July 30, 2015
Pacific Amphitheater, Costa Mesa, CA
Thursday night Huntington Beach locals, The Offspring, played a sold out event for family, friends, and a full house of fans. The set list was like a wish list of Offspring favorites that kept the crowd on their feet and singing along enthusiastically. The night can not go without mention of one of my new favorite concert t-shirts; classic The Offspring graphics on the front and the words. “Stupid, dumb shit, goddamn, motherfucker!” on the back “Bad Habit” (Smash, 1994); a t-shirt that takes commitment to wear and deserves props.
As a hometown show, the night was a sentimental reunion for lead singer Dexter Holland (who changes guitars like Cher changes costumes) and guitarist Kevin “Noodles” Wasserman. The constant banter about family and friends made the night feel personal and memorable (I was definitely sitting across the aisle from someone in the band’s grandparents. When grandma and grandpa show up to your show, its cool). But, the really impressive moments, for me, came from drummer Pete Parada whose talent was both impressive and motivating. Parada was on game last Thursday night and gave a performance worthy of mention.
The set for the evening included: “Come Out and Play”, “Genocide”, “Gotta Get Away”, and “Bad Habit” (Smash, 1994), “Staring at the Sun” and “The Kids Aren’t Alright” (Americana, 1998), “All I Want” (Ixnay on the Hombre, 1997), new release “Coming for You” (2015), and of course, two favorites that hit way too close to home for some people in the audience, “Why Don’t You Get a Job”(Americana, 1998) and “Self Esteem” (Smash, 1994). In all, the Pacific Amphitheater saw a full moon, a full house, and a full set of hits that kept the crowd’s energy up and satisfied the most die hard of fans.
Sarah Tonin –
13 Stitches Magazine Reviewer