Huntington Beach, California punk rock stalwarts are well-acquainted with KROQ’s Weenie Roast y Fiesta. Since the show is on their home turf, Kat Corbett asked frontman Dexter Holland and guitarist Noodles if the show was like a high school reunion every time they play it.
“It feels like it, yeah…The high school reunion happens on Facebook right before we play these things because all the people I went to high school with are hitting me up,” said Noodles. “And I love them all, so it’s really hard to say no.”
Working on their ninth album, Days Go By, which is set to be released on June 26th, the band said that this year marks the 20th anniversary of their second album Igniton, that two years from now will be the 25th anniversary of their self-titled début album, and the 20th anniversary of their breakout album Smash.
“The first time we played this [Weenie Roast], I was still a janitor,” recollected Noodles. “I still had my job as a janitor…I’m sure to about a third of the kids I was the cool janitor. I’m sure to about a third of the kids I was the a-hole janitor. And then, a third of the kids didn’t even know who I was.”
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Last week, the band played a show for the fans at Long Beach’s tiny Alex’s Bar, the “fangbanger” bar from the vampire-themed television show True Blood and a place that would have been huge to play for Offspring pre-Smash.
“It was so much fun. This year is the 20th anniversary of our second record, Ignition, which came out right before Smash,” said the Offspring. “And so we did that in it’s entirety…and then we drank a bunch of beer and then played a bunch of other songs.
“All I know is I do this pogo thing at the end of Self-Esteem,” continued Noodles when asked about the rumored drunken state the band was in. “That was I think the second to the last song we did and I was falling over while I’m doing the pogo and I had to stop doing it. I was afraid I was going to fall over into the drum kit.”
With their many hits and years of playing music, Corbett asked the band how they develop a setlist and if they get sick of playing a song.
“It’s fun to get out there and play any of these for the fans,” said Holland. “We feed off the energy of the fans. I think you go through a phase where you are kind of sick of a song and I think you go past that and it becomes part of you.”
“And especially because the audience reacts so great to it every night, it makes it fun. We really never get to that point.”
–Nadia Noir, CBS Radio Los Angeles