311 & The Offspring Cover Each Other’s Hits

With their summer co-headlining tour coming up, 311 and The Offspring have decided to cover each other’s hit songs. You can listen to 311’s take on “Self Esteem” and The Offspring’s take on “Down” below:

311’s Nick Hexum commented:

“‘Self Esteem’ is my favorite Offspring song. It’s a great melody, and the lyrics really tell a story. I like when a singer is vulnerable and doesn’t try to act all cool. We’ve all been in relationships we know we shouldn’t be in, so most people can relate. Our first version was more reggae, but we realized that it needed to rock-like the original. We revved it up to be rocking riffs with reggae rhythms. I guess we ‘311-ized’ it. It was a lot of fun. SA kicked ass on this one. The vocal requires a lot of range and he really belted it out. We had to work hard to live up to Offspring’s killer cover of ‘Down’! I love the way they reimagined it. It kicks ass! I’m glad they really took liberties instead of being faithful to the original roadmap. I love the punk parts and hearing Dexter do SA’s raps. Nice job dudes!”

The Offspring’s Noodles commented as well:

“We’ve always been big fans of the song ‘Down’. Parts of the song sound really heavy and almost dark, but it also has a very uplifting message. We knew we’d never be able to groove it the way 311 do so we tried to punk it up a little. We tried to do a Ramones-like version to serve as a companion piece to the Clash-iness of theirs. I don’t know if we did it justice but it sure was fun to play and sing.”

He also added the following about 311’s cover:

“Wow! Way cool. The guitars sound great and that bass is certainly in your face. I think what ultimately makes this version great is the way Nick and SA split the vocals and play off of each other. SA taking the high parts while Nick slides in effortlessly beneath him is a perfect example of how harmonies are supposed to work. Nailed it!”

A limited edition 7-inch (limited to 1,000) featuring the tracks can be pre-ordered on both the bands’ websites.

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311 & The Offspring Announce Co-Headlining Tour

311 and The Offspring have announced a co-headlining tour. Gym Class Heroes will serve as support.

Tour Dates:

Jul. 25 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
Jul. 27 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
Jul. 28 – Las Vegas, NV @ Downtown Las Vegas Events Center
Jul. 29 – Chula Vista, CA @ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
Jul. 31 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
Aug. 02 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Zoo Amphitheatre
Aug. 04 – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater
Aug. 05 – The Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Presented by Huntsman
Aug. 07 – Jacksonville, FL @ Daily’s Place
Aug. 08 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
Aug. 10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing
Aug. 11 – Gilford, NH @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
Aug. 12 – Syracuse, NY @ Lakeview Amphitheater
Aug. 14 – Sterling Heights, MI @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
Aug. 15 – Springfield, IL @ Illinois State Fair
Aug. 21 – Hartford, CT @ XFINITY Theatre
Aug. 22 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug. 24 – Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Aug. 25 – Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Aug. 26 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
Aug. 28 – Toronto, Ontario, Canada @ Budweiser Stage
Aug. 29 – Allentown, PA @ The Great Allentown Fair
Aug. 31 – St. Paul, MN – Minnesota State Fair
Sept. 01 – Sioux City, IA @ Battery Park at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City*
Sept. 03 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Sept. 04 – Huber Heights, OH @ Rose Music Center at The Heights
Sept. 06 – Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
Sept. 08 – Thackerville, OK @ Winstar Casino
Sept. 09 – Wichita, KS @ INTRUST Bank Arena