No Doubt Overview

No Doubt is an American rock rock music band from Anaheim, California, formed in 1986. The ska-pop pop music sound of their first album, No Doubt No Doubt (No Doubt album) (1992), failed to make waves. The band's diamond-certified RIAA certification album Tragic Kingdom helped to launch the ska revival of the 1990s, and "Don't Speak," the third single from the album, set a record when it spent sixteen weeks at the number one spot on the Billboard Billboard magazine Hot 100 Airplay chart.

The group released its next album, Return of Saturn, four years later, but despite positive reviews the album was considered a commercial failure. Fifteen months later, the band reappeared with Rock Steady Rock Steady (album) , which incorporated reggae and dancehall music into their work. The album was primarily recorded in Jamaica and featured collaborations with Jamaican artists Bounty Killer, Sly and Robbie, and Lady Saw. The album produced two Grammy Grammy Award -winning singles, "Hey Baby Hey Baby (No Doubt song) " and "Underneath It All".

No Doubt released the compilation The Singles 1992–2003 and box set Boom Box Boom Box (album) in 2003, both of which contained a cover version of the Talk Talk synthpop song "It's My Life It's My Life (Talk Talk song)#No Doubt version ". Frontwoman Gwen Stefani launched her solo career the next year with several collaborations, including bandmate Tony Kanal as well as Pharrell Williams of The Neptunes, while guitarist Tom Dumont began his side project, Invincible Overlord. During its career, the band has won two Grammy Awards and sold 28 million records worldwide to date. The band embarked on a national tour No doubt 2009 tour throughout the summer of 2009.


Beginnings (1986–1995)

Eric Stefani and his sister Gwen Gwen Stefani formed a band called Apple Core in 1986. Eric taught himself to play accordion and played for the band with Gwen singing back up.

About a year later Eric met John Spence at a Dairy Queen and had talked about getting a group together to play music. Eric got a keyboard and gathered some players together to practice. The practice included Eric Stefani (keyboards), Gwen Stefani (vocals), John Spence (Vocals), Jerry McMahon (Guitar), Chris Leal (Bass) and Gabe Gonzalas (Trumpet), Alan and Tony Meade. They practiced in Eric's parents' garage.

Tony Kanal went to one of the band's early shows and soon joined the band as its bassist. After initially rejecting her advances, he began dating Gwen, but they kept their relationship secret for a year, feeling that it was an unspoken rule that nobody date her.

In December 1987, Spence committed suicide several days before the band was to play a gig at The Roxy Theatre for record industry employees. When Meade left the band, Gwen replaced him as lead singer, stating that local metal bands "were into drinking alcoholic beverage , wearing Spandex" but that he wanted to focus on music. He joined No Doubt and replaced Jerry McMahon as the band's guitarist, adding a distinct metal influence to its sound. Adrian Young replaced Chris Webb as the drummer the following year. The band failed to bring the audiences that it had attracted in Southern California, and often found that No Doubt was not even available in the cities where it was playing.

The band began work on its next album the next year, but Interscope rejected much of its material, and the band was paired with producer Matthew Wilder. Eric did not like to relinquish creative control to someone outside the band and eventually stopped recording and rehearsing. He left No Doubt in 1994 to resume an animation career with the cartoon TV series The Simpsons. Unsure of what to do with the band, Interscope sublicensed the project to Trauma Records in 1995. No Doubt released The Beacon Street Collection, consisting of outtakes from its previous recording sessions, that year on its own label, Sea Creature Records. Mixing 1980s punk rock and some grunge influences into the band's sound, the album contains a rawer sound than No Doubt,

Mainstream success (1995–2000)

Before the release of the video "Just a Girl" on MTV and other outlets the band performed shows in Disneyland for Grad Night in 1995 where they put on a remarkable showing. Gwen would wear the same outfit as in the Tragic Kingdom cd cover, red dress. The release of 1995's Tragic Kingdom and the single "Just a Girl" allowed the group to achieve mainstream commercial success. No Doubt began touring in support of the album late that year, and it grew into a 27-month international tour. In 1996, the second single, "Spiderwebs", was successful, and "Don't Speak", a ballad ballad (music) written about Stefani and Kanal's break-up, was released as the third single and broke the previous record when it topped the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay for sixteen weeks. No Doubt was nominated for two Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Best Rock Album at the 1997 Grammy Awards. By the end of the year, half of the songs on Tragic Kingdom had been released as singles, and the album was certified eight times platinum. Later, they were nominated for two more Grammys for Song of the Year Grammy Award for Song of the Year and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, both for "Don't Speak". and with worldwide sales of sixteen million, it is one of the best-selling albums in history. The band's self-titled debut album began selling copies again off of the success of Tragic Kingdom and reached total sales of over a quarter of a million copies. The case was settled settlement (law) out of court with a $3 million payment.

The band finished its tour in December 1997 and had several releases during the two-year writing process to make its follow-up to Tragic Kingdom. The main lyrical focus of the new record had shifted from Gwen Stefani's relationship with bassist Tony Kanal to her new relationship with Gavin Rossdale. Highly influenced by Jamaican dancehall music and recorded primarily in Jamaica, the band's 2001 studio album, Rock Steady Rock Steady (album) , produced two hit Grammy-winning singles, "Hey Baby Hey Baby (No Doubt song) ", which featured Bounty Killer, and "Underneath It All", which featured the first lady of dancehall, Lady Saw. Both singles managed to reach the top five on the Billboard Hot 100. The album also released "Hella Good" and "Running Running (No Doubt song) " as singles. In addition, pop-star Prince Prince (musician) co-wrote, produced, and performed on "Waiting Room" from Rock Steady. Stefani had previously provided vocals for a song on Prince's Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic album, "So Far, So Pleased". In November 2002, No Doubt made an appearance in the Dawson's Creek episode "Spiderwebs".

2003 was a big year of releases for No Doubt. The album The Singles 1992–2003, a compilation of the band's commercially-released singles, was released on November 25, 2003. It included a cover cover version of the song "It's My Life It's My Life (Talk Talk song)#No Doubt version ", which had originally been a hit for synthpop group Talk Talk in 1984, and earned No Doubt a Grammy nomination for Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal. Additionally, a special 2-CD 2-DVD box set titled Boom Box Boom Box (album) was made available, which included the CDs The Singles 1992–2003 and Everything in Time and the DVDs The Videos 1992–2003 and Live in the Tragic Kingdom. Separately, Rock Steady Live, a DVD of the band performing in Long Beach from their Rock Steady tour was released in 2003 as well. The next year, the band was featured in a re-recording re-recording (sound/film) of the Toots & the Maytals classic ska song "Monkey Man Monkey Man (Toots & the Maytals song) ". The band also toured with blink-182 in mid-2004, before embarking on a hiatus.

Hiatus (2004–2008)

Lead singer Gwen Stefani began work on her 1980s-inspired New Wave new wave music and dance-pop side project in 2003, which eventually evolved into the full-fledged solo album, Love. Angel. Music. Baby., released on November 23, 2004. The album reached multi-platinum status in several countries, including a quintuple platinum certification in Canada and triple platinum in the U.S. Stefani launched her first solo arena tour in October 2005, which coincided with the news of her pregnancy (her son, Kingston James McGregor Rossdale, was born on May 26, 2006). She released her second solo dance-pop album, The Sweet Escape in December 2006.

In early 2005, Tom Dumont released his own solo music project, Invincible Overlord, with friend and collaborator Ted Matson, and backed up Matt Costa on his 2005 tour. Adrian Young, the band's drummer, did the drums for Bow Wow Wow's 2004 tour and many of the tracks on Unwritten Law's 2005 release, Here's to the Mourning, as well as featuring on several shows in 2006 for TheStart. Young will also be playing on Rockstar: Supernova runner-up Dilana's upcoming album.

Return to music (2008–present)

With Stefani promoting her second solo album, No Doubt began initial work on a new album without her and planned to complete it after Stefani's tour The Sweet Escape Tour was finished. In March 2008, the band started making posts concerning the progression of the album on their official fan forum. Stefani made a post on March 28, 2008 stating that songwriting had commenced but was slow on her end because she was, at the time, pregnant with her second child.

Manager Jim Guerinot said the yet-untitled album is being produced by Mark "Spike" Stent, who helped produce and mix Rock Steady. Between Stefani's pregnancy and recording, No Doubt did not tour in 2008, but Guerinot promised, they plan to hit the road hard in 2009 for their first full-fledged band tour in nearly five years.

No Doubt announced on their official website that they will tour in the summer of 2009 Summer Reunion Tour with Paramore, The Sounds, Janelle Monáe, Bedouin Soundclash, Katy Perry, Panic! at the Disco, and Matt Costa. while finishing their upcoming album, which is set for release in 2010. Tickets for the tour went on sale March 7, 2009. As a special promotion for the tour, the band is giving away their entire music catalog free as a digital download with purchase of top tier seating.

In 2009, No Doubt made an appearance on the television series Gossip Girl Gossip Girl (TV series) , playing a fictional band called "Snowed Out" in the episode "Valley Girls Valley Girls (Gossip Girl) ". They performed their cover version of the Adam and the Ants song "Stand and Deliver Stand and Deliver (No Doubt song) ".

No Doubt played at the Bridge School Benefit organized by Neil Young on October 24 and 25, 2009 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. During their performance on the 25th, Gwen stated, "We're trying to write a new record."

On November 4, 2009, the Los Angeles Times reported that No Doubt had filed a lawsuit over its portrayal in the music video game Band Hero. The lawsuit alleged that the game had "transformed No Doubt band members into a virtual karaoke circus act". The case was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court and cited Activision, the game's developer, as having exceeded contractual likenesses of the members of No Doubt.

* Gwen Stefani – vocals
* Tom Dumont – guitar, keyboards
* Tony Kanal – bass, keyboards
* Adrian Young – drums, percussion

Touring members:
* Stephen Bradley Stephen Bradley (musician) – keyboards, trumpet, backing vocals
* Gabrial McNair – keyboards, trombone, backing vocals


* Chris Leal – bass guitar (1986–1987)
* John Spence John Spence (musician) – original lead vocals (1986–1987)
* Kevin Wells — trombone (1986–1987)
* Jerry McMahon – guitar (1986–1988)
* Alan Meade – trumpet, co-lead vocals (1986–1988)
* Tony Meade – saxophone (1986–1988)
* Gabriel Gonzalez – trumpet (1986–1989)
* Chris Webb – drums (1986–1989)
* Eric Stefani – keyboards (1986–1995)
* Paul Caseley – trombone (1987–1990)
* Eric Carpenter – saxophone (1988–1994)
* Don Hammerstedt – trumpet (1990–1992)
* Alex Henderson – trombone (1991–1993)
* Phil Jordan — trumpet (1992–1995)Studio Albums:
* No Doubt No Doubt (No Doubt album) (1992)
* The Beacon Street Collection (1994)
* Tragic Kingdom (1995)
* Return of Saturn (1999)
* Rock Steady Rock Steady (album) (2001)
* TBA (2010)

Other Albums:
* The Singles 1992-2003 (2003)
* Everything in Time (2004)
Grammy Awards

MTV Video Music Awards



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