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:
“Underneath It All”
“Excuse Me Mr.”
“Simple Kind Of Life”
“Guns Of Navarone” (cover, The Skatalites)
“It’s My Life” (cover, Talk Talk)
“Just A Girl”
“Stand And Deliver” (cover, Adam & The Ants)
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.