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TomDumont: Hi this is Tom. I'm happy to be

here and to answer your questions. So, fire away!

SonicNetMod2: When is your new album coming


TomDumont: We would like it to come out

sometime before the end of the year, but we're in the writing and

demoing process now and I haven't even entered the studio to

record any songs yet. But, we're gonna take as long as it takes

to make a great record, so if we can't finish it by this year it

won't be out till next year.

Sarmicahfan17: Hi Tom, I just wanted to ask

how do you feel about No Doubt being nominated

for the Grammy's? Excited? Nervous?

TomDumont: Definitely. I think we all feel

proud to be nominated, recognized by the music industry. None of

us really expect to win and we're looking at it as more of a free

trip to NYC to hang out for a few days and go to parties.

_crystal_rain: What advice would you give to

people who want to get into the music biz?

TomDumont: That's a hard question. The number

one thing would be to really enjoy the process of playing and

making music. As statistically speaking it's really hard to make

a living from music, so really sometimes the only value is in

doing it and not necessarily the hopes for fame or fortune.

_crystal_rain: How are you handling the

stress that comes with being apart of such a famous group?

TomDumont: The only real stress comes from

our relationships within the band and spending the time to make

sure those relationships... there's no real pressure from any

outside sources. We really just want to maintain our friendships.

Since we've gotten together after a few months off touring it's

like old times again and the pressures of being together have all


kalebguest_308d42872: Do you ever get in

fights with your band members? Because our band fights all the


TomDumont: Sometimes we have little arguments

and sometimes we have big fights, but that's true of any

relationship anybody has whether it be friends or family. At the

end of the day we're all best friends and pretty inseparable.

Zoo_lemonade: What are, as a band, your

biggest musical influences?

TomDumont: I'll keep this to the ones we

collectively appreciate as a band. I'll start with the Beatles

certainly Madness, fishbone, Elvis Costello. Currently, Weezer

and Bjork.

Foofighterx : Do you watch the Daily


TomDumont: No. I watch Bob Vila,


Kenny1683: What kind of traits do you look

for in a girl?

TomDumont: Hmmm.. Sharp witted, outgoing,

sexy, and nasty. That's hard to answer, but in four words that's

pretty good.

Nikki_Rae_98: How long did it take you guys

to get this far?

TomDumont: We started in 1987, so 11 years.

BLuE_aSpHaLt: Do you guys like Save Ferris?

TomDumont: I think that Monique has a good

voice and I think they're a good band. And they're nice people as

far as I know. I used to promote a club in Anaheim years ago and

Monique’s old band used to come into my club, so I knew her

in those days and she was always very nice.

FrogStarEyes: Do you ever perform songs from

you first two albums? I know you do "Move On" but any


TomDumont: Yes, usually one or two songs from

each album every show. We'd like to do more but the vast majority

of fans don't know those songs and it kinda bums them out.

Gothichore00: What do you think of Marilyn


TomDumont: I grew up as a very young kid

loving KISS so naturally I would appreciate Marilyn Manson. And I

like that you can see through the girls shirt in the video I like

all their videos.

FrogStarEyes: If you weren't a musician what

else do you think you would have as a career?

TomDumont: Maybe a construction worker or a


SeetherStar: What do you hope to be doing in

10 years form now?

TomDumont: When I'm forty years old, I have

no idea.

Orange_Freeway: Have you thought of a name

for ND's new CD?

TomDumont: I think of names for our next CD

all the time and I'm gonna make a huge list and present them to

the band. But there hasn't been any working title at all yet

ZeroSlunk: What equipment do you use?

TomDumont: As far as guitars go, I play

guitars made by Haymer. They're hand made in CT and they're very

nice quality guitars. I like any kind of tube amps from the

60’s. Most notably Silvertone amps and Fender amps.

JoNaThEnDaViS : Do you like South


TomDumont: Yes. We watch it and we're big Mr.

Hankie fans. They've actually asked us to write a song and be on

a future episode and I'm not sure yet if we're going to be able

to but we're certainly going to be able to try.

delldawgguest_438d177: "The Climb"

is a song about your stardom right?

SonicNetGuest: The lyrics to the climb were

written by Eric Steffani, Gwen's brother, and I think it could be

about us and stardom, but it could be about anything in life in a

very general sense.

chanceXguest_3cbc766: Is your label Sea

Creature Records going to be signing groups, or is it just for

distribution and such for the band?

TomDumont: Sea Creature Records is our

"vanity label" and we're going to try to sign bands,

but so far we've been so busy writing our own songs we haven't

found any bands to sign. I should tell people to send demos. If

you want to send a demo you can send it to our PO Box that's on

our CD credits.

Keefer_37: Is there anything new you've been

experimenting with musically?

TomDumont: We've tried to use drum loops and

computer technology to write songs, but it turns out it's a lot

easier to just play them and record them as a band using real

instruments. So I guess that was a failed attempt.

SeetherStar: Who do you get along with the

best from the band?

TomDumont: I live down the street from

Adrian, so I guess we're pretty regular buddies. But I'm also

really close with Tony and Gwen as well. It's really hard to pick

your friends and prioritize them, but I guess me and Adrian hang

out more than anyone else.

AyeDavanita_PJ: Who would you like to tour


TomDumont: I feel like we've pretty much

played shows with everyone we've ever wanted to. There is a

chance that we're going to play a show in Hawaii with Madness in

the beginning of May that's in the works.

AyeDavanita_PJ: Tom what song would you like

to remake?

TomDumont: When I'm driving in the car

listening to my radio, I always think of songs that I want to

remake. We've talked about "Almost Blue" by Elvis

Costello but haven't gotten around to it yet.

BLuE_aSpHaLt: How do you guys feel about Gwen

always in the spotlight?

TomDumont: We're fine about it. That question

came up to us a lot in the past year. I think because of the

"Don't Speak" video which portrayed the three guys in

the band having a problem with Gwen's fame, but that video was a

pseudo fictional creation and I honestly wouldn't change that if

I could go back and change it.

SeetherStar: ND has dealt with a suicide, and

I 'm sure it was very tough. Do you have any advice for someone

who's thinking about it?

TomDumont: Anyone who's thinking about

suicide should certainly seek some kind of solace when they can,

and if no ones available try to find a psychiatrist who can help


Kat178: how did each of you come to join the


TomDumont: That's a bunch of really long

stories and maybe you could check out bio’s from our website

to read more about that because it would take over an hour to

tell those stories.

SnakesNxD: What is your opinion on drugs?

TomDumont: I believe in the title of a song

by Oingo Boingo and that is, once or twice is good for your soul.

I think anything in moderation is fine, but overdoing anything is

probably a mistake.

No_Doubt30: When exactly is your 4th album

coming out and what kind of material is gonna be on it??

TomDumont: We've only just started working on

songs for the next album and it's hard to describe the direction

we're heading in, but I will say that it will definitely not be a

projection from where Tragic Kingdom

left off. You won't see us going back and trying to compete with all

the new SKA bands out there.

twocanguest_3aa040963: Where does most of the

inspiration for the songs come from?

TomDumont: Lyrically speaking I would guess

that Gwen's inspiration comes from experiences and events in her

life. Musically speaking, we're inspired a lot by new wave groups

from the 80’s.

Nodoubters : Hi Tom, we are from the

Brazilian fan club ,we are waiting you here, we love you, and we

wanna ask you if you have a favorite nominate on Grammy


TomDumont: Well, I should say hi to Brazil.

We had great shows there last year as far as excited about Grammy

nominees, not to be negative but I'm not that excited about

anybody, but then again I'm not sure who's nominated for what. So

I'll have to wait till Wednesday night to find out who excites


Funkadylicsk8er: Did you play in any other

bands before No Doubt?

TomDumont: Yes, in the mid 80’s I played

in a heavy metal group with my older sister modeled after Iron

Maiden and Judas Priest.

SonicNetMod2: Were you surprised to find out

Rob Halford was gay?

TomDumont: Me and all my friends, heavy metal

fans, suspected it for years, and I'm happy he finally came out

of the closet. In some ways it kind of breaks down the barriers

of the macho heavy metal world.

StoneCold50: What do you do for fun? When

your not working?

TomDumont: I like to hot rod, muscle cars,

automobiles made in the 60’s. I watch all those home

improvement shows on Saturday afternoon and I have a puppy dog

that's biting me right now, a Jack Russell terrier. He's the

cutest freaking dog ever.

Ltlmnstr: Tom, How does it feel to be in the

most popular band of 1997?

TomDumont: It feels good. In my day to day

life I don't feel as popular as we must be. As an aside, I'm

reading peoples comments as I'm doing this and I find them very


Aleashie: What’s your favorite album?

TomDumont: That's impossible to answer. Too

many favorites. I'll name my three favorites of 97, and I'm not

100% sure they were released in 97. Pinkerton by

Weezer, Fashion Nugget by Cake and the Sublime


Amanda14198: What was your favorite song from

your album?

TomDumont: "Ended on This."

SonicNetHost: Are there going to be any songs

on the new album about or dedicated to Brad Knowell?

TomDumont: I don't know yet. Maybe we'll

dedicate the songs to Bud and Eric who are the surviving members

of Sublime.

Tom: Who influenced you the most in your

music career?

TomDumont: Gwen.

Maynard_1 : Tom, are you still doing your

article for the Guitar magazine?

TomDumont: No that was a limited job that

only lasted for three or four issues.



TomDumont: We in No Doubt have

always listened to the radio and watched MTV,

and always wished we could be on the radio and MTV.

We're happy we achieved that and I believe that the concept of

selling out is the concept of a pre-teenager.

Corky__ : Does the band routinely have group


TomDumont: We only have group sex on the

first Thursday of each month, so no, not routinely.

Greemsal: Do you guys miss playing with


TomDumont: Yes.

_crystal_rain: What would you like to do


TomDumont: I would like to teach high school

girls volleyball in the state of Utah, where the legal age of

consent is 16. They have some really attractive Mormons in Utah,

they're kinda like catholic school girls.

SonicNetHost: Are Gabe and Steve in No

Doubt for the long run?

TomDumont: We hope so, they're off doing

their own thing right now. But we'll do everything we can to make

sure they're out touring with us and playing on our records.

They're the best horn section we've ever had.

_DKNY_girl: How does it feel to have to meet

with certain expectations on your talent?

TomDumont: The only expectations I have to

meet are my own, and the others in the band and those are pretty


Keefer_37: Are there any producers you'd

really like to work with?

TomDumont: We keep trying to get Elvis

Costello to produce our record and they keep saying he doesn't

produce records anymore. We'd like to get a producer who's maybe

gay or bisexual like Rob Halford.

SlimGym: Tom what do you recommend to a

fellow guitarist, when looking for a singer?

TomDumont: You should look for someone who

sings good. That's smart ass, but it's true.

BAYOU_MAC: Tom, what bands from the 80s most

influenced you?

TomDumont: Oingo Boingo. For years and years

we told ourselves that we would learn the song "Little

Girls" and it would be cool to have Gwen sing about

molesting little girls, but it's too complicated.

SonicNetHost: What smaller bands would you

like to open up for you on your next tour?

TomDumont: Tough one. I haven't listened to

the radio enough to know what all the new bands are doing out

there, so I apologize. How 'bout Prodigy, that would be fun,

they're probably bigger than us, well technically speaking we

might be bigger... but that could be all sweaty and grimy and

don't shower and with all different girls...

Vwxs: How long did it take to make Tragic


TomDumont: On and off it took three years,

but we were only in the studio a week or two here or there,

between our jobs and going to Cal State Fullerton.

SpiralBeck : So, where you a part of the band

when Eric Steffani was still involved or had he already left to

pursue his career as a cartoonist?

TomDumont: I was in the band for 9 years with


HYDRA_6: Do you enjoy your fame?

TomDumont: Yeah, there are a lot of great

fringe benefits that come from being in a rock band for example,

a free trip to NY this week for the Grammy’s.

We get taken to dinner at really expensive restaurants by music

industry moguls. And then also we get to travel around the world

for free and go to places we never would have been able to afford

to go to if we weren't famous.

Beastie_girl_182: If you had the choice to

sleep with one girl in the whole world, who would it be?

TomDumont: Certainly I have a lot of

favorites. Right now probably Natalie Portman or maybe also Dave


Theo_78: Some people say your band turned

from Ska to pop. Is that true?

TomDumont: Yes. However, that happened back

in 1993 before anyone in the world gave a shit about us. We did

not do that to sell more records.

NDStylee: Tom do you like Bush?

TomDumont: I think they're nice guys.

SonicNetMod2: I saw you guys at the Berkley

Square do you miss that?

TomDumont: Yes, those shows we played at

Berkeley Square were among the sweatiest rock concerts on record.

I do remember that one show where I got spit on a lot. This one

guy kept spitting on me. And since he couldn't move in the pit I

spit this lougi on him.

Mr. Larsen: What is your favorite city to

play in Europe?

TomDumont: Without any question, Barcelona,


SonicNetMod2: Who is your favorite Spice


TomDumont: I like Sporty Spice. Actually, I

have a story about me and the Spice Girls.

TomDumont: I was on the rooftop pool of the

four seasons hotel in Singapore when we played there, and I was

reading a book and nobody else was up on the pool deck. And all

of a sudden the Spice Girls came up with some guys from MTV

and a camera and they did some kind of MTV promo

and they all checked me out with my shirt off and they were all

too nervous to come up and talk to me. No one even came up to

talk to me and I was the only guy up there. Sporty Spice looked

really good, so did Scary Spice. She seems really intelligent.

Pretty bright. And after they left, I had these fantasies where

they'd all come to my room.

Hedvig77: What did you think of playing with

Stephen Perkins? Do you like Jane’s Addiction?

TomDumont: Yes. Jane’s Addiction were a

big group in LA during our formative years and we got Steven

Perkins to play drums, steel drums on "Spider Webs." He

was a super nice guy. Really musically inclined and really cares

about music and doesn't seem to into making the scene, so to

speak didn't seem like a hot shot.

LatinLoverboy25: HOW did No Doubt

maintain a positive outlook for so many years before striking


TomDumont: We had a great following in

Southern California starting in 1987, for all those years and we

always had great shows to play thanks to our fans in this area.

So we always felt really successful when we started making


TobbeE: How old were you the very first time

you had sex?

TomDumont: 17.

Mattyp_98: How long have you been playing

guitar, and are you self taught?

TomDumont: Mostly self taught and I've been

playing for 18 years. I started when I was 12.

Darkling_stalker: Should we nuke Iraq?

TomDumont: No. I'm pretty certain there's a

bunch of nice normal people who live in Iraq that shouldn't be


Kat178: Do you ever go in the No

Doubt chat room on the official page?

TomDumont: No I never have, but it's because

my AOL browser never supported it.. Now that I have Netscape

maybe I'll start.

SonicNetHost: What were some some that you

guys opened up for when you were smaller?

TomDumont: Believe it or not, we opened for

Bad Religion and the Untouchables and Fishbone and Jellyfish and

Ziggy Marley those were all pretty exciting for us before we were


Hyper_0: Will you only play at large venues

in the future?

TomDumont: No. There's a pretty good chance

that we won't be able to play at big ventures in the future so

we'll play smaller ones. We'll probably play some clubs out in

Orange County while we're home.

BjPerkins: What did you make of Chris Evans

on TFI Friday in the UK?

TomDumont: He seemed pretty funny and the day

we were there Michael Hutchence was there. He was a good looking

man for his age. It was kind of dark and smoky, but he was in

good shape. I'm not gay, but from 20 feet away he looked good.

Gwenfiend: Boxers or Briefs ?

TomDumont: Boxers.

TomDumont: Thanks everyone for taking this

time to come and chat with me.