In the early 1990s, it was the burden of No Doubt to bring third-wave ska into the mainstream music scene through catchy music and raucous tours. The band's 1995 album, Tragic Kingdom, launched No Doubt into the world of stardom and tour dates spread the genre beyond the borders of Southern California. They were one of the bands to embark on the Warped Tour in its first year and rank with bands like Sublime in spreading SoCal ska across the world. Despite charming front-woman Gwen Stefani's 180 switch to dance-pop, No Doubt has reunited and released a Greatest Hits album in 2010 that has invoked anticipation for the release of new music. Fans are also anticipating the announcement of concert dates in the absence of a tour in 2011.
No Doubt began at the same place that most things took place in Southern California in the late 80s: At a Dairy Queen. Eric Stefani and his sister Gwen worked at the brazier restaurant when Eric had the idea to start a band. After gathering a full line-up, No Doubt toured locally wherever they could score a concert date. After attending one of No Doubt's first concert dates, Tony Kanal replaced the original bassist in the line-up. In 1987, No Doubt's lead singer, John Spence, committed suicide, leaving the singing duties to Gwen. Tom Dumont left his heavy metal band in 1988 and joined No Doubt as their guitarist, and the next year Adrian Young became the group's new drummer.
Impressed by the group's high energy concert dates, No Doubt was one of the first bands to be signed to Interscope Records. No Doubt's debut, self-titled album was released in 1992 but became lost in the shuffle of grunge music. The album failed to achieve commercial success and No Doubt set out on a tour without the support of Interscope. The label pretty much abandoned No Doubt and Eric Stefani left in 1994 to resume his successful career as an animator. No Doubt made one last grasp at straws by independently recording their second album, The Beacon Street Collection. They incorporated punk and grunge styles with their ska sound to appeal to a broader audience and the record ended up selling three times as many copies as their first effort.
Interscope's attention was immediately returned and the label produced No Doubt's third album, Tragic Kingdom. The record was released in 1995 and became a huge success, earning the band two Grammy nominations and prompting headlining tours. No Doubt released their third album, Return of Saturn, in 2000. The album became critically and commercially successful, despite not surpassing the success of their previous album. No Doubt pursued a different musical direction with their 2001 album, Rock Steady, which was heavily influenced by Jamaican dancehall.
No Doubt went on a touring and recoding hiatus in 2004 following Stefani's involvement in her solo project. Stefani made her records while the other members of the band contributed to projects by various other artists. By 2008, the band had announced that they were planning on reuniting and had begin preliminary work on new material. Three years later, the band has announced that recording has begun for the new album. Fans are elated, as a new album means new music and new music means many concert dates, despite the disappointment of no 2011 tour.
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