“There’s an early No Doubt song which might as well be full-on heavy metal, if you want to hear Gwen singing for Black Sabbath. And there’s an absolutely shredding solo!” No Doubt’s Tom Dumont names 10 guitarists (and one genre) that shaped his sound

Tom Dumont
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If you thought it was surreal to see No Doubt ruling last month’s Coachella festival during a pair of reunion sets, you’re not alone.

Tom Dumont, the band’s guitarist since 1988, admits he was extra-anxious over the SoCal group’s first public performances in nine years. And when your long-awaited return happens to be on a massive desert stage in front of hundreds of thousands of concertgoers, that’s the kind of pressure that brings on a gut-wrenching attack of nerves.

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Gregory Adams

Gregory Adams is a Vancouver-based arts reporter. From metal legends to emerging pop icons to the best of the basement circuit, he’s interviewed musicians across countless genres for nearly two decades, most recently with Guitar World, Bass Player, Revolver, and more – as well as through his independent newsletter, Gut Feeling. This all still blows his mind. He’s a guitar player, generally bouncing hardcore riffs off his ’52 Tele reissue and a dinged-up SG.