During a recent interview with Junkee, Kevin “Noodles” Wasserman offered an update on The Offspring’s new album. He said the following:
“Yeah, we’ve been spending a bit of time in the studio with Bob Rock, who worked on our last two albums as well. He’s great, man — we get along with him really well. We’ve got a bunch of new songs that we’re preparing to go in and record right now. I think there’s a record’s worth in there, but we’re thinking that maybe the songs are just a little too different. We know there’s a song or two on every record that comes out of left-field for us, but it’s more than just a couple this time. Right now, we’re entertaining the idea of doing two records — one where we can put all of these, and another of straight-up Offspring songs.”
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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.
During an interview with WRIF’s Meltdown, The Offspring guitarist Noodles offered an update on the band’s new album. He said the following:
“This record is taking us a long time, but I think it’s gonna be well worth the wait. We’ve been in the studio working a lot recently with Bob [Rock] and finishing it up. We’ve got about 10 songs done, a couple of more that just need lyrics. And then we may do one or two more and it’s gonna be a done deal.”
He also added the following when asked when fans can expect to hear it:
“This fall. Definitely this year, hopefully fall. We were hoping for summer, but it looks like fall now.”
311 and The Offspring have announced a co-headlining tour. Gym Class Heroes will serve as support.
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
Last night (September 27), I attended the Sublime With Rome, The Offspring, and The Menzingers concert at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA, and it was an awesome show.
The Menzingers opened up the show with a cool set. The Pennsylvanian natives were a good opening act, and it was worth getting there early to see the group. A highlight from their set was “I Don’t Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore.”
Then it was time for The Offspring, the main reason I attended the show. The punk rockers kicked off their set by blasting into “You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid.” After that, it was just hit after hit. In fact, the group played nearly every song on their greatest hits album, along with a few extra tracks thrown in. The group were very energetic and were able to keep the crowd dancing and singing along the entire time. Frontman Dexter Holland’s humorous stage banter helped keep things interesting as well. Highlights from their set included: “Want You Bad,” “Pretty Fly (For A White Guy),” “The Kids Aren’t Alright,” and “Self Esteem.”
After The Offspring, Sublime With Rome took the stage. Admittedly, I was unsure about watching Sublime songs performed live without the late Bradley Nowell, but the group put on a great show. Rome Ramirez’s vocals worked well with the reggae infused rock tracks the band was known for, and it was interesting to see his take on them. The band opened with “Date Rape” and followed that up with numerous other classics, along with a couple of Sublime With Rome originals like “Murdera.” All in all, their set was entertaining and helped keep Nowell’s music alive in a sense. Highlights included: “Doin’ Time,” “What I Got,” which featured a guest spot from Noodles (The Offspring), and “Santeria.”
Congratulations are in order for The Offspring’s Dexter Holland, who received his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Southern California today (May 11). You can check out his thesis “Discovery of Mature MicroRNASequences within the Protein-Coding Regions of Global HIV-1 Genomes: Predictions of Novel Mechanisms for Viral Infection and Pathogenicity” HERE.
Dexter here. Well we’re gearing up for another busy year touring (and recording), and I can’t wait. In fact I’m actually writing this from our tour stop in Charlotte, NC before our show here this weekend. I know I haven’t posted much for awhile – cause I’ve been busy!
This is sort of an announcement that I completed my dissertation defense and that means that I’ll be graduating on May 11 with a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Southern California.
You might ask, why are you getting a Ph.D.? Well, pick the correct answer from the choices below!
A) I was bored
B) I like suffering
C) I am interested in the molecular dynamics of HIV infection and of virus:host interactions in general
No, the answer’s not all three!…actually, as many of you already know I started the Ph.D. a long time ago but put it on hold when we started touring a lot. I finally went back a few years ago.To finish I had to research and write a thesis, or dissertation, which is kind of like the biggest term paper you’ll ever do (mine is about 175 pages).
My research focused on the human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, the virus which causes AIDS.I am interested in virology and wanted to contribute in some small way to the knowledge which has been learned about HIV andAIDS.This terrible disease remains a worldwide epidemic – over 35 million people worldwide are currently infected and living with the HIV virus.Over one million people a year die from this disease.
My research is not meant to be a cure or even an immediate step toward a cure, but I believe that by adding to the vast amount of information that we’ve learned about HIV in the last 30 years or so, we’ll get there.Toward that end, I’m going to continue to do research, and you’ll probably see some of my research papers get published here and there over the next few years.
So, what does this all mean for the band? It means…the BAND IS BACK ON! Well, we never really stopped touring and making records, but we’ll be doing a bunch of shows all around the world this year plus recording new stuff every chance we get. Look for new music by us out soon.
See you on the road! Dexter.”
The Offspring have announced that they will be playing a special benefit show in Berkeley CA on April 13 as part of 924 Gilman’s 30th anniversary. This performance will see the band performing their 1992 album “Ignition” in its entirety. Day Labor and Dandelion Massacre will take part in the event as well. Tickets can be found HERE.