The Offspring @ The Pacific Amphitheatre – 07/20/2016
The Toyota Concert Series at the OC Fair kept its momentum going on Wednesday night July 20 as The Offspring played a hometown show to a capacity crowd at The Pacific Amphitheater. This night marks the third straight year these Orange County punks have headlined a show during the OC Fair. On this night, Social Distortion guitarist Jonny Two Bags opened the show to prep the crowd for The Offspring.
The 8,000 in attendance immediately took to their feet and never sat down when the lights dimmed and The Offspring took the stage. The band started the night with “Bad Habit” with all eyes on singer Dexter Holland as he belted out his vocals then on guitarist Kevin “Noodles” Wasserman as he killed his guitar leads. For the song “Come Out and Play” Holland strapped on his guitar and strummed his parts while singing.
An Offspring show includes hit after hits as the crowd NEVER let up with their loud sing-alongs throughout the night (and even louder yelling for any cuss word in their songs). Holland swapped out the electric guitar for an acoustic as the band went into “Why Don’t You Get a Job?. Always appreciative of all the fan support over the years Holland thanked everyone in attendance for still showing up at their shows and allowing them to continue the best job – playing music.
The band ended this epic night with two songs off their Americana album, “The Kids Aren’t Alright” and then “Pretty Fly for a White Guy”. As the band returned to the stage for their encore, it was stated that although hometown shows are great, they are also somewhat daunting trying to see all your friends and family. With the two final songs “Americana” and “Self Esteem” the band received the most energy back from the crowd and also themselves, rocked harder than ever on this night. A cool evening with an ocean breeze coupled with the live performance of Jonny Two Bags and The Offspring made for a perfect summer night to be outdoors at a concert.
The Offspring Set List
Bad Habit | You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid | All I Want | Come Out and Play | Coming for You | Hit That | Have You Ever | Staring at the Sun | Mota | Gotta Get Away | Gone Away | Why Don’t You Get a Job? | Spare Me the Details | Want You Bad | (Can’t Get My) Head Around You | Pretty Fly (For a White Guy) | The Kids Aren’t Alright
Encore: Americana | Self Esteem