The Offspring Guitarist Noodles Opens Up About His Recent Battle With COVID-19: “Because I Am Vaxxed, I Got Over It Very Quickly”

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.”

[via Blabbermouth]

The Offspring Premiere “The Opioid Diaries” Music Video

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 Share Lyric Video For Piano Version Of “Gone Away”

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.”

Watch The Offspring Perform With Drummer Josh Freese During Recent Los Angeles Concert

On August 8, The Offspring performed as part of iHeartMedia Los Angeles’s ALT 98.7 FM and the Los Angeles Chargers FanFest outside of SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA. The set found the band joined by drummer Josh Freese, who was recruited after Pete Parada was fired for refusing to get vaccinated. Notably, frontman and licenced pilot Dexter Holland picked up Freese in a private jet so he could make the show.

The Offspring Part Ways With Drummer Pete Parada

The Offspring have parted ways with Pete Parada. The drummer claims he was fired from the band after refusing to get vaccinated for COVID-19.

Parada, said the following:

“I’ve got some unfortunate and difficult news to share. I know many of my close friends and family would’ve preferred to hear this privately first — and I apologize for the public nature of my disclosure, but I don’t know how to have this conversation multiple times.

Given my personal medical history and the side-effect profile of these jabs, my doctor has advised me not to get a shot at this time.

I caught the virus over a year ago, it was mild for me — so I am confident I’d be able to handle it again, but I’m not so certain I’d survive another post-vaccination round of Guillain-Barré Syndrome, which dates back to my childhood and has evolved to be progressively worse over my lifetime. Unfortunately for me, (and my family — who is hoping to keep me around a bit longer) the risks far outweigh the benefits.

Since I am unable to comply with what is increasingly becoming an industry mandate — it has recently been decided that I am unsafe to be around, in the studio, and on tour. I mention this because you won’t be seeing me at these upcoming shows.

I also want to share my story so that anyone else experiencing the agony and isolation of getting left behind right now — knows they’re not entirely alone.

I have no negative feelings towards my band. They’re doing what they believe is best for them, while I am doing the same. Wishing the entire Offspring family all the best as they get back at it!

I’m heartbroken not to be seeing my road community, and I will miss connecting with the fans more than I can express in words.

While my reason for not getting this jab is medical, I want to make sure I’m not carving out a space that is only big enough for me. I need to state, unequivocally, that I support informed consent — which necessitates choice unburdened by coercion.

I do not find it ethical or wise to allow those with the most power (government, corporations, organizations, employers) to dictate medical procedures to those with the least power.

There are countless folks (like me) for whom these shots carry a greater risk than the virus. Most of us don’t publicly share a private decision we made in careful consideration with our doctors. We know it’s not an easy conversation to unfold.

If it looks like half the population is having a shockingly different reaction to these jabs than was expected — it’s probably because their life experiences have actually been shockingly different, and their reasons range from a conscientious risk/benefit analysis, to the financial inability to take time off work/lack of health care in the event of potential side-effects, to an understandable distrust in a system that has never prioritized the health or well-being of their communities.

I hope we can learn to make room for all the perspectives and fears that are happening currently. Let’s avoid the unfortunate tendency to dominate, dehumanize and shout down at each other. The hesitant population is not a monolithic group. All voices deserve to be heard.

In the meantime, I’m in the midst of launching a project and releasing some music with my daughter, so please stay tuned for all of that. I deeply appreciate your understanding and support as my family and I find a new way forward.

Sending love to everyone who has been impacted by this pandemic, in all the ways lives have been lost and altered.”

[via Blabbermouth]

The Offspring To Play “iHeartRadio Live” Concert Next Month

The Offspring will be playing a “iHeartRadio Live” show on August 12. The event will find the band playing fan-favorite tracks and songs from their latest album “Let The Bad Times Roll.” The group will also discuss the aforementioned album and more during a Q&A with iHeartRadio’s Booker in front of a live audience at the iHeartRadio Theater LA. The stream will launch on iHeartRadio’s YouTube channel on August 12 at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT. Fans can also listen to the set on iHeartRadio’s Rock Nation station.

The Offspring Launch New Video Series “Cockpit Karaoke”

The Offspring have launched a new video series called “Cockpit Karaoke.” The show finds Bryan “Dexter” Holland and Kevin “Noodles” Wasserman singing along to their songs from an airplane. Holland told Spin the following about that:

“We know everyone’s heard of ‘Carpool Karaoke’, but ‘Cockpit Karaoke’??? No one’s done that!! Since I’m a pilot, we thought it would be great if Noodles and I had some fun and got to sing along to some of our many hits.”

Watch The Offspring Perform Three Songs At SIR Studios In Los Angeles

The Offspring have shared an in-studio performance from SIR Studios in Los Angeles, CA. The set, which can be seen below, included the following songs: “Let The Bad Times Roll,” “Self-Esteem,” and “You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid.”

The Offspring’s Kevin “Noodles” Wasserman Undergoes Second Eye Surgery

The Offspring’s Kevin “Noodles” Wasserman recently underwent his second eye surgery. The guitarist tweeted the following about that: