Two nights ago, Gwen Stefani played her first full-length solo concert in 6 years at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, and she had a few surprises in store for her eager fans. In addition to playing her biggest solo hits and her new 2014 tracks, Gwen also treated the crowd to brand new song called “Start A War.” The ballad was co-written by Sia, and it’s the best new song we’ve heard from Gwen since she launched her comeback in late 2014. With big vocals and relatable lyrics, “Start A War” showcases Gwen at her best. Check out the fan-filmed live performance below:
Gwen first mentioned “Start A War” during an interview with Spin last December:
Sia and I did a session with Pharrell and No Doubt. She’s a genius and I love working with her. There’s a song on the record called “Start A War” that she wrote that I’m very grateful for. I think that girls are gonna love that one.
Not much is known about the song other than that Sia wrote it, and that it’s a beautiful ballad that’s worthy of becoming the next single. Gwen’s first two singles, “Baby Don’t Lie” and “Spark The Fire,” didn’t really catch on the way Gwen’s earlier solo work did, but a ballad like “Start A War” would be a great song to grab people’s attention again.
Gwen’s third solo album is expected to be released sometime in 2015. Although it was originally slated for a December 2014 release, it has since been pushed back, giving Gwen more time to work on it and make it perfect.
Her band No Doubt is also still working on another album, which is also tentatively expected in late 2015. You can learn everything we know about both new albums on our recording page, and be sure to check out our list of known song titles.
“Start A War” is a gorgeous and impressive ballad, and we’re excited to hear more from Gwen’s upcoming album. Keep checking back here for all of the latest Gwen Stefani music news.