It’s been a few years since Gwen Stefani has been on the road, but the pop star can be summed up by a tune from her previous outings: Hella Good. The No Doubt singer and The Voice personality brought her current This Is What The Truth Feels Like North American trek to Toronto’s Molson Canadian Amphitheatre.
Stefani, 46, brought a passion and intensity that rose to the surface routinely. Whether it was on No Doubt signatures like Don’t Speak and the rollicking Just A Girl, or with her own bevy of hit singles, the singer didn’t let the fans or herself take anything for granted. It was quite apparent in her energy, the rather raw emotions still lingering in her latest gem Used To Love You or the way she held nothing back.
While opening with few of the songs, Stefani and her four-piece band rolled one high-octane pop melodies after another starting with Red Flag. From there she was occasionally supported by seven backing dancers.
The first of several highlights came with the opening notes of Cool, one of well-crafted pop songs at her disposal. Underneath It All had Stefani letting the crowd take over the chorus while Misery brought to mind recent efforts by Tegan and Sara.
After a short lull with Luxurious and Harajuku Girls Stefani brought out opener Eve for a great combination of Let Me Blow Ya Mind and Rich Girl. Both songs ramped up the crowd with Hella Good had everyone jumping with little coaxing from Stefani.
The singer is the co-founder and lead vocalist of the band No Doubt that experienced major success after their breakthrough studio album Tragic Kingdom (1995) along with several hit singles including; “Don’t Speak”, “Hey Baby” and “It’s My Life”. During the band’s hiatus, Stefani embarked on a solo career in 2004 by releasing her debut studio album Love. Angel. Music. Baby. Inspired by pop music from the 1980s, the album was met with both critical and commercial success.