Now, drummer Adrian Young added to the No Doubt updates when MTV News caught up with him at the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas '08 in Los Angeles.
While Young said there will be no new music from the group in 2009, he promises that the band is hard at work and has been for quite a while.
"We've been working on a new record off and on now for a bit of time, and we're going to continue to work on a new record next year," he said. "We're going to start touring in the spring of '09 through the summer, and we're going to continue to work on music while we're traveling. [We'll have] a mobile studio on the bus and eventually get to a new No Doubt record."
It's been seven years since the band put out new music, and despite the fact that bandmembers have pursued other projects, they always seem to find their way back to each other — as well as to their musical roots.
"It seems like we've always come from an eclectic background musically," Young said when asked what fans can expect to hear on a new No Doubt record. "But we seem to always gravitate towards reggae. I can't say that's what our record is going to be like, 'cause it's too early to tell, but what makes us feel really good is reggae music. I can play reggae music to my grave."
Many of No Doubt's contemporaries have sought new kinds of record deals in today's shaky music industry, but Young said the band has no plans to find a new label. "We're signed to Interscope Records and have been since 1991," he said. "And we will be for a very long time."
During No Doubt's hiatus, there have been many changes in the music industry, some brought about by the Internet. Young feels it's an interesting time for the band to release an album.
"On one level, it's scary to watch successful bands put out records and maybe they were less of a success than their past records, but it's also pretty awesome to watch any band put out a CD with all the different Internet accessibility," he said. "It's a little daunting to put out a record for a successful group. I don't know what's going to happen. We're going to see."