The Offspring is a band that I’ve had the chance to see many times before, but never took advantage of the opportunity. So of course when the Rave announced the punk rock legends would be making a stop there, it was a no-brainer… I was going.
We arrived a few hours early and got in line. It’s always fun socializing with people who you have never seen before, and will likely never see again… but for that night, they are your best friends. Anyways, the doors finally opened a little after 6:30 and people rushed in, sprinted up the stairs and zig zagged their way to the Eagles Ballroom. You knew it was going to be a sweaty night when it felt like it was 500 degrees and at the time there were only a few hundred people there.
The first act to go on was the ska-punk band, Something To Do. It was especially cool for me since I personally know one of the guitarists… I can’t imagine how awesome it was for him to play a premiere venue in the state, opening for one of the biggest bands ever. Ska isn’t really my thing, but they were super fun and energetic live, and the crowd seemed to be really into them. The second band was AM Taxi, more of a pop-rock band with an edge… several members of the band Lucky Boys Confusion are in this group. My favorite part of their set was when they closed with “Paint It Black”… I dug most of their songs, but they just absolutely killed it on that cover.
Now the crowd is really getting amped. People are trying to squeeze and push their way to the front in anticipation for The Offspring, scheduled to go on at 10:00. Around this time is when I made a bet with a lifelong Offspring on what their opening song would be. I predicted “All I Want”, while she went with “Bad Habit”. Moments later, the band comes out and Dexter opens with “Yaaa yaaa yaaaa yaaaa yaaaah!!!” I looked over at her as if to say “I TOLD YOU SO!”, but she was already lost in the moment of the concert and going crazy.
Their set was full of almost all of their hits (as expected), but I was disappointed they did not play “Gone Away”, one of my top 5 songs by the band. My favorite part of their set was the last handful of songs… they ended their ‘first’ set with “Want You Bad” (I wasn’t expecting to hear this, one of my favorites off Conspiracy of One) and the classic “The Kid’s Aren’t Alright” before coming back out for an encore. It was predictable that they were going to end the show with “Self Esteem”, but that didn’t matter… it’s the ultimate song to lose your voice to and was one of the most fun live songs I’ve ever experienced.
All in all, it was a spectacular show that didn’t let me down one bit. If you ever have the chance to catch the Offspring, do it. They may be old, but man they can still rock out with the best of them.
Full setlist can be viewed here.