• Tue. May 28th, 2024

In Celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Release of their album SMASH… OR… Ever see a grown man smash a tiny ukulele on the floor of a museum?

The Offspring took over The Punk Rock Museum here in beautiful Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday April thirteenth to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of their album “Smash”. Blessing our ears with a beautiful acoustic set featuring some of their most well- known songs such as “Why Don’t You Get A Job” and new creative renditions to accommodate being played acoustically. They even took the time to play a requested song “Dirty Magic” for a loyal fan.

The band truly blessed the small and intimate crowd of roughly one hundred people that were lucky enough to snag a ticket to the sold-out show, one that I am truly blessed and thankful to even l have experienced. The entire band, mostly Dexter Holland (PhD*) and Noodles, were kind enough to answer some questions that were written by fans attending the event. The band also may have hinted a new album coming, so Offspring fans look out! Truly a one-of-a-kind experience with songs that will probably never be heard in that exact rendition again.

At the very end of the show, just like every other Offspring performance, they ended the set with their most well-known, “Self Esteem”. But unlike any other performance of this song, the iconic bassline was scrapped for what Noodles affectionately referred to as a “tiny guitar” aka a ukulele. His tiny guitar came with a very interesting backstory, being that it was his grandfathers who introduced him to music and thus his future career. Which then Noodles proceeded to smash it to a million pieces on the floor of the Punk Rock Museum, where fans tripped over themselves to even chance it of scoring a souvenir of this one-of-a-kind night.

I don’t think I can genuinely express how grateful I am for this experience, a huge thank you to The Offspring, and The Punk Rock Museum for making this magical opportunity happen for us. We hope to see the band back in Las Vegas soon!!

Live photos by Alex Sanchez for ZrockR Magazine 2024 – ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

* Dexter Holland holds a PhD in Molecular Biology from USC

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