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Concert Review: The Offspring
Aug 15, 2014
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As a person who’s impressionable stage was spent in the late 80’s to early 90’s, The Offspring were a big part of what I listened to. There were many nights spent with Smash or Ignition was in my discman while I was doing homework or some other mindless activity. One of my fondest memories is sitting at Boy Scout camp in Georgia with Smash blaring from a boombox waiting for the rest of our troop to arrive.

That being said, I wasn’t sure exactly to expect from the band 20 years after the release of Smash.

We arrived after the first act, Skinny Fingers, had already performed so I will start off with Pennywise. Their set was a mix of old and new stuff, some of which you would not know if you weren’t a huge Pennywise fan. I listened to Pennywise on and off as a kid but none of their albums were my on my “go to” list. The highlight of their set was when they went through the crowd mentioning the bands of the shirts worn by the audience. By way of crowd noise they selected one of the bands and played a cover, this time being The Ramones’ “I Wanna Be Sedated”. Pennywise was easily the most interactive of the groups of the night.

The second band on stage made me feel a bit older. Bad Religion played a great set of older tunes but they are starting to look worse for wear. My first introduction to Bad Religion was the Kevin Smith movie Clerks and the song “Leaders and Followers”. They played for a good 45 minutes covering most of the better known songs, even mentioning that no one there wanted to hear their new stuff.

After the stage was set for The Offspring a familiar voice rang through the venue telling us to “Sit back and relax.” The band then came on stage and proceeded to play the Smash album in its entirety from front to back. I was beyond impressed with the effort that they put in to performing a 20 year old album that they have probably played songs from almost every day since them. The quality was great and performance was awesome.

The band took a quick intermission, as the familiar voice once again told us, before returning to play what seemed to be every other Offspring song that has seen radio play. From “Pretty Fly (for a white guy)” to “You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid” the performance was great.

I’d highly recommend checking out this tour if you get the chance. They will be at Port Canaveral on Saturday afternoon.

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Richard Currey

A lifetime Central Florida resident and long time Orlando resident I have spent a number of years blogging for other sites including the Golf Channel. I came to Orlando as a UCF student in 1999 after spending my childhood in the the Daytona Beach area. A love of theme parks, warm weather and good friends has kept me in the area I now call home.

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