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.
The Offspring and Sublime With Rome have officially announced their 2017 tour together. Check out the dates below.
07/06 – Airway Heights, Wash @ Northern Quest Resort & Casino (**tickets on sale April 1)
07/07 – Abbotsford, British Columbia @ Abbotsford Centre
07/08 – Penticton, British Columbia @ South Okanagan Events Centre
07/10 – Calgary, Alberta @ Cowboys Stampede
07/11 – Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan @ Mosaic Place
07/12 – Winnipeg, Manitoba @ RBC Convention Centre
07/14 – Sudbury, Ontario @ Sudbury Arena
07/15 – London, Ontario @ Rock The Park Music Festival
09/08 – Chicago, Ill. @ Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
09/09 – Sterling Heights, Mich. @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
09/12 – Holmdel, N.J. @ PNC Bank Arts Center
09/14 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing
09/15 – Boston, Mass. @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
09/16 – Wantagh, N.Y. @ Norhwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
09/19 – Rogers, Ark. @ Walmart AMP
09/21 – The Woodlands, Texas @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
09/26 – Chula Vista, Calif. @ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
09/27 – Mountain View, Calif. @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
09/29 – Las Vegas, Nev. @ Downtown Las Vegas Events Center
09/30 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ USANA Amphitheatre
The Offspring and Sublime With Rome will be heading out on tour together this summer. You can see the first set of dates for that below. These shows will be part of Live Nation’s Ticket To Rock promotion.
07/14 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Pavilion
07/18 Boston, MA – Xfinity Center
07/19 Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Amphitheatre
07/20 Philadelphia, PA – BB&T Pavilion & Festival Pier
07/22 Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
07/23 Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
07/27 Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Theatre
08/04 Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell P avilion
08/06 Dallas, TX – Starplex Pavilion
08/16 Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
According to Billboard, Round Hill Music have purchased The Offspring’s entire catalog, including their Epitaph releases, except for their best-selling album “Smash.” Dexter Holland said the following:
“We felt that having the right caretaker for our catalogue, both the masters and the publishing, is incredibly important to the future of our career. Round Hill understands that we are continuing to perform and record and that the visibility of our past is critical to our future.”
The Offspring have premiered a new video for their song “Coming For You.” This single is the band’s first new music since the release of 2012’s Days Go By.