Arts and Culture

The Offspring are coming to Kelowna

Pace-setting California pop punk band set to rock Prospera this month

Mega punk band The Offspring are heading to Kelowna.

Following sold-out European Summer Festivals, and Rock in Rio, the hugely popular American outfit announced they’re bringing their Let The Bad Times Roll Tour to Canada.

The tour, featuring support from Canadian rockers Simple Plan, kicked off in Halifax and will hit 18 cities coast to coast with a stop at Prospera Place in Kelowna on Nov. 25.

“Forty million records sold worldwide, a bunch of hits, they’re still amazing, “ George Fadel from GSL Group, which owns and operates Prospera Place, told Roach from 104.7 The Lizard earlier this summer.

“We actually had them booked at Ambleside [Festival in West Vancouver] ,” Fadel said. “They were incredible so we’re thrilled about this.”

In a media release, the band is described as having a reputation for an unmistakable sound and social comment.

The multi-platinum band first achieved worldwide success in the 1990s with the release of their album Smash, which sold over 11 million copies. Following Smash, they continued to release hit after hit, popularizing punk rock at a mainstream level.

Pretty Fly (For A White Guy) is one of their most well known songs and highlights the band's social commentary. Released in 1998, the lyrics mock the 'white guys' who follow hip-hop 'gangsta' culture.

Let the Bad Times Roll marks the band’s tenth studio album and third album produced by the legendary Bob Rock. True to the irreverence at the core of punk rock music, the band and lyricist Dexter Holland took a view to today’s cultural moments and didn’t shy away from creating topical material in this album.

“This album is probably the most cathartic thing we’ve done,” Holland said. “The messages might be dark, but at the end what’s left is that communication is important, working through feelings is important and most of all, hope is important.”

Joining the band on tour are Montreal’s own Simple Plan. The multi-platinum, Montreal-based band boasts worldwide sales topping 10 million, along with accolades including a 2005 Teen Choice Award, 2006 JUNO Fan Choice Award, and 2012 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award.

Published 2022-09-06 by Glenn Hicks

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