PHOTOS & REVIEW by Jerome Joyce

As music fans, we all have albums we were attached to growing up. We played it until the tape ripped in the cassette or scratched the shit out of the CD.. Either way , we were hooked and it became part of our daily routine and lives. SMASH by The Offspring was that for me and I finally had the chance to see those played live.. Jumped in the car, cranked the album and booked it to the Meridian Centre in St.Catharines to party with the boys!

The fun doesn’t stop there! Co-headlining the night are Ajax, Ontario boys, Sum41! Another band that captured my interest many years ago. Checking two bands off my bucket list on a Friday night! lets Fucking go!

Sum41 hit the stage to a packed Meridian Centre and tears the place up with a 14 song set. Fans singing , dancing and a giant pit constantly spinning  the whole damn set. These dudes have been doing this for years and seeing a venue packed with fans singing the words to every song never gets old. Deryck Whibley , the frontman of Sum41 came out to the soundboard mid set and sang Pieces bringing the front row to the fans at the back. Solid set!!

a simple banner reading THE OFFSPRING raises to crowd cheers on a softy lit stage. Another childhood memory, dream is about to be fulfilled. Dexter, Noodles and the boys hit the stage. There’s honestly nothing better then hearing a voice you’ve connected with for years, live for the first time. Covering all my favouritre tracks off Smash, covering the hits off Americana, playing a couple covers and Dexter playing a flawless piano version of Gone Away. The guys ripped through a 17 track set in style.

Childhood relived once again through music with two bands who helped me get through it.. Something I will always love and appreciate about live music.. Can’t wait to do this again!!

All I Want
Come Out and Play
It Won’t Get Better
Want You Bad
Original Prankster
Staring at the Sun
Blitzkrieg Bop (Ramones cover)
Whole Lotta Rosie (AC/DC cover)
Bad Habit
Gotta Get Away
Gone Away (solo piano version)
Why Don’t You Get a Job?
(Can’t Get My) Head Around You
Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)
The Kids Aren’t Alright

You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid
Self Esteem


Turning Away
The Hell Song
Motivation (88 Outro)
We’re All to Blame
Out for Blood
A Death in the Family
Walking Disaster
We Will Rock You (Queen cover)
Underclass Hero
Over My Head (Better Off Dead)
In Too Deep
Fat Lip
Still Waiting

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