The 1990’s was the re-birth of Rock N’ Roll and even the re-birth of punk rock. From California hailed Green Day, Rancid, and the Offspring. The Offspring are the kings of head banging alternative rock that has made the 1990s become a time of nostalgia. The songs are fun, but have also proven to be timeless.
Although looking aged, the Offspring lit the crowd playing their string of hits to an amphitheatre filled with people, some who were probably just being born around the time Offspring were in their prime. Offspring were the second band on, and for a band with a ton of hits, it didn’t seem like they had enough time to play. Although 311 were the headliners, it was definitely Offspring the crowd was there to see.
311 were definitely looking more youthful, lead singer Nick Hexum was all over the stage acting as though he was someone half his age.
Hawaiian reggae rock stars, Pepper opened the night up, and although they didn’t have their first single until 2005 (the very racy ‘Give it Up’), their sound echoes that of 90’s bands like Sublime but with their distinct island feel.
The Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre is a big place, with a giant lawn seating in the back. Intimacy is definitely not used to describe this place and the stage will always seem far away unless you shell out the big bucks for close seats, but it doesn’t mean its not any less than a party, especially on the lawn.