The Offspring and the Adolescents - Pacific Amphitheatre - July 11, 2014
The Offspring and the Adolescents
What better band to headline the beginning of Pacific Amphitheater's summer concert series than hometown heroes The Offspring? The band, which was celebrating the 20th anniversary of the hugely successful album Smash played a special performance which included that entire album, plus a set of other hits and other classic Offspring songs.
Though it's been a while since the band was a mainstay on MTV, they've managed to stay fastened to mainstream radio like KROQ and continue to sell out venues around the world. Musically, Dexter Holland's vocals still are top notch and stood up on their own on Friday night, acting as an instrument within the guitar work of Noodles, bassist Greg K and drummer Pete Parada.
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The sound was very crisp and clean, and each song sounded virtually like it would have in 1994. The band might be middle aged, but still possess that youth punk energy that blazed through the '90s punk scene. Noodles put on quite a show, leaping around the stage and off of guitar amps, while openly admitting he had a few. "I'm having fun, but I'm definitely buzzed he said, mid way through the band's hour long set." The giant TV screens flashed the band on stage: Parada smashing away at the drums, Greg K and Noodles jumping back and forth in unison and Dexter smiling and projecting his voice across the entire outdoor venue.
8,000 people all sang along to the album, on songs that made the band famous, such as 'Gotta Get Away,' 'Self Esteem,' and 'Come Out and Play." There were no lasers, wild lights pyrotechnics or fireworks, but stage was set up with a giant banner with the original artwork from Smash.
The band finished playing the album and then took less than a five-minute intermission before coming out to perform more recent, and old school hits. Fans all gulped beers, sang out loud and raised their fists for tunes like "You're Gonna Go Far Kid," "Pretty Fly For a White Guy," "Why Don't you Get a Job?" and the anthem like set closer, "The Kids Aren't Alright."
The Offspring showed two faces to the crowd tonight: one was a band that was humble and still held on to the OC '90s punk rock roots; and the other was a band bigger that was able to transcend into pop punk, and even alternative mainstream, to be known as a modern rock band. With great vocals and the ability to write catchy, great songs, the band has no problem with both roles, and that left the fans in Costa Mesa satisfied.
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