No Doubt ready to rock again after making babies
NEW YORK (AP) - When the members of No Doubt got together again to make new music, something unexpected came with them: a bit of doubt.
It had been 11 years since they'd put out Rock Steady and their priorities had changed. Each of the four had gotten married and had kids, producing eight babies between them. Music was no longer the most important thing in their lives. Could they still make it work?
"That's pretty complicated stuff when you start to really look at it," 42-year-old lead singer and lyricist Gwen Stefani says. "You're playing this role your whole life - the singer of No Doubt - totally committed to this in the greatest kind of way, and then all of a sudden, you're saying, 'Actually, you guys cannot be No. 1 anymore or else this is not going to work."'
The band has somehow made it work. They return this month with their first studio CD in over a decade - Push And Shove, which blends their signature mix of ska and British New Wave with lyrics that reveal some anguish at their new lives.