The Offspring is one of the most acclaimed punk bands of the 90’s, and their run of material in that decade stands the test of time. This is proven on their most recent tour. The band is performing their breakthrough, Smash, in its entirety. This 1994 punk masterpiece is 45 minutes in length, and remains the best selling independent album of all time.
The band performs every single song from the album, including the rarely played title track that closes the album. The songs from Smash are not always performed in order from what is on the record. The most common major change is shifting “Self Esteem” to the end of the initial Smash setlist, which is different from its track eight placement on the actual album.
Aside from that, the full album is performed intact. But the band fortunately pads the rest of their remaining setlist with some choice cuts from throughout a few of their more popular releases. The additional songs are quite safe, such as the closer “The kids Aren’t Alright” from Americana. Outside of Smash, this release is most represented. The band brings out chantworthy tune “Why Don’t You Get a Job?” and “Pretty Fly (For a White Guy).”
Because of the format of the tour and setlist, the band had to leave a few really big songs off the set. These include “Gone Away” from Smash follow-up Ixnay on the Hombre or “Hammerhead” from their oft-criticized release Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace.
The oddest pick, and perhaps the only one, is “(Can’t Get My) Head Around You” which came from the almost totally forgotten 2003 release Splinter. The rest of the setlist is as safe as can be.
Nitro (Youth Energy)
Gotta Get Away
Something to Believe In
Come Out and Play
It’ll Be a Long Time
What Happened to You?
Not the One
All I Want
You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid
Why Don’t You Get a Job?
(Can’t Get My) Head Around You
Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)
The Kids Aren’t Alright
How long is a The Offspring concert?
Between Smash and the closing set of songs, the band only tallies in a 90 minute show.
Who is opening the show?
There are three opening acts who are joining the Offspring for this entire tour. The immediate support act comes in the form of punk legends, Bad Religion. The band has remained independent for the majority of their career and has steadily released material dating all the way back to 1982. The punk pioneers are touring on 2013’s True North, which is seen as a resurgence for the band after slowing down their output.
Pennywise, as a band, dates back almost as far as Bad Religion. They have been major players in the modern punk movement since 1991. Yesterdays was only recently released in 2014, and it was released on punk label Epitaph, home of other bands on this tour. The album runs in under 30 minutes- a blast of punk fury.
Stiff Little Fingers is actually the oldest band on this tour. Their debut album came out in 1979. An extended hiatus between 2003 to 2013 set them back, but the band is returning to the stage with 2014’s No Going Back.
How do I get access to presale tickets for The Offspring’s tour?
The American Express Entertainment platform is a leading option for The Offspring presale tickets. They are not covering the entire tour, so check the listings in detail to see if your date is covered.
Non-cardholders can take advantage of the group’s collaboration with Ticketmaster. Presales are announced in detail on the group’s official Facebook page with all respective links. No fan club membership is required.
Who is The Offspring’s publicist and press contact?
The band is under contract with one of the biggest punk labels of all time- Epitaph Records. They are very transparent, for all respective media contacts are listed at the official Epitaph website. A few include publicity contact Christine Morales at Christine@epitaph.com and tour publicity contact Michele Stephens at Michele@epitaph.com.
“Seeing The Offspring live is like being hit by a rocket fueled steamroller. Once they start they blast through so many songs so fast it makes your head spin and you might find yourself thinking, “Holy shit, they’re gonna be done with their set in like twenty minutes!” But The Offspring has plenty of material to fall back on so you just keep getting crushed by wave after wave of hard, driving guitar, thumping bass, double time drums and Dexter’s signature voice.” – Tom Walsh of Interstate Live
“Like the selections performed from that 1997 record, songs from the Offspring’s newest, Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace were kept to a minimum. Opening with “You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid” and playing “Hammerhead” and “Kristy, Are You Doing Okay?” before the encore, Dexter Holland and the rest of his aging crew stuck with the old faves, including “Gone Away,” for which a piano was rolled out on stage.” – Barry Anderson of The Pitch
“Dexter Holland cursed at society for the way it directs its victims, the crowd’s mosh pits had already intensified. ”Session” followed and was the only song played from an album prior to Offspring’s 1994 surge in popularity. “Ignition” and The Offspring’s self-titled debut received almost no recognition.” – Teen Ink