Bow Wow Wow Invade No Doubt

Adrian Young to drum for reunited New Wavers

British New Wave combo Bow Wow Wow are joining forces with No Doubt drummer Adrian Young for Los Angeles radio station KROQ's Inland Invasion concert September 20th. The show marks the end of a hiatus for Bow Wow Wow, first put together in the early Eighties by Sex Pistols svengali Malcolm McClaren.

Momentum for the reunion built up as original members singer Annabella Lwin and bassist Leigh Gorman had agreed to play the show, but drummer Dave Barbarossa was tied up with touring commitments, forcing them to look elsewhere to fill out the band's distinctive rhythm section. "It seemed everyone was telling me [to ask] Adrian from No Doubt," Gorman says. "I thought, 'No Doubt? They're a good band, but it's very demanding drumming.'"

"It's fucking difficult," adds Lwin, referring to the band's trademark tribal drum sound. "If you don't get a good drummer, then forget about it. You haven't got a show."

Young was contacted for the slot via No Doubt's booking agent. "He called me and said, 'Bow Wow Wow don't have a drummer. Would you be able to do it?'" Young remembers. "Fuck yeah! I loved them when I was younger."

Young and Bow Wow Wow, also featuring guitarist Phil Gough (original guitarist Matthew Ashman passed away due to complications from diabetes in 1995), have been rehearsing since August for the gig, revving up hits including "Baby, Oh No," "Aphrodisiac," "Do You Wanna Hold Me," "C30, C60, C90, Go!" and their classic cover of the Strangeloves' "I Want Candy."

The band has even been sharing practice space with No Doubt, who are recording new material for Singles 1992-2003, due out in November.

"I've been back and forth between Bow Wow Wow rehearsals and No Doubt recordings," Young says. "I come in with the attitude of 'I'll do whatever you want me to do. I'm going to be happy just playing the parts.' It's just a different attitude. No baggage. Coming in fresh and clean."

Bow Wow Wow are currently mulling over pitches to continue touring beyond the KROQ gig. "We've been offered loads of stuff," Lwin says. "The most important thing is for the audience get into it. That's why you do music -- to inspire people."

(September 15, 2003)