Gwen Stefani rocked the ‘Today Show’ with a live concert at The Plaza at Rockefeller Center. You can see the photos and video as the pop music icon and No Doubt frontwoman sang her new songs and classics and opened up about touring again for the first time in seven years.
It was 2007 when Gwen Stefani last toured, and now, she’s just embarked on her ‘This Is What the Truth Feels Like Tour’ in support of the album of the same title. That album, her third solo album, has cemented her new dominance on the pop music scene after her long hiatus. After all, it’s been a while since the ‘Hollaback Girl’ days of the Aughts.
Now it’s been nearly a year since Gwen Stefani became part of one of the biggest celebrity stories of the past year. Nothing like a divorce — in her case from longtime husband Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale — and a new romance with someone who was also having a parallel experience, that being for the five people on earth who haven’t heard, Blake Shelton who split from Miranda Lambert as country music’s power couple were suddenly no more.
Now we have a new power couple and both have albums about that unfolding story. In her interview, naturally, Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie asked her about her already self-confessed autobiographical songs on ‘This Is What the Truth Feels Like.’ Asked particularly about the song ‘Misery’ she didn’t name names, but she did say it is “about love” but “that’s all I’m going to say about that.”
Later in an interview in Studio 1A she opened up about what it was like hitting the road again after so long. Her tour just kicked off in Boston to critical acclaim. She said, “I never thought this tour would happen. I never thought this album would happen.”
Asked why she stayed away from the concert stage for so long, she said she had a lot going on and went on to say, “It was a hard couple of years, but I’m so grateful.” She also confessed that in preparing for the new tour, “I had to learn my songs again. That was crazy.”
She also opened up about what it was like to write and record songs so deeply personal. Stefani said, “I think that at first it was so naive. I hadn’t even written the song and it started coming out. It made me feel so good to do this.”
She went on to say, “It feels really incredible to share your story. You sing it, and it’s like all these little Band-Aids go all over you and it’s so comforting. I feel like that was my purpose, sort of. I’m honored.”
You can see the interviews and all the performances — from her throwback hits “The Sweet Escape” and “Hollaback Girl” to her confessional ‘Misery’ and ‘Used to Love You,’ as Gwen Stefani wows on Today Show!