With No Doubt set to reunite with a pair of concerts this weekend, Gwen Stefani and bassist Tony Kanal sat down with MTV to discuss the often-overlooked subplot of their first tour in five years: To work on a new album, penciled in for a 2010 release. "We're calling it 'the procrastination tour' ... well, I am, at least. I'm the biggest procrastinator," Gwen Stefani told MTV. "It's not their fault, it's my fault, because I had this whole game plan: 'OK, I'm gonna go on tour with my last record, I'm gonna come home, I'm gonna get pregnant, I'm gonna have a baby, but while I'm pregnant, I'm gonna make the No Doubt record.' That was, like, the plan, but it all didn't work."
With the band struggling to craft new songs, No Doubt's drummer Adrian Young admitted that the album wouldn't be ready by 2009. As Stefani said on the band's Website in November 2008, "I think if we go out on tour it will inspire us to write. I need to see the fans out there." "You know, it all made sense. We were in the studio, trying to write. Things weren't coming," Kanal told MTV. "Gwen was feeling like she couldn't find the place where she wanted to start the writing process. I think she always goes through this and I think we just need to find ourselves. We just need to get out on the road."
When they decided to embark on a tour, Kanal says, "It was like four adults became four little kids again. We're giddy about it." No Doubt will play a pair of New Jersey shows this weekend, first at Atlantic City's Borgata on May 2nd and the following day as the headliners at the Bamboozle Festival at East Rutherford's Meadowlands. From there, the quartet will cameo on Gossip Girl to play their cover of Adam & The Ants' "Stand and Deliver" on May 11th, then the reunion tour goes full throttle on the West Coast. Get the full tour dates here. Rock Daily will be at Bamboozle this weekend, so check back Monday for the full report.