updated 05/17/2009 AT 10:00 AM ET
•originally published 05/17/2009 AT 11:10 AM ET
After an absence of five years, No Doubt returned to the stage Saturday as if they hadn’t missed a beat. “You always remember your first show of any tour,” singer Gwen Stefani told the audience a few songs into the concert, “and so far, so, so, so good.”
Dressed in white, members of the band ripped through a 90-minute set at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, the highlight of the 12th annual Tiger Jam, a benefit for the Tiger Woods Foundation, which specializes in children’s education.
“The only reason we’re doing the tour is to feel inspired,” Stefani, 39, told a crowd of 12,000 that included Woods, P. Diddy, Cassie, and a plethora of professional athletes.
The band appeared energetic as it played new songs but stuck mainly to hits, sending the audience into a frenzy when Stefani ran into the middle of the crowd to sing “I’m Just A Girl”. The crowd again went crazy when Stefani scanned the room, saying she was looking for her “favorite person.” (No word on whether husband Gavin Rossdale, on tour with his own band this spring, or sons Kingston and Zuma were in the house.)
No Doubt continues its tour Tuesday in Fresno.