311 will be teaming up with pop punk legends the Offspring for a 19 date trek as part of their annual summer Unity Tour. The announcement of the two bands joining forces came at this year’s 311 Day on March 11th. Reggae-rockers Pepper has been tapped as the opener for most dates, including the Chicago stop on June 29th at the Charter One Pavilion.
Before they hit the road this summer, 311 are currently gearing up for a small tour in Japan after their massive celebration of 311 Day at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV. The band played 60 songs over a 5-hour period, including tracks like “Get Down” and “Sun Comes Through” which were performed for the first time live. Several rarities were also thrown into the mix such as “Brodels,” a song that was previously in retirement since 2000, and “Slinky” which hadn’t been rocked live since 1993.
If you want to experience the 311 Day concert for yourself, the full show is available until April 11th as a Video On Demand. You can watch the entire performance in HD for $11.99 by ordering it from this location: http://www.311.com/311daywebcast
The Offspring are currently in the studio recording a follow-up to Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace. The band will once again be teaming up with producer Bob Rock and are planning for a release in late 2010. In a recent interview with Billboard, guitarist Noodles stated that they were going over songs that were left off previous releases such as Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace, Splinter, and even their release from 2000, Conspiracy of One, to see if they can be worked on for a spot on the new album.
You can get a sneak peek of the Offspring hard at work in the studio by checking out the interactive StudioCam via their website.