Waiting Room

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Waiting Room

Rocksteady album.jpg
from the album Rock Steady
Song details
Performer: No Doubt
First Released: 11 December 2001 - Rock Steady album
Album(s): Rock Steady
Writer(s): Gwen Stefani, Tony Kanal, Tom Dumont & SymbolSmallerBlue.png
Producer(s): SymbolSmallerBlue.png & No Doubt
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
  • This track is not believed to have been performed live by Prince
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:
  • none

Waiting Room is the twelfth track on rock/pop and ska group No Doubt’s fifth album Rock Steady. SymbolSmallerBlue.png is listed as co-writer and co-producer on the song, and he also appears on keyboards and background vocals.

No Doubt sent SymbolSmallerBlue.png their original version of the track for him to work on in return for lead singer Gwen Stefani’s contribution to SymbolSmallerBlue.png’s So Far, So Pleased, and he heavily revised the track (resulting in his writing co-credit) before returning it to them. A tape of SymbolSmallerBlue.png’s work on the track (posted by No Doubt's bassist Tony Kanal on social media in 2021) is dated 10 July 1999, indicating that recording took place that day in Paisley Park Studios' Studio A. Interestingly, the tape notes that the recording runs from 1:08:30 on the tape, and ends at 1:13:50, suggesting that this version of the track is 5:20 in length (the released version was 4:27); an unreleased version is noted below based on this information.

The track was initially considered for their 2000 album Return Of Saturn, but it was of such a different sound to the rest of the album that they held it back to use on their following album, Rock Steady.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
1999 (likely, unconfirmed) Toast Studios,
San Francisco, CA, USA
Tracking (No Doubt original version - no Prince contribution)
10 July 1999 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
SymbolSmallerBlue.png contribution
Recording Personnel

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Waiting Room 4:27 Rock Steady Studio

Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Waiting Room Studio 5:20 version indicated by vault tape; length may include some buffer time, but is likely longer than released.
Additional Information

See also Trivia

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