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The Offspring Finding New Generation Of Fans

Of the Oakland Press

Posted: Friday, June 26, 2009

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Punk rock is supposed to be a youth movement, and guitarist Kevin “Noodles” Wasserman of The Offspring says there seems to be a new generation of fans turning out for his group, even though the members themselves are in their 40s and have children the same age — and older — than these newcomers.

“We’re seeing a lot more young faces this time around, and that’s great — and we see a lot of the old faces, too,” says Noodles, 46, who co-founded The Offspring in 1984 in Huntington Beach, Calif., and watched the band rise to multiplatinum notoriety thanks to hits such as “Come Out and Play,” “Self-Esteem” and “Pretty Fly (For a White Guy).”

He’s also seen fans bringing their kids to Offspring shows, but Noodles says that doesn’t make him feel old in the least. “Doing what I do and being able to play for a living keeps me young,” he says.

The guitarist and his mates are also thankful for the demographically expanding audience because of a fiveyear gap between new albums before the quartet released “Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace” last year. The set followed a 2005 “Greatest Hits” album and was recorded over 22 months with producer Bob Rock. It debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard 200 when it came out 12 months ago and has yielded four singles — including the current release, “Half Truism” — and it’s creeping toward the gold sales level of 500,000 copies. The Offspring

“I guess it’s been kind of a slow-burn, which is cool,” Noodles notes. “Rather than having a big splash and have it burn out, it’s been steadily out there.

“We’ve been playing songs on this record for over a year now, and just watching the songs get a great reaction every night, that’s the best feeling in the world. It’s still about that more than how many (copies) we’ve sold.”

The Offspring, Dropkick Murphys and Time Again perform at 6:30 p.m. Sunday (June 28) at Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, 14900 Metropolitan Pkwy., Sterling Heights. Tickets are $37.50 pavilion, $30 lawn. Call (586) 268-5100 or visit www.freedomhill.net.

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