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Rock Steady Live
Video by No Doubt
Released November 25, 2003
Recorded 2002
Genre Ska punk
Alternative rock
Length 90:00
Label Interscope
Director Sophie Muller
Professional reviews
No Doubt video chronology
Live in the Tragic Kingdom
Rock Steady Live
The Videos 1992-2003

Rock Steady Live is a video album by American band No Doubt, released on DVD on November 25, 2003.[5] It was directed by Sophie Muller[6] and released under the Interscope records label.[5] It is a recording of two of No Doubt's concerts during their Rocky Steady Tour in 2002 to promote their fifth studio album, Rock Steady, which was released in December 2001.[7] The material was recorded in Long Beach Arena, California.[7]



After spending January to August 2001 writing and recording,[7] No Doubt released their fifth studio album, Rock Steady on December 11, 2001.[8] They released four singles from it between October 2001 and July 2003: "Hey Baby", "Hella Good", "Underneath It All" and "Running". The album was commercially successful, selling over 3 million copies.[9] It was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America,[10] indicating sales of over 2 million units,[11] gold by the Australian Recording Industry Association,[12] indicating sales of over 35,000 units,[13] platinum by the Canadian Recording Industry Association,[14], indicating sales of over 100,000 units,[14] and silver by the British Phonographic Industry,[15] indicating sales of over 60,000 units.[15]

In March 2002, No Doubt embarked on their "Rock Steady Tour", ending in November.[7]

Content and release

Rock Steady Live was released on DVD on November 23, 2003.[5] On the same day, both The Singles 1992–2003 and Boom Box were also released by the band.[16][17] The Singles 1992–2003 is a greatest hits album, featuring thirteen of No Doubt's previous singles and two extra tracks, one of which was released as a single: "It's My Life". Boom Box is a box set, containing Live in the Tragic Kingdom, a recording of a concert as part of the band's Tragic Kingdom Tour, The Singles 1992-2003, The Videos 1992-2003, compilation of the band's music videos, and Everything in Time, a collection of B-sides and rare songs.[7] The DVD was directed by Sophie Muller,[6] who also produced the band's previous video release, Live in the Tragic Kingdom.[18]

The DVD contains a recording the two concerts performed in Long Beach Arena, California during No Doubt's "Rocky Steady Tour".[7] The concert features performances of 17 songs: "Just a Girl", "Spiderwebs", "Don't Speak" and "Sunday Morning" from No Doubt's third album Tragic Kingdom; "New", Ex-Girlfriend", "Simple Kind of Life", "Bathwater" and "Magic's in the Makeup" from their fourth album Return of Saturn; and "Hey Baby", "Underneath It All", "Hella Good", "Running", "Don't Let Me Down", "In My Head" and "Rock Steady" from their fifth album Rock Steady.[2]

The DVD also includes over an hour and a half of extra features. There are live performances of an extra four songs: "Excuse Me Mr." and "Different People" from Tragic Kingdom, "Trapped in a Box" from their first album No Doubt and "Total Hate" from their second album, The Beacon Street Collection.[2] Also included are an interview with Liam Lynch, a friend of the band; documentary pieces featuring interviews with each band member: Tom Dumont, Tony Kanal, Gwen Stefani, Adrian Young and two touring members Stephen Bradley and Gabrial McNair; backstage footage of the "Rock Steady Tour"; and footage of the band receiving the "Key to the City" of Anaheim, California from Mayor Tom Daly on November 22, 2002 on KROQ-FM radio.[3][7]


A blonde lady holding a bunch of pink flowers (Stefani), a black man with dreadlocks (McNair) and an Indian man with dyed-blond hair (Kanal) stand on a grey stage. The first two performers are singing into microphones, while the third performer plays a keyboard. In the background, a crowd cheers them. In the foreground, a man holds up a camcorder to film the group.
Stefani, Bradley and Kanal performing on the Rock Steady Tour in Sacramento, California on March 18, 2002.


"Rock Steady Live" was certified platinum by the Argentine Chamber of Phonograms and Videograms Producers in 2004, indicating sales of over 40,000 units.[19] The DVD was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in December 2004,[10] indicating sales of over 50,000 units.[11]

Critical reception

The video received mixed reviews from critics. Allmovie reviewer Michael Hastings commented that the band "has managed to stay fresh and inventive after more than a decade together", praising their "skills as a touring act". He stated that the DVD encompassed a "virtual career retrospective of the band and its hits", from its "ska-punk roots into the pop realm". In particular, he complimented the performances of "Don't Speak", "Hey Baby" and "Just a Girl", giving the DVD 3 out of 5 stars.[1] Allmusic reviewer Hal Horowitz, however, described the music as so "radically doctored" that "it is nothing like what the crowd at the venue heard". He critised the DVD for being "heavily edited", the vocals for being "heavily and consistently overdubbed" and the editing for being "breathlessly nervous". However, he complimented the band's "high-energy" performance, calling Gwen Stefani "a whirlwind of activity, strutting, preening, pouting, and prancing". He gave the DVD 2 stars out of 5.[2]

Music OMH reviewer Mark Fielding gave the DVD a positive review, calling the DVD a "very desirable package" and "must for any No Doubt fan out there". He described the band as "one of the most versatile bands on the planet", performing a "mish-mash of rock, ska, reggae [and] punk" and calling Stefani's performance "her gorgeous hyperactive best". He complimented the camera work as providing "superb" pictures and sound, stating that they "[captured] the concert in all its fast and furious glory". In particular, he praised the performances of "Hella Good", "Hey Baby", "Don't Speak", "Ex-Girlfriend" and "Spiderwebs" and the inclusion of so many extra features.[3] Rock Feedback reviewer Samantha Hall gave the DVD a positive review, calling the music "fun" and the DVD more representative of No Doubt's greatest hits album, The Singles 1992-2003, than their fifth studio album Rock Steady. She complimented the focus of the footage covering all four band members plus two touring members, instead of just singer Stefani, and the dancing: "the wind n' grind dancehall moments", "the No Doubt signature-stamp" and "a seemingly inexhaustible torrent of jumps and high kicks". Hall singled out the performance of "Magic's In The Make-up", an album track from Return of Saturn, as the highlight of the DVD. She praised the live footage as "resplendent in near-perfection", describing the "wide range of dishy, fancy close-ups and pausing effects" and calling the sound "precision-balanced, distinct and clear". She gave the DVD 4 stars out of 5.[4]

Track listing

# Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Hella Good"   Chad Hugo, Tony Kanal, Pharrel Williams, Gwen Stefani  
2. "Sunday Morning"   Kanal, Eric Stefani, G. Stefani  
3. "Ex-Girlfriend"   Tom Dumont, Kanal, G. Stefani  
4. "Underneath It All"   G. Stefani, David Stewart  
5. "Platinum Blonde Life"   Dumont, Kanal, G. Stefani  
6. "Bathwater"   Dumont, Kanal, G. Stefani  
7. "Don't Let Me Down"   Dumont, Kanal, G. Stefani  
8. "Magic's in the Makeup"   Dumont, G. Stefani  
9. "Running"   Kanal, G. Stefani  
10. "In My Head"   Dumont, Kanal, G. Stefani  
11. "New"   Dumont, G. Stefani  
12. "Simple Kind of Life"   G. Stefani  
13. "Just a Girl"   Dumont, G. Stefani  
14. "Hey Baby"   Dumont, Kanal, Rodney Price, G. Stefani  
15. "Rock Steady"   Kanal, G. Stefani  
16. "Spiderwebs"   Kanal, G. Stefani  
17. "Don't Speak"   E. Stefani, G. Stefani  
Bonus tracks
# Title Writer(s) Length
18. "Total Hate"   Gabriel Gonzalez, Chris Leal, John Spence  
19. "Excuse Me Mr."   Dumont, G. Stefani  
20. "Different People"   Kanal, E. Stefani, G. Stefani  
21. "Trapped in a Box"   Dumont, Kanal, E. Stefani, G. Stefani  


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  19. ^ "Discos de Oro y Platino". Argentine Chamber of Phonograms and Videograms Producers. Retrieved 2010-01-15.  


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