I wanted this blog entry to have a cool title, but I couldn’t think of one. It was 20 years ago today that I saw No Doubt in concert for the 2nd time. I did seem them again in 2002, but I won’t be writing about that for a while.
I guess this whole story starts after the Costa Mesa show I saw.
My dad picked up a copy of The Orange County Register the day after this was an article about that show.
I was still upset I could not see them at Universal Amphitheater the next day.
I did get tickets for their August show on April 15th. I was so happy I bought my friend’s sister some nice birthday gifts. Expensive gifts. Sanrio stuff. Since I got those tickets on a Saturday I was ready to share the good news at school on Monday.
I thought I could get a cool outfit on my vacation to Laughlin, Nevada.
I was trying to replicate this outfit.
My dad was more interested in helping promote a race for a running club he joined and didn’t really care about me finding a new outfit for the concert. All the clothes I found at the mall were ugly or cheaply made. It didn’t help that I didn’t have a lot of money to buy something nice. He got in a car accident and my parents blamed me for it for wanting to look for a new outfit. He still probably would have gotten in an accident even if I was not looking for a new outfit.
I didn’t even have the money to dye my hair pink. According to second hand information I got from my mom from my cousin (supposedly) “it cost a lot”. I did eventually manage to scrounge up some money for some pink hair mascara. Not as pink as my hair was for Halloween.
Around the time this was happening my English class was reading The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. The project was to copy her style in a book about your life. Her style is not my style. It’s a very distinctive style. If you’ve read her books you know. She describes her mom’s hair of smelling like bread. How does English sound like tin? Anyway I wrote a bunch of stories about No Doubt. Including going to that show in Costa Mesa. I was wrong about the title it was called “Telepathic Gwen Connection”. Still a cheesy title thought up by 16 year old me. My friend told me I put too many No Doubt pictures in the book. I ended up annoying my English teacher who had to read the stories and grade the thing. What can I say? I thought my stories about No Doubt were my best ones. What was I going to write about? What my mom’s hair smelled like? Wearing discarded high heels? These were 2 of the comments she left.
Eventually I meet up with that guy who would not stop talking about going that No Doubt concert in 1997. It was in the beginning of May. So that would have been 3 weeks after tickets went on sale. I remember I was leaving P.E. and walking by the handball walls. I think he purposely ran into me to gloat. He was always gloating about something or another. Before I could even say it he did! That he got tickets to the show. I think we were both pissed that each other got tickets to the show. Maybe he got the tickets as an Easter present like he did for the ones in 1997.
During that summer I used to “practice” going to the concert. I would put on my Live in the Tragic Kingdom video and watch it while I stood for the whole video in the shoes I was going to wear to the concert.
I watched them perform on Leno that morning. I was so excited! They had like a 1920s look with Gwen in a hat and boa. I stayed up to watch it and tape it. Then woke up that morning and watched it again.
I was too excited to eat the Happy Meal for dinner. I was going to tape Big Brother, but I missed it because the preseason football game ran over.
The ticket for the show.
We got lost on the way over there trying to find it and my dad would not ask for directions. He always brags about how much he knows his way around the area. Yet he could not find that place. We made it in time to see all 3 acts; The Black Eyed Peas, Lit and No Doubt. There was just lots of walking there. Supposedly Gwen was out and about, but it was just some look a like. It was spacious and used to be a safari park that closed the year I was born. For more history on the place see the wikipedia article. I had really bad seats, but not lawn seats they were still pretty bad. I needed binoculars. Which I didn’t take. Gwen was really tiny from my perspective.
The opening acts were The Black eyed peas and Lit in that order. I think Lit closed with either “Over my Head” or “My own Worst Enemy”. I came into this knowing one Black Eyed Peas song “Weekend” and four Lit songs; “My Own Worst Enemy”, “Over My Head”, “Miserable” and “Zip-Lock”.
I got a shirt with them in anime style like from the “New” video. I loved that shirt and wore it all the time.
When they came out to play I stood for the whole set like everybody else there did who was capable of standing. I didn’t know this was a thing since the last show I saw them at was in a courtyard of a shopping center with no seating. Gwen wore baggy pink pants with rhinestone accents and an off the shoulder red top with rhinestones on it. There were 2 girls dressed in the “Simple Kind of Life” bride dress. During “Simple Kind of Life” somebody gave Gwen a wedding veil to wear during the song. The audience sang “Don’t Speak”. The song that won the most votes on their website was “Trapped in a Box”. There was a singing contest (girls vs boys) during “Excuse Me Mr.” Gwen said the girls sang cute. When it was the encore Adrian came out in polka dotted underwear.
This is the set list from this show.
Compared to the one I wrote from memory.
“Simple Kind of Life”
“Trapped in a Box”
“Just a Girl”
“Magic’s in the Makeup”
“Excuse Me Mr.”
After the show when everybody was leaving some people said they saw the band walking by, but I didn’t see anything. I never saw that guy from school at the show either.
When I went home and washed all the hair mascara out of my hair I stained a towel.
I was thinking about calling up that guy a few days later to see if he really went to the show and quiz him on it. But I never did.
When I told my friend about the concert a few days later. He kept getting mad that I was talking about Tony from the band which reminded him of his crush Toni. Don’t know why I was not even talking about the same person they just had similar sounding names.
I had concert hangover for days which upset my mother.