No Doubt – The Formation, Hiatus and Reunion

No Doubt is a rock band that was formed in 1986 and hails from Anaheim, California. It’s one of the few American rock bands that have consistently held onto its band members for so long. The group consists of the following members:

  • Gwen Stefani – She is the vocalist
  • Tony Kanal – He is both a bassist and keyboardist
  • Tom Dumont – He is also a keyboardist, but can play the guitar as well
  • Adrian Young – He is the band’s drummer

The No Doubt rock band has been having both studio and live performances starting from the 1990s. The support of Gabrial McNair, an excellent keyboardist and trombonist as well as that of Stephen Bradley, a keyboardist and trumpeter has been significant in making the group achieve greater heights.

The No Doubt Formative Years

The people who came up with the idea of getting a group together to form a rock band were John Spence, Dairy Queen, and Eric Stefani. This is when they brought in the likes of Jerry McMahon, Chris Webb, Gabriel Gonzalez, Chris Leal, Tony Meade, and Alan Meade. Their practicing venue was at the garage of Eric’s parents.

Later on, Tony Kanal joined in as well as Paul Caseley and Eric Carpenter. One of the saddest events in the history of the band happened in December 1987 when the band had been invited to play at The Roxy Theatre. A few days to the event, one of their band members, John Spence, committed suicide.

The band broke up later, but again regrouped after a few weeks and Alan Meade took over the vocals. After some time, Meade left and was replaced by Gwen who took the lead singer role. They were lots of movements in and out of the band which culminated in Caseley leaving in July 1989 to join the US Navy Band.

No Doubt Albums

The band was signed by Interscope Records in 1990 by Tony Ferguson in a multi-album deal which saw them release their first self-titled album in 1992. However, this album didn’t do well in the market and sold only 30,000 copies.

The second album for No Doubt was produced by Trauma Records in 1993 after Eric Stefani and Tony Kanal left the band to pursue their personal interests. The album was called the Beacon Street Collection. It sold more copies than the first album.

In 1995, the group released the Tragic Kingdom album that mainly highlighted the relationship between Gwen Stefani and Tony Kanal who had broken up after seven years of dating. From this album, the single entitled Just a Girl catapulted the group to mainstream commercial success.

The Break Up and Reunion

2003 was such an excellent year for No Doubt. They released quite a number of commercially successful hits. Before the break up, the band went on a tour in mid-2004 with Blink-182. Gwen Stefani launched her solo career and later a tour in October 2005.

The period between 2008 and 2013 saw the band work together as a team with Gwen Stefani on board. However, in October 2013 another break up happened and as at present, the band is on its second hiatus with Stefani not sure when they will regroup.