The No Doubt saga continues: yesterday afternoon, Tony Kanal tweeted from the band's account, "Gwen back in the studio with us. Nothing like having the four of us in the same room making music." But, uh, haven't they been in the same room making music for the past two years? Here's how we know No Doubt have been spending their time:
January 2009: After five years of no touring, and eight years of no studio albums, No Doubt announces that they will embark upon a 52-date North American tour, with Paramore as their openers.
May 2009: The band is featured on the cover of SPIN. We say they're back in the saddle!
May 2010: The band tweets photos of the whole gang, together again, announcing that they had returned to the studio together for the first time since Rock Steady.
September 2011: The band publishes a blog post on their website that explains that the album needs more massaging, and that a 2011 release, as previously promised, was looking more like a dream than reality.
January 2012: Tony's aforementioned tweets about being in the studio — again. A few days before his latest tweet, No Doubt's feed posted, "Gwen we're gonna Skype you in 10. New chord idea for Dreaming! Try to stay up."
We'll say this: At least the band looks extremely happy to be in the studio. But it's been 11 years — 11 years! — since Rock Steady. Prior to this, the group's longest gap between albums was the five-year period between 1995's Tragic Kingdom and 2000's Return of Saturn, and the latter was about 1/10 as successful as the former.