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The Offspring's Punk Rock Summer Nationals Tour Hits Boston; Boston Hits Back

The Vandals playing the House of Blues Boston on August 11, 2014.
The Vandals playing the House of Blues Boston on August 11, 2014.
Timothy Patrick Boyer, 2014

Last night (Monday, August 11th), The Offspring, along with tour mates Bad Religion, Pennywise and The Vandals, hit the House of Blues Boston... hard.

It was a night of classic punk rock, filled crowd surfing (which I hate), beer drinking (which I love), plentiful moshing (hate), and seriously rockin' sets from some of punks most reliable names (love).

The Vandals kicked off the night right with great energy and highlights including "Anarchy Burger" and a killer Queen cover to close out their set.

Pennywise brought the very stereotypically LA attitude with them for a surprisingly humorous set. In a particularly enjoyable exchange, their guitarist got the audience's black and gold blood boiling with some comments about the LA Kings only to offer them satisfaction by inviting them to throw their beers at him, which they did.

Next up was Bad Religion, the band who released one of my least favorite albums of 2013. Writing about the album, I said they no longer had 'it.' I was wrong. They still have it, and that, and some other stuff, too. Their personality, their energy, their old school sound; it all fit the night perfectly. It's rare that I'm so incredibly wrong about a band, but this was one of those times.

Finally, it was time for The Offspring.

Playing their 1994 album Smash in its entirety (along with other crowd favorites), The Offspring reminded me why I loved them in the first place. They sounded as good as they did in 1994, and worked the stage and audience the same way.

While this isn't really my genre of choice anymore, and the audience was one of the worst I've encountered all year, it was cool revisiting some childhood favorites, and seeing "Self Esteem" performed live can now be crossed off my live music bucket list. That alone made the night a success.

Set List:

  1. Nitro (Youth Energy)
  2. Bad Habit
  3. Gotta Get Away
  4. Genocide
  5. Something to Believe In
  6. Come Out and Play
  7. It'll Be a Long Time
  8. Killboy Powerhead (Didjits cover)
  9. What Happened to You?
  10. So Alone
  11. Not the One
  12. Smash
  13. Self Esteem > Intermission
  14. Americana
  15. All I Want
  16. You're Gonna Go Far, Kid
  17. Why Don't You Get a Job?
  18. (Can't Get My) Head Around You
  19. Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)
  20. The Kids Aren't Alright

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