The recently reunited No Doubt are getting ready for a summer of touring and eventually recording a new album and they couldn't be more excited. If you're lucky enough to have tickets, you may even be seeing them this Saturday in Atlantic City, NJ or this Sunday headlining the Bamboozle Festival.
Speaking with MTV.com about the band's choice to embark on a summer tour to help get their creative juices flowing before entering the studio, singer Gwen Stefani said: "We're calling it 'the procrastination tour' ... well, I am, at least. I'm the biggest procrastinator," Stefani says. "It's not their fault, it's my fault, because I had this whole game plan: 'OK, I'm gonna go on tour with my last [solo] record, I'm gonna come home, I'm gonna get pregnant, I'm gonna have a baby, but while I'm pregnant, I'm gonna make the No Doubt record.' That was, like, the plan, but it all didn't work."
Stefani adds, "Like, we got a lot of hang-out time and we talked and had so much fun together, but we didn't actually make too much music. Maybe around 4:45 to 5 o'clock we'd actually play the instruments and then we'd all have dinner. There was a lot of eating going on."
Bassist Tony Kanal goes on to say, "You know, it all made sense. We were in the studio, trying to write [songs for the new No Doubt record]. Things weren't coming. Gwen was feeling like she couldn't find the place where she wanted to start the writing process. I think she always goes through this and I think we, uh, we just need to find ourselves. We just need to get out on the road. And the four of us looked at each other and said, 'It's time to play,' and as soon as we said that, the pressure was lifted ... we got really excited. It was like four adults became four little kids again. We're giddy about it."
As previously reported, No Doubt's summer tour will begin on May 16 in Las Vegas, NV. They will be supported by special guests Paramore.
Report by David Lowe-Bianco.