No Doubt
May 3, 2009 – Before embarking on one of the most highly anticipated tours of the year, No Doubt gave their first major show since their 2004 hiatus to the thousands of fans attending The Bamboozle Music Festival, 2009.

Playing an hour+ set that included nearly every chart topper from the band’s catalog, Adrian Young, Gwen Stefani,Tom Dumont, Tony Kanal, (Stephen Bradley and Gabrial McNair) seemed nearly too excited to contain themselves. Stefani in particular seemed overjoyed to be performing with the band again (not only did she pound out a set of push-ups on stage, she addressed the crowd from half-way-up the stage left rigging!).

UPDATE: Prints of these photos with special (lower) pricing for No Doubt fans are now available in my archive!

No Doubt’s Bamboozle Set List:

“Spiderwebs”
“Hella Good”
“Bathwater”
“Underneath It All”
“Excuse Me Mr.”
“Ex-Girlfriend”
“Simple Kind Of Life”
“Guns Of Navarone” (cover, The Skatalites)
“Hey Baby”
“New”
“Running”
“Different People”
“Don’t Speak”
“It’s My Life” (cover, Talk Talk)
“Just A Girl”

“Stand And Deliver” (cover, Adam & The Ants)
“Sunday Morning”

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Photographer’s Notes

There’s no other way to say it – No Doubt is amazing to shoot. The band has the musical style, musicianship and stage presence that make for a both a great concert and a great concert photograph.

The only reason I can think of as to why a band would perform in bright white spotlights for their entire set is that they’ve attained a level of performance that can stand up the unwaivering scrutiny of fan and photographer alike. This is rare indeed.

Since the stage was high and the pit crowded, I decided to shoot this set from a stationary position near the center of the stage. Though I much prefer to move around while shooting the sheer number of bodies in the pit would have prevented a person of my small stature from moving and shooting from the best angles.

I used the Nikon D3 and 70-200mm lens for the duration of the allotted shooting time.

  1. Hey Chris,

    nice to see no doubt touring again. Not my cup of tea, but they do nice shows live.

    I like all the shots, but I especially like the drummer’s shot (12th). Amazing tones.

    Great set ;)

    Cheers,
    Daniel

  2. Superb set Chris

    @shot #3 : she can call me any time she’d like….

  3. i.
    love.
    No Doubt!

    great photos man. i’d love to shoot them one day :)

  4. George

    Absolutely love your photos man! :)
    Isn’t it so great photographing the best band on earth? :)
    See you again soon!
    Best,
    -G-

  5. Jolyne

    I love your photos! Amazing! How can I order prints of No Doubt?

  6. New blog post: No Doubt at Bamboozle 2009 — http://tinyurl.com/r7dlx8

  7. As always, great work. The 4th from the end really shows them having fun on stage. Hopefully they’ll get over to Asia and I’ll be able to shoot them.

  8. Hey Chris,

    nice to see no doubt touring again. Not my cup of tea, but they do nice shows live.

    I like all the shots, but I especially like the drummer's shot (12th). Amazing tones.

    Great set ;)

    Cheers,
    Daniel

  9. Thanks Daniel,

    Yeah, I love that one too. I’m surprised how well the camera rendered the transition from the red wash light to the bright white spot behind Adrian’s head, that’s the D3 for you I guess!

  10. Hi Paul,

    Thanks for stopping by and for your pick. You really should try and shoot No Doubt when they come back to NY.

  11. Hi WPB,

    Thanks for the comment. I’m sure you’ll get your shot at No Doubt very soon. BTW, I like your website!

  12. Hey George!

    No Doubt was awesome. I think Sarah and I are seeing them a few more times this tour. Who knows, maybe I’ll even get to shoot them again?

  13. Hi Jolyne,

    Thanks! I’m uploading the photos for print right now (85 shots!!!) I’ll update the blog and send you an email when they are ready to order.

  14. many thanks man :)

  15. Thanks as always Craig. I’m sure they will go international with this tour. I just can’t see how they would limit themselves to North America after 5 years!

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