Savvy fans of Gwen Stefani and the gang who regularly check their website have already taken notice: With no fanfare to hail it, No Doubt quietly posted late on Labor Day that the band has planned a six-show stand at Gibson Amphitheatre, launching just after Thanksgiving.
It will be the group’s first series of shows in Southern California following the Sept. 25 release of Push and Shove, ND’s eagerly awaited new album, its first in more than a decade, since 2001′s Rock Steady.
The gigs occur ever other night across a two-week period: Nov. 24, 26, 28 and 30, then Dec. 2 and 4. Watch the minute-long clip above for the announcement, complete with canned cheers and laughter. (Or was there an audience watching? I can’t quite tell.)
That timing also helps rule out at least one weekend (Dec. 1-2) that KROQ might have held its annual Almost Acoustic Christmas. Dec. 8-9 seems the likeliest candidate, unless having it begin on the first night of Hanukkah leads the radio station to pick Dec. 15-16 instead, though that would be later than usual.
Wouldn’t surprise me if No Doubt turns up at AAC as well. But about these coming Gibson shows: There’s not yet a public on-sale date, but the band is promising that the “best seats in the house” will be sold exclusively through their ND2012 Club pre-sale, which starts Thursday, Sept. 6, at 4 p.m. and ends Monday at 4 p.m.
Members may purchase tickets for one or more of the shows, as many as they wish, during that stretch for an all-inclusive rate of $115 per ticket, with a four-ticket limit per show. Both reserved seats and pit access will be available. Additionally, the pre-sale package scores you early entry into the venue and a commemorative pin and postcard set.
Some details worth noting: All ND2012 Club tickets are nontransferable and must be picked up the night of the show at the designated club entrance. You must present a valid photo ID that matches your will call name and have all guests present, as your party must immediately enter the venue upon ticket pick-up … thus fending off anyone thinking about scalping the ticket for a higher price.
My guess is that remaining tickets will go on sale next weekend, either Sept. 14 or 15. Stay tuned for more.
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