Doubt returned for a seven-night stand in support of Push and Shove, their first album in 11 years. Gwen Stefani, Tom Dumont, Tony Kanal, and Adrian Young may spend just as much time picking their kids up from soccer as they do making music these days, but their energy is still as boundless as it was in 1999. Incidentally, that’s also the year Stefani stopped aging. Shaking the first show jitters a few songs into the gig, No Doubt gave longtime fans tracks like “Total Hate” and younger fans pop hits like “Hella Good.” It was when they cut loose on tracks like “Sunday Morning” and “Just A Girl” that they shone brightest. It didn’t really matter what they did, though, because that crowd was thrilled to have them back.”

official IML live in 2009 video…

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Hello!  From the official:

“As another gift for you during their “Twelve Days of Christmas,” No Doubt will be releasing exclusive live videos from their July 31, August 1, 2 & 4, 2009 dates at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, California. All of these never-before-seen videos will premiere exclusively on, so be sure to keep checking back for more. Here’s the first video!”

No Doubt has also posted a list of international channels that will be airing their MTV World Stage performance from last month. Hopefully someone can capture this, and share with us all!

I’m a little late on this, but No Doubt won the “best comeback” category of’s Readers Poll 2012, with 46% of the votes! From Billboard’s site:

“Other noteworthy winners included PSY, who earned Best Music Video for his record-setting YouTube clip “Gangnam Style”; No Doubt, who absolutely owned the Best Comeback poll; Rihanna, who edged out Beyonce for the Best Fashion title; and Lady Gaga, whose next album is the most anticipated release of 2013, according to readers.”


Monday, December 17th, 2012

Hello!  Gwen is on the January cover of Vogue magazine, and they have posted a behind the scenes video, as well as photos, and the actual article to their web site! :

“Gwen Stefani: Leader of the Pack”

by Jonathan Van Meter | photographed by Annie Leibovitz

“Whether at home with her boys or on the road with No Doubt, Gwen Stefani proves she’s still the first lady of rock.

Gwen Stefani feels bad about her neck. Not in the strict, Nora Ephron sense. She’s not wearing turtlenecks or anything. Far from it: Her neck is very much on display in her husband Gavin Rossdale’s droopy black tank top. And like the rest of her body, it does not look even remotely like that of a woman who just turned 43. (If you are feeling anything less than hella good about yourself, do not Google “Gwen Stefani’s abs.”) The reason she is bummed about her neck is that she can barely move it. After 26 years as the lead singer of No Doubt—a quarter century of whipping and snapping that pretty little head around onstage like a nunchuck—she is finally beginning to show some wear and tear. “I don’t know what happened,” she says. “A lot of muscles get used when we are playing. But sometimes I think, God, what did I do in my sleep? I slept too much. I slept too hard.”

It’s a chilly L.A. afternoon in late October, and Stefani and the boys in the band—bassist Tony Kanal, guitarist Tom Dumont, and drummer Adrian Young—are waiting around in a cavernous rehearsal space in Burbank, getting ready to run through an eighteen-song set. They have been holed up here rehearsing not only for an imminent European promotional tour for their first album in eleven years, Push and Shove, but perhaps more important, for a last-minute request from President Obama for a command performance on Jay Leno tomorrow. Who knew Barry was a fan? “He asked us once before,” says Stefani, “but it was to do a whole set at a fund-raiser in San Francisco and we were in the middle of rehearsals, and we just couldn’t swing it. This is what happens: These opportunities come along and I’m like, ‘But I don’t know the new songs yet! I have to focus!’ ”

The other thing that’s got Gwen rattled is that this is one of the few times that No Doubt has allowed a writer to watch them rehearse. And on top of all that, her voice is starting to go. “It’s not like I have that much control over it,” she says. “It’s what I was given. Sometimes I don’t realize how much I’m straining. I have to be really careful because there’s so much coming up.”

Though she is dressed in black leggings and lace-up oxblood Doc Martens boots—in other words, ready to rock—the band has decided to take it easy and sit in chairs arranged in a circle for a quiet, almost acoustic run-through. As Stefani pulls up a folding chair and straddles it backward, she looks over at me leaning against a giant speaker and begins to dote. “Can we get him a headset and connect it to my mic?” A techie appears and wires me up. “Do we have a book of lyrics so he can follow along?” A notebook with lyrics is produced.

If one of the hallmarks of a great rock band is that you instantly know it when you hear it, then No Doubt clears that hurdle easily. It can be no one else. This is a No Doubt song, and that is Gwen Stefani’s awesomely weird plucked-rubber-band voice: bwouwayng-a-wayng-a-wayng! Hers is not a subtle instrument, but there is so much character in it—she can effortlessly telegraph ironic brattiness or howling indignation or coy sweetness—that you don’t mind its limitations. And when she is sitting still and singing softly, it can really stop you in your tracks.

What’s also striking is how deceptively clever so many of those early songs are—how excellently they rock, how well they hold up. Stefani didn’t start mining her life for material until the band’s 1995 breakthrough album, Tragic Kingdom, which sold 17 million copies worldwide on the back of the smash hit “Don’t Speak,” which she famously wrote about the humiliation of being dumped after a seven-year relationship with Kanal while they remained together as bandmates. (For a while there, with all the florid melodrama laid bare in songs like “End It on This” and “Happy Now?,” it felt as if they were vying to be their generation’s Fleetwood Mac, Tragic Kingdom their Rumours.)

As the old familiar songs pile up, Stefani begins to sway in her chair—singing more forcefully, actually moving her head a bit—while her neuroses come into sharper focus through the lyrics: a fixation on the passage of time; regret over the paths not taken; a longing for a simpler life. The band plays a few of the new songs, one called “Sparkle,” which Stefani wrote years ago and is classic No Doubt, and another called “One More Summer,” a wistful tune that verges on treacly soft-rock. Suddenly, Stefani decides they need to get out of their seats and go full tilt. The chairs are cleared away, the amps are turned up. “Are you ready?” she says to me. “This is going to be really loud.” They lean into “Looking Hot,” easily the best song on the album, one that reminds you that for all of her rock-star swagger, Gwen Stefani has always had a certain amount of existential angst about her life—questioning her pursuit of fame, her vanity, and even herself.

I’m chasing it, I don’t know why
I think about it a lot
Better hurry, running out of time
I think about it a lot

During a break, Stefani’s acupuncturist, Moses, has turned up at the studio to work on her neck, and so I head outside and sit in the sun at a round picnic table with Dumont, Kanal, and Young. When No Doubt’s last album, Rock Steady, came out in 2001, there was no Twitter, no Facebook, no YouTube; people were still buying CDs at Tower Records on Sunset Boulevard. I ask the guys how things have changed for the band since those days, and Young says, “Kids.” All four bandmates are married, with eight children between them. When they finally do tour again, sometime this year, it will be a “traveling Romper Room,” says Stefani, complete with toys, strollers, nannies, and tutors. “That wasn’t part of the dynamic before,” says Young. “And Gwen is the only mom in the band, so it poses a different kind of challenge for her than it does for us.”

Kanal, not surprisingly, seems more finely tuned to his ex-girlfriend’s emotional frequency. “She thinks she’s failing at everything. It’s hard to manage that many things: She’s got the band, her family, her husband, her clothing lines. To watch her being torn in different directions ended up being the push and shove that she almost needed to make the record. It provided a lot of the lyrical fodder. As much as she may feel challenged on a daily basis, I think when she looks back on it, she’ll see she did incredibly well.”

The other thing that’s changed since 2001: Where have all the rock chicks gone? It’s a dying art, Gwen Stefani among its last lonely practitioners. Sure, Joan Jett still tours with the Blackhearts. Chrissie Hynde is out there somewhere. Courtney Love attends a lot of parties. But the only true rock band fronted by a woman to make a real impression in the last decade is Paramore with Hayley Williams, not exactly a household name. “I think about that a lot,” says Dumont. “What sets Gwen apart for sure from the Katy Perrys, the Taylor Swifts, is that she fronts a rock band. I can’t think of any other female pop singer in my generation who does that.”

Just then, Stefani reappears. She has changed into skintight black Rag & Bone jeans and platform stilettos from her own L.A.M.B. collection. Her hair, no longer in a ponytail, has been fluffed and feathered, and she’s got her trademark cherry-red pout painted on. She drops her black-and-white-checked Stella McCartney jacket on the bench and sits down. I had noticed earlier that, between the band, the horn section, the techies, the roadies, and the folks from the label, Stefani was the only woman in the room. “I was thinking that, too,” she says. “It’s been like that for the last 26 years!” I remind her that I interviewed her on the phone once in 1996, shortly after their song “Just a Girl” became a hit, and the 26-year-old Stefani said, “There have been some times where I have felt that really shitty feeling of being like, Gosh, do the men in this world even think that I’m on their level?”

The better question might have been, Are the men in this world on her level? With her iconic look and voice, Stefani had the whole package from the start: She’s a tough-girl sex symbol with nice-girl appeal. And, despite the talent of her bandmates, she’s always been the star of the show. Maybe that’s why she can sometimes come across as a bit coddled—she’s been the only girl in the room for a long time. As you can imagine, having a girl around, particularly one as ladylike as Stefani, has had an impact on the band, too. Dumont remembers a story from back in the day: “I don’t think I ever told you guys this, but once we played a festival, this was years ago, and all the buses were parked backstage, and I met some other band and went on their bus and it was filthy. Liquor bottles, cigarettes, girlie magazines. It was disgusting. I remember thinking to myself, Our bus is supertidy and there are no vices going on. Gwen’s kept us behaving like gentlemen.” As if on cue, Young, who is sitting next to Stefani, picks up her jacket and drapes it over her bare shoulders. Gwen, whose SoCal accent can sometimes come out as Southern-belle, says, “Oh, you are so sweet!”

I can’t help noticing how happy they all seem, being together again. As Stefani tells me later, “We’re really good at it now. We know that we all play a role. But there was a time when it was confusing. It was messy. The breakup, the new relationship, everyone recognizing me. All of that stuff feels like it’s so far away now; it’s just us as friends, so grateful to be doing what we’re doing still.” Before we all leave, Kanal nudges Stefani to tell the story of what inspired them to get back together and make a new album. “I was on tour for my second solo record in 2007, and I was playing Irvine Meadows in Orange County, which is basically where we grew up. I said, ‘Why don’t you guys come onstage as a surprise during the encore?’ The audience was already so on fire because it’s our hometown, and then these guys came out and it was just, like, electric. I’d never felt anything like it before. That was, I think, the moment when we were all like, Arrrgh, let’s do this already.”

We are now in her brand-spanking-new black Porsche Panamera with a creamy white leather interior that goes perfectly with her blonde feathered hair and white manicure. It is one of Gwen Stefani’s gifts that she can both participate in and wink at playing the part of the glamorous Hollywood rock-star mom, lustily chewing a piece of gum while maneuvering her $96,000 car through the streets of Burbank. She’s explaining why it took five years for them to actually make the album. “I was really drained after doing both of those solo records and having a baby, and then being pregnant again,” she says. (Her and Rossdale’s sons, Kingston and Zuma, were born in 2006 and 2008, respectively.) “And I was supposed to write a record? It was a really challenging time because so many things were different: I was married, I was a mother, a lot of time had passed. It was a huge challenge.”

Patrick Swayze’s “She’s Like the Wind” is playing on KOST 103.5 (“Southern California’s Favorite Soft Rock”). “I hope you don’t mind,” she says, laughing. It is part of Gwen Stefani’s cool that she is an unabashed fan of this kind of radio station. Indeed, fully half the songs on Push and Shove will sound right at home there. I mention that Tony Kanal told me that she feeds off having angst in her life. “There has to be some kind of saga going on,” she says of writing music. “And for me, a lot of it was just being overwhelmed by trying to do everything at one time. Ten years ago, I had started L.A.M.B. because I was preparing myself, knowing that the music thing was going to end.” Up until 2011, Stefani had a front-and-center role designing the collections for L.A.M.B., as well as for her two more recently launched labels, Harajuku Lovers, a teen line, and Harajuku Mini for kids, which is sold at Target. She stepped back, hiring a designer named Paula Bradley to do the heavy lifting for her once Kingston entered kindergarten. “Who knew that ten years later, I’d be doing a No Doubt record, be married, have two kids, have three clothing lines? All at one time! It would be ridiculous to do that. And it is ridiculous. It’s impossible. So I think a lot of what I was going through on the rec­ord was wanting to be who I’ve always been, but now I’m somebody different. I am a mother. And if you don’t do it right, there are serious consequences. That’s what this whole record was: trying to balance it, trying to be my creative self but also be the new me.”

It surprises her still that the album is not darker, given how tormented she was while writing and recording it. “Getting to the studio and not being able to make it happen, but missing out on being at home, missing out on putting the kids down. What’s more important? I felt so guilty. I am letting everyone down in the studio right now; I’m letting down my kids; I’m letting down myself. Because time was so precious. So I didn’t know what the album’s tone would end up being in that kind of state, but it’s really upbeat considering.”

One of the ironies of Stefani’s life is that she has inadvertently re-created the dynamic of her band in her family. “I have all these boys in my house!” she says. And when she talks about her relationship with Rossdale, it does not sound dissimilar to her feelings over No Doubt’s staying power. “It’s pride,” she says of their sixteen-year relationship (the couple just celebrated their tenth wedding anniversary last September). “You feel proud. There are just so many rewards that come with it. You have to work at it. But, actually, it’s fun to get to this point. Because you learn so much about somebody. It’s like these wars that go on and then you kind of get through it to the other side, and it’s like, Wow. And obviously, you get stronger. And then having kids takes the whole relationship to another place. It is the ultimate collaboration. Both of us have such strong opinions about how it should be, and it’s really fun to do it together.”

In 2011, Rossdale’s band, Bush, released their first album in ten years, and then went on a nearly year-long tour to support it. For the first time since having children, Stefani was on her own. “I mean, he was there for me mentally, but physically? These boys are physical. They wake up and they start punching each other!” She laughs. “One thing we’ve had in our relationship the whole time is that we can have it both ways: together, not together, and it’s fine. But when you have kids? It’s not so great. They need him. Once you have a family, it’s just so obvious how everyone needs each other. So it’s really nice to have him back.”

Not least of all because he helps her with her creative process. “He’s the busiest person I know, always songwriting,” she says. Stefani is a tortured writer, always procrastinating. “Gavin says, ‘Oh, you’re doing your thing that you do,’ and I’m like, ‘I don’t have a thing. It’s just hard: writing it, recording it, finishing it. I am not like Prince, where it just flows out and God comes through me.’ I never write unless I have to. Gavin does. All the time. He’s more of a genuine artist in that way.”

We have finally arrived at the Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Because it is chilly, we have the garden all to ourselves. Stefani orders a glass of red wine and a bowl of soup, both of which she sips very judiciously. We come back to the topic of motherhood. “It’s superfun being a mom, but it’s not what you think it’s going to be. And it’s really gradual. At first, your life is totally the same. You have this cute little thing that you get to drive around everywhere and you’re so proud and it’s amazing. And as they grow older, it really does start to change your life. Like, Oh, my God, they have school, they have to get through first grade, they have to learn to read.” She laughs. “It starts getting so serious, and you’re like, Aaaaaaah!” She takes a sip of wine. “And to do all that while sustaining this insane childhood of my own. . . . I’ve never had to grow up in a way. When you think about it, we were in college together, and then we made our first record, and then we just took off and stayed in this bubble. Time kind of stops when you’re in a band. It’s this suspended childhood, and it’s really awesome, that part of it. But then when you have a family of your own, it forces you to go into the adult world a little bit more.”

As usual, Gwen Stefani is totally on-trend: Like Marissa Mayer, the new president and CEO of Yahoo, who gave birth and was notoriously back in the boardroom two weeks later, launching a thousand essays and blog posts last year, she is struggling with trying to “have it all.” One difference, perhaps, is how physically demanding Stefani’s job is. “I did my first solo record and went on tour while I was pregnant. I would want to throw up during certain songs. Certain outfits would make me sick. It was torture. I toured until I was four and a half months pregnant, showing. I came home and had Kingston, and when he was eight months old, I went back on the road. I nursed him for fourteen months, so I would literally do my hair and makeup, go back to the bus, nurse him, put him down, and walk out onstage. And I did that for 100 shows.”

Perhaps this is one of the reasons not everyone was thrilled with Stefani’s solo projects: Her heart did not seem entirely in it. The other thing that bothered some people was the misguided Madonna-like cultural appropriation of her backup dancers, the Harajuku Girls, four Japanese women who often appeared alongside Stefani in zany costumes during this period. The comedian Margaret Cho went so far as to call the dancers a “minstrel show” that reinforced negative stereotypes of Asian women. The fact that No Doubt recently got called out again on this score—this time by Native Americans who objected to the campy cowboys-and-Indians theme of their video for “Looking Hot,” which they immediately pulled off the Internet and apologized for—makes one wonder why this one area of tone-deafness prevails in someone otherwise known for being so spot on in her image-making.

Other than this tiny hiccup (the video’s only crime as far as I can tell is that it looks like something Cher cooked up), Gwen Stefani’s back. It’s a relief to see her being a rock star again. The fact is, anyone can make disposable dance music—as Stefani says, “it’s not supposed to be deep”—but a great rock band is forever. “I feel like we’ve always been in our own little lane,” says Stefani. “Never fitting in. Never a nineties grunge band, never a pop girl band. And it’s the same now. I did the solo thing, but I felt like I was trying to play a character in a way, this Alice in Wonderland pretend version of myself. But this, being in No Doubt, is really who I am.””

No Doubt Sparkle fan video, photos…

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

Hello!  From the official:

“No Doubt’s “Seven Night Stand” also marked the first official live performances of “Sparkle” from the band’s new album Push And Shove. The band performed the song during the mid-set acoustic portion of their show. See the audience reaction in the video below!”

No Doubt has posted some new photos from their Gibson shows to their Facebook page!

Don’t forget,  No Doubt is nominated in the 2012 World Music Awards in the best album, best group, and best video (for “Settle Down”) categories!  Go vote!  :)

videos, forum awards, duet single, Kimmel

Friday, December 14th, 2012


The forum awards winners have been announced. Congrats to BSO, and runners up EIT! I’m so happy just to be nominated! JillyBean posted a cute video on YouTube announcing the winners. It made me feel like crying just seeing GP in that video. xxxooo You can watch it here!

Bush has released a single of Gwen performing “Glycerine” with them at the December 8th Almost Acoustic Christmas show! You can buy it on iTunes here!

It’s being reported that No Doubt is playing a mini show on Jimmy Kimmel January 8th! You can request free tickets here!

I’ve added a couple video downloads:
Teen Choice Awards Simple Kind Of Life Aug 22 2000
Conan Just A Girl Jan 30 1996

World Music Awards, KROQ videos on YouTube

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Hello!  No Doubt is nominated in the 2012 World Music Awards in the best album, best group, and best video (for “Settle Down”) categories!  Click the links to go vote for them in each category, please!

Push And Shove is #10 in Rolling Stone’s Readers’ Poll: The Best Albums of 2012!  That’s pretty awesome!

“The members of No Doubt now have nine kids between them; their homes are filled with the target audience for Glee, on which the kids might’ve heard their parents’ 1996 smash “Don’t Speak.” It took the band more than a decade to record the follow-up to 2001’s Rock Steady, but they finally got it done. The title track of Push and Shove is the band’s own “Bohemian Rhapsody,” bassist Tony Kanal told Ryan Seacrest. Plenty of voters did their fandango.”

Thanks to hypart for uploading videos from yesterday’s KROQ stream to YouTube! :

Acoustic Xmas, Tony, vote, Nov. 28 audio

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Hello!  Well, I’ve got to catch up a little bit!  First, No Doubt played a surprise set at last night’s 23rd Annual Almost Acoustic Christmas at Gibson Amphitheatre!

I’ve uploaded some photos to the gallery.

KROQ posted a backstage interview video in which No Doubt dropped a bombshell!  They are in the studio recording new music now!  Holy crap!  Also, they mentioned possibly touring this summer!  You can watch the video on KROQ’s site here!

Here is the setlist:
Push And Shove
Sunday Morning
Hella Good
Underneath It All
It’s My Life
Don’t Speak
Just A Girl

Also, Gwen joined Bush on stage the night before to sing “Glycerine” with Gavin!  In the above KROQ interview, Gwen mentioned that they wanted to do something special, because they met each other 17 years ago at Almost Acoustic Christmas.

Thanks to sophstress on YouTube for uploading a video! :

I’ve added a handful of photos to the gallery.

From Rolling

“KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas is a sentimental occasion for Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale, since it’s the show where he met wife Gwen Stefani 17 years ago. And when Rolling Stone spoke with Rossdale backstage at Almost Acoustic Christmas in 2011, he immediately got nostalgic, reminiscing about the dressing room where the two met.

So, last night, at the end of two years of touring, back at Almost Acoustic Christmas, the rock & roll husband and wife celebrated their history at the event by performing together. Rossdale, on stage with just a guitar, started in on “Glycerine,” singing the song’s first verse alone. Then an unannounced Stefani walked onstage to join in on the second verse, drawing an insane response from the crowd.

After the show, Rossdale told Rolling Stone that the initial idea for a duet was Stefani’s, and it left a stunned Rossdale speechless. “She actually asked me about this and I was so surprised, I didn’t say anything for two days,” he said. “She said, ‘Maybe we should do a song together.’ And I couldn’t answer her.”

After Rossdale got over his shock, the two worked out the logistics and ultimately settled on “Glycerine” rather than Bush’s “The Afterlife,” which Rossdale said is Stefani’s favorite song. Performing the song alone together was his idea. “I thought it would be so powerful, the two of us on stage like that, that’s what we went for,” he said. Rossdale was very pleased with the result; asked how “Glycerine” sounded with Stefani on the song, he laughed and said “So much better.”

For Rossdale, it was the cap to a special evening. “This is the culmination of two years of work, and then to finish it off playing here, in this venue, this full circle thing, it was an incredible night.””

Los Angeles magazine has posted an article about some of Tony’s favorite local places to hang out, etc.  You can view it here!

Don’t forget to keep voting for No Doubt in the People’s Choice Awards.  Voting closes this Thursday!  Click here to go vote for them!  They are nominated in the favorite band category.

Finally, I’ve added audio of the full November 28th show, and it’s awesome quality!  Click here to download.  Thanks so much to JB for sharing!  Per request, I’ve left the files in the original .flac lossless format.  Should you need help with playing .flac files, you may find this guide helpful.  If you have Windows, I think the easiest solution is to install Winamp if you don’t already have it.

Fred Perry, OC Weekly review

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Hello!  From the official:

“No Doubt is pleased to announce a brand new collaboration with British clothing brand Fred Perry!

The band have worked closely with the Fred Perry design team to create a collection of classic Fred Perry styles which honor No Doubt’s ska and reggae roots. A limited edition slim fit shirt, available for both men and women, will be released in early January 2013. A punk inspired tartan check V neck sweater and 1950s style bomber will be available in Spring 2013.

“Fred Perry is a classic inspiration that has been part of our style since the beginning. Doing this collaboration is an honor.” – Gwen

“Collaborating with Fred Perry is a perfect fit for us. The brand has been part of our lives since we were kids.” – Tony

“The Fred Perry style was a big part of what the Mod and Ska bands of the U.K. were wearing, and these bands were a major influence on us. It is an honor to do a collaboration with Fred Perry.” – Adrian

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OC Weekly has posted a great review of last night’s final show at Gibson :

“One of my early concert claims to fame is seeing No Doubt in a warehouse in Orange back in 1994. Fast forward eighteen years and No Doubt is capping a seven night sold-out run at the Gibson Amphitheatre with roughly 40,000 people snapping up tickets.

Their historic run has been spurred by the release of their new album Push and Shove. A buzz filled the Gibson Amphitheatre as soon as the lights dropped. Various video clips flickered on a huge LCD screen as the all the members of No Doubt lined up in front of the stage as a barrage of camera flashes attempted to light up the darkened venue.

“Push And Shove” immediately had No Doubt charging out of the gates guns blazing. Stephen Bradley ambushed the front of the stage for his vocal parts while playfully interacting with Gwen Stefani. It was astonishing that Stefani never sounded winded while singing even though she was never in one spot for more then two seconds.

The crowd really cut loose during “Hella Good” as its enormous bass line was enhanced by the whole audience jumping up and down at the direction of Stefani. Even in the early days, No Doubt have always been appreciative of their fans and things haven’t changed as Stefani truly seemed astonished to have sold out seven nights and thanked the crowd multiple times throughout the evening.

It was a parade of greatest hits as the tropical vibe of “Underneath It All” smoothly transitioned seamlessly into the fast paced “Ex-Girlfriend.” The ground rumbled again as Tony Kanal manned his Moog keyboard for the sub sonic bass of “Hey Baby.” Every member of No Doubt is vital to their overall sound and Adrian Young’s snappy snare drumming on “New” was vicious.

A spacey outro to “New” gave time for the roadies to assemble some acoustic instruments as No Doubt had a chance to catch their breath. Stefani took this time to make some No Doubt fans extremely happy as she pulled them from the crowd for a photo. The smiles permanently attached to the fans face spoke volumes.

No Doubt dipped into their back catalog for “Hey You” as Tom Dumont gracefully strummed out the acoustic shimmery parts. “Simple Kind Of Life” was one of the many spine tingling moments of the evening as the crowd sang along at top volume. The acoustic set seemed to have gone by in seconds as No Doubt soon kicked things into a higher gear with the bouncy “Sunday Morning”.

“Settle Down” kept the audience rocking as Dumont deftly handled the ska flavored guitar parts. Lighters and cell phones lit up the Gibson Amphitheatre for “Don’t Speak” as Stefani’s voice perfectly hovered slightly above the mix of the instruments. After a weak attempt by the men to sing “Just A Girl”, the ladies in the audience almost blew out my eardrums singing/screaming the lyrics at Stefani’s direction.

Another special moment occurred when No Doubt teased the crowd with a good portion of “Excuse Me Mr.” during the fan request portion of the evening. My personal favorite moment though came during the punk/ska classic old school song “Total Hate” which brought back a wave of flashbacks to that warehouse show in Orange.

“Spiderwebs” brought down the house and sadly drew to a close the historic seven night run at Gibson Amphitheatre. It is safe to assume No Doubt will tour the world on the new album and I’m willing to bet they will come back to Orange County for a multiple night run just as historic.

Critical Bias: Tom Dumont gave me his guitar pick after I saw them in Modesto right before Tragic Kingdom went bonkers. It was a Fender pick that was red, white and blue.

Crowd: Arguably one of the most diverse audiences you will ever see at a show.

Overheard in the crowd: A collective “Whoa” when Gwen Stefani came back in a red outfit for the encore that showed off her six-pack abs.

Random Notebook Dump: The line for the ladies bathroom was out of control.

“Push And Shove”
“It’s My Life”
“Hella Good”
“Underneath It All”
“Hey Baby”
“Hey You”
“Simple Kind Of Life”
“One More Summer”
“Sunday Morning”
“Settle Down”
“Don’t Speak”
“Just A Girl”
“Guns Of Navarone”
“Looking Hot”
“Excuse Me Mr.”
“Total Hate”

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