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Coachella 2024: No Doubt Revitalizes with Ska-Infused Set

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Gwen Stefani and No Doubt perform during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, on April 13, 2024.

Saturday night at Coachella, fans were in for a treat as No Doubt reunited for their first full concert together since 2015. It was a long-awaited moment for fans who had been eagerly anticipating seeing the band back on stage. The Coachella 2024 Valley Music and Arts Festival provided the perfect backdrop for their comeback, with excitement buzzing through the crowd as they took to the stage. The energy was palpable as No Doubt delivered a memorable performance, reminding everyone why they’re one of the most beloved bands in music history.

The band gave it their all, and Gwen Stefani kept telling us how much she loves us (she even joked about wanting to “slap” us, but in a loving way, I think?). They even had Olivia Rodrigo, a famous artist from Southern California, join them on stage, even though she was born long after No Doubt’s heyday.

It’s been 12 years since the SoCal group got together for their last album, “Push and Shove,” and their last show was back in 2015. Gwen Stefani made sure to remind us of this many times during their Coachella performance. Since then, Stefani has become well-known as a judge on “The Voice” and has released a few singles to remind everyone that she’s still a singer, even though her peak days with No Doubt and as a solo artist in the 2000s are behind her.

No Doubt’s triumphant return at Coachella 2024 rekindles their ska roots. No Doubt proving they’re as vibrant as ever, even three decades since their debut in 1992. Get ready to groove to their timeless tunes and infectious energy. Gwen Stefani, Tony Kanal, Tom Dumont, and Adrian Young, the band members, rocked the stage for 80 minutes, showing no signs of slowing down. They played with the same energy and enthusiasm as they did when they were young. If they hadn’t aged a day since the vintage footage of their early days played behind them.

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Gwen Stefani and Tony Kanal of No Doubt performing at the 2015 KAABOO Festival in Del Mar, California.
Gwen Stefani and Tony Kanal of No Doubt performing at the 2015 KAABOO Festival in Del Mar, California.

No Doubt could’ve easily been seen as just another nostalgia act at Coachella 2024, sharing the main stage with newer artists like Sabrina Carpenter and Lil Uzi Vert. But their chemistry, formed since their beginning, proved they’re more than that. Even in their mid-50s, they rocked the stage with the same passion and energy as ever.

Gwen Stefani’s charisma as the lead singer definitely helped. She was almost flawless, never missing a beat, whether she was dancing with Tony Kanal or hyping up the crowd. But it was the band’s tight connection, even after years apart, that breathed new life into their songs. Whether they were playing old favorites like “Total Hate ’95” or starting with the fiery “Hella Good,” they proved they’ve still got it.

Formed in Anaheim, California in 1986, No Doubt fully embraced their ska style at Coachella. Style from their dance moves to their fashion choices, with plaid splashed across the stage. Hits like “Ex-Girlfriend,” “It’s My Life,” “Hey Baby,” and “Don’t Speak” had the crowd going. On the other hand, along with some lesser-known tracks like “Different People” and “Happy Now?”. Interestingly, they didn’t play any songs from “Push and Shove.”

Gwen Stefani seemed surprised by the size of the audience, especially since many festival-goers probably see No Doubt as their parents’ music. But the band felt fresh and relevant, even when Olivia Rodrigo joined them for “Bathwater.” It didn’t feel like a ploy; they were already winning over the crowd.

No Doubt’s secret? They were just having fun, not treating it like work. Stefani even did push-ups before “Just a Girl.” She mentioned feeling like they were in the future with the audience and how their songwriting from their Anaheim days, like “Just a Girl,” felt more relevant than ever.

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No Doubt hasn’t been in the spotlight for a while, but their Coachella show felt like a big comeback. It wouldn’t be surprising if this performance was a warm-up for a big tour. Judging by the crowd’s cheers and how involved they were in the songs, No Doubt might have more surprises up their sleeve for the future.

Here’s the list of songs No Doubt played at Coachella:

  1. “Hella Good”
  2. “Sunday Morning”
  3. “Ex-Girlfriend”
  4. “It’s My Life”
  5. “Different People”
  6. “Hey Baby”
  7. “Total Hate ’95”
  8. “Bathwater” (featuring Olivia Rodrigo)
  9. “Simple Kind of Life”
  10. “Underneath It All”
  11. “Happy Now?”
  12. “New”
  13. “Just a Girl”
  14. “Don’t Speak”
  15. “Spiderwebs”
  16. “One Step Beyond” (horns-only interlude, cover of Madness song)
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