Gwen Stefani, frontwoman of the band No Doubt, sat down to talk with Entertainment Weekly magazine about the future of the band that made her famous and she revealed that now that she is back in the fold, ready to make a new album with ND, she is ready to retire from her solo music career. According to Gwen, the plan was never to become a solo act … and because of that fact, she will only be making music with her bandmates in No Doubt.
It has been nearly 10 years since No Doubt dropped their last studio album, Rock Steady; five years since singer Gwen Stefani dropped her last solo album The Sweet Escape; and two years since the group reunited for a big summer tour. But Job-like No Doubt fans are about to be rewarded: Stefani, guitarist Tom Dumont, bassist Tony Kanal and drummer Adrian Young sat down with Entertainment Weekly in Santa Monica this past weekend to chat about where they’ve been—and where they’re going. And while we’re keeping the big news a secret for now (you can read the whole interview in this week’s coming issue, which is on newsstands this Friday), Stefani did tell us that the days of her being a solo artist are probably over. “That was a moment in time,” Stefani said firmly when asked about the future of her solo career. “It went on a little longer than we all thought it would, because it was inspired and you have to go with wherever you’re at in that time in your life … [But] everything works out how it should.”
Blah … not good news. As excited I am that No Doubt will be making new music together again, I am really bummed that Gwen is ending her solo career. I suppose it is a lot of work to be a mother, a wife, a fashion designer/business woman, a frontwoman for a world famous band AND a solo artist so I understand her reasoning. But her solo music is so fun, I’m upset that we won’t get any more albums from her. Still … I guess we can take heart that new No Doubt music is on the way. I suppose it’s not unreasonable that Gwen wants to enjoy her personal life as well as her professional life without having to fill every second of her free time with music making.