No Doubt Makes a Massive Show Feel Intimate

Rock in Rio USA, May 8

Rock In Rio Day 1 in Las Vegas, NV

Photo by Erik Kabik

“I just wanna know every single person here tonight,” Gwen Stefani said to an audience of … thousands. It’s been 20 years since No Doubt emerged from Orange County with their breakthrough album, Tragic Kingdom, but they still play with the fervor of a band trying to win fans. Stefani was constantly in motion—twisting her torso, flipping her platinum locks, racing and jumping across the stage. Bassist Tony Kanal kicked both of his legs off the ground with nearly every strum. Yet with all of the exhilaration, the band achieved an undeniable intimacy with its audience. Stefani invited a poster-yielding fan onstage to snap a selfie. She got personal during “the make-out part” acoustic portion, telling fans “Excuse Me Mr.” is “a song I wrote about Tony Kanal. And it’s a really mean song.” (While that fact is no secret, you couldn’t help but feel closer to them both with that honesty.) Stefani polled the audience on whether to play “Happy Now” or “End It on This” (they did the latter), and the band closed with three mega-hits: “Don’t Speak,” “Just a Girl” and “Spiderwebs.” After an emotional group bow, Stefani signed autographs and shook hands with fans in the front row, just like she must have done decades ago. ★★★★✩

Hella Good
It’s My Life
Underneath It All
Settle Down
Hey Baby
Simple Kind of Life
Magic’s in the Makeup
Excuse Me Mr.
Sunday Morning
End It on This
Don’t Speak


Photos by Erik Kabik

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