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Gwen Stefani talks This Is What the Truth Feels Like tour

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Posted on 12:41, Thursday, August 4

Toronto Sun -When your imploded personal life becomes fodder for your latest album, of course people are going to want to know how it will translate in a live setting.

Take, for instance, Gwen Stefani, whose split from Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale and subsequent hookup with fellow The Voice coach and country star Blake Shelton gave her material for her third solo album, 2016s This Is What the Truth Feels Like.

But the 46-year-old singer says it will be cathartic as she plays Torontos Molson Canadian Amphitheatre Thursday and Vancouvers Rogers Arena Aug. 25 as part of her summer tour.

Its been so healing, the process of writing it and sharing it, said Stefani. And to go live with it takes it to a whole other place, where I can actually go face-to-face with the people that have actually supported me all these years and through this year especially.

We caught up with Stefani down the line from her L.A. home in a teleconference interview.

How are you going to be able to sing these very personal songs night after night in front of people?

These songs I feel like God just handed them down to me as, like this kind of Band-Aid to kind of help me through this crazy time in my life. And its all about finding your gift and then sharing it. And it is very draining, and touring is very draining, because theres so much output Every time I go out on stage, I have to do my very best. You cant just walk through it. Like you have to be in it, and its exhausting. And I think thats one of the reasons I havent toured in seven years, because the last tour I did almost killed me, like after having those two babies and then going on tour and nursing, and I have an infant on tour. And doing those No Doubt shows are really super physical. So I think that it will be super emotional, but I think theres going to be something quite I dont know like satisfying and healing, and its going to be something thats going to make me feel super empowered.

And emotional?

Its going to be super emotional, yes. And even going back in time, like when I did those shows with No Doubt last summer, and I literally was in the middle of hell in my own personal life and nobody knew, and just my parents and the people that were right around me, and getting up on stage and doing those songs, I would get off stage and be, like Oh, my God. Because Im revisiting emotions that I had even back then that were relevant now and its like, What? So its incredible to be in the position to be able to be a songwriter and share your story with people and then have people relate to it, and then, it makes you feel better about yourself in your own life and you feel comforted.

How do you balance your professional life with your personal life because it seems like theres so much blurring right at this moment between those two things?

I think thats something that always has been part of my journey and with [No Doubts third studio album] Tragic Kingdom, that was all about my personal life, and every single song Ive pretty much ever written has been about my personal life, and I feel okay sharing that. I think the only place where I feel a little bit more protective of it is really when you have children. Because at the end of the day, you dont want to, like them be a teenager and go, Oh, my God. Mom, why did you say that? Or Why did they say that about you? Thats where it starts to get tricky for me, but Im really okay with everything else.

What about things that are written about your personal life?

I dont really have that much control over it, if you think about it. A lot of its out of my control. People say whatever theyre going to say, believe whatever theyre going to believe. I know what the truth is. I know my family knows what the truth is. Its kind of like either way everybody has their own opinion about me, which I have no control over.

And, on the plus side, look what ended up coming out of a bad personal time?

When things started to kind of, like in my life unravel last year, its sometimes really bad things happen just so that really great things will happen, and I think thats what happened to me. It was like a wakeup call. Get back on track and stop being insecure about writing and your gift and what youre here for, and stop being selfish and share what youve got. It was really hard because I just wanted to get under the covers and eat pizza and cry. But I just went to the studio and thats what This Is What the Truth Feels Like is.

A RECENT GWEN STEFANI SET LIST

Red Flag Intro

Red Flag

Wind It Up

Baby Dont Lie

Obsessed

Where Would I Be?

Cool

Make Me Like You

Underneath it All (No Doubt song) 

Misery Interlude

Misery

Luxurious

Harajuku Girls

Let Me Blow Ya Mind  (Eve cover) 

Rich Girl

Hella Good  (No Doubt song) 

Rare

What You Waiting For? Interlude

What You Waiting For?

Its My Life (Talk Talk cover) 

Asking 4 It

Dont Speak  (No Doubt song) 

Naughty

Used to Love You

Hollaback Girl

Truth

Just a Girl (No Doubt song) 

The Sweet Escape

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