Reviews are in for No Doubt tour
No Doubt's reunion is, well, no doubt underway as the group has now successfully performed three shows together. This marks the pop-rock group's first set of concerts together after a five year hiatus.
Earlier this month, the group played a last-minute warm-up show in Atlantic City before taking the stage closing out the Bamboozle Festival in East Rutherford, N.J.
On Friday (May 17), the Gwen Stefani-led crew -- best known for enormous radio hits from the '90s like "Spiderwebs" and "I'm Just A Girl" -- kicked off its headlining tour at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, to continue on to 50+ destinations this summer.
Early reviews are in and, as evidenced by some review synopses below, No Doubt is in perfect form for a comeback, even if without new material to tout.
Complete tour dates are listed on No Doubt's website.
"The platinum-haired Stefani remains a great performer, impossible to resist... Guitarist Tom Dumont, bassist Tony Kanal, and drummer Adrian Young - augmented by horn-wielding sidemen Stephen Bradley and Gabriel McNair - played with gusto, locking in on old faves... [Stefani] owned every inch of the stage with no apology."
New Jersey Star-Ledger:
"The band basically picked up where it left before it went on hiatus in 2004. It was a high-energy, glitch-free tour opener, with the band, lacking new material, free to focus on highlights of its previous years together... Throughout the show, the band moved smoothly from reggae to ska, punk-pop and power ballads... [Stefani] couldn't have looked happier."
"With gusto, [Stefani] bounced around, skanked like a ragdoll, banged her head, flailed her arms and basically ran around like a white blur... The band hammered away with a set made up exclusively of their voluminous catalog of hit singles - excepting a quick detour into 'Tragic Kingdom' album track 'Different People' and a lively cover of the Skatalites 1964 first-wave ska classic 'The Guns Of Navarone.'"
"No Doubt's always been big on communicating the joy of playing music, and there was no shortage of that during a nearly 90-minute set chocked with hits... a smartly conceived, thrillingly executed show... a stirring and convincing welcome back."
Las Vegas Review-Journal:
"Egged on by loud, lusty approval throughout the show, No Doubt... seemed eager to make up for lost time, dancing around in circles, spinning themselves dizzy, bounding across the stage like they were at a track meet. Through it all, the band remained in a jubilant mood, big smiles plastered across their faces."
"No Doubt returned to the stage as if they hadn't missed a beat... The band appeared energetic as it played new songs but stuck mainly to hits, sending the audience into a frenzy when Stefani ran into the middle of the crowd to sing 'I'm Just A Girl.'"
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by. It has deep soul, a wicked sense of humor, and Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Pam Grier, and Robert Forster.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
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