The Offspring have premiered a new video for their song “Behind Your Walls.” This track is from the band’s latest album “Let The Bad Times Roll.”
Director and animator Jeb Hardwick commented:
“The song evoked a sense of a couple trying to connect through emotional barriers that had been building over time. I wanted to take that prompt and turn it into a dark fairytale, a sort of dystopian take on the classical storytelling structure of writers like the Brothers Grimm. I wanted the video to have an ambiguous dreamlike aesthetic to it, so I was keen to take away some of the sharpness and crispness usually associated with CGI and give a sense of it being somewhere between a moving painting and a 1920s German Expressionist film.”
Guitarist Kevin “Noodles” Wasserman added:
“‘Behind Your Walls’ is about trying to reach somebody who is feeling isolated, alone, or depressed. How do you reach out and get through the emotional chasm that exists? Sometimes it feels impossible to grab a hold of that person and pull them back to ‘safety,’ emotionally and mentally. The song is about that struggle.”
The Offspring have announced a spring headlining tour. Radkey will open on most dates, while Blame My Youth will open on select dates.
04/26 San Diego, CA – Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
04/27 Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre
04/29 Salt Lake City, UT – The Union Event Center
04/30 Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
05/03 Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom
05/04 Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center
05/06 Tampa, FL – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
05/07 Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place
05/08 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
05/10 Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater
05/11 Baltimore, MD – Pier Six Pavilion
05/12 Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summer Stage
05/15 Boston, MA – House of Blues
05/17 New York, NY – Pier 17
05/18 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE (no Radkey)
With Blame My Youth:
05/20 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit
05/21 Chicago, IL – Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom
05/22 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave/Eagles Club – Eagles Ballroom
On May 14, The Offspring’s Dexter Holland, who has a Ph.D. in molecular biology, will be delivering a commencement address during a ceremony for PhD, MPH, and MS graduate students at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. The frontman said the following about that:
“We live in an incredibly exciting time at the crossroads of advanced medical technology and breakthroughs in research. Recent innovations such as CRISPR gene editing and mRNA technologies have blown the doors open to the possibilities that medical intervention can provide. I am excited to applaud the Keck School of Medicine class of 2022 as they begin their careers during this amazing time.”
The Offspring have cancelled their Canadian tour with Simple Plan. The trek was unable to move forward due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Offspring commented:
“To our friends in the Great White North:
We’re bummed to be sharing this update, but after much consideration we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel the Canadian leg of the LET THE BAD TIMES ROLL TOUr with @simpleplan.
There’s no point in us asking you to come out and see our kick-ass show if there’s a chance that everything could shut down at the last minute. We’re disappointed, but let’s get through this mess together. You stay home and we’ll stay home, we’ll give you your money back and then wait for a better R naught number.
We’re working hard to find a new time frame and we’ll be back to rock with you guys as soon as we can.
Refunds for ticket purchasers will be processed automatically. Keep an eye out for more info from your point of purchase.”
The Offspring have shared a new episode of their “Cockpit Karaoke” series. That show finds Bryan “Dexter” Holland and Kevin “Noodles” Wasserman singing along to their songs from an airplane. The latest episode features “Let The Bad Times Roll.”
The Offspring have shared a live video for a piano version of their song “Gone Away.” This version of the track appears on the band’s latest album “Let The Bad Times Roll.”
The Offspring have announced a headlining Canadian tour. Simple Plan will serve as support.
01/27 Moncton, NB – Avenir Centre
01/29 Halifax, NS – Scotiabank Centre
02/01 Quebec City, QC – Centre Videotron
02/02 Montreal, QC – Centre Bell
02/05 Kingston, ON – Leon’s Centre
02/06 Ottawa, ON – Canadian Tire Centre
02/08 Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
02/09 London, ON – Budweiser Garden
02/11 St. Catharines, ON – Meridian Centre
02/14 Winnipeg, MB – Canada Life Centre
02/15 Regina, SK – Brandt Centre
02/17 Saskatoon, SK – SaskTel Centre
02/19 Grande Prairie, AB – Bonnetts Energy Centre
02/20 Red Deer, AB – Centrium at Westerner Park
02/22 Lethbridge, AB – Enmax Centre
02/23 Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place
02/25 Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome
02/27 Prince George, BC – Prince George CN Centre
02/28 Kamloops, BC – Sandman Centre
03/02 Penticton, BC – South Okanagan Events Centre
03/03 Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
The Offspring’s Kevin “Noodles” Wasserman has revealed that he recently had a bout with COVID-19. Fortunately, the guitarist was vaccinated, so he only had mild symptoms.
Noodles said the following in a series of tweets:
“I tested positive for Covid on the 27th of last month. I was in Philly with my wife & we were supposed to travel to NYC for a couple of days. I had a slight cold & thought I better get tested before traveling. My wife tested negative, but not me.
I immediately reached out to management, the band, & crew. We canceled the Denver & SLC shows at that time out of an abundance of caution. My positive test led to others getting tested. I’m not going to divulge who got what. So don’t ask me for any information about anyone else. If anyone else wants to talk about their health it is up to them. The important thing is everyone isolated until we were safe to be around. Earlier this week everyone on our tour tested negative.
Most of our tour party never got sick. My wife who slept next to me while I had it never caught it. I was sick for 2-3 days at most. Runny nose & sore throat. By Wednesday the 29th I was fever free and my symptoms were almost entirely gone.
Everyone on our tour is vaccinated, thankfully, but I still managed to get it. There’s always that risk, especially with the Delta variant. Because I am vaxxed I got over it very quickly and was less likely to spread it to someone else.
I’m sorry that we had to cancel a couple of shows but we have to do what we can to minimize the risks.
Stay safe, take care of each other, & get vaccinated. The vaccine might’ve just saved my life. It certainly made it easier.”
The Offspring have premiered a new video for their song “The Opioid Diaries.” This track is from the band’s latest album “Let The Bad Times Roll.”
Frontman Dexter Holland commented:
“I wrote this Offspring song about addiction. While drug addiction is certainly not a new issue, the opioid epidemic in America is different. It’s different because it was created by, and driven by, Big Pharma — and I wrote this song to say that the pharmaceutical industry should be held accountable for its consequences.”
Director Daveed Benito continued:
“Producing this video was tough. Addiction is a heavy subject to take on, but it’s important to bring awareness to this crisis. My hope is that these visual metaphors shed more light onto this epidemic — an epidemic that does not discriminate with regard to race, wealth, or age.”
Holland also added:
“‘The Opioid Diaries’ is a song written from a personal point of view, to show the very personal toll that opiate addiction has taken on our friends and families. This opioid crisis is different because people who might not normally have been looking for drugs were unwittingly prescribed these opiates for pain, not knowing how addictive they were. There are countless stories of regular folks with short term pain issues — a blue collar factory worker, or a high school athlete, for example — who were given these drugs and became hopelessly addicted in a short period of time. When the prescription ran out, they had no choice but to start taking illegal street drugs like heroin and fentanyl. And the results, of course, have been deadly.
And yet the larger problem still remains. What should we do to fight drug addiction? I say that until we stop treating drug addiction as a criminal issue, and start treating it as a medical issue, we’ll stay stuck in this vicious cycle of pain and suffering. I’ve never seen a social ill assuaged by punishment, but always and only by compassion.
The right approach is not to jail people with addiction issues, but to get them the medical help that they need.
We wouldn’t put our kids in a jail cell if they had cancer…and we shouldn’t put them there for addiction.”
The Offspring have shared a lyric video for a piano version of their classic track “Gone Away.” This version of the song appears on the band’s latest album “Let The Bad Times Roll.” The group commented:
“We wanted to record ‘Gone Away’ in a completely different way for this record. We have been playing this version live, and we felt that this kind of arrangement makes the song feel more direct and more emotional. We love playing it this way. We hope you like it too.”