AFI Singer and Gwen Stefani-Less No Doubt Joining Forces to Form Rock Supergroup
Alternative rock's latest odd coupling is shopping a completed album.
AFI frontman Davey Havok has joined forces with No Doubt's Tom Dumont, Tony Kanal and Adrian Young to form an as-yet-unnamed band, reps for the group confirmed to Billboard. The quartet, which sources say is managed by Pat Magnarella (Green Day), already has completed an album and is seeking a label deal.
The union recalls alternative supergroup Audioslave (which united Soundgarden's Chris Cornell and the musicians of Rage Against the Machine). Similarly, the new band brings with it a formidable sales history -- No Doubt has sold 16.3 million albums in the United States since 1992 and AFI 4.1 million since 1995, according to Nielsen Music -- although the former group's firepower without singer Gwen Stefani is an open question.
Few No Doubt followers will be surprised that the band has found another singer, even temporarily. The group successfully toured America in 2015 -- behind its 2012 album Push and Shove, which sold a disappointing 259,000 units -- but Stefani hired new manager Irving Azoff and focused on her solo career (her new album This Is What the Truth Feels Like is due March 18 on Interscope). Young suggested as much to Billboard in April 2015. "We're in a little bit of limbo right now," he said, "so we'll see where that takes us."
This story originally appeared in the Feb. 20 issue of Billboard.