The economy is hitting everyone hard, forcing music lovers to cut back and make some hard choices about which concerts they can afford to shell out for this summer. But
How does a free digital copy of the band's entire catalog sound? That's the plan No Doubt rolled out earlier this week, when they offered fans purchasing the top-price-level tickets for their shows online a crack at the full musical monty.
There are some stipulations — like the deal only applies to tickets priced at $42.50 or more before extra fees, excluding lower price levels and lawn seats. But otherwise fans who sign up online when tickets go on sale on Saturday will get each and every digital song, beginning with the band's self-titled 1992 debut up through their 2003 The Singles 1992-2003 collection.
That includes The Beacon Street Collection (1995), their 1995 breakthrough Tragic Kingdom, 2000's Return of Saturn, 2001's Rock Steady and the 2003 Everything in Time (B-sides, Rarities, Remixes), plus their cover of Adam and the Ants' "Stand and Deliver," the only new recording included in the set. That song will be performed for the first time ever on the band's May 11 appearance on the CW's "Gossip Girl."
"Since the band is heading back to the road, we wanted to find a cool way to get people listening to our music and stoke them with a great deal at the same time," said No Doubt guitarist Tom Dumont in a statement announcing the deal for the 80 songs. "With this download, it's easy for fans to get psyched up to hear our music live once again, and that rocks."
While No Doubt are not the first band to offer bonus music along with a ticket — Coldplay have announced plans to give away a free album during their summer tour, and Prince pioneered the stunt by including a copy of his then-new Musicology CD with tickets to his 2004 tour — their offer is certainly the most generous one from a major act to date.
The download codes for the songs will be e-mailed to ticket buyers about a month before the date of the show for which they've purchased tickets and will be good for 30 days after the tour ends. The tour, with opening act Paramore, kicks off on May 2 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and is currently slated to run through August 1 in Irvine, California.