Selected by Dan Grunebaum

No Doubt

No Doubt

After a quickie promotional tour which saw them playing for industry folk at an invitation-only show in May, California' No Doubt returns to Japan for a full-fledged tour this autumn. Currently enjoying a new surge in popularity thanks to the success of their latest album, Return of Saturn, No Doubt's unchallenging but likable SoCal alterna-rock has hit a chord on this side of the Pacific. The secret is singer Gwen Stefani's personality that somehow manages to be hard yet feminine. In other words, Stefani may be one tough punk cookie, but she's still vulnerable and oh-so kawaii, that ingredient so essential for success in Japan. Both these qualities come through on the two singles currently in rotation, "Ex-Girlfriend" and "Simple Kind of Life."

No Doubt's story began in 1986 when Stefani's keyboard-playing brother Eric formed the band, adding sister Gwen as lead singer following the suicide of original singer John Spence in 1987. The band signed with Interscope in 1991, but their self-titled debut sank with nary a trace.

It took the death of Kurt Cobain and the collapse of grunge to create an opening for the more upbeat sounds that bands like Green Day and No Doubt were busy performing in front of local California audiences. No Doubt's turn finally came in 1995 with the release of their third album Tragic Kingdom. On the coattails of "Don't Speak" and "Just A Girl," the album spent nine weeks at the top of the charts. Stefani revealed her surprise at the band's success to the press, saying: "I can't believe it's happened to our loser band."

Losers or not, No Doubt have proven, with Return of Saturn, that they have transcended the one-hit-wonder syndrome. At this writing, tickets were still available for their sole Tokyo engagement.

No Doubt play Tokyo Bay NK Hall on 9/30. See listings for details.

Concert Listings
394: Regurgitator
393: Art Garfunkel


392: Belle and Sebastian
391: Super Furry Animals
390: Ben Folds
389: Elton John
388: Dido
387: Papa Roach
386: Beast Feast 2001
385: Summersonic
384: David Sylvian
383: Maxi Priest & Big Mountain
382: Fuji Rock Festival 01
381: Roxy Music
380: Bo Diddley
379: John McLaughlin & Zakir Hussain in Remember Shakti
378: Paul Weller
377: Coolio
376: Backyard Babies
375: Marcus Miller
374: Black Crowes
373: Megadeath
372: Dionne Warwick
371: Arrested Development
370: Mouse on Mars
369: Duran Duran
368: Linkin Park
367: Maceo Parker
366: Japan Blues Carnival 2001
365: Ben Harper
364: Cheap Trick
363: Stephen Malkmus
362: Mogwai
361: Weezer
360: Marilyn Manson
359: Green Day
358: AC/DC
357: Richard Thompson
356: Bob Dylan
355: J. Mascis
354: Leigh Stephen Kenny
352/3: Limp Bizkit
351: Boyz II Men
350: Reef
349: Park Tower Blues Festival
348: Roni Size
347: Compay Segundo
346: Incognito
345: Jimmy Page and The Black Crowes
344: Bad Religion
343: Japan Soul Festival 2000
342: Rocktober 2000
341: Richard Ashcroft
340: Motorhead
339: Festival Halou
338: Ricky Martin
337: Taj Mahal
336: Asian Dub Foundation
335: Lou Reed
334: Earth, Wind & Fire
333: Sting
332: No Doubt
331: Camel
330: Fuji Rock: Smash Talks
329: Summer Sonic
328: Mt. Fuju Aid 2000
327: Salif Keita
326: Buena Vista Social Club
325: Bill Frisell
324: Maxi Priest
323: Lenine
322: Rage Against the Machine
321: Tommy Flanagan Trio
320: Smashing Pumpkins
319: Pet Shop Boys
318: Japan Blues Carnival
317: Gipsy Kings
316: Steely Dan
315: Pshish
314: Big Night Out
313: Femi Kuti and the Positive Force
312: Harry Connick Jr.
311: Sonny Rollins
310: Speech
309: Santana