Gwen Stefani on Prince, the Future of No Doubt

By Robyn Collins for Radio.com

Gwen Stefani’s new record, This is What the Truth Feels Like is is a journey through her heartbreak that recalls an earlier album from her career: No Doubt’s 1995 Tragic Kingdom. “I didn’t even know I could write music,” she recalls. “And then my heart was ripped out, and, like, served back to me on a platter. And this album, I feel like it just fell out of the sky. It was a miracle.”

But the future of that band seems to be in question. She told Rolling Stone, “I don’t know what’s going to happen with No Doubt.”

She noted that their 2012 reunion album, Push and Shove, was unsuccessful and may have been doomed from the start: “When Tony [Kanal] and I are connected creatively, it’s magic. But I think we’ve grown apart as far as what kind of music we want to make. I was really drained and burned out when we recorded that album. And I had a lot of guilt: ‘I have to do it.’ That’s not the right setting to make music. There’s some really great writing on that record. But the production felt really conflicted. It was sad how we all waited that long to put something out and it didn’t get heard.”

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In the same interview, she addressed her collaboration with Prince from the ’90s. “He was such a genius that you can’t believe he existed. I was onstage with No Doubt in Minneapolis in the Nineties, and I saw his silhouette in the audience. I was like, ‘How is this happening?’ Later, I sent him the demo to this song “Waiting Room” – he called and said, “Hey, I had to rewrite the song, but I think you’re going to like it.” He played on the version you hear on [No Doubt’s 2001 album] Rock Steady, and I sang on his album [on the song “So Far, So Pleased” from 1999’s Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic]. He sat at the board and sang me every single note. I was in there for, like, eight hours.”

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