Fans who wanted to see the band No Doubt perform again will be able to do just that, but it certainly won’t be the same. As Gwen Stefani gets ready to release a new solo album, it seems the rest of her original band have moved on to make a new supergroup with AFI singer Davey Havok. Tom Dumont, Tony Kanal and Adrian Young of No Doubt have announced that they will be teaming up with Havok to form a new group that is currently not named, and doesn’t have a record label to call home, according to Billboard.
The new group comprised of Davey Havok, Tony Kanal, Tom Dumont and Adrian Young already have a completed album. Managed by Pat Magnarella of Green Day fame, the foursome just needs to find a label willing to release their new album. The new group is being dubbed a supergroup and has been compared to the musical matchup of Soundgarden and Rage Against The Machine members who came together to form Audioslave. There are some concerns about how the new, and still unnamed group, will do without their most famous member, Gwen Stefani, at the helm.
Looks like the new music with Davey and No Doubt has been confirmed by No Doubt’s guitarist. pic.twitter.com/lbZ0TI9lDE
— AFI News HQ (@AFINewsHQ) February 12, 2016
AFI released their last album titled Burials in October 2013. Just one month prior, they played their first show in four years. Then, AFI played the Austin City Limits festival in 2014, earning a nod from Rolling Stone as one of the “10 Best Things We Saw at Austin City Limits Fest 2014.” AFI celebrates 25 years as a band in 2016, and it seems odd that the lead singer would jump ship to form a new group with everyone in No Doubt except Gwen Stefani. AFI hasn’t forgotten about the huge milestone, though, and will be releasing a limited edition lithograph and t-shirt each month throughout the year.
No Doubt toured even more recently, with shows played throughout the first half of 2015. The popular Long Beach ska band released their last album with Gwen Stefani in 2012 and the release was underwhelming, to say the least. Push and Shove didn’t break any Billboard records with only 259,000 units sold.
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) February 11, 2016
Gwen Stefani responded to the disappointing response to No Doubt’s 2012 release by furthering her solo career instead. Stefani hired Irving Azoff as her new manager and recently announced that her newest album will be called This Is What The Truth Feels Like. Stefani’s solo album is due out on March 18 and the track list has already been made available online.
Will No Doubt ever get back together with Gwen Stefani for another album or tour? Right now, the supergroup comprised of AFI frontman Davey Havok plus the three band members from No Doubt is being dubbed as “temporary.” Adrian Young even told Billboard in their most recent issue that he’s not sure what the future holds for his current unnamed group or a possible No Doubt reunion. “We’re in a little bit of limbo right now,” he said, “so we’ll see where that takes us.”It may just be a project to keep the rock stars working while Gwen Stefani releases what could be the biggest record of her career based on the insane popularity of her most recent hit single, “Used To Love You.”
Does the new group featuring everyone from No Doubt mean that a reunion that includes Gwen Stefani is less likely? The former frontwoman is currently busy, not only with her solo career and upcoming album but also with a very high profile relationship with fellow coach from Season 9 of The Voice, Blake Shelton.
Check out this No Doubt concert from 2012, the same year their last album was released.
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