At one moment during Gwen Stefani’s show at New York’s Jones Beach Amphitheater last night (July 21), she simultaneously had a six-year-old weeping with joy and a die-hard announcing she’d flown from another continent just for the concert, all while the whole place danced their asses off.
Gwen herself, a tireless blond blur, seemed far more shocked than her fans to be throwing a dance party right by the beach—stopping between songs to talk not only about how she hasn’t toured in seven years but how surprising it was to write a new album, this year’s This Is What The Truth Feels Like, all of the sudden.
Judging by the response to current songs like “Make Me Like You” and “Rare,” the latter of which she dedicated to boyfriend Blake Shelton, all those fans are so here for the new music.
Of course, older favorites like “Hollaback Girl” and “The Sweet Escape,” as well as opener Eve coming out for guest spots on “Let Me Blow Ya Mind” and “Rich Girl” got everybody into that phones-aloft, arms waving mood. But the most heartfelt, ferocious sing-alongs roared back at Gwen for the No Doubt favorites she packed in, including an early-set “Underneath It All,” “Hella Good” halfway through, and especially the encore of “Just a Girl,” when said six-year-old burst into tears, jumped onto her seat and sang it louder than anyone old enough to remember the song when it came out. What’s not to love about that?
Gwen Stefani’s amphitheaters and arenas tour rolls on through October 16. You can grab tickets here. The next show is tomorrow night in Charlotte, NC.
Get your #FBF on below with a classic interview with Gwen from 2004 when she had just released her debut solo album Love. Angel. Music. Baby.