Gwen Stefani stages No Doubt comeback
It’s been 11 years since rock and ska band No Doubt had a hit CD with Rock Steady, and six years since lead singer Gwen Stefani was last in the charts with The Sweet Escape. In that time, the pop world has been dominated by the likes of American Idol, The X-Factor, Justin Bieber and Adele.
But like so many star acts of the late ’90s and early 2000s, they’ll be attempting a comeback with their sixth album due in September this year.
“Hope you’re sitting down because we’ve got some really big news to share with you! While adding the finishing touches to our new album, we realised it was time to name it. So we did, and the name is… (drum roll please)… Push And Shove!!!” they announced on their website yesterday.
“We also want to let you know that the first single from Push And Shove will be Settle Down, and we’ll be filming the video for it this week with our long time friend and collaborator Sophie Muller. Very exciting!”
No Doubt was at the peak of their success, winning two Grammys for Hey Baby and Underneath It All, when they decided to take a break from each other. While on hiatus, each band member went on to pursue solo careers.
Gwen recorded two albums, launched her own Harajuku fashion line called LAMB, played legendary Hollywood bombshell Jean Harlow in the Leonardo DiCaprio movie The Aviator, had two sons with UK rocker Gavin Rossdale and named them Kingston and Zuma.
Meanwhile, Gwen’s ex-boyfriend and bass player Tony Kanal worked with Pink on her Funhouse CD and had a baby girl with actress Erin Lokitz; guitarist Tom Dumont got married, had three sons and released his own music project titled Invincible Overlord; and drummer Adrian Young also got hitched, had two kids, played for the likes of Maroon 5 and on the upcoming CD from Rockstar: Supernova runner-up Dilana.
With everyone now in their 40s, it’s going to be a tough job following all the young pop acts that are flooding the charts and radio airwaves these days.
Push And Shove is supposed to be heavily influenced by No Doubt’s love for ska and reggae, and the album is helmed by British producer Mark “Spike” Stent whose credits include Lady Gaga and Madonna. Settle Down will be out on July 16, with the music video premiere some time before that.
Good luck, mum and dads!
Published: 14 June 2012