No Doubt is no stranger to new wave, as the band previously covered Talk Talk’s “It’s My Life” with much success, and the band is at again, this time covering “Stand and Deliver” from Adam & the Ants’ Prince Charming. “Stand and Deliver” is the first song recorded by the reunited band and it leaked nearly a month prior to the date the band was set to unveil the new track during a flashback episode of cult favorite TV show Gossip Girl. The episode featuring Gwen Stefani and the rest of the guys will air May 11 as a “backdoor pilot” for a spin-off series of Gossip Girl, and the ’80s-inspired song is fitting as the band plays early 1980s rockers on the show. Although No Doubt may be disappointed that the track leaked earlier than planned, fans will surely not be disappointed by “Stand and Deliver,” which features Gwen’s signature valley girl vocals in replace of Ant’s thick British tones.
Back by popular demand, No Doubt kicks off their reunion tour May 2 at Atlantic City, New Jersey’s Borgata. The very next day the band will play the Bamboozle Festival at Meadowlands in the Garden State along with fellow headliners Fall Out Boy before heading out west to California. After weaving their way back to the East Coast, No Doubt will conclude their reunion tour with four nights at Irvine, California’s Verizon Wireless Amphitheater from July 31st to August 4th. Paramore will support No Doubt on the upcoming tour, which will also feature second opening acts Janelle Monae, Bedouin Soundclash and the Sounds. Check online for No Doubt tickets while you wait for the band’s new album, as they are rumored to be working on their follow-up to 2001’s Rock Steady when they wrap up their time on the road.
After a few years spent struggling to break into the music scene, No Doubt experienced their breakthrough with their 1995 album Tragic Kingdom, which launched singles “Spiderweb,” “Don’t Speak” and “Just a Girl” onto the radio and Billboard charts and made an instant name for the So-Cal band. No Doubt’s sophomore album The Return of Saturn arrived in 2000 and secured more charting success with “Simple Kind of Life” and “Ex-Girlfriend.” In the wake of the band’s success, Stefani took her first dip into the solo pool and earned a Grammy the first try out for her duet with rapper Eve: “Let Me Blow Your Mind.” The following year Gwen was back with the boys for No Doubt’s 2001 (and most recent) album Rock Steady, which spawned popular single “Hey Baby.” During No Doubt’s hiatus, Stefani has released two solo albums, Love.Angel.Music.Baby. and The Sweet Escape., but fans are more than happy to see the band back together.
Although it was originally thought that No Doubt’s reunion meant a new album was slated for release in the near future, Gwen announced via No Doubt’s Web site that the tour is planned to inspire the band to work on new material back in January. Get your No Doubt tickets before they’re all gone!
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