Dec. 20, 2006

Gwen Stefani Plans ‘The Sweet Escape,’ Sets 2007 Tour Plans

By Randy J. Klodz

It’s no surprise Gwen Stefani could fend for herself if she went solo. After all, she has pretty much seen it all as the frontwoman of the ever popular alternative-rock band No Doubt. Now, Gwen Stefani is proud to share her sophomore effort “The Sweet Escape” with her millions of fans. The album hit stores Dec. 5.

With her highly successful solo debut “Love.Angel.Music.Baby” hitting stores in 2004, hits like “Hollaback Girl,” “Rich Girl” and “What You Waiting For?” made the album fly off store shelves and prompted Gwen Stefani to invade arenas on her first-ever solo tour, dubbed the Harajuku Lovers Tour.

Her debut album was a smash hit, and while her new album may take a spin or two to grow on general pop fans—and Gwen fans alike—stand-up tracks like the popular single “Wind it Up” and the title track glisten. Also, the album’s closer “Wonderful Life” is sure to capture the attention of radio outlets at some point.

Fans of Fergie’s debut solo album “The Dutchess” are sure to enjoy the steady flow of “Orange County Girl.”

Also, this album also has some star power with beat master Pharrell lending guest vocals to “Yummy.”

Gwen Stefani will tour in support of “The Sweet Escape” in 2007 in what is sure to be yet another popular tour. Her tour is expected to start April 21 in Las Vegas. Stefani isn’t expected to perform in the Chicago area until June 8 when her tour gathers steam through First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre. Early indications point to tickets going on sale in February. For more info on Gwen Stefani log on to www.gwenstefani.com.

Gwen Stefani Photo: Mark Squires