No Doubt has moved on without Gwen Stefani, and according to one source, that’s quite all right with the former punk-rock frontwoman.
Gwen Stefani’s former band revealed Thursday that the band would continue to make music without Stefani, instead replacing the blonde bombshell rocker with AFI vocalist Davey Havok, Billboard reported.
— Esquire Magazine (@esquire) February 15, 2016
According to the article, No Doubt members Tony Kanal, Tom Dumont, and Adrian Young have already completed an album with Havok, and together the men are searching for a deal from a record label. Billboard is calling the new Havok-fronted band a “supergroup,” and comparing the musicians to Audioslave, which was comprised of artists from Soundgarden and Rage Against The Machine.
The idea that No Doubt could continue on without Gwen Stefani is sad news for many a nostalgic fan, but for Stefani, the news wasn’t a shock, according to a source for Hollywood Life.
“Gwen was happy that Tony, Tom and Adrian have decided to form a band without her. There’s no animosity towards them, or likewise towards her. There was just a general acceptance that she needs to do her own thing, and so do they.”
Lately, Gwen’s “own thing” has been, well, quite a bit. As a result of her split from long-time husband Gavin Rossdale and her subsequent relationship with fellow Voice coach Blake Shelton, Stefani has been in the headlines nonstop.
In addition to working with The Voice, Stefani has also gotten to work on her upcoming solo album, titled This Is What the Truth Feels Like, which is due out on March 18 from Interscope Records. The album is said to focus on Stefani’s painful split from her husband of 13 years, which was revealed in 2015 shortly before Gwen Stefani began dating Blake Shelton.
According to Hollywood Life, the former No Doubt band mates haven’t ruled out collaborating with Gwen Stefani in the future, so upset fans can breathe a sigh of relief. There is a possibility of hearing new work with the nostalgic No Doubt sound in the future.
“They haven’t ruled out working with her in the future. Far from it, they’re open to having her collaborate with them, if the song is right. They will always leave the door open for Gwen because they have so much love for her and are proud of what she achieved as a solo artist.”
Stefani first began singing lead vocals full time for No Doubt in 1994, and the band saw major commercial success with Tragic Kingdom, which was released in 1995. With more than 16 million albums sold, Tragic Kingdom is still considered to be one of the best selling albums in history.
The band eventually took a hiatus in 2004 after Gwen Stefani began working on a solo album, but the band reunited in 2008. Eventually, the group took a second hiatus in 2013, and though No Doubt did some shows together in 2015, the group had not begun working on any new material with Stefani.
Currently, the new supergroup is currently “in limbo” as they search for a record label, Adrian Young said.
“We’re in a little bit of limbo right now, so we’ll see where that takes us.”
Do you think the band should have replaced their frontwoman? Will you listen to the new No Doubt-AFI supergroup, sans Gwen Stefani? Why or why not?
— Gwen Stefani Source (@GxStefaniSource) February 15, 2016
Find out more about the No Doubt band members as they move forward without Gwen Stefani.
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