It’s one thing to watch Good Morning America’s amazing concerts on TV – but it’s a whole ‘nother experience to be there yourself. Running on four hours of sleep, sitting in the tunnel traffic getting into NYC, and running through to park to get to Rumsey Playfield to secure that spot for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
This Friday, that routine was for the legendary ska/pop group, No Doubt. This last week, the group released their first single in over 10 years, “Settle Down”. Fans waited at the stage in anticipation to see the band perform, especially after they tweeted a photo cryptic, blacked out, four song setlist. ABC crew members took the stage, getting the crowd hyped and throwing out free tee shirts to select audience members, meanwhile Gwen Stefani and guitarist Tom Dumont can clearly be seen from the sidestage.
When it was finally time for No Doubt to take the stage, the ABC newscasters took the stage, and did a short interview with the group, which was broadcasted on the TV. Everyone in the crowd knew their performance was coming, and the energy clearly flowed through.
When you watch No Doubt’s performances on television, you may turn to your friend and say, “Wow, they killed it.” and flip the channel. However, in person, one will easily find it’s a totally different experience. Ten years of hiatus, new families, and several solo projects later, the group hasn’t lost an ounce of their musicianship. Adrian, Tom and Tony took the stage, opening with “Settle Down”‘s instrumental, including Tony beating on a tom-tom for the mainly drum-based reggae track. Gwen then took the stage and had the crowd in the palm of her hand. For a concert at 8 A.M., the entire band was exactly on cue.
The band took it from newest to old, and continued on with “It’s My Life”. After admitting it was one of her favorite songs to play, they slowed it down & continued on with “Underneath It All”, and finally closed with the very upbeat “Spiderwebs”, bringing the whole crowd on their feet.
Gwen Stefani’s stage presence (and eternal beauty) is as hypnotizing as the day the “I’m Just A Girl” video was released. Adrian Young could easily be the definition of the “crazy drummer” – every band needs one. With every crowd interaction Tony Kanal (and his neon bass) or Tom Dumont made – whether it be waving or smiling to a fan in the front row, just was further proof they love what they are doing, and appreciate every fan that has been there along the way & through the wait. And once the band took their bow at the end of “Spiderwebs”, they easily left the crowd wanting more.
Good Morning America has yet to post the official videos of their performances. However, if you would like to view their interview, you may view it above.
Unofficial videos of their performance can be viewed at the following links: