Saturday night I saw one of my FAVORITE bands ever, No Doubt, perform live for the first time in SEVEN YEARS!
Gwen Stefani, October 2002, Chicago IL.
I went to three of Gwen’s solo shows, but have really missed No Doubt. This band has had a greater impact on my life than any other band could even come close to. I’ve met some of my best friends, and my old roommates on No Doubt message boards. Traveled great distances to see them live, and even went to an aftershow party with the ND boys (minus Gwen) back in the day.
I was so excited to finally see them reunited on stage in New York, that I cried. Totally embarrassing, but I couldn’t help it! My friend Veronica and I joined the tour club to get presale tickets, so we ended up ultra close in the 7th row! We were so close we could see Gavin and Kingston Rossdale, and later Zuma watching “mom” from the side! I also saw Ken Ehrman, from l.a.m.b their with his family, and of course Curtis, Gwen’s long time body guard walking around.
The whole experience was perfect. The only way it could have possibly been any better would be if they had played my favorite song, “Artificial Sweetner”. The stage, the video backdrops, the costumes–everything was spectacular.
I first saw No Doubt live when I was 14 or 15 years old! They are definitely one of those bands that only improves with age, so this time around they were absolutely breathtaking. I’m pretty sure the show was sold out.
I snapped a few photos with my ancient Sony digicam. I’m slightly embarrassed by the photo quality, but what can you do. (At least you can see Gwen’s costumes, including her gorgeous Ann Demeulemeester boots that I’m very jealous of. ) I’m in desperate need of a new pocket size camera, but wanted to share my photos despite their questionable appearance. I really don’t think anything can compare to the photos I took (with my SLR) at the last ND show anyway…