Scotty is a huge No Doubt fan, HUGE! And while I like the band Scotty has been obsessing for months and months. Scotty found the studio that we went to when we met the band earlier this year and he scored pit tickets for the first night of their tour!
Talk about fandom! Scotty headed to the Gibson Amphitheater early and was able to get front row. Talk about dedication!
Check out Scotty’s full review and frakkin’ amazing photos after the jump!
Los Angeles, CA
November 24, 2012
I am a HUGE No Doubt fan. Having grown up in Orange County and having lived in Anaheim, this band has always had a soft spot in my music heart, not to mention they have turned out some AMAZING tracks. Now, the consensus from many fans and critics is that their new album is their “weakest” work. I, on the other hand, think this album is GREAT. I LOVE it! I think the tracks are HOT. I stayed away from the leaks, and the streams, prior to the album’s release. I am old fashioned that way. I like going to the store excited, buying the CD, and getting in my car to immerse myself in the sound of the new material. From the first listen, I was hooked on “Looking Hot” and “One More Summer.”
I was fortunate to have scored tickets in the pit for two of their seven upcoming shows at the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles to celebrate and promote their new album “Push and Shove.” I went with my sister who is just as big a fan of the band. We got to the venue early as to get in first to be at the front of the pit. To our surprise, there were more people already there than we thought. The people at the front had been there since the early morning.
We purchased our tickets through the No Doubt Tour Club. After hours of anticipation, we finally got our tickets from “Will Call,” received our pit bracelets, and waited by the doors. We waited for a good period of time before being let into the theatre. Our early arrival was not necessary, but we did not care at this point. We would have been fine coming later, but we were too charged to get our place on the barricade.
At 6:15p.m. the doors opened and the mad dash was on to gain the coveted front spot. My sister and I reached the front at the same time and nabbed our spots. Now only three hours until No Doubt would take the stage.
There were two opening bands. The first was Nico Vega. The second was Group Love who is currently being played all over the radio with their hit “Tongue Tied.” Both groups gave strong performances and had the crowd moving to their songs. I really enjoyed both groups, both of whom I was not very familiar. I will be checking out their CD’s soon.
Finally, it was around 9:15p.m. or 9:20p.m. and the lights went out. My back and feet were killing me at this point because of the many hours of standing.
I knew the pain would be gone momentarily once Gwen, Tony, Tom, and Adrian came on stage. The band made their way out and pure joy ran through my veins, as well as everyone around me. The band played everyone’s favorite hits and a few of the new songs for a GREAT set list. The set list was as follows:
Push and Shove, It’s My Life, Hella Good, Underneath It All, Ex-Girlfriend, Hey Baby, New, Hey You (Acoustic), Sparkle (Acoustic), Simple Kind of Life (Acoustic), One More Summer (Acoustic), Sunday Morning, Happy Now, Settle Down, Don’t Speak, Just a Girl, Looking Hot, Total Hate, Spiderwebs
I was thrilled with the music, the staging, and the video backdrops. Gwen’s voice was the best I have heard it. Her voice seems to get better with age, and she has never looked better. She was definitely “Looking Hot.” As the lyrics go… “Go ahead and stare, and take a picture please if you need…” As you will see from the gallery of photos, I needed more than a picture. I did make sure that I was not only taking pictures, but was also taking in the show with my own eyes. Gwen gave my sister and I a moment during “Just a Girl” and sang right to us. It was surreal.
As if the night couldn’t get any better, Gwen said she was hot after finishing “Looking Hot” and needed some help taking off her jacket. She started to scan the crowd and picked my sister to get up and help her take it off. This was the ULTIMATE moment for my sister. I was so EXCITED for her. After taking off the jacket, my sister was escorted out of the pit and was gone for ten minutes.
At first, I thought they were going to give her the jacket and were going to escort her from the venue as to not get attacked for it once the show ended. All of the sudden she made her way back to me. We took pictures, and then security asked for the jacket back. I could not believe they let her wear it for so long.
At this point the show was over. We were on such a high. It was a magical evening. If there are any tickets available, I would highly recommend getting one and checking out the show. They are playing six more nights between now and December 6th. Also, pick up their new album. It was one of my favorites this year. Thank you Gwen, Tony, Tom, and Adrian!
Check out Scotty’s amazing photos after the jump!
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